Mending Workshop – Anita Cazzola


My name is Anita Cazzola, a SOFAAR member, and also the local textile repair person in Annapolis Royal. I work out of the “Mani D’oro” studio.

I wanted to pass along some information about mending workshops that I am facilitating at H’arts in Annapolis Royal on select Sunday afternoons (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm) through the winter (starting November 19, 2023). These may be of interest to SOFAAR members. I will be starting with a basic stitching foundations workshop that is likely not needed for the SOFAAR members, but the following 4 workshops dive into specific repair techniques for mending woven and then knit materials.

Lots of information and workshop registration is here:

Upcoming Events – Mark Your Calendar

July 30. 2022

World Embroidery Day

Join us in Annapolis Royal at 212 St George St (Across from Bainton’s) from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

This is an outdoor event so bring your fibre art and a chair to celebrate World Embroidery Day with  us “weather permitting”. Shade umbrellas will be available.

World Embroidery Day began with Skåne Sy-d, a local group of Broderiakademin, the Swedish Embroiderer’s Guild. The first World Embroidery Day took place in Vismarlöv, 30th July 2011.

Their Manifesto states: “The importance of embroidery must be made known and World Embroidery Day will spread around the world. Make July 30 a day filled with creativity for the sake of Peace, Freedom and Equality.”

August 18, 2022

Meet us at the Annapolis Valley Exhibition from 2-4 pm and 7-8 pm in the Homecraft Building

September 10, 2022 – 2 choices!

Saturday Snips

Come out to the Paradise Community Hall, 10300 Hwy 1, Paradise.

1-4 pm – The September Saturday Snips Sponsor is River House Rug Hooking Studio

100 Mile Food and Fibre Festival 

Find us at the Northville Farm Heritage Center on Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm. Rain date (significant rainfall) is Sunday, September 11th. Save both dates!

September 18, 2022 – Program

If you enjoy gardening, dyeing or just beautiful flowers and vibrant colours, you’re in for a treat. SOFAAR’s September 18 program will feature the owners of Vibrant Acres Colour Farm, who will share their experience in growing dye plants in Nova Scotia with our members. Details will be announced closer to the date.

In the meantime, visit their website at Pure Nova Scotia colour!

October 29, 2022 – Come Play with us

At the Annapolis Royal Fire Department – A chance for the public to meet us, learn about all the different aspects of fibre art AND get some hands experience.

We need volunteers from our membership who love to share their fibre art and craft with others. Contact Leslie McFarlane at



FREE Workshop this Sunday

Our program Getting Started, a presentation by Karen Michael Warner, originally set for January 19, 2020, is rescheduled to Sunday, January 26, 2020, at 1:30 pm, at the Paradise Community Hall, weather permitting. If we have to cancel, we will post it on our web site, and on our Facebook page, FibreSOFAAR, on the morning of the 26th, so please check before leaving.

This program is open and free to all our members; non-members will be charged a $10.00 fee. You are welcome to attend even if you did not resister for the 19th.

Please let us know you are coming at so we know how many chairs to put out. This is not a strict requirement but if we know you are coming we can inform you by email of a cancellation.

If we do have to cancel the event we will reschedule it for a Sunday in March or April when the weather may be more cooperative.

Best regards,
The Program Committee

P.S. Karen’s presentation will touch on the following topics: -Sourcing good reference material
-What constitutes a good reference for a work of fibre -Shape, Tone, Colour

-Colour temperature and how it affects the look of a work
-Composition and breaking up of borders, cutting things off and dynamic viewpoints -Understanding tonality; making plains recede
-Complex colour
-Thumbnails and colour studies: How to do them and in what medium.

Workshop CANCELLED for January 19th

SOFAAR Workshop –

Phase II – Conception to Completion scheduled for Sunday, January 19th 1:30 to 4:30 at the Paradise Community Hall, has been cancelled due to the snowy forecast for tomorrow.

The Workshop is being rescheduled for next Sunday, January 26th. same time and same place.

Please contact if you have any questions.

Wet Felted Mittens workshop

Leslie McFarlane will be holding a “Wet felted mittens” workshop on Saturday, January 4th from 10 am to 3 pm at the Brickton Hall.

Please contact Leslie for more information at: <>


Getting Started Workshop in January

Getting Started is a free workshop for SOFAAR members.

Sunday, January 19, 2020, 1:30 – 4:30 pm.

Snow date, Sunday, January 26, 2020, 1:30 – 4:30 pm.

Paradise Community Hall, 10,300 Hwy 1, Paradise, NS

The Sofaar Program committee invites you to an afternoon presentation by Karen Warner. This program is intended for members who would like to learn more about the principles of original design. Karen’s presentation will include the following:

-Sourcing good reference material

-What constitutes a good reference for a work of fibre

-Shape, Tone, Colour

-Colour temperature and how it affects the look of a work

-Composition and breaking up of borders, cutting things off and dynamic viewpoints

-Understanding tonality; making plains recede

-Complex colour


-Thumbnails and colour studies: How to do them and in what medium.

Karen had a private apprenticeship in the Old Master methods and materials of drawing and painting followed by 2 years in representational impressionism. She has taught privately and to groups since the late 90’s. She works mostly in oils, graphite and coloured pencils; however, the basics of all art have the same underpinning that is applied to all mediums, fibre art included.

Please bring a small notebook for your own use.

Please let us know if you plan to attend so we know how much nibbles to provide.

Contact <> to sign up!

Broach Approach workshop

Thirteen participants attended Sam Norgard’s “Broach Approach” beading workshop sponsored by SOFAAR on Sunday, August 11th.

We all came away having learned peyote stitch, brick stitch and stack stitch along with information on beading threads and needles and supplies.

Now, we must all finish our  broaches for a future show and tell!

Sam Norgard and some of her work.
Inspiration from a finished broach.
Sam teaching a technique.
Broaches in progress.



Wet Felting workshop: August 11th

Introduction to Wet Felting

Sunday August 11 from 10:00 am – 3:00pm

Brickton Community Hall, 12062 Highway 1, Brickton

Instructor: Leslie McFarlane

In this workshop, you will learn to make great felt by implementing such fundamentals as even layout, shrinkage rates, working with a resist and adding a design layer while creating three small projects. You will learn the basic skills you need to move on to more involved projects.

Contact Leslie at to register or for more details.

Wet felting workshop

Beading workshop August 11th


SOFAAR is pleased to offer “The Broach Approach” beading workshop

We are delighted to be working with beading artist and professor Sam Norgard from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to bring you a wonderful day of beading.
You will be introduced to a number of bead embroidery techniques and come away with a strong foundation in bead embroidery.
No experience necessary.
Spaces are limited to 12
Please note this workshop will take place in Saint-Bernard (near Weymouth) at Sam’s summer studio.
Click on this link for the .pdf or see full description and photo below.
SOFAAR- Beading workshopMEM


Learn the basics of bead embroidery and come home with a lovely beaded broach!

Description :

“The Broach Approach” workshop is appropriate for people new to beading. In this workshop you will be introduced to beading supplies, materials, and a number of bead embroidery techniques. You will be shown finishing techniques and come away with a strong foundation in bead embroidery.

Participants would come away well on their way to finishing a broach. (see picture below of possible finished projects)

Instructor : Sam Norgard – SCAD professor and SOFAAR memberMaximum number of participants: 12 (minimum 8 for the workshop to go ahead)

Date: Sunday, August 11th, 10 am to 3:30 pm (bring your own lunch)

Place: Sam’s Studio, Saint-Bernard (near Weymouth)

Cost: $ 40 for the workshop (non SOFAAR members- $50) plus $15 for the provided kit.

To register:

Workshop payment of $40 or $50 must be received in full by July 28th. Non-refundable unless the workshop is cancelled. The kit fee will be paid directly to Sam Norgard on the day.
Contact Christine Igot at <> or (902-532-7978) to reserve your space and receive information about payment.

About Sam Norgard :

Sam Norgard is an internationally recognized beading artist and teaches design at the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.
You can visit her website at:

Please contact Christine Igot directly at <> to reserve your space.
Broach samples

SOFAAR launches “conception to completion” workshops

Concept to Completion

SOFAAR is offering members a program called Concept to Completion. This programming is intended for members of our society who want to try using their fibre skills to design and create an original piece of work or who are interested in learning more about how to take a concept for a work of fibre art and make it into a reality.

There will be three phases of the program; Concept, Execution and Completion. Members are invited to participate in one or all of the workshops depending on their specific interest.

The first phase of the program, Concept, will be held May 5, 2019, from 1:30 – 3:30, at the Granville Ferry Community Hall. We will convene a panel of fibre artists in Stitching, Art Quilting, Knitting, Rug Hooking and Needle Felting.  They will speak about how they proceed in making a concept into a finished piece. Do they draw it first? Does their original concept evolve during the process? What are the technical skills required in a particular field of fibre arts? The creative process is unique.

Our panelists will be Penny Berens, Rachel Ryan, Cheryl den Hartog, and Heather Horsfall. A fifth panelist will be added at a later date.

Following all presentations members will have an opportunity to ask questions and gain information that they can use in their own work. Our panelists are happy to share their creative process.

Phase 2, Execution, is aimed at members who wish to work with a mentor in one of the five above-mentioned categories of fibre arts and who need help and encouragement with original design. This will be in a small class format with each participant having a chance to work on a project idea of their own while consulting with someone with expertise. Phase 3, Completion, is aimed at helping our members complete their original piece of work either for hanging on their own wall or for exhibition. We will have more information at a later time.

Please write to us at if you are planning to participate in Phase 1, Concept, so we will have nibbles for everyone. Last minute attendees are still welcome.

If you willing to give original design a try and are wondering where to start Heritage Homes will be the theme of SOFAAR’s 2020 Members’ Exhibition, which will be held at ARTsPlace to coincide with the Annapolis Historical Gardens House & Garden Tour. Members will be invited to create images of heritage homes in fibre. The interpretation of the home need not be in a realism form; it could be abstract, it could be a collage of different features of the home or anything your mind’s eye sees.