Fabulous Fall Fibre Retreat update

Only THREE rooms left at Hillsdale House Inn for our Fabulous Fall Fibre Retreat coming up in September.

We are going to have a wonderful weekend of quiet fibre work in the beautiful setting of Annapolis Royal.

For information on  the last rooms available, please e-mail Hillsdale House Inn directly at: <reservations@hillsdalehouseinn.ca>

We will have room for day-stitchers. This means you can still be a part of the Retreat even if all the rooms are booked at the Hillsdale House Inn. We have a maximum of 30 participants. For information on day stitching spots, please contact info@sofaar.ca.

 

Saturday Snips: February 9th in Digby

Our February 9th Saturday Snips gathering will take place at the Digby Heritage Centre at 7 Birch Street from 1 to 4.

We love seeing members come out with some show and tell and a project to work on.

Finding the Digby Heritage Centre is a little tricky, primarily because the building doesn’t have a sign on it. Go to Digby and continue down the main St. (WATER ST.) until you come to the yellow restaurant called “The Captain’s Cabin” on your right.  At this point Water St. turns into Birch St.  Ignore the street that veers off to the right. Directly across Birch St. (prev. Water St.) from The Captain’s Cabin is A PARKING LOT.  The Heritage Centre is the small beige building with white trim and vertical windows at the back of the parking lot. It is back off the street and has 2 white flag poles out front.  Look for the SOFAAR sandwich board. (You can find the building easily on Google Maps.)

SOFAAR looks forward to seeing you.

Our March gathering will also be our Annual General Meeting and it will take place on Saturday, March 9th in Annapolis Royal.

 Day of the Dead Dog hooking in progress.
Day of the Dead Dog hooking in progress.

Happy New Year 2019!

 

All best wishes for a happy and very creative 2019 from your SOFAAR board.

It is a New Year’s Day tradition to bring in the new. So what projects are you going to start today or for 2019 ? Please send an e-mail to info@sofaar.ca and let us know. We would love to hear from you all and publish your responses in the next Snippets newsletter.

We have lots planned for 2019!

The first event coming up is our (now) regular monthly “Saturday Snips” gathering. We will be gathering on Saturday, January 12th from 1 to 4 pm at the Paradise Community Hall in Paradise right at 10300 Highway One. We hope to see you there with some show and tell and your dreams for projects for 2019.

There will be a Saturday gathering every month and you can see the next ones appearing on our “Events” page.

March 9th will be bring our annual general meeting and our now famous Stash sale and give away.

April brings a new event of community outreach at the Annapolis Royal Firehall. This event is called “Snips and Scraps” and will focus on waste fibres and how to use them. This is April 13th and we would love to have as many SOFAAR member as possible attend to showcase how they work with waste fibres to keep them out of the landfill. We hope you will participate. Please let us know.

These are just some of our events planned for 2019.

There will also be a members’ exhibit at the Museum in Middleton this summer so today is perhaps a good day to start a piece for that.

Your board is always open to ideas and suggestions and you are welcome to write to us at anytime.

Happy New Year and see you all very soon,

Grace, Céleste, Gail, Christine, Rachael, Donna, Sharon and Cathy

Needlepoint framed at Frames on James.

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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sofaar.Artof Fiberposter

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.