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.

Come see this exhibit!

The SOFAAR Art of Fibre exhibit held its opening on July 6th and there was a lot of beautiful work to admire.

Please come out and see for yourselves. The show is on at the MacDonald Museum in Middleton until the first week of September.

Here is enticement to come and see the exhibit in person:

Exhibit committee chair Céleste stands in front of a Penny Berens piece.
Admiring the work.
Such colours in this beautiful variation on a Drunkard’s path quilt by Kay den Hartog.
Over 183,000 fine cross stitches in this entirely stitched piece by Ray Breton.
Penny eyes the eyes thread painted by Christine Igot
Gail Robertson’s crocheted coral reef.
Over 5,000 different fabrics in this postage stamp quilt by Shirley Bent.
Ethan stands to the right of his grandmother Brenda’s felted piece.
Close up of Rachael Ryan’s work.


Saturday Snips June 8th – report


The rare sun was calling many to their gardens but 15 SOFAAR members chose to gather to work on their fibre projects at the very welcoming Granville Ferry Hall.

We “showed and telled” our work with Céleste’s encouragement and all left invigorated to continue work and to start some new projects.

Our next Saturday Snips will take place at the MacDonald Museum in Middleton on Saturday, July 13 in conjunction with our members’ show at the Museum

Julia Archer’s hooked cherry pie was a huge hit.
Tammy is starting a new cross stitch of summery flowers.
Mary was repairing and finishing the three bears hooked rug.
Rosaire looks a little daunted by the work ahead!
Penny and Céleste welcome a new member here for the summer.

Saturday Snips reminder: June 8th


We hope to see you this Saturday at the Granville Ferry hall for our monthly gathering of Saturday Snips. We will be at 5352 Highway One between 1 and 4 pm to work together on our individual stitching projects.

Come early to Annapolis and experience our famous Farmers’ and Traders’ market and grab some tasty lunch there before heading over to the Ferry to work on your project.

Don’t forget to bring some show and tell!

We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday, June 8th.

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: <>

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


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 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.


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.


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