Annie's Needlecraft Arts Festival!

Dec. 1-5, 2016

Kingsmill Resort
Williamsburg, Va.


Instructor Profiles

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:

Sherri Jones

Sherri grew up in Texas and had the good fortune of learning a variety of needle arts from her mother and grandmother. She graduated from law school at the University of Texas in Austin, and then moved with her husband to Michigan.  Sherri designs counted-thread embroidery under the trade name of Patrick's Woods, and has enjoys sharing and teaching her embroidery designs for over 20 years. She has taught for needlework shows and private guilds all across the United States, as well as Canada and London.

Sherri's designs have been published in Just CrossStitch magazine and Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly magazine. Her designs are functional, dimensional pieces, inspired by her collection of souvenirs and novelties of the 18th and 19th centuries. Many of her designs are interpretations of times gone by that preserve the sentiment of the era and the quality of hand construction.

She also enjoys researching other ancient needlework techniques (such as passementerie made with a lucet tool and finger crochet) and incorporates these techniques into designs for added interest and challenge. Sherri is also a passionate collector of Victorian ephemera, and she often embellishes embroidered projects with printed fabrics created from antique graphics.

Giulia Manfredini

Giulia Manfredini was born and raised in Massa, Tuscany, Italy. A medical doctor with two specialties in nuclear medicine and endocrinology, she is responsible for the Thyroid Cancer and Endocrine Unit of her local hospital. Giulia began her journey into the needle arts at a young age with the guidance of her paternal grandmother and her mother, two very talented women who passed along their love for needle art. In 1998, she started what she calls her “needlework adventure” after being awarded 1st place in a 1997 online contest sponsored by The CARON Collection.

In the following years, she published four original samplers in Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly: (Fall 2000: Our Blessed Family Sampler; Spring 2001: Parents Sampler and Lilies Pincushion; Fall 2002 Assisi Peacock Sampler; Winter 2002: September 11th Tribute Sampler).

After this, Giulia decided to start a designing company under the Giulia Punti Antichi trade name (Giulia from her name and Punti Antichi meaning Old Stitches in Italian). She was soon being supported by a prestigious U.S. distributor who took care of promoting her charted designs.

In the following years, Giulia became involved with TNNA (The National NeedleArts Association) and started teaching her original embroidery projects and finishing techniques. She has since taught for other organizations, including Italia Invita - International Forum of Lace and Embroidery. She is a member of EGA and other U.S. needle arts guilds and has supported them with limited-edition designs and charts to raise funds for the preservation of antique samplers and contributions to U.S. textile museums. Giulia’s designs have been featured in many magazines, including SANQ and Just CrossStitch. Giulia has a passion for Italian Deruta majolica work and porcelain half dolls. Some of her designs are tailored to include these precious accessories in a unique style. Giulia collects antique samplers and her “Ann Hull Sampler” was reproduced and published in the winter 2013 issue of SANQ. Several other antique samplers in her collection are to be reproduced, one of which will be taught at Needle Arts Festival/Christmas in Williamsburg 2014.

Giulia has a love for all needlework techniques and finds it extremely rewarding to share her love with fellow stitchers. She encourages them to create and finish projects utilizing her original techniques and design ideas.

To view some of Giulia’s designs, visit her website:, or her Facebook page.

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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