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.


Fibre fun evening in Paradise: July 19th 6 to 9 pm

Come join us for a fun and relaxing fibre evening at the Paradise Hall on July 19th between 6 and 9 pm.


Drop in anytime in the evening!

All members are welcome to come and bring the project they are working on and enjoy a social evening. There will be tea and coffee and sweets and lots of people to share ideas with and to show and tell your latest work whatever fibre it may be!

The Paradise Hall is located at 10300 Highway One in Paradise.

Celebrating a love of stitching!
Celebrating a love of stitching!


“Come Play with Us” a great success

With over 225 people coming through the door of the Firehall on Saturday, April 23rd, “Come Play with Us” was a great success for everyone. 23 demonstrators (members and non-members of SOFAAR) spent the day talking and demonstrating about their favourite fibre art. We had everything from knitting (including spool-knitting) and crochet to quilting, needlepoint and surface embroidery, Swedish weaving, needlefelting, spinning, basket making and hooking.

We were delighted to see so many families come out and spend several hours trying all kinds of techniques. The children were fascinated by the hooking and wet felting. Many visitors were intrigued by Swedish weaving and the spinning. We even had a “sew on a button” station which young and old both had a go at!

SOFAAR would like to thank “Awesome Annapolis” for their $1,000 grant which enabled us to promote this event.

We look forward to seeing you all at our members’s exhibit on June 2nd and 3rd at the Saint-Luke’s Parish Hall in Annapolis Royal.


Learning to quilt
Learning to quilt
Learning to hook
Learning to hook
Leslie demonstrating wet felting
Leslie demonstrating wet felting

SOFAAR Retreat: only one room left !

We are thrilled that the SOFAAR retreat planned for the last weekend in September is just one room short of happening. We have no doubt this last room will soon be booked.

Once we know how many “stitchers” will be in the rooms, we will open the event up to day-stitchers. We have room for 35 stitchers so we will keep you posted.

Thanks for all your enthusiasm.

It’s going to be a great event.


Fibre Arts Retreat this fall. Book now!

We are very excited about our Fibre Arts Retreat weekend  planned for this fall at the Historic Queen Anne Inn in Annapolis Royal. The weekend is September 29th to October 1st, 2017

Historic Queen Anne Inn
Historic Queen Anne Inn

We have organized a full weekend with time for working on your projects as well as exploring and learning about the birthplace of Canada.

Included in the weekend is a private guided tour of the Fort Anne Historic Tapestry and a reception at the art gallery for a private viewing of the SOFAAR “O Canada” exhibit. There will be a lovely, catered dinner at the Inn on the Saturday night.

There are 12 rooms only available at the Queen Anne and FIVE of them have already been booked!

We need to fill the Queen Anne by April 15th for the event to go ahead so if you are thinking about coming, we would love to hear from you.

While in Town, you can visit the Historic Gardens, take the famous Graveyard Tour, play a round of golf, stroll the walking trails and immerse yourselves in the history of our region founded in 1605.

We hope you will think about spending a glorious, relaxing weekend with us.

Here is a link to the .pdf file with all the information you need to know about this fibre weekend get-away.



AGM and stash sale a huge success!

Thanks to everyone who braved the bitterly cold winter day to come out to our second annual AGM and our first Fibre stash sale and give-away.

The afternoon was a great success and we thank everyone who participated and helped out.

SOFAAR now boasts 78 members and a new executive (details to follow).

Next event will be our Come Play with Us – fibre open house at the Firehall in Annapolis Royal on April 22nd. Stay tuned for details.

Shoppers at the stash sale and give-away. March 11th, 2017
Shoppers at the stash sale and give-away. March 11th, 2017

March 11th 2017: Fibre stash sale and give-away!

Mark your calendar for March 11 for a jam-packed afternoon of SOFAAR events, all at St. Luke’s Church Hall in Annapolis Royal. Here’s what’s happening:

1 p.m.  – Annual General Meeting

2 – 4 p.m. – Fabulous Fibre Stash Sale & Giveaway — see details below

2 – 4 p.m. – Play Time! We’ll have chairs set up and the tea kettle on. After you check out the Stash Sale & Giveaway, you can try out your new treasures or work on your latest project (or a UFO you’ve been meaning to finish) and knit, hook, stitch, spin or otherwise play with fibre.


Fabulous Fibre Stash Sale & Giveaway

Here’s your chance to reduce, increase or revitalize your fibre stash! Following SOFAAR’s AGM on March 11, we’re promoting a fabulous fibre stash bash. There will be tables of fibre supplies for sale and giveaway. The public is invited and we’ll advertise the event widely. Here’s how you can participate:

  • Reserve an individual table to sell your work, or share one with a friend (you work out the sharing details). Cost for a 6-ft table is $10, and you tend your own table.
  • Donate items to SOFAAR. We’ll sort them into “sale” and “give-away” categories, display them and staff the tables. Funds raised from SOFAAR sales will help finance our programs for the year.
  • Use the opportunity to add to your stash at bargain prices! ·Tell your friends about the sale and encourage them to come.


If you want to reserve a table, contact by February 28. If you have items to donate to the SOFAAR tables, please get them to Christine Igot ( by February 24.