Saturday Snips: October 12th

Bring a project and join other SOFAAR members and guest to share information and visit. Bring something for Show and Tell if you’d like and join us at the Paradise Community Hall, 10300 Highway 1 in Paradise.

And bring your lug-a-mug if you  have one!

See you there!

Winning wolves!

Third annual Fabulous Fall Fibre Retreat

28 ladies and one gentlemen enjoyed our third annual Fabulous Fall Fibre Retreat at the Hillsdale House Inn in Annapolis Royal this past weekend.

Lots of laughs and well-deserved down time for project work punctuated with walks, shopping, sipping and show and tell.

Retreaters enjoyed the Saturday Farmers and Traders market, the SOFAAR exhibit at ARCAC, the O’Dell museum crazy quilt exhibit and so much more.

We will be keeping you posted for 2020!

Friday evening meet and great in the sunshine.
Working away on projects.

Saturday Snips. September 14th

SOFAAR members spent another agreeable afternoon at the Annapolis Royal Library working on their projects for our monthly Saturday Snips gathering.

Our next Saturday Snips afternoon will be October 12th in Paradise. We hope to see you there.

Saturday Snips. Sept. 2019
Another project finished!!
Hooked with love.
Winning wolves!

Retreat room available

A lovely room at the Hillsdale House Inn has become available for our Fabulous Fall Fibre Retreat coming up the weekend of September 27th.

If you are interested, please contact Christine Igot through

If the room is not taken, this would allow for two more day stitching spots!

Please see earlier web posts about the Retreat or contact us directly.

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.