Saturday Snips: August 10th: Bear River

This month’s Saturday Snips gathering will take place at the Oakdene Centre in Bear River between 1 and 4 pm.

We hope to see you there to work on your projects and to show some of your work.

Refreshments will be served.

Gail Robertson’s crocheted coral reef.

World Embroidery day demo: July 30th

Tuesday, July 30th, is World Embroidery Day and we are going to celebrate!
From 1 to 3 pm we will be out in force to demo all kinds of stitching.

The Courtyard store at 212 St-George St in Annapolis Royal has graciously accepted to host us outside if the weather is fine.

If the weather is not fine, we will gather in the market square under the protection of the stalls.

Please bring a project to work on and some pieces for show.

If you can bring your own chair, that would be wonderful.

We would love to see you there.

World Embroidery Day began in 2011 with the Swedish Embroiderer’s guild. You can read the manifesto here with this link.


Kay denHartog embroidery



Saturday Snips – July 13th

This month’s member gathering will take place at the MacDonald Museum on Saturday, July 13th from 1 to 4 pm.

You will be able to show and tell your latest projects, chat with like-minded fibre enthusiasts and also visit the wonderful SOFAAR members’ exhibit on now at the Museum.

The Saturday Snips will take  place on the third floor. And yes, there IS an elevator.

Hope to see you on Saturday at the Museum!

Come and see how much more Rachael has done on her peacock…

Rachael’s stunning peacock in progress.

Fabric collage and thread painting workshop

There is one stop still left for this fabulous workshop with Rachael Ryan which will take place on May 26th at the Annapolis Royal Library.


SOFAAR Workshop with Rachel Ryan

Fabric Collage & Thread Painting

May 26, 2019, 10:30 to 4:3

Cost:SOFAAR members: $25; Non-members: $50
Workshop Description


This workshop is an informal one day class in which Rachel will recreate her own relaxed working process: participants will be encouraged to engage in hands-on ‘play’ rather than overthinking the concept. The point is not necessarily to have an end product, rather to become comfortable with process and technique.

Using a variety of fabrics and a fusible iron-on product, participants will create applique compositions. The pieces will then be embroidered using free-motion technique. Rachel will be available for technical assistance and creative feedback. Finishing techniques will also be discussed.

Workshop Preparation

Begin preparing for the workshop by assembling a bag or box of
fabric scraps for using and sharing. Choose items that give you ideas,
make you happy or give you a spark. Special things can be set aside for personal use, but

sharing is encouraged. This can help to inspire ideas in others. Make sure to have a few larger pieces of fabric to use as potential background or borders. Please don’t worry about buying all new fabrics! Rachel will be bringing lots of scraps if you don’t have much.

Participants will be expected to bring their own sewing machine, iron and a variety of threads and fabric scraps to share with one another, but if someone doesn’t have a machine or iron, they can borrow Rachel’s.

If you have a preferred type of fusible web you may bring it along, but Rachel will bring a quantity of Heat n’ Bond Lite that you can buy from her. You may also bring an image to work from if you choose, or simply have a theme, pattern, or colour scheme to play with.


If you have photos which inspire ideas for your project, they can be brought along, but for this workshop we will focus on having fun and playing with colour/pattern/fabric rather than going for photo-realism. A nice selection of sewing machine threads and hand embroidery threads/needles are also a good idea if you enjoy working with them. We will be working fairly small scale to encourage playing with different kinds of stitches and techniques.

Other items to think about would be scissors, quilting pins, sewing machine accessories and a small piece of blanket-weight quilt batting, and anything else that inspires you or that you enjoy working with. And bring along a lunch since it’s a full day.

To Register

Register by contacting You may pay at the door.

Saturday Snips this Saturday May 11th

Our monthly Saturday Snips gathering will take place at the Weymouth Waterfront Library community room this Saturday, May 11th from 1 pm to 4 pm.

We gather to work on our projects and share ideas and inspiration.

You are encouraged to bring show and tell!!

Refreshments will be served.

Ann Marie’s Bluenose cross stitch taking shape.

Snips and Scraps: lots of fibre fun!

One of SOFAAR’s largest events of the year (SNIPS & SCRAPS) took place on April 13th at the A.R. Firehall.  Over 150 people attended to see 18 exhibitors featuring creative ways to re-use scraps of fibre &/or explain the environmental impacts of the textile industry. The success of this event was clearly evident by the high level of interest & enthusiasm generated throughout the day.
Although our exhibitors varied in age from grade fours to octogenarians, they all had displays that reflected their dedication to keeping fibre out of our landfills.  A special thank-you to CARP as well as the students who entered the Student Challenge to create pieces from fibre that would otherwise have been destined for the landfill.
Congratulations to Digby and Champlain elementary schools who tied for first place in this challenge!

Snips and Scraps Expo: April 13th

Sofaar invites you all to attend our Snips and Scraps expo on April 13th from 10 am to 3 pm at the Annapolis Royal Fire Hall.

Snips and Scraps is an event free to the pubic and open to everyone. It will showcase the uses for fibre waste: all those pieces of unwanted clothing, bits of fabric, yarn, fleece etc that fills our landfill sites.

Come on out and learn how to be creative with these fibre snips and scraps.

Please help us spread the word about this event by sharing the attached poster.

See you there !



ONE room left for the Fabulous Fall Fibre Retreat!

An update on our Fabulous Fall Fibre Retreat 2019. There is now only ONE room left at the beautiful Hillsdale House Inn for the weekend of our Retreat (September 27th to 29).

And only a couple of day stitching spots left.

It’s going to be a wonderful, relaxing weekend of like-minded fibre enthusiasts getting together to work on their projects and enjoy the sights of historic Annapolis Royal with its Saturday Farmers and Traders market, interesting shops and beautiful waterfront.

For more information on the Retreat and how to book a room, please contact

3rd annual Fabulous Fall Fibre Retreat

SOFAAR is pleased  to be offering, for a third year, its Fabulous Fall Fibre Retreat.

This event will take place the weekend of September 27th to 29th 2019 at the beautiful and historic Hillsdale House Inn.

Although this year’s programme has yet to been finalized, we can promise you lots of time to work on your projects in a quiet environment – the retreat is limited to 30 attendees -, a lovely meal on Saturday evening at the Inn, two receptions and a popular attendees show and tell!

Four rooms of the 15 available have already been booked for this event, so don’t hesitate to come and join us! There is even an early-bird Thursday night room rate.

For more information and for room rates (the same as last year), please e-mail

We hope to hear from you.

2018 Retreat attendees busy at their fibre projects.
2018 Retreat attendees busy at their fibre projects.