Stitch-In during Arts Unleashed on August 23rd.

Please join SOFAAR members in Annapolis Royal on Tuesday, August 23rd from 1-4 pm for a stitch-in.

This event will take place at Mrs. Nicholson Home at 212 St-George St.

It is part of Annapolis Royal’s Arts Unleashed 9-day celebration of arts and culture.

Bring a portable project and a chair. There will be room for stitchers outside and in!

Let’s show everyone how versatile “fibre” can be.

Hope to see you all there.

And on August 28th from 1-3 pm there will be the Opening Reception of SOFAAR’s first annual exhibition at the Chapel Gallery at ArtsPlace, 396 St. George Street in Annapolis Royal. That exhibit will run through September 25th.

More events planned in September and October so stay tuned.

Call to fibre artists to create a leaf!

Asha Croggan is member of SOFAAR who does volunteer work with Suicide Prevention. Every year, for their annual gathering, Asha organises what she calls a Community HeART project.

This year the theme of the gathering is The Power of Community and the symbol is a TREE.

Asha is looking for fibre artists to create a leaf – or several – for the tree. The leaves will be distributed to all the participants at the Suicide Prevention gathering and they will attach them to the community tree in honour of someone they care for and/or in honour of the commitment they are making to strengthen our collective community.

As Asha says ” The power of community is like the power of a tree. Each leaf a member of the community rising up to do their part in creating a kinder, more compassionate, more resilient community”

Details of how you can participate by making a leaf (before the September 5th deadline), can be found in the attached document.

You can also contact Asha at: <ashavcroggon@gmail.com>

Call for Fibre Artists

World Embroidery Day stitching

Susan Caley-Purdy and Christine Igot stitched for an hour down at Mrs. Nicholson Home in Annapolis Royal in honour of World Embroidery Day on July 30th.

Many people were interested to learn there was a World Embroidery Day!

Also snapped a photo of a visitor’s tattoo!

She calls herself a “hard-core Canadian knitter” and this tattoo is the proof.

We all celebrate our love of fibre in many ways.

 

Celebrating a love of stitching!
Celebrating a love of stitching!
Susan and Christine stitching in Annapolis Royal.
Susan and Christine stitching in Annapolis Royal.

Members’ exhibit coming up!

If you are a SOFAAR member, please think about submitting a piece for the members’ exhibit: “SOFAAR presents the Art of Fibre”, coming up at ARCAC at the end of August.

Submission deadline is fast approaching… August 1st, and members have received details of the submission requirements in their latest newsletter.

This will be a curated exhibit which means an independent party will select the work to be exhibited. Our curator for this exhibit will be Bonnie Baker, a well-known Annapolis Royal artist who worked with textiles for many years. Bonnie will be looking at the submission seeking to showcase as broad a range of work as possible.

Bonnie will be making her choices “blind” – she will not know who has submitted pieces.

It will be our first annual exhibition and it will be held August 28th to September 25th in the Chapel Gallery at ArtsPlace, home of ARCAC.

 

World Embroidery Day: July 30th

The idea for World Embroidery Day came from the Swedish Embroiderer’s Guild and was first celebrated on July 30th, 2011.

There is a manifesto and this is part of it:

”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 privileged 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 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 sake of Peace, Freedom and Equality.”

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You can read the entire manifesto at the link below:

http://www.broderiakademin.nu/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/embroidery_manifesto_-english.pdf

There is also a link for printing out pennants.

So find a friend and make a plan to embroider together on July 30th!

Painting in Thread: Fibre talk at North Hills Museum. July 19.

Paul Paquette, a member of SOFAAR and needlepointer extraordinaire, will be giving a very interesting talk on the history of European tapestry.

“… from the 8th century B.C. through the medieval age and the Renaissance. Its demise as an art form due to stylistic changes between the 17th and 19th centuries will be explored. Finally, its rebirth by 20th century hobbyists will be examined.”

This talk will take place at North Hills Museum as part of the Salt Box Talks of Adult Lectures.

Cost: $6.00 per person

Time and Date: Tuesday, July 19th, 2016, 7 to 9 pm

Registration is required. Please call 902-532-2168 or e-mail the museum at: <northhillsmuseum@gmail.com> to reserve your space.

SOFAAR launch a great success!

SOFAAR’s launch was a huge success in Annapolis Royal.

Well over 250 people visited our exhibit at Saint Luke’s Hall in Annapolis Royal on June 3rd and 4th to help us launch our fibre arts group.

We are now a group of 45 members!

Here are some pictures of that event:

Needelfelting and hooking
Needlefelting and hooking
Needle lace
Needle lace
Wearable fibre art
Wearable fibre art
Needlepoint
Needlepoint
Knitted garments
Knitted garments
Coiled baskets
Coiled baskets
Knitted tea cosies
Knitted tea cosies
Quilting and hooking
Quilting and hooking
SOFAAR board
SOFAAR board

Fibre Fridays here in Annapolis Royal

Wool House Fibre Arts Studio Fibre Fridays

Join Susan Caley-Purdy on the 2nd and 4th Fridays each month (calendar permitting) for all things “fibery” from spinning to stitching.

Drop in anytime from 2 to 5 pm. to work on whatever project you have on the go and to see what Susan is up to.

62 School Street, Annapolis Royal.

Call Susan at 902-532-0274 for more information.