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 : info@sofaar.ca

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.