AGM and Stash sale a huge success

A cold wind but warm fibre! We had full house for our annual general meeting and stash stash on Saturday the 17th.

A new board has been elected and details will be posted after the next regular board meeting.

There were lots of deals to be had at the stash sale with many balls of fibre, bags of buttons and ribbons, patterns and odds and ends going home with happy new owners!

A big thank you to everyone who came out. And a huge thank you to our sponsors. Remember to use your cards for discounts!

Many stayed on to work on the their projects and chat and catch up.

Our next event is a stitching day on Sunday, April 15th. Stay tuned for details.

Out-going and founding president Cathy Malon staffing the Sponsor table.
Out-going and founding president Cathy Malon staffing the Sponsor table.
Tables ready and full of stash.
Tables ready and full of stash.
Deals to be had!
Deals to be had!
Donna, Marie and Mary working on their projects.
Donna, Marie and Mary working on their projects.
Sisters Tammy and Teresa cross-stitching.
Sisters Tammy and Teresa cross-stitching.


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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2018 Retreat at Hillsdale House Inn!

SOFAAR will hold its 2nd Fibre crafting Retreat at the beautiful Hillsdale House Inn in Annapolis Royal the weekend of September 28th.

The rooms are filling up fast at the Inn, there are only 4 now available. We have been offered a special price for these rooms as well as an early-bird Thursday night rate for those who would like to have the whole day on Friday to work on their projects.

There are also days-stitching spots available.

Our Retreat is for a maximum of 30 participants only.

Please find the Retreat package attached.

You can also e-mail Christine at with any questions regarding the Retreat.







AGM and Stash sale: March 17th, 2018

SOFAAR’s annual general meeting and Fibre Stash sale will take place on Saturday, March 17th 2018 at Saint-Luke’s Parish Hall in Annapolis Royal.

The AGM will begin at 1:30 and last thirty minutes.

The Stash sale and give-away will begin at 2 pm.

If you are a SOFAAR member and would like to sell stash at this sale, tables are $10 each to rent. Please contact Christine at to reserve a table.

If you have stash you would like to give away, please also contact

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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:

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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”