March 11th 2017: Fibre stash sale and give-away!

Mark your calendar for March 11 for a jam-packed afternoon of SOFAAR events, all at St. Luke’s Church Hall in Annapolis Royal. Here’s what’s happening:

1 p.m.  – Annual General Meeting

2 – 4 p.m. – Fabulous Fibre Stash Sale & Giveaway — see details below

2 – 4 p.m. – Play Time! We’ll have chairs set up and the tea kettle on. After you check out the Stash Sale & Giveaway, you can try out your new treasures or work on your latest project (or a UFO you’ve been meaning to finish) and knit, hook, stitch, spin or otherwise play with fibre.


Fabulous Fibre Stash Sale & Giveaway

Here’s your chance to reduce, increase or revitalize your fibre stash! Following SOFAAR’s AGM on March 11, we’re promoting a fabulous fibre stash bash. There will be tables of fibre supplies for sale and giveaway. The public is invited and we’ll advertise the event widely. Here’s how you can participate:

  • Reserve an individual table to sell your work, or share one with a friend (you work out the sharing details). Cost for a 6-ft table is $10, and you tend your own table.
  • Donate items to SOFAAR. We’ll sort them into “sale” and “give-away” categories, display them and staff the tables. Funds raised from SOFAAR sales will help finance our programs for the year.
  • Use the opportunity to add to your stash at bargain prices! ·Tell your friends about the sale and encourage them to come.


If you want to reserve a table, contact by February 28. If you have items to donate to the SOFAAR tables, please get them to Christine Igot ( by February 24.

Fall Fibre Retreat

Sofaar is excited to officially launch the detailed information package about its Fabulous Fall Fibre Retreat which will take place in Annapolis Royal the weekend of September 29th to October 1st.

Accommodations will be at the historic and beautiful Queen Anne Inn.

Attendees will enjoy their fibre arts get-away weekend working on their projects in the Inn’s beautiful parlours.
You can stitch the weekend away and explore the birthplace of Canada while strolling along the river, taking in the Farmers’s Market, visiting Canada’s First National Historic site: Fort Anne and enjoying fabulous breakfasts and a three-course Saturday evening meal at the Queen Anne Inn.

Attendees will have a special guided tour of the Historic Fort Anne tapestry and a visit to the local gallery featuring a SOFAAR fibre exhibit.

Why not bring a fibre friend and spend a lovely weekend with like-minded fibre enthousiasts!


Historic Queen Anne Inn
Historic Queen Anne Inn

Learn Batik!

SOFAAR is partnering with the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council (ARCAC) to offer a Batik Workshop with Cameron McIntosh at ARTsPLACE in Annapolis Royal in March. The workshop is in 4 sessions:

  •   Monday 6 March 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  •   Saturday 11 March 3 – 5 pm
  •   Monday 13 March 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  •   Saturday 18 March 3 – 5 pm.The deadline for registration is February 15, and class size is limited to 14.

    The cost is $95 per person, all supplies included. See the ARCAC website ( for details and to register.

    Carmeon McIntosh attended The Ontario College of
    Art and Design where he focussed on experimenting
    and inventing new processes and visual effects. He
    taught English in Japan in the 1990s and more recently
    in Thailand, where he also practiced local art forms. He
    works in pastel, batik, Japanese lacquer and
    photography, saying “Batik is one of my favourite
    processes because it’s very fast to produce and the large, vibrant images stimulatebatik

Fun afternoon in Bridgetown

Twenty-three stitchers, hookers, knitters and other fibrephiles came out last Saturday afternoon to spend an agreeable couple of hours on Saturday the 28th of January working on their different fibre projects with like-minded individuals.

Sofaar members and others enjoyed sharing ideas and tips.

We all appreciated the lovely church hall of Saint-Alphonsus in Bridgetown.

We’ll be sure to do it again next month so keep an eye out on the location.

Céleste and Grace working on their fibre projects.
Céleste and Grace working on their fibre projects.

Project day together! January 28th

Here’s a great way to beat the January blahs!

Join your fellow SOFAAR members for a relaxed afternoon plying your needles and hooks in a social setting on January 28, 2 to 4 p.m. at St Alphonsus Hall in Bridgetown.

Bring your latest project (or a UFO you’ve been meaning to finish) and knit, hook, stitch, spin or otherwise play with fibre. There’ll be no business meeting, no pressure; just a chance to sit and stitch.

There are lots of tables and electrical outlets if you want to bring a machine or extra light and washrooms and a kitchen handy if you need a cup of tea.

Feel free to bring a fibre friend. There is no charge for the event, but a small donation ($2) to help offset hall rental costs is requested.


Where:                St Alphonsus Catholic Church – 93 South Street, Bridgetown.
(See map, attached)

When:                  January 28, 2 – 4 p.m.

Some Conditions Apply: 

Here’s your “small print” warning of conditions that apply to this offer: In the event of a major snow storm, the event will be cancelled. It will also be cancelled should a funeral be scheduled for that date.

If we have to cancel, we will post the cancellation notice on our SOFAAR  website (www.SOFAAR.caand our Facebook page.

We hope to see you there.

St Alphons

“Garden of Eden” quilt shown in Understorey Magazine

SOFAAR member and quilter Marilyn Preus ( has one of her beautiful silk quilts shown in the December issue of Understorey Magazine (

This magazine publishes literary writing and visual art by and about Canadian women.

An image of Marilyn’s quilt, titled: Garden of Eden, is in the December issue called “Home and Away”. It accompanies poetry by Christina McRae called “For the Journey/I Know You Remember”:


Garden of Eden quilt
Garden of Eden quilt


Marilyn Preus
Marilyn Preus


AR Celebration Tartan

SOFAAR member and graphic designer Kim Gunn has created the Annapolis Royal Celebration 2017 tartan!

This tartan has been endorsed by the town of Annapolis Royal and is officially registered with the Scottish Registry of Tartans.

Gunn designed this tartan “in honour of the Town of Annapolis Royal and its rich heritage to celebrate Canada’s 150th” according to Jane Nicholson of AIRO who helped out Kim with a financial contribution.

Kim says the tartan was inspired by “the seasonal colours of the North Mountain, the Annapolis River and Bay of Fundy as well as the lush green landscapes, lupins and red soil”.

The tartan will be available in time for Tartan Day on April 6th, 2017.

(information for this posting thanks to Larry Powell of the Annapolis Spectator)

AR Tartan designed by Kim Gunn
AR Tartan designed by Kim Gunn

Tiny Treasures exhibit

Most of us will not be in Savannah, Georgia over the holidays… but if you are, you can check out SOFAAR member Sam Norgard’s amazing beaded pieces.

She is featured in the “Tiny Treasures” exhibit of the Coastal Bead Society running through December and January at the Cultural Arts Gallery in Savannah, Georgia.

Sam’s creations are amazing !

A Sam Norgard needed piece.
A Sam Norgard beaded piece.
Coastal Bead Society Exhibit
Coastal Bead Society Exhibit

Bonnie Baker: Established Artist Award

SOFAAR member, textile artist, drawer and printmaker Bonnie Baker has received provincial recognition at the 2016 Creative Nova Scotia Awards.

Bonnie was awarded one of 5 Established Artist Recognition prizes (worth $5000) at a ceremony in Halifax on November 5th.

Bonnie studied printmaking at NSCAD. She is also involved in regional art making exhibition.

Bonnie lives in Annapolis Royal and juried SOFAAR’s first show held at ARCAC earlier this year.

SOFAAR congratulates Bonnie!