Fibre together this Saturday, August 19th

All are invited to participate in some Fibre Fun in the courtyard of Mrs. Nicholson Home at 212 Saint-George Street in Annapolis Royal this coming Saturday, August 19th between 1 and 4 pm.

Enjoy the wonderful Farmers and Traders market (8 am till 1 pm) and then come on over with your current project to work on or show off. Whatever you are working on, we would love to see it!

Spend some time with like-minded fibrephiles and share ideas and inspiration.

Please bring a chair, a hat and perhaps some sunscreen. The event will happen rain or shine as there is some room in the shop to stitch.

Hope to see you there.


Fibre Fun afternoon
1 to 4 pm
Mrs. Nicholson Home vintage shop courtyard
212 St-George St.

Annapolis Royal

Stitching in Paradise !

Eleven SOFAAR members and one guest came out to work on projects together last evening in the delightful Paradise Hall.

We all had a chance to get a couple of hours work done on all our projects and also enjoy some delicious blondies baked by Coryna !

We had knitting, hooking, quilting, edging, felting and cross-stitching all going on at once and it was, as it always is, interesting to see what everyone is up to.

We hope to see some more of you at our next evening event.

Many thanks to Coryna for preparing coffee, tea and sweets and to everyone who came out – from as far as Weymouth and Digby.

Cross-stitch, edging, quilting and knitting.
Cross-stitch, edging, quilting and knitting.
Ray says he still has a year and half to go on his five year cross stitch !
Ray says he still has a year and half to go on his five year cross stitch !
Audrey has a Maude Lewis piece on the go.
Audrey has a Maude Lewis piece on the go.
A beautiful felted bird by Brenda.
A beautiful felted bird by Brenda.
Cross-stitched horses.
Cross-stitched horses.
Kay knitting away.
Kay knitting away.
Christine getting the background worked.
Christine getting the background worked.

AR Celebration Tartan

SOFAAR member and graphic designer Kim Gunn has created the Annapolis Royal Celebration 2017 tartan!

This tartan has been endorsed by the town of Annapolis Royal and is officially registered with the Scottish Registry of Tartans.

Gunn designed this tartan “in honour of the Town of Annapolis Royal and its rich heritage to celebrate Canada’s 150th” according to Jane Nicholson of AIRO who helped out Kim with a financial contribution.

Kim says the tartan was inspired by “the seasonal colours of the North Mountain, the Annapolis River and Bay of Fundy as well as the lush green landscapes, lupins and red soil”.

The tartan will be available in time for Tartan Day on April 6th, 2017.

(information for this posting thanks to Larry Powell of the Annapolis Spectator)

AR Tartan designed by Kim Gunn
AR Tartan designed by Kim Gunn

Bonnie Baker: Established Artist Award

SOFAAR member, textile artist, drawer and printmaker Bonnie Baker has received provincial recognition at the 2016 Creative Nova Scotia Awards.

Bonnie was awarded one of 5 Established Artist Recognition prizes (worth $5000) at a ceremony in Halifax on November 5th.

Bonnie studied printmaking at NSCAD. She is also involved in regional art making exhibition.

Bonnie lives in Annapolis Royal and juried SOFAAR’s first show held at ARCAC earlier this year.

SOFAAR congratulates Bonnie!


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.

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!

Painting in Thread: Fibre talk at North Hills Museum. July 19.

Paul Paquette, a member of SOFAAR and needlepointer extraordinaire, will be giving a very interesting talk on the history of European tapestry.

“… from the 8th century B.C. through the medieval age and the Renaissance. Its demise as an art form due to stylistic changes between the 17th and 19th centuries will be explored. Finally, its rebirth by 20th century hobbyists will be examined.”

This talk will take place at North Hills Museum as part of the Salt Box Talks of Adult Lectures.

Cost: $6.00 per person

Time and Date: Tuesday, July 19th, 2016, 7 to 9 pm

Registration is required. Please call 902-532-2168 or e-mail the museum at: <> to reserve your space.