Cynthia Jones

Costume Designer, Fashion Historian, Conservator, Collections Manager and Lecturer who enjoys a good audience. She has been sewing since Lyndon B. Johnson was president. It was not a choice, it was a calling and costumes became her life. She started out designing clothing for her dolls and worked up to humans. After studying theatre at the University of Tulsa and working in theatrical costumes for many years, she studied fashion design at Parson’s School of Fashion Design followed by a short career in Fashion. Then on to graduate school at NYU, studying at the Costume Institute in the Metropolitan Museum of Art with a fellowship at the Museum of Modern Art. While working on her PhD., she taught in the graduate fashion program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NY. Marriage cut this job short and she moved to Montreal where she has worked with the David Stewart Museum, McDonald Stewart Foundation, the Ramzey Museum and for 10 years as Collections Manager/Conservator at the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada. Through all this, she has continued to lecture on Fashion History, Decorative Arts and Musical Theatre at many different educational institutions and art based organizations. She loves to share her knowledge and her experiences in the museum, fashion and costume world.

Costume-Con 38 is proud to have Cynthia Jones as one of our Historical Masquerade judge. She will also offer us two panels that you don’t want to miss (exact panels’ schedule TBD):

Researching historic Costumes

A Night at the Museum: working in a museum


Natalie Dupuis

Natalie Dupuis holds a Masters Degree in Education and taught as a classroom teacher and a teacher trainer in Toronto, Paris, and London where she lived abroad for many years. After having children she combined her love for teaching and her passion for embroidery and now teaches Metalwork and surface embroidery. She has trained part-time at the Royal School of Needlework in London and has enjoyed learning at national seminars. She has recently enjoyed accolades for her original design at the national level in Canada. Natalie has taught for the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design, Canada’s annual Embroidery Seminar, and will teach at the Embroiderers’ Guild of America’s national seminar in 2020.

Natalie’s work features in Embroidery Canada Magazine, Australia’s Inspirations Magazine, and upcoming in the USA’s Needle Arts magazine. Natalie is currently working on a Masters level program in metal thread embroidery and is writing a research paper on the goldwork techniques of Or Nue vs Italian Shading. Natalie has been awarded numerous embroidery education related grants including the EGA’s Research Fellowship Grant Award. She has two young children who inspire her to be creative and pass on the love of needle arts. Natalie is involved in Waldorf education which values nature, creativity and of course handwork of all sorts.

You can listen to her musings about embroidery and how she got to where she is today on her podcast found at and also on

Natalie will give two workshops IN ENGLISH ONLY




For more details on other workshops out of convention please visit Natalie’s website and Facebook at and


When: Friday March 13th, 2020 (EXACT TIME TO BE DETERMINED)

Duration: 3 hours

Title: Introduction to Metal Thread Embroidery

An introduction to the use of silver plated, gilt gold and metallic coloured threads in embroidery. Students will be taught the basic techniques for attaching metal threads to fabric and will be provided with a basic hoop, needles, fabric, notes, and a large selection of metal threads to explore as they make up a simple sampler. Sample will include but not be limited to: couching, diaper patterns, cutwork, and attaching pearl purl. Students will also be guided on where to source materials, and which books and websites are the best for furthering their own study. Students will also be shown many stitched examples of where they can take their work further.

Students will be required to bring scissors appropriate for cutting metal threads, as well as fine scissors for cutting cotton and a writing tool for making notes.

Material and workshop fees: $65

Pre-Work: none

Maximum student registration: 15


When: SATURDAY March 14th, 2020 (From 10AM to 1 PM)

Duration: 3 hours

Title: Metal Thread Embroidery From the Reign of Louis XV According to his Chief Embroiderer

An exploration of gold and silver thread embroidery as seen on embroidered clothing of the French court in the 17 hundreds. Using the reference book of the chief designer and embroider to the King of France, students will learn padded cutwork, stitching around a card base, and how to turn corners and make patterns when couching metal threads. This will be a fast paced class suitable for those who have done some hand stitching in the past. The student kit will include a basic hoop, needles, metal paillettes, fabric, notes, and a selection of gold and silver threads to use while replicating motifs seen on clothing of the time.

Students will be required to bring scissors appropriate for cutting metal threads, as well as fine scissors for cutting cotton and a writing tool for making notes.

Material and workshop fees: $75

Pre-Work: none

Maximum student registration: 15