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: https://www.nationalbeadingweek.co.uk/Diary-of-Events.php

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 info@sofaar.ca.

E-Transfer Now Available

GOOD NEWS: When renewing or purchasing a membership, SOFAAR can now accept e-transfers to email address info@sofaar.ca. 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 info@sofaar.ca 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 gracebutland@eastlink.ca  and we’ll include them in the next issue.

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 info@sofaar.ca

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!

Use of AR LibraryInnovation Lab

The Annapolis Royal library would like to see more SOFAAR members use equipment in their innovation lab.

What equipment they have available for fibre artists are:

 • Sewing machine
• Serger
• Bolivar cutter for rug hookers
• Swift and ball winder
• Drum carder
• Quilting rulers, mats and rotary cutters
• Lights with magnifiers
• Iron and ironing board

 You do need to be a member of the library, which is free. In order to be able to use the equipment unsupervised, you are required to be signed off each piece you need to use.

How you do that is with Charlette Janes, who is the Systems and Collections Access Coordinator with the Annapolis Valley Regional Library. She will sign you off as being proficient, once you have had your training and you will receive a card stating that.

 

Charlette will be at the Annapolis Royal Library every 2nd Monday.

Her dates are:

November 18th

December 2nd, 16th.
Possibly she will be there December 30th too.
Phone beforehand at 902-531-2226 for the Dec. 30th date.

January 13th and 27th, 2020

 You can just drop in on the above dates between the hours of 1 – 4pm at the Library, 143 Ritchie street, the rear entrance of the Academy behind and below the gym. Once you are signed off, then the Innovation lab is open for your use as below.

Monday 1 – 4pm
Wednesday 1 – 4pm
Saturday 10am – 2pm

We encourage you to make use of the free equipment. We are very fortunate to have it available to us as fibre artists.