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.

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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.

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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.

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Showing and telling in Bridgetown. January 20th 2018
Showing and telling in Bridgetown. January 20th 2018

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.

 

New sponsor! Frames on James

Coral Fuller and her expert framing at Frames on James in Yarmouth is SOFAAR’s latest sponsor.

Coral will offer a 15% discount to all card-carrying SOFAAR members who come in to see her for framing needs. SOFAAR members wishing to have several pieces framed at the same time may be offered a higher discount!

Coral can also supply members with some materials (foam core, archival mount boards and mats) for those wishing to do their own mounting.

Please visit Coral’s website at : <framesonjames.com> or give Coral a call at 902-742-6115. Her email is : <fcf@eastlink.ca>

Below are some examples of Coral’s framed work with fibre.

Quilt framed by Coral Fuller at Frames on James, Yarmouth.
Quilt framed by Coral Fuller at Frames on James, Yarmouth.
Cross-stitch framed at Frames on James 2018.
Cross-stitch framed at Frames on James 2018.
Needlepoint framed at Frames on James.
Needlepoint framed at Frames on James.

Stash sale and give-away next Saturday!

SOFAAR will hold its third annual general meeting at 1:30 pm on Saturday, March 17th. A new board will be elected.

This meeting will be followed promptly at 2pm by our super fun stash sale and give-way. Come and pick up some extra stash: fabric, wools, patterns and much more!

Stay on to work on your projects with fellow fibre enthusiasts.

See you there next Saturday at St-Luke’s Parish Hall in Annapolis Royal.

 

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Fun fibre-filled afternoon!

Yesterday, January 20th, 2018 brought together 22 fibre-happy crafters to begin our new year of fun fibre afternoons.

We met at the Saint-Alphonsus church hall in Bridgetown. An enjoyable afternoon was spent working on projects and showing and telling what we were all up to. Lots of different techniques to see: knitting, felting, hooking, cross-stitch and embroidery.

Keep checking in for more Saturday fibre filled afternoons dates.

Showing and telling in Bridgetown. January 20th 2018
Showing and telling in Bridgetown. January 20th 2018
Needlefelting.
Needlefelting.
Hooking.
Hooking.
Surface embroidery.
Surface embroidery.

Fibre fun gathering: January 20th 2018

Cast away any winter blahs and come out for an afternoon of communal fibre crafting in Bridgetown on January 20th from 1:30 to 4 pm.

Bring the project you are working on whether you are knitting, hooking, quilting, sewing, cross-stitching or other and any show and tell you would like.

There will be refreshments.

If you are a member, bring a friend. If you are friend, come and see what SOFAAR is all about.

All welcome. All fibre arts welcome.

Where: Saint- Alphonus Church Hall, 93 South Street, Bridgetown. Across the Bridge on the right past the pub.

When: Saturday, January 20th,

Time: 1:30 to 4 pm

Weather permitting. We will post if the event is cancelled.

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Merry Christmas!

Our Christmas Social last week was a lot of fun and many beautiful “shows and tells” were on view.

Many thanks to Jennifer for all her help at the United Church Hall.

Merry Christmas and Happy Stitching to everyone.

We look forward to a very fibre-filled 2018.

Céleste Thibodeau-Stacey's "Funeral March of a Marionnette" inspired piece.
Céleste Thibodeau-Stacey’s “Funeral March of a Marionnette” inspired piece.
Cheryl Den Hartog's mittens based on the shape of our own Fort Anne.
Cheryl Den Hartog’s mittens based on the shape of our own Fort Anne.

Christmas Social Show and Tell: December 14th 6 pm

Venue change: United Church at the lights in Annapolis Royal

Please  mark your calendars for Thursday, December 14th at 6 pm to join your fellow SOFAAR members at the United Church Hall (basement) for an evening of enjoyment and sharing.

This church is located at the corner of Route 1 and St.George St. at the lights. Parking is available at the church, across the street in the ARCAC parking lot and also in the Court House parking lot.

If you would like, please bring a finished project or work in progress for show and tell. It’s always inspiring to see what everyone else is doing!

Please also bring a nibbley – either sweet or savoury to add to the table.

And bring a friend (non-members $2).

Coffee, tea, cider or non-alcoholic punch will be provided.

Christmas stitching
Christmas stitching