Workshop report

Twelve of us attended Heather Horsfall’s talk and workshop on creating our own work this past Sunday, October 2nd, 2016.

It was a very interesting and informative afternoon!

If you have any ideas for other workshops, please let us know.

Here are some pictures of the event.

Heather Horsfall speaking on creativity.
Heather Horsfall speaking on creativity.
Sherry and Marilyn looking at objects from nature and printed inspiration.
Sherry and Marilyn looking at objects from nature and printed inspiration.
Heather explaining the tracing method for corners.
Heather explaining the tracing method for corners.
Some finished traced ideas
Some finished traced ideas

Design your own Art workshop. October 2nd 2016

If you’ve ever wanted to design your own work but hesitated because you “can’t draw” or “aren’t artistic,” or if you want to take your designs to another level, this workshop is for you.

Workshop details and a registration form are attached.

You must preregister for this workshop, and space is limited.

Registration will be open for SOFAAR members only through September 15, after which it will be opened to the public if space is still available.

Horsfall workshop registration

SOFAAR members’ program: September 7th, 2016

SOFAAR Members’ Program – Wednesday, September 7th at 6:30 p.m.
Where ? ArtsPlace, Annapolis Royal: upstairs
A brief business meeting will be followed by a talk and photographic tour of Iceland as seen through a fibre artist’s eyes by SOFAAR member Cheryl Den Hartog.
You’ll also have time to visit the SOFAAR exhibition in the Chapel Gallery.
Field of Lupins, Iceland. Photo: Bob Duff
Field of Lupins, Iceland.
Photo: Bob Duff

SOFAAR presents The Art of Fibre exhibit

This is SOFAAR’s first annual exhibition.

The opening reception is this Sunday, August 28th, 2016 from 1 – 3 p m in the Chapel Gallery at ArtsPlace, 396 St. George Street in Annapolis Royal.

The exhibit runs through September 25th so if you can’t make it to the reception, you will have time to visit the exhibit.

This is a a curated exhibit. Pieces were chosen by Bonnie Baker from submissions.



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: <>

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.”


You can read the entire manifesto at the link below:

There is also a link for printing out pennants.

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