Annie's Needlecraft Arts Festival!

Dec. 4-8, 2014

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:

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.

Betsy Morgan

Teacher Betsy Morgan was born in Florida and has lived in eight states and two foreign countries. She now makes her home on a small horse farm in rural Virginia with her husband, daughter and assorted horses, dogs and cats. She learned to embroider more than 50 years ago and has admitted to never being happier than when she has a needle in her hand.

In the mid-1990s, she started designing needlework and became a professional in 2003 upon creating Willing Hands Needlework Design. Her teaching has taken her all over the United States and Canada, as well as England and Australia.

She holds a BFA in graphic design from Philadelphia College of Art.

To view some of Betsy's projects, visit her blog:

Elizabeth Talledo

Like most stitching enthusiasts, Elizabeth’s love of stitching and textiles started at an early age and was encouraged by beloved family members.

Through the years, Elizabeth intertwined her love of stitching into her everyday life. In 1988, Elizabeth started to finish needlework professionally for local and national needlework shops; in 1996, with the encouragement of Edna Medlin, Elizabeth combined her BFA in Art with her love of needlework and started Finger Work.

In 2001, she joined with Lori Vermillion of Just One More and started Dames of the Needle, of which she became sole proprietor in 2004.

Through the years the companies have intertwined and become one company. Elizabeth has expanded both companies and now designs for the retail market and magazines; she also teaches for ANG National, EGA National, local and national Sampler Guilds, shops and other groups.

In 2013, Elizabeth started a new sister company, From the Cauldron, which dyes trims for the finishing market. At the moment, the trim line includes cotton Rick Rack, Baby Pom Poms, Chenille, and Dupioni Silk Ribbon. This company has brought Elizabeth full circle back to the world of finishing.

Elizabeth loves the challenge of designing in 3-D, and that is why for the 2014 Needle Arts Festival, she is presenting a little Christmas House ornament and a Christmas House Sewing Box.

On a personal note, Elizabeth grew up 45 minutes away from Williamsburg, Va., in Franklin, Va., and is thrilled to be asked to teach back in her homeland. In her youth, she was lucky enough to attend several school field trips to Williamsburg. Her family was very enthusiastic about colonial life, so they often went through Surry and rode the ferry over to stroll through Jamestown and Williamsburg on weekends and holidays. She was also very fortunate to spend several summers and even winters sailing off the shores of Yorktown in her family’s sailboats.

She has two children of her own now, Isabelle and Miguel.

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