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Gitta's

Overview

Gitta's, named after owner Gitta Al-Basi, nestled in the east village of Port Credit, is the place where stitchers meet with their stitching friends, shop for stitching supplies and see the new stitching designs from Europe and the United States.

Contact Information

271 Lakeshore Road East Mississauga, Ontario, Canada L5G 1G8

phone: view phone905-274-7198

fax: view fax905-274-2194

website: www.gittas.com

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Description

Gitta's is fully stocked with quality fabrics, threads and expert advice for both the beginner and advanced stitcher. For cross stitchers and sampler stitchers they have thousands of patterns. The shelves are stocked with: linens, aidas and evenweaves; metallic threads and the full line of cotton and silk floss; wonderful hand dyed cottons and silks.

For canvas stitchers there is the complete line of mono canvases, a huge selection of specialty fibres, stretcher frames, and laying tools. Needlepointers will find wool and mono and double weave canvases, hand painted canvases, European printed canvases and partially completed needlepoint for footstools and chairs.

As you enter the shop you will wonder where to explore first! Gitta's ran out of floor space many years ago - sliding walls were built to accommodate threads, painted canvases are pinned to the ceiling and hanging partitions are used to display a huge array of models (and no other shop has as many models as Gitta's!). The staff is not only knowledgeable about various stitching techniques, they are also avid stitchers - as soon as a new pattern arrives in the shop, someone inevitably will want to stitch it. Gitta's staff includes: Monika Juengel, Ietje Jackovich, Mary Stewart and Polly Seefeldt.

Gitta has developed her own line of counted designs for cross stitch, petit point and needlepoint. Her designs are composed of only full stitches, relying on the subtle colour changes, rather than backstitching to achieve design detail. Most of her designs are in petit point and these also look great in cross stitch. Petit point is worked in the continental stitch or tent stitch, with the thread colour completely covering the canvas or gauze, thus giving the colours a richer appearance. Both DMC and Anchor may be used in one design if a broader range of shading is required.

Gitta and her daughter, Kathrin, started designing over 25 years ago. Gitta grew up in Germany where handwork was always a part of her life but it was not until she immigrated to Canada with her husband and two small children that she first did petit point. Being charmed by this new technique she quickly stitched all that was available at the time. Having a difficult time finding patterns that inspired her, she designed scenes and florals. Her son-in-law has joined the design team and his Inuit children are loved by all. Gitta's husband, Nathan, has been a great support since the opening of the shop. Now that he's retired, he helps Gitta full-time with the custom framing, turning their clients' works of art into heirloom treasures.

Today, via the internet, Gitta's designs have reached such far away places as Australia, the Netherlands and Alaska, and many stitchers from around the world have made their way to Gitta's door. A great satisfaction for the staff is teaching on a one-to-one basis and getting to know customers. All classes are listed on the website. So, if you have not yet been to the shop, please stop in the next time you are in the area.

Hours of work

Closed on Mondays.
Tue 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun Closed

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