Christmas Social: December 8th

Our annual Saturday Snips Christmas Social taking place on

Saturday, December 8th from 2 to 5 pm at the United Church in Annapolis Royal.
Please bring some show and tell and/or current project to share with members.
And those tiny stockings by anyone who attended the crazy stocking workshop with Kay.
Refreshments will be served.
Also, the beautiful silk quilt and pillow made by Marilyn Preus will be up for grabs, with a lucky ticket being pulled out of a hat… or a stocking?
There is parking at the ARCAC gallery across from the church (which is by the lights) or also at the Courthouse right by the lights as well.
We hope to see you all there.
Our wish list!
Our wish list!

Crazy Christmas stocking workshop

Fifteen SOFAAR members spent a very agreeable Sunday afternoon on November 25th learning how to make a delightful little Christmas crazy stocking under the patient and watchful eye of instructor Kay den Hartog.

We all hope to have our little creations to show at SOFAAR’s next gathering on December 8th.

Many thanks to Kay and to Céleste for all their help and clearly printed patterns.

Thanks also to Céleste for sharing her silk stash and to all participants for sharing bits of lace, fabric, buttons and beads and all manner of shiny bits!

Rachael made us all tea and coffee and provided snacks and we were very grateful to have a break as the afternoon whizzed by and we admired everyone’s handiwork.

A great time was had by all!

Kay demonstrating at her machine behind some of her own creations.
Kay demonstrating at her machine behind some of her own creations.
We progress under Kay's watchful eye.
We progress under Kay’s watchful eye.
Shiny bits to embellish.
Shiny bits to embellish.
Julia adds buttons.
Julia adds buttons.


Fun fibre gathering

About 17 SOFAAR members met on Saturday October 13th to work on projects and show them off at the Paradise Hall.
Lots of tasty treats and wonderful work to look at.

Hope to see you next time!


Kay, Annette and Brenda working away.
Everyone working away with fibre!.

East meets West exhibit held over till Nov. 3th

If you have not had a chance to visit the East meets West exhibit at the King’s theatre lobby in Annapolis Royal, you still have time.

The exhibit will now remain up until Saturday, November 3rd.

The 30 or more 10 by 10 inch pieces of different fibre techniques are wonderful to look at and we are thrilled to have had this joint exhibit with VISDA (Vancouver Island Surface Design Association).


Fibre stitching day: Saturday, October 13th

Join us at the Paradise Community Hall from 1 to 4 pm on Saturday, October 13th for an afternoon of stitching and fibre crafting. Bring your current project or a show and tell and share an afternoon with like-minded fibre enthusiasts!

Refreshments will be provided.

10300 Highway One, Paradise.

Working away on finishing a project!
Working away on finishing a project!

Annual Maritime Lace Day: Oct 6th

This 4th annual Maritime Lace Day takes place on October 6th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Caribou Community Hall in Caribou River, NS.

Attendees are invited to bring their lunch and show and tell of all things lace.

The event is open to the public from 2 to 4 pm to see bobbin lace being made.

Special guest Gary Wood will be demonstrating the turning of wooden bobbins. And there will be a lace supplies for sale.

East meets West and Art of Fibre exhibits

Not one but two wonderful fibre exhibits to see in the month of September. Opening receptions are the weekend of September 8th and 9th.

East meets West is a joint exhibit with the Vancouver Surface Design Association. This exhibit will be at the King’s Theatre Lobby from August 30th to November 3th. The opening reception will take place on Saturday evening, September 8th at 7 pm and will be joined via video link with the opening at the Portal’s Gallery in Ducan BC.


The Art of Fibre is a SOFAAR members’ exhibit taking place at the Chapel Gallery at ARCAC in Annapolis Royal from September 2nd to October 13th, 2018. The opening reception will take place Sunday afternoon, September 9th from 1 – 3 pm.

sofaar.Artof Fiberposter

sofaar.Artof Fiberposter

Beautiful silk quilt being raffled

SOFAAR has been donated a gorgeous pure silk quilt created by Marilyn Preus valued at at least $2,500.00.  We are selling tickets for this wonderful quilt (and matching square pillow) at $5.00 each.
We have recently obtained a permit from council to set up on market days every other week in the small courtyard across from the market, directly adjacent to King’s theatre.
 AUG.:  18th,  29th.        SEPT.:  1st.,  15th,  29th               Oct.:  6th
You can purchase tickets at the market or contact to purchase tickets.
The draw will take place December 6th at our Christmas fibre gathering.
Silk quilt raffle 2018
Silk quilt raffle 2018

Happy World Embroidery Day!

Take a moment today to work on a project to celebrate World Embroidery Day.

Manifesto for World Embroidery Day 30th of July

Textile reflects our world; embroideries can show the expressions of our time. Embroidery and textiles can focus on the social injustices between countries.

By the means of embroidery we can draw attention to the necessity of engaging in the force of textile in global trade and with it in world peace. Textiles is a power and let us use embroidery as an inspiration for people to engage in creativity that leads to a better understanding between countries and between people.

To embroider is a peaceful occupation. It can be traditional made from a common remembrance, drawn designs, from a pattern, or from your own imagination. You em- broider for joy, beauty, decoration and for the creation of identity.

Stitches can be decorative, beautiful, comforting, repeating, healing, telling, plea- surable, rebellious, caressing and perfect.

People embroider out of joy, as a hobby, professionally, for the bare necessities of life and as an act of freedom. You embroider together with others or in meditative soli- tude.

We want to acknowledge embroidery as an act of free creativity, which can lead to free, creative thoughts and ideas. We want to tie our embroidery threads from the privi- leged northern hemisphere together with stiches that are sewn by embroidering sisters and brothers all over the world.

We want to be part of a joyfully creative peace movement.

The initiative came from Skåne Sy-d, a local group of Broderiakademin, the SwedishEmbroiderer’s Guild. The first World Embroidery Day took place in Vismarlöv, 30th July 2011. The importance of embroidery must be made known and World Embroidery Day will spread around the world. Make 30th July a day filled with creativity for the sakeof Peace, Freedom and Equality.


Showing and telling in Bridgetown. January 20th 2018
Showing and telling in Bridgetown. January 20th 2018

Fibre gathering July 26th

SOFAAR invites you to a BYOP (Bring Your Own Project) gathering on July 26, 6 to 8 p.m., upstairs at ARTsPLACE (396 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal).
This is a time to work on your current project, maybe get some help with a snag, and visit with your fellow SOFAAR members.
For those participating in East Meets West, this is an opportunity to get any questions answered about finishing, hanging sleeves, etc., and/or to submit your work.
If you are putting a piece or pieces in the Members’ Exhibit (due date August 16th for submissions) and you would like that photographed for the submission, please bring along that work as well.
Céleste will be on hand to answer questions about this exhibit.
We hope to see you there!
Stitching together
Stitching together