Monday, November 28, 2011

Preparing for Gitta's Christmas Open House

I spent the weekend finishing Christmas ornaments for our Christmas Open House this coming Saturday, December 3rd.  Every year at the Christmas Open House we take the opportunity to thank you, our customers - without you the shop would not be here. 

As a special thank you this year, I designed a flying reindeer.  Mary was kind enough to stitch it for me as I was busy putting together the thank you packages for the Open House.  Ietje was so taken with the design that she also stitched him in her favourite colour - red.

Every year the shop is decorated for Christmas, goodies are baked, a thank you gift is prepared for our visitors, and shop discounts are marked.  My sister even visited this year for a few days to help deocorate the shop.  She did a fabulous job on the shop window, and she'll be back in time to help for the Open House.  

I would like to invite all of you to join us this Saturday 
December 3rd, to celebrate the Holiday Season 
with shop specials, goodies and lots of Christmas Cheer.

Friday, November 18, 2011


During the NeedleWorkers MarketPlace, this past April,  Carolyn Mitchell and I discussed the possibility of her teaching a workshop at Gitta's.
Carolyn is a canvaswork and hardanger designer.  Her original designs are filled with a creative use of various fibres and layered stitches.  And "Mystique" is no exception.  It is an absolutely stunning design.

 This was a 2 two day workshop held this past weekend in our class room at the shop.
Carolyn teaches at guilds and shops both in Canada and the US, as well as mentoring new designer.
In the photo above she demonstrated the Twisted Bow stitch.
She is a wonderful and well respected designer and instructor.
The ladies had a great time and accomplished a lot in 2 days.  This was the last "live" Mystique workshop for a number of years, as ANG, the American Needlepoint Guild,  has reserved the rights to this design for their Cyber Class line-up. But for now the "Mystique" model and some of Carolyn's designs are on display at Gitta's. So if you are able to visit the shop, drop by and see for yourself. 
 I would like to thank Carolyn for a wonderful weekend - for sharing her knowledge and love of Needlework.

Don't forget that December 3rd is Gitta's Christmas Open House.  
Drop by for some Christmas Cheer.