The Beadworkers Guild of the UK is sponsoring INTERNATIONALBEADING 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOOD NEWS: When renewing or purchasing a membership, SOFAAR can now accept e-transfers to email address email@example.com. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll post them here on the website.
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 email@example.com and we’ll include them in the next issue.
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:
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.