Books, Books, Books!

SOFAAR recently received a generous donation of books from Penny Berens. Although most deal with quilting, there are a variety of subjects. You can view a list of books sorted by topic on our website, If you would like one of the books, please contact Barbara Nutley-Hunter at Pickup or delivery can be arranged or you can receive your book the next time we are able to meet for Saturday Snips.


Aromatherapy Making Herbal Dream Pillows Jim Long
Art History Native Arts of North America Christian F. Feest
Artist Gallery Andy Lakey: Art, Angels, and Miracles Andy Lakey
Artist Gallery Ann Hamilton Joan Simon
Batik Creative Batik Rosi Robinson
Beads Creative Bead Jewelry: Wearing, Looming, Stringing, Wiring, Making Beads Carol Taylor
Ceramics Making Ceramic Sculpture: Techniques, Projects, Inspirations Raul Acero
Colour Colors Changing Hues Yvonne Porcella
Dollmaking Let’s Face It Elinor Peace Bailey
Dried Flowers The Dried Flower Arranger’s Companion Kym Hatala
Embroidery An Encyclopedia of Ribbon Embroidery Flowers: 121 Designs Deanna Hall West
Embroidery An Encylopedia of Ribbon Embroidery: Birds, Butterflies, and Blossoms Deanna Hall West
Embroidery An Encylopedia of Ribbon Embroidery: Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs Deanna Hall West
Embroidery Fuchsias: Silk Ribbon Embroidery Merrilyn Heazlewood
Embroidery Raised Embroidery: A Practical Guide to Decorative Stumpwork Barbara and Roy Hirst
Embroidery Ribbon Basics: All the Stitches & Techniques of Silk Ribbon Work & Embroidery Mary Jo Hiney and Joy Anckner
Embroidery Roses: Silk Ribbon Embroidery Merrilyn Heazlewood
Embroidery The Art of Silk Ribbon Embroidery Judith Baker Montano
Embroidery The Joy of Machine Embroidery: How to design, embroider and embellish with your sewing machine Regina Bartley
Embroidery Victorian Embroidery Robbyn MacDonald
General Crafts Hearts: The Art of Making Gifts of Love and Affection Juliet Bawden
General Crafts The New Craft Collection: Over 160 Beautiful, Easy-To-Make Projects
General Crafts Victorian Ribbon & Lacecraft Designs Mary Jo Hiney
Gilding Decorative Gilding: A Practical Guide Annie Sloan
Mosaic Mosaic Design: A Collection of Contemporary Artists JoAnn Locktov and Leslie Plummer Clagett
Papermaking Decorative Handmade Paper Jane Mansfield
Quilting A Colorful Book Yvonne Porcella
Quilting Amish Quilting Patterns: 56 Full-Size Ready-to-Use Designs and Complete Instructions Gwen Marston and Joe Cunningham
Quilting An Amish Adventure: A Workbook for Color in Quilts Roberta Horton
Quilting Applique in Bloom Gabrielle Swain
Quilting Cathedral Window: A New View Mary Ryder Kline
Quilting Connecting Up Mary Ellen Hopkins
Quilting Dimensional Applique: Baskets, Blooms and Baltimore Borders Elly Sienkiewicz
Quilting Fabled Followers: Innovative Quilt Patterns Inspired by Japanese Sashiko and Origami Traditions Kumiko Sudo
Quilting Happy Trails: Variations on the Classic Drunkard’s Path Pattern Pepper Cory
Quilting Hawaiian Quilting: Instructions and Full-Size Patterns for 20 Blocks Elizabeth Root
Quilting Little Brown Bird: Applique Masterpiece Patterns Margaret Docherty
Quilting Miniature Baltimor Album Quilts: 28 Embroidered and Embellished Block Designs Jenifer Buechel
Quilting My Mother’s Quilts: Designs From The Thirties Sara Nephew
Quilting Piecing: Expanding The Basics Ruth B. McDowell
Quilting Pineapple Passion Nancy Smith and Lynda Milligan
Quilting Precision Pieced Quilts Using The Foundations Method Jane Hall & Dixie Haywood
Quilting Progressive Quilt Japanese Quilt Art
Quilting Quilting Laurie Swim
Quilting Quilting Shortcuts Maggie Malone
Quilting Quiltmaking Susan Denton and Barbara Macey
Quilting Quilts and Quilting Threads
Quilting Quilts and Quilting: A Creative Guide Lesley Turpin-Delport
Quilting Quilts From Nature Joan Colvin
Quilting Quiltworks Across Canada: Eleven Contemporary Workshops Gail P. Hunt
Quilting Robes of Power: Totem Poles on Cloth Doreen Jensen and Polly Sargent
Quilting Silk Ribbon: More Than 30 Miniature Quilt Blocks Jenifer Buechel
Quilting The Quilt Digest
Quilting The Quilting Patchwork & Applique Project Book Dorothea Halls
Quilting The Second Quiltmaker’s Handbook: Creative Approaches to Contemporary Quilt Design Michael James
Rubbings Making Paper and Fabric Rubbings: Capturing Designs from Brasses, Gravestones, Carved Doors, Coins, and More Cecily Barth Firestein
Rug Hooking The Complete Book of Rug Hooking Joan Moshimer
Self Help Messy Thrilling Life: The Art of Figuring Out How to Live Sabrina Ward Harrison
Sewing Singer: Sewing Update 1988 Sewing Reference Library
Silk Paper Handmade Silk Paper Kath Russon
Silk Paper Take Silk: A Guide to Silk ‘Paper’ for the Creative Fibre Artist Judith Pinnell
Wire Art Wire in Design: Modern Wire Art & Mixed Media Barbara A. McGuire

SOFAAR Member Sam Norgard and International Beading Week

The Beadworkers Guild of the UK is sponsoring INTERNATIONAL BEADING WEEK.  SOFAAR member Prof. Sam Norgard, of the Savannah College of Art and Design, has been selected by The Beadworkers Guild of the UK as a Guest Ambassador.

Complete information may be found at:

Event Details: The Black and White Together Project Team’s goal, led by Prof. Norgard, will collect from Makers around the world numerous black and white warped squares made with size 11 black and white Delicas.  They will then assemble the works into one connected piece.  Hundreds of warped squares, representing Makers of various ethnicities, are envisioned!  It is their hope by offering these sessions, pre-recorded, on-line, that it will enable ease of access to Makers around the world allowing them to easily fit viewing into their schedules.

Warped square instructional video and all pattern instructions will be accessible on line.

During the week of July 27 – July 31 – each day Makers can access a pre-recorded session that will provide 25 minutes of instruction and demos on the construction of the warped square.  Each day a different pattern, using only black and white size 11 Delicas, will be explored.  In addition, 20 minutes of each session will be used to discuss the state of the art of beads by highlighting the works of various bead artists in the world today. Session links will be posted on International Bead Week website.

It is their vision that Makers interested in contributing to this piece will view the instructional sessions and contribute the warped square(s) they construct to the compilation of the final project.

Sewing Machine Needed

Can You Help?

Anna Amegah is a refugee – a single mother with 4 children – who lives in the area. She can sew but doesn’t have a machine. Funds are very limited and she wonders if anyone has one they are not using they would give to her. If you can help, please contact

E-Transfer Now Available

GOOD NEWS: When renewing or purchasing a membership, SOFAAR can now accept e-transfers to email address The e-transfer will automatically be deposited into SOFAAR’s chequing account; no password is required. We hope this will make payment easier during this difficult time and in the future.

Membership Extension Increased to 6 Months

In the April/May issue of Snippets we announced that, due to interruption of our ability to host Saturday Snips or provide workshops, all members in good standing as of March 2021 would have their membership extended for 3 months.

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 social distancing requirements, that extension has been increased to 6 months. We are looking into options for programming that might involve meeting via Skype or Zoom and we hope to resume Saturday Snips as early as September if circumstances allow. In the meantime, we’d love to see your works-in-progress. Send them to and we’ll post them here on the website.

Saturday Snips on hold

In light of the pandemic and the need for social distancing, the SOFAAR Board has cancelled upcoming sessions of Saturday Snips until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions about upcoming meetings as the need arises. In the meantime, we’re lucky that fibre arts can be practiced in isolation.

This is a good time to finish UFO’s and start challenging new projects.

While Saturday Snips is on hold, we’ll publish monthly issues of Snippets. Send photos of what you’re working on to  and we’ll include them in the next issue.

SOFAAR:AGM March 14th: important notice

SOFAAR members,

As you are no doubt already know the World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 to have reached pandemic status. At this time in Canada, as reported on the Government of Canada Health site,  80% of cases are travellers and 10% are close contacts of those travellers. There are no confirmed cases in Nova Scotia at the time of writing but this can change in a moment and progress rapidly.   With this in mind let us take the following precaution:

Anyone returning within the last 14 days from a country or province with confirmed COVID-19 cases, or been in contact with anyone who has, DO NOT attend the AGM event.

We all need our immune systems to be at their best so anyone suffering colds and seasonal flu please stay at home as well.

We are all going to have parts to play in the coming weeks. If it falls to me that my part is to stay home, I will immerse myself in fibre projects and be glad to do so. If we all do our part the show and tells once the contagion has abated could be amazing.

When I became SOFAAR president I never imagined penning such an email, but at this conjuncture I feel it is essential.

Yours wanting to keep us healthy,


Cheryl den Hartog

President SOFAAR

Fibre swap and sale. March 14th 2020

Our March 14th AGM with its ever popular ‘Fibre Swap & Sale’ is

now less than a week away!

There will be four tables with stash for sale and…


Fibre swap and sale. 2018

we will also be giving away ‘fibre stash’ rejects/leftovers. So, if you have any stash stuff you’d love to see find a new home with a fellow member just contact

See you this Saturday and remember, we will also be having a Saturday Snips afternoon from 1-4 so bring along a project to work on and something for show and tell.

Saturday Snips update

We were in Digby on February 8th to enjoy a Saturday Snips.

SOFAAR was pleased to welcome two new members:

Linda Hankinson is hooking these pigs:

Can you see the kitten amongst the piglets ?

And Frances Vienot has done some lovely appliquéed fabric painting:

Rachael’s flowers in her peacock hanging really shine:

Flowers in the peacock hanging.

And Christine is working on a medieval bunny hooking:

Our next gathering will be a special one. We will have our AGM followed by a stash sale and give-away (always a hit) followed by our Snips afternoon.

We hope you will join us on Saturday, March 14th at 1 pm at Saint-Luke’s Hall on Saint-George St. in Annapolis Royal.

Saturday Snips: February 8th: Digby

This month’s Saturday Snips takes place on Saturday, February 8th at the Digby Baptist church.

As for every Snips, our gathering is from 1 to 4 pm.

The Baptist Church is located at 2 Mount Street on the corner of Mount Street and Montague Street.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Please bring along something for the show and tell.

Non-members are welcome to come and see what we are up to. Fibre work of all kinds is done at the Saturday Snips from knitting to needlepoint, hooking to quilting.

All welcome.

Julia’s finished quilt!