Come Play with Us: 2nd annual

SOFAAR will be hosting its second annual Come Play with Us communal fibre-crafting event at the Annapolis Royal Firehall again this year.

We would love to hear from you all about participating. Last year, over 200 visitors came through the Firehall to see what working with fibre was all about. We had a such a great time and so did the kids and parents who came out to see.

Many men and children learned how to sew on a button, do some hooking, try some wet-felting and pick up a needle!

Come to craft for a couple of hours or all day.

Come and do a demo for everyone to see.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Christine at:

SOFAAR_Come Play With Us_8.5 x 11_2018


SOFAAR_Come Play With Us_8.5 x 11_2018

Happy New Year!

Happy fibre-filled year of 2018 to all of you!

Some news to start the year.

The Mary E. Black gallery in Halifax is sending out a call for Exhibition submissions:


The Mary E. Black Gallery invites proposals from community groups, cultural groups, guilds, artists, craftspeople and curators for the year of 2020. Annually, seven shows are selected by the Exhibition Review Committee to fulfill the gallery’s mandate, as Nova Scotia’s only public fine craft gallery, to exhibit traditional and contemporary fine craft created by aspiring and established local, regional, Canadian and international artists. Juried, curated and travelling exhibitions are eligible.

Year round the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design hosts exhibitions in the Mary E. Black Gallery which educate the public about craft and design and promote the pursuit of excellence in the craft community.

Submissions must include the following:

Letter of Intent/Proposal:

  • Clear description of theme/concept and the type of work defined by medium, technique, membership or function (maximum of 500 words)
  • Proposed or working title of exhibition
  • A list of artist/s and justification for their inclusion if the proposal is curatorial or a group exhibition
  • Please indicate if you are open to the possibility of being curated into a two person show, group show, or shared use of our gallery space.

Support Material:

  • A list of works to be exhibited (include artist, title, medium, dimensions in metric, date of work) or if not yet created, a list of what is planned for inclusion
  • Support material which can include any materials relevant to the application, images (maximum of 20), promotional materials, reviews and catalogues
  • Image requirements are as follows: JPEG format, maximum of 1024×768 resolution, 72 DPI, RGB
  • A list of the support material provided including the title, medium, dimensions in metric, date of work
  • A curriculum vitae of the principal organizer/curator or artist

Proposals and support material must be submitted via Dropbox link by 4pm AST on April 3, 2018.
Late submissions, incomplete applications, or submissions sent outside dropbox will NOT be accepted.

Proposal evaluation is based on:

  • The artistic merit of the exhibition proposed
  • The quality of the applicant’s work to date
  • The ability of the organization/individual to bring the exhibition to fruition

The Mary E. Black Gallery offers:

  • Artist’s fees based on recommended CARFAC rates
  • Cost of an opening reception
  • Colour invitation / exhibition brochure
  • Inclusion in our standard publicity program
The Mary E Black Gallery staff offers assistance to applicants who may have difficulty with the process or face barriers to applying. If you would like help applying, please contact the gallery at sends e-mail) or 902-492-2522.


Art Sox event at ARCAC

Celebrating the Humble Sock!
On Nov.13th, 2017 from 7:00 – 9:00pm ARCAC and SOFAAR had lots of fun collaborating on a celebration of ART SOX.  10 pairs of special socks as well as a museum set featuring famous paintings were displayed and raffled off following a brief and often humerus presentation of each artist by Ted Lind.
SOFAAR members created displays of rare and unusual socks as well as gorgeous colourful socks and hand dyed wool.

Art Sox
Art Sox

Cheryl den Hartog kept us “in stitches” with her amusing description of “Turning the Heel”.  Numerous sock knitters were knitting & in one case, crocheting! socks through-out the eve.

Kay den Hartog
Kay den Hartog

The eve. was topped off with coffee, tea and an artistic display of individually decorated “sock cookies” by Lola’s.

Sam Myhre
Sam Myhre
And more sox!
And more sox!

Can’t wait to see what our next collaboration with ARCAC will feature.  It’s bound to be a combination of a little education and a whole lot of fun!

Stay tuned………

Exciting textile talk on November 1st at ARCAC

“What archaeologists Learn About Ancient Peoples From Their Fibre Articfacts:

Dr. Niki Clark will share insights from 20 years of research on prehistoric textiles of North and South America.

This talk takes place upstairs at ARCAC in Annapolis Royal. That’s the art gallery right by the lights. You can’t miss it.

Members: free

Non-members: $5.00

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 1st; 7 pm

Everyone welcome and refreshments will be served.

We hope you will join us!

Fibre-in at North Hills in the sun!

A few of us were able to come out today to work on our projects at our scheduled fibre-crafting afternoon at North Hills this afternoon. It was such a lovely, sunny day that we were able to work outside and it was delightful.

Gail showed off her sock in progress and Christine is happy to report that her cat hooking is (almost) done. Just needs the border straightened up a bit!

Cathy, Kay and Cheryl were working away on knitting projects and we were thrilled to have new SOFAAR member Rachael join us all the way from Greenwood with her quilting project. Céleste dropped in to say hi and have a glass of leftover Retreat wine with us !!

We hope to see you at our next event which will take place on the evening of Wednesday, November 1st at ARCAC upstairs when Dr. Niki Clark will give a talk on textile archaeology. She will share insights from 20 years’ research on prehistoric textiles of North and South America. 7 pm. This is a free event.

Gail's sock in progress!
Gail’s sock in progress!
Christine's last "hooks".
Christine’s last “hooks”.
"Cat nap"
“Cat nap”

SOFAAR Retreat a fabulous weekend!

Thirty enthusiastic Fibrephiles attended our first Fabulous Fall Fibre Retreat at the beautiful Queen Anne Inn this last weekend in September.

We were thrilled all see so much different work from tatting to lace making to surface embroidery and cross stitch to Swedish weaving and hooking. Of course, there was knitting and quilting as well.

It was so enjoyable to spend some quiet time working on our projects and having a fun show and tell after our delicious supper.

With all the positive feedback, the Retreat committee is already thinking about next year and we will keep you posted.

Here are some pictures from the weekend.

Our Queen Anne hosts: Kate and Laszlo.
Our Queen Anne hosts: Kate and Laszlo.
The Town Crier welcomes attendees.
The Town Crier welcomes attendees.
Sharing and showing.
Sharing and showing.
Bobbin Lace making.
Bobbin Lace making.
Beautiful embroidery.
Beautiful embroidery.
Enjoying time together.
Enjoying time together.
Sharing a laugh.
Sharing a laugh.
Showing and telling.
Showing and telling.
Visiting the Oh Canada! exhibit at ARCAC
Visiting the Oh Canada! exhibit at ARCAC
Visiting the Fort Anne Tapestry.
Visiting the Fort Anne Tapestry.


SOFAAR Fabulous Fall Fibre Retreat – Sold out!

SOFAAR is pleased to be hosting its first Fabulous Fall Fibre Retreat the weekend of September 29th at the historic Queen Anne Inn in Annapolis Royal.

This event is SOLD OUT and the thirty participants will be enjoying a fibre-filled weekend which will include time to work on their own projects with like-minded individuals, a guided tour of the Fort Anne Tapestry, a wine and cheese reception at ARCAC to see the “Oh Canada” exhibit, a delicious catered meal at the Inn on Saturday night as well as time to check out the Farmers and Traders market and the vintage textile exhibit at the O’Dell museum.

We are looking forward to meeting all the participants and getting some more work done on our projects!

Fibre gathering lots of fun!

We were a small by happy group who met at Mrs. Nicholson Home on a rainy last Saturday but we happily knitted, embroidered, sewed and hooked for a few hours together.

Rachael, Tammy, Céleste and myself were joined by a young lady in Town for a visit who just happened to see our sign and also have her knitting with her.

We look forward to seeing more members out at our stitching gatherings.

If you would like to host one, please let us know at :

Tammy, a young knitter, Céleste and Rachael on August 19th.
Tammy, a young knitter, Céleste and Rachael on August 19th.

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

July 30th – World Embroidery Day

July 30th is World Embroidery Day.

Find a way to celebrate !

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 Swedish Embroiderer’s Guild. The rst 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 lled with creativity for the sake of Peace, Freedom and Equality.