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

ONE Retreat room left!

There is only ONE remaining room at the Hillsdale House Inn for our Fabulous Fall Fibre Retreat!
The time to book it is NOW!

There are a few possible day-stitching spots still up for grabs.

Please contact us for more information and to register.

It’s going to be a Fabulous Fall Fibre event!!


DMC floss now in Annapolis

The Variety Store in Annapolis Royal (a SOFAAR sponsor) is now carrying DMC embroidery floss. This is great news for all kinds of fibre artists in our area.

Amy and Kayla were just setting up the display this morning !

DMC floss now at the Variety Store in Annapolis Royal.
DMC floss now at the Variety Store in Annapolis Royal.


Call for entries: Art of Fibre exhibit September-October 2018

SOFAAR presents the Art of Fibre exhibition 2018

Please find below the guidelines for submitting pieces to our annual “Art of Fibre” Exhibition which will be held at the Chapel Gallery in Annapolis Royal in September and October.
We encourage everyone to submit pieces as this show is not juried, just curated and there is no theme.
The objective for the curator is to showcase as much variety of fibre art as possible in the small Chapel Gallery. This exhibit is on during our Fabulous Fall Fibre Retreat.
Here is a .pdf link to the guidelines and they are printed below:
SOFAAR Guidelines.Fall2018


All members of SOFAAR are invited to participate in the annual member’s exhibition at the Chapel Gallery at ARCAC (Annapolis Region Community Arts Council) in Annapolis Royal from September 2 to October 13, 2018.

This year’s exhibition will not have a specific theme but we want to feature the excellence and the wide range of fibre art created by SOFAAR members. Submit your latest work or an older piece of which you are particularly proud to have created. We encourage original work but if it is not we ask that you credit the original designer. Acknowledgement should be given to anyone participating in the execution of the work, i.e.,quilted by, framed by, etc.

Here are some things to keep in mind when you are preparing for the exhibition;

– This is a curated show, not a juried one. The Chapel Gallery is not a large space and the curators’s task is to look at the work that is submitted and choose pieces that will show the greatest variety of fibre art as possible in the available space.

– We are delighted to announce that  Laurie Swim and Valerie Hearder will be our curators. Recipient of numerous honours, including the 2013 Portia White Prize, Laurie Swim is arguably Nova Scotia’s best known fibre artist. Her most recent work, Hope and Survival, tells the story of the Halifax Explosion and was displayed at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in 2017 and the Museum of Industry in Stellarton, N.S, earlier this year. Valerie Hearder has exhibited her work extensively throughout Canada, the U.S., Japan, Europe and South Africa. She is a notable quilt designer and teacher, recipient of the Dorothy McMurdie Award for significant contributions to Canadian quilting, presented by the Canadian Quilters Association. In 2003, Valerie’s work was chosen for “Thirty Distinguished Quilt Artists of the World”, Tokyo Dome, Japan.

– You are invited to submit multiple pieces.

– This year we ask that you submit digital images of your work for selection. For each entry submit one full image and one detailed image, in a .jpgformat. Name your file as follows; last name, first name, title, for example: SmithJaneWaterlilliesFull.jpgfor the full image and SmithJaneWaterlilies Detail.jpg for the close-up detailed view. The curator will choose entries for the show from the digital images.

– Email your photos to info@sofaar.cawith the following information for each entry by the deadline for receipt of entries, August 10, 2018:

–Title of the piece

–Size, height X width

–Materials used

–Is the piece for sale? If so, what is the price? Please note that ARCAC will take a 10% fee if the work is sold.

–You must include an artist’s statement with your submission. The statement is simply one or two sentences explaining what inspired you to create the piece.

–Does SOFAAR have permission to use your photos to promote the exhibition?

– Each piece must be clearly labelled on the back with the artist’s name and the title of the work.

– Work to be hung must be ready for hanging, including a hanging rod, if applicable, and any special hardware if a simple nail will not suffice. If your work requires a special display, please provide it.

– Work may be for sale but the piece must remain until the closing date of the Exhibition. ARCAC will handle all sales, including credit cards, and will take a 10% fee.

-Although every care will be taken of the submitted work, the responsibility for loss and damage whilst in exhibition cannot be accepted by SOFAAR or ARCAC. We strongly advise that each artist obtain commercial insurance to cover the work in exhibition.

– Once you have been notified that your entry will be welcomed in the show we ask that you deliver your work to ARCAC, 396 St George Street, Annapolis Royal, August 29, 2018, between 10 am and noon.


Deadline for receipt of entries – August 10, 2018

Notification of acceptance – August 17, 2018

Accepted work delivery date –  August 29, 2018, 10 am – noon

Exhibition opens – September 2, 2018

Reception – September 9, 2018, 1 – 3 pm

Exhibition closes – October 13, 2018

Collect your work from gallery – October 15, 2018, 10 am – noon

2018 Retreat at Hillsdale House Inn!

SOFAAR will hold its 2nd Fibre crafting Retreat at the beautiful Hillsdale House Inn in Annapolis Royal the weekend of September 28th.

The rooms are filling up fast at the Inn, there are only 4 now available (rooms: 1, 4 ,9 and 14). We have been offered a special price for these rooms as well as an early-bird Thursday night rate for those who would like to have the whole day on Friday to work on their projects.

There are also several days-stitching spots available. These allow you to participate in the Retreat even if you stay somewhere else!

Our Retreat is for a maximum of 30 participants only.

SOFAAR members: $85 (plus hotel fee)
NON-MEMBERS: $95 (plus hotel fee)

Please find the Retreat package attached.

You can also e-mail Christine at with any questions regarding the Retreat.








Show and Tell – Works in Progress -June 1st and June 2nd

SOFAAR members will be showing and telling in Annapolis Royal on Friday evening, June 1st and on Saturday, June 2nd.

This is our annual members’ exhibit and along with presenting finished work, members will be on hand working on their pieces. You will have a chance to see fibre crafting in action.

Our Friday evening event is held in conjunction with First Fridays in Annapolis Royal. The first Friday of every month, stores are open late and there are events and music. Please see the Town website for events.

SOFAAR’s show and tell will take place at Mrs. Nicholson Home at 212 St-George St in Annapolis Royal from 6 pm to 8 pm on the Friday evening and from 10 am to 3 pm on the Saturday.

We hope to see you there.

Working away...
Working away…