Annie's Needlecraft Arts Festival!

Dec. 3-7, 2015

Kingsmill Resort
Williamsburg, Va.


Instructor Profiles

Pamela Darney

Pamela Darney, sampler and needlework designer and Loudoun Sampler Guild member, has been stitching since she was 17 years old. She took up the craft after living in northern Maine, where many find it's best to have an indoor hobby during the winter months. When Pamela started stitching, there was no Internet to browse or even local stores to meander through. Sampler books and Maine Antique Digest were her primary sources of inspiration. And since, like most young girls, she could never afford to buy patterns, Pamela started designing her own.

In early adulthood, Pamela graduated from college with a degree in architecture, as she has always had a mind for creating and improving designs. She notes that one can tell the age and origin of a sampler by the architecture of the houses they feature. Her attention to such detail and reverence for the historical content of her sampler designs has earned Pamela high recognition with her fellow needleworkers.

Pamela looks forward to being a first-time instructor at the Williamsburg Needle Arts Festival 2015 and sharing her joined-linen technique at the event. Pamela believes sharing the history of samplers is important. She says, “As I look at samplers, it really is leaving your mark -- a permanent mark -- behind. Needlework is the only way that women had their creativity stamped."

It's amazing to wonder about the girls stitching these samplers; that their work would one day be admired and sell for millions of dollars. Were they stitching for a creative or educational outlet? What was once a necessity is now our hobby."

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:

Joanne Harvey

Since 1976, Joanne Harvey has produced needlework reproductions and original designs under the name of The Examplarery.

Her work is licensed by many of the leading museums and private collections, including Colonial Williamsburg, Winterthur, Rhode Island Historical Society, SPNEA, Peabody Essex Museum and Historic Deerfield. Joanne has blended her reproduction needlework seminars and lectures on historical needlework with woman's social history. Her work has also been commissioned by various motion picture productions as well.

Her background includes a degree in Art Education and American History, and she has worked as a guide supervisor and conservation technician at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

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.

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