Saturday, October 24, 2015

October's Ornament of the Month

Voila, the October mini Stocking ornament.  The black mono canvas peeks out through the orange and green.  There is also a little bit of purple running through the design, to which I managed to match the trim.   I found the trim, believe it or not, at a local Dollarama (dollar store).  The backing fabric I choose is green and the lining orange.  I love the way the stocking turned out.  Imagine it filled with Halloween treats.  Kits available at for only $9.95

Here are the colours for the November Stocking.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Guest Designer : Me

Last month I had been invited as a guest Designer by Jeannette Douglas for her weekend retreat/workshop in Cambridge.  I had a fabulous time.  

I have known Jeannette for many, many years.  Since before she published her first design, the Northern Shield Sampler.  She had visited our booth at the Creative Sewing & Needlework Festival in Toronto.  She introduced herself to my Mom and me with her stitched sampler in hand.  We loved it straight away and that was the beginning of a what I am sure will be a lifelong friendship.
For many years Jeannette had joined us at the CSNF teaching and introducing new designs, today she is world renowned in the stitching community.  So, when she invited me as the afternoon guest to display my designs, I was honoured.

I took models to represent the range of designs available under Gitta's Designs.  From my current designs I took my Tree Sampler series, my Petites - the four Seasons and Winter Walk, the Chair Necessaires and Biscornus.  From some of my older designs I took my Wildflowers afghan, which shows all 10 Provincial and 3 Territorial flowers; some of my original floral designs, landscapes, and the Nordic Santa. 
I also took a few of our Inuit children designs, which have actually been designed by my husband, David, and some of my Mother's floral designs. 

Finally, I introduced my newest release, a Bargello Scissor fob, available in 5 colour options.  In this straight forward design, there are 8 fibres that run through 2 colour ranges.  The stitched piece is then wrapped and capped, in essence making it a large bead.  The tassel is then made  from the remainder of the fibres, and with the beads and clasp the fob is complete.

The ladies were quite taken with this scissor bling, some even purchased several for their stitching friends back home.  To either gift the kits, or the completed fob.
These kits are now also available through  They can be found on either the Canvaswork page or under Gitta's Designs.