Annie's Needlecraft Arts Festival!

Nov. 30-Dec. 4, 2017

Kingsmill Resort
Williamsburg, Va.


Instructor Profiles

Lorna Bateman

Teaching is Lorna Bateman's passion, and she has a long career in teaching and designing embroidery. She has taught 3-dimensional and textured hand embroidery for 26 years and has been designing kits for the past 15 years.

Lorna's teaching has taken her to France, Russia, South Africa and throughout the U.K. She appears on the British craft channel, Hochanda, where she teaches embroidery stitches from her designs. In her classes, Lorna is praised for the personalized attention she gives to each student and enjoys helping beginners learn embroidery stitches and techniques.

Lorna’s first book will be published in 2018. She has been featured in American and international magazines including Stitch, Australian Inspirations, Sewing World, Prima, Lena Rudodelie (Russia) and Vse o rukodelii (Ukraine), among others.

Born in South Africa, Lorna moved to the U.K. in 1999. This will be her first time teaching in the United States.

To view some of her designs, visit her website:

Ellen Chester

Ellen Chester discovered counted cross stitch when her children were young, and before long she was persuaded to create her own designs. In 1999 she began “With My Needle”, the company whose name comes from a verse that appears on many samplers: "... is my name and with my needle I wrought the same."

Ellen reproduces antique samplers and creates original designs. She enjoys reading about antique needlework and visiting museum collections when she travels. In fact, it was on a train ride from Hamburg to Amsterdam when she had the conversation that led to her design career.

A co-founder of the Queen City Sampler Guild in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ellen started a free internet sampler newsletter, “With My Needle and Pen,” which she published online for 17 years. She has been teaching needle arts classes since 2004.

Ellen’s inspiration comes from antiques in her collection. To view some of her designs, visit her website:

Jackie du Plessis

Jackie du Plessis was born and raised in South Africa. An art teacher by profession, she immigrated to the United States in 1995. She began her journey into the needle arts at a young age with the guidance of many talented women who passed along their love for needle art.

Shortly after moving to the United States, she opened a finishing company under the It's Fine-ally Finished trade name. She soon developed and expanded into creating and designing projects with the focus of teaching finishing techniques. She has taught for many organizations, both national and international.

Some of her work has been featured in Sampler and Antique Needlework Quarterly and Just CrossStitch magazines.

Jackie is passionate about her love for all needlework techniques and is tremendously fulfilled with passing on her knowledge to fellow stitchers and encouraging them to create and finish projects. To view some of Jackie's projects, visit her website:

Margriet Hogue

Margriet Hogue, from Alberta, Canada, is a fervent stitcher, teacher and entrepreneur. She first picked up a needle at the age of six. Stitching samplers from a Dutch magazine led to an ongoing fascination with samplers from around the world.

Margriet began reproducing antique samplers with permission from museums that she visited during her travels. She eventually began purchasing antique samplers and reproducing them. Margriet’s work was first published in Country Living magazine.

In her classes, Margriet enjoys sharing the history behind the samplers, especially the lives of women and girls who created them. Her curiosity about the makers of these samplers is an inspiration to her students.

Margriet’s mail-order business, The Essamplaire, specializes in authentic reproduction sampler kits and charts. To view some of Margriet's work, visit her website:

Pam Lewis and Susan Rohm

Pam Lewis and Susan Rohm, of Dallas, N.C., are best friends whose business partnership is named Praiseworthy Stitches. Pam learned to embroider clothes for her Barbie dolls at the age of 12 and learned counted cross stitch from her older sister. Susan began stitching at around the same age, learning “fancy work” from her grandmother.

In January 1979, Susan sat down next to Pam at church and they have been best friends ever since. In 2002, the pair created their first design, and when they took it to be framed the shop owner encouraged them to have the pattern published. Praiseworthy Stitches was soon launched.

The duo collaborate in teaching and designing and have a mutual love of needle arts and the history and meaning of the motifs included in samplers. “There is a great satisfaction that comes with creation,” they say. “It is a special kind of joy to share that with others.” To view some of their designs, visit their website:

Catherine C. Theron

Catherine Theron was born and raised in a Connecticut household filled with antique quilts and a lovely New England sampler created by one of her great-great-great-grandmothers. Surrounded by grandmothers who sewed, stitched crewel embroidery and canvas pieces, crocheted and knitted, becoming a passionate needlewoman was an easy career path for Catherine.

Catherine has been designing counted thread needlework for more than 30 years under the company name Theron Traditions and was a founding partner in the popular thread company The Gentle Art. Her interests lie primarily in samplers and the many stitches used to create these beautiful pieces. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of various counted thread stitches. Her pieces range from 17th-century–inspired band samplers to primitive American-style pictorial samplers. She has never met a sampler or a sampler stitch she didn’t love!

She has taught for the Embroiderer’s Guild of America (EGA) and American Needlepoint Guild chapters, EGA regional seminars, sampler guilds, private groups, museums and wholesale trade shows. Her designs have been featured in Just CrossStitch and Fine Lines magazines.

Catherine invites you to visit her website to see more of her work.

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