Friday, November 14, 2014

Stitching with Lorene

Wednesday evening, Lorene was in the shop teaching a Canvaswork workshop.  The project was her Chantilly biscornu.
Having brought some of their own fibre stash from home, we first worked on selecting our colours.  This was a lot of fun.  One even selected colours outside of her usual compfort zone, but it was right on target with mine.  I can't wait to see them all complete.

This image shows both the top and bottom of the Lorene's biscornu.  It's a great project for canvas stitchers of all levels.  I love how the colours are interwoven and layered. 

Lorene has been designing for several years, and she joins the greats in what she brings  to canvaswork. 
One of her newest designs available for sale is
Ave del Paraiso.  It shows off her insight in colour, stitches, and creativity.  Even the background is spectacular; it is subtle, delicate and intricate all at the same time.  The end result is  mesmerizing.

In one of her teaching pieces she combines colours, such as orange and turquise.  One would never think of combining these, yet they blend together seamlessly and look like they belong together.
Having Lorene's models up on display in the shop,  I find myself checking them out every time I pass by.

They will remain up until our Christmas Open House, so drop by and see for yourself.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Designer of the Month: Lorene Salt

Lorene Salt is an award winning stitcher, and her favourite medium is Canvaswork. She has been designing for over 5 years and enjoys watching a piece come alive through colour and texture.

She has completed the Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Canvaswork courses through EAC (Embroiderers' Association of Canada), and has also  taken many cyberclasses and courses through EAC and ANG (American Needlepoint Guild). Lorene has taught at the EAC Seminar in Regina in 2010 and at the CreativFestival in Toronto in 2011 and 2012.

Some of her models on display at Gitta's will not be released until after the National EAC seminar next year, so drop by to see these and her other designs.

Lorene has a vast knowledge of canvas work and experience of stitching with all kinds of needleart fibres.  She will be in the shop Wednesday November 12th for Stitch Night, and will hold a mini canvas work workshop from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, and share her insights.

Visit our workshop page at for more details, or just call the shop.

While visiting Gitta's this month, don't forget to collect Lorene's contribution to the Designer of the Month Sampler.  This design is free of charge, but we hope that you will add some of her other designs to your canvas work collection.  All of her published designs are also available on our website.

Lorene is our final designer, and her design completes the Designer of the Month Sampler.  This has been an fun journey, and I am so please with the end result.  Didn't it turn out great?

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Desginer of the Month: Lynne Nicoletti

This month's designer is Lynne Nicoletti.  I have known Lynne for many years and have always admired her unique and original designs.  She was one of the first to release Canadiana themed designs, and her Bluenose Dime, Loon, MacDonald Maple Leaf, and Maple Leaf Collage are still as popular as ever.

Another popular design series are her Hidden Images.  Every time you look at them you see something new.  And if you are unable to spot them all, Lynne is kind enough to point them out and explain their meaning within the design.

Her newest series that truly speaks to me is her Seasonal Inspiration.  Each design has a border of images unique to that time of year and features a tree in the centre.  I have a love of trees, as can be concluded from my own Tree Sampler Series

So whether you are looking for regular cross stitch, or a design that incorporates specialty stitches such as blackwork, then give one of Lynne's patterns a try.

While visiting the shop or her designer page on our website, don't forget to ask for her FREE design for our Designer Collaboration Sampler. 
 Only one more designer remains, and that will be Lorene Salt in November.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Long Tall Santa

This Saturday, September 20th, is our first workshop of the season. Open to all levels this beginner cross stitch class is being taught by Michelle Edmunds.  Michelle is our Designer of the Month and she will cover cross stitch, backstitching, french knots, and working with different fibres.

There is still time to join Michelle for this workshop and finish her folksy Santa in plenty of time for Christmas.
Once the Santa is complete, you can then join one of our Ornament Finishing classes later on.

So drop by this Saturday to either join the workshop or Meet the Designer.  Michelle will be in the shop as of 12:30 pm, and don't forget to pick up her Free pattern, the next added to our Designer Collaboration Sampler.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Designer of the Month - Michelle Edmunds of Great Bear Canada

Together with her husband, Michelle creates needlework projects that celebrate the things she holds dear.  The ideas come from everyday experiences such as going to fall fairs, dream-planning her garden, and her fascination of Celtic design.
Being graphic designers, Michelle and her husband have put an equal (if not greater) effort into the layout, presentation and quality of their leaflets,  with big, easy to follow charts.

Michelle's designs are composed of only full stitches, so they will also look great in petit point or needlepoint.  In fact I have always been fascinated with her "Source of Strength" design and wanting to needlepoint it as a pillow.  I am inspired with the saying and just generally love the layout of the design.

I am also quite taken with her Spirit Series.  She matches an element of nature with a single word.  I find the simplicity of these designs fascinating and inspiring.  Although one can cross stitch or needlepoint these patterns from the chart, Michelle also has this series available as painted canvases.

So whether you cross stitch or needlepoint drop by the shop during September to see Michelle's models.  Michelle has also donated package of Notecards for a prize draw.  With every purchase of one of her designs will earn you a ballot form for the prize draw at the end of the month.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Our home additions

Over the last few weeks, it has been my house that has demanded most of my attention.  With my Dad not wanting to live on his own in the near future, my husband and I decided to add two additions to our house.  The front addition will add an in-law suite for my Dad and a guest bedroom to our second floor.  The rear addition is to enlarge our great room. We started with the rear addition and took hundreds of photos.  Here are a few photos from the last 5 weeks.

 Breaking ground -   After weeks of David tearing down walls and preparing the inside of the house for the addition, it was so exciting to finally "start".

This is how it looked when the basement was dug out and the opening cut into the existing basement wall. 


Next  forms were built and  cement poured for the basement footings.

  One week after they first started to dig the basement , the brick layers arrived to build the block wall.  The wall was then sealed, wrapped in a waterproofing  membrane, and back filled with sand.

It was very exciting to see the addition taking shape, but with every crew that arrived my backyard was looking more and more like a builder's yard.

Then over the  next 2 days the framers framed up the floor and walls. 

 The beam to support the roof was also installed on the second day.

This is a view from the inside with the old roof ripped off.  They did tarp it for over night, just in case of rain and to keep out any four legged guests.

This is how the rear of the house looked with the walls and roof.  Next the patio door and window were relocated to the new outer wall.

Lastly David and I, with the help of our son, covered the walls with builders wrap. For now the rear addition is on hold until the front addition is in the same stage of completion.  Then the roofers, brick layers and stucco guys will come in and compete the exterior.

If you are interested in the progress, let me know and I'll follow up with the front addition in a few weeks.

Monday, July 28, 2014

All done!!

After ripping out half of the sampler to make room for the year, I decided I was going to finish it and not just tuck it into my drawer.  It took me two nights.  I was on a roll, and had figured out what I would do with the stitched pieces, so I stitched the alphabet sampler as well.

A simple little throw pillow is what I had in mind.  Other than the Sulky Threads (Blendables 4016 and Solid 1198) everything else was in my stash at home.
The fabric is a fat 1/4 yard of Batik.  I can never resist these little bundles of colourful fabric pieces at tradeshows.  The button is out of my Grandmother's button box.  It probably came off of one of her old jackets.  She never discarded a button, to one day give new life to something old.