Jackie du Plessis Retreat Weekend - July 2023

We are thrilled to be welcoming Jackie du Plessis of IFF back to Pittsford, NY to offer three debut projects on July 20-23, 2023, being held at the spectacular Woodcliff Hotel & Spa! We know that this will be an event that all attendees will never forget! Registrants can choose to attend one, two, or all three of Jackie's classes during this extended weekend!

Class Registration opens on Sunday, March 12, 2023, at 5:00pm EST. Discounted hotel rates will be made available to registered attendees. The three classes are as follows:

Cleopatra’s Needle
One Day Class - Cost: $525

Date: Thursday, July 20, 2023

(Deposit: $300)
Description: A floral-stitched, four-sided 5” tall narrow tapering obelisk with a pyramid-ion top, lifts up from 3” square pin keep base to reveal two internal storage areas of this beautiful etui. The tower of spools is attached to a removable box top with needle package pockets. The tower lifts to access a four-bottle storage box compartment.

The kit will include all of the necessary supplies to stitch and complete the project. A mock-up will be made in class.

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Monghry Workbox
Third in the Anglo Indian Series
Two Day Class - Cost: $ 735
Dates: Friday & Saturday, July 21-22, 2023
(Deposit $400)
Description: Monghry work is the inlay of bone/ivory on Ebony wood. The style uses a fine, very thin, single line of ivory inlay with swirls and tresses of dainty leaves and flowers.
Our Monghry Workbox for this class measures 5” x 5” x 1-1/2” in size. Worked on off-white linen with Noir silk fiber in contrast to the dark dense color of Ebony with off-white inlay. The workbox features two functional hinged top lid panels that overlap. Once opened, the two panels showcase a mirror with a thread winder storage area, and a scissor with thimble and needle package storage area. The internal box panel has constructed compartments that hold two stitched stuffed pincushion sections, a needle book, and a bodkin storage area as well as 5 spools of 100/3 fiber.

The kit will include all of the necessary supplies to stitch and complete the Monghry workbox and smalls. A paper mock-up and box’s interior panels will be constructed in class.

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The Flower Cart
One Day Class - Cost: $695
Date: Sunday, July 23, 2023
(Deposit: $400)
Description: Join the celebration of all things floral as we stitch the Flower Cart’s removable pincushion with a secret storage area that hides your tiny scissors. The red and white stitched scallop canopy reveals its secret when you lift the sides - a little nifty needle storage area!
This adorable, custom-built maple wooden cart measures under 5” and has two mother of pearl discs that measure 1-1/2” for the wheels.

The kit will include all of the necessary supplies to stitch and complete the Flower Cart project.

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As always, students should bring their favorite stitching supplies. Jackie has also requested that students bring colored markers, paper scissors and tape to one, two or all three of these classes. Lights and/or magnifiers are always helpful!

What is included with each class: instruction, a complete kit, and lunch will be provided during each day of class at noon, beverages will be provided throughout the day, and our swag has been hailed by many as second to none! (Kathy will undoubtedly raise the bar yet again this summer!)

We look forward to welcoming you to Pittsford - or for many of you back to Pittsford! Discounted hotel information will be provided upon registration.

If you have any questions, please contact David at david@hobbyhouseneedleworks.com

More details regarding the Workshop, including the Preliminary Event Timeline, COVID Precautions and Contingencies, Detailed Kit Information, Woodcliff Hotel Group Rate and Alternative Hotel Accommodations, and more about the Village of Pittsford and the surrounding area, will be posted soon for your review.