Annie's Needlecraft Arts Festival!

Dec. 4-8, 2014

Kingsmill Resort
Williamsburg, Va.


September Morning

Instructor: Jackie du Plessis
September Morning September Morning September Morning

September Morning finds you walking down a fashionable avenue in Paris looking for a very special object to take home with you. Tucked away in a display window’s corner, your eyes are drawn to a delicate carton. The carton is decorated with soft watercolor-style flowers, leaves and vines.

You step inside the shop for a closer look. Excitement fills the air as you recognize the carton to be a needlework box. The shop attendant sees your interest and takes the needlework box to a viewing area. The shop becomes silent. Your eyes follow the shape of the box—rectangular, about 6" wide x 3" deep x 1 3/4" high. The slanted sides are decorated with tiny silk stitches that resemble watercolor paints and are worked on a warm antique-colored linen background. The four box sides are attached to one another and meet with panels at the top creating a functional box top that ties with a wonderful vintage-looking silk ribbon. You notice that each of the four box sides are attached to these linen panels to create the top of the box. When the ribbon is untied and the box top panels fold back, you view the silk-lined interior and see that it is filled with tiny trinkets and tools. A thimble hides in one corner, buttons and bows adorn a tufted mattress pincushion, and you see a tiny needle book with scissors minder. The box’s interior has silk pockets; each is filled with tiny treasures, paper, mementos and needle necessities.

Holding your purchase, you walk to your hotel room, thinking of the needlework person who owned this treasure before you and about the treasures you will add to this beautiful September Morning memory.

Join me in class as we celebrate our September Morning.

September Morning is worked on 32-count linen with hand-dyed and solid silk fibers. The interior silk fabric provided in the class kit is luxurious taffeta linen. The vintage-looking silk ribbon will be specially dyed for this project. Color graphs and diagrams with colored instructions for completing the class project will be provided in class along with detailed instruction and color pictures for working a special new stitch Jackie created for joining the panels together. A tiny preface piece of linen will be supplied to practice this “Jackie's Scallop Join” to add to your finishing repertoire.

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