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.

Felting workshop with Leslie MacFarlane: June 24th

If you loved Leslie’s felting demonstration at the Come Play with Us event, you will want to be part of this upcoming workshop on June 24th.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!


Nunofelt Wall Décor with Shibori Technique

Come join us and learn the art of nunofelting. In this workshop, we will create a nunofelt piece and then learn to incorporate the shibori technique to add more texture and interest. We will also cover adding beads for embellishment. Once completed, we will prepare the piece for framing. The finished piece will be ready to mount in an 11” x 14” frame (not included). Feel free to bring along any small embellishments that you may like to incorporate. The materials provided will be in the same colour scheme as the sample. You will need to bring an old towel, small bucket and a pair of small scissors for cutting thread. Open to all skill levels.

Saturday June 24th from 10-4
Granville Ferry Hall – 5352 Granville Rd Bring along a lunch.

Cost: $75 for SOFAAR members – $85 for non-members Maximum number: 10

Please email Heather Garner at or call evenings or weekends 902-638-8879 to arrange payment and secure your spot.

Leslie demonstrating wet felting
Leslie demonstrating wet felting


Silkscreening workshop: 26 hours May and June

This course will take place in Church Point. The course is offered IN FRENCH.

Screenprinting course by CassandreBoucher.

Galerie Belliveau, in collaboration with Le Conseil des Arts de La Baie will offer a 26-hour silkscreen course for all levels. No prior knowledge.

Silk-screen printing is a versatile printing technique that uses silk screens to transfer ink to a variety of media. In this course, you will learn the mechanical and photomechanical processes . In addition to practical exercises, each student will realize a personal project during which he / she will acquire a good knowledge of all the stages allowing silkscreen printing. He / she will create his / her matrices by separating his / her image in layers, carry out the transfer of the films on the silk, the preparation of the colors and finally the impression.

At the end of these 26-hour  course, you should be autonomous to realize your own silkscreen images with a comprehensive understanding of the process.

The first 5 one-hour courses will be offered at a distance at the Galerie Le Trécarré , Church Point, on Thursdays May 4, 11 and 18  and June  1 and 8  at 2 pm.

We will complete the course with three teaching days on site with Cassandre Boucher in the art studio of the Conseil des Arts de la Baie, Church Point on June 21st and 23rd from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Registration fee for CAB members: $ 200 (materials included)

Non-member fees: $ 250

Deadline for non-refundable deposit of $ 125: Monday, March 20

Deadline for payment of balance:  April 1

For information and payment: 

We accept check or credit card. 

Again.. this course will take place IN FRENCH.

Learn Batik!

SOFAAR is partnering with the Annapolis Region Community Arts Council (ARCAC) to offer a Batik Workshop with Cameron McIntosh at ARTsPLACE in Annapolis Royal in March. The workshop is in 4 sessions:

  •   Monday 6 March 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  •   Saturday 11 March 3 – 5 pm
  •   Monday 13 March 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  •   Saturday 18 March 3 – 5 pm.The deadline for registration is February 15, and class size is limited to 14.

    The cost is $95 per person, all supplies included. See the ARCAC website ( for details and to register.

    Carmeon McIntosh attended The Ontario College of
    Art and Design where he focussed on experimenting
    and inventing new processes and visual effects. He
    taught English in Japan in the 1990s and more recently
    in Thailand, where he also practiced local art forms. He
    works in pastel, batik, Japanese lacquer and
    photography, saying “Batik is one of my favourite
    processes because it’s very fast to produce and the large, vibrant images stimulatebatik

Workshop report

Twelve of us attended Heather Horsfall’s talk and workshop on creating our own work this past Sunday, October 2nd, 2016.

It was a very interesting and informative afternoon!

If you have any ideas for other workshops, please let us know.

Here are some pictures of the event.

Heather Horsfall speaking on creativity.
Heather Horsfall speaking on creativity.
Sherry and Marilyn looking at objects from nature and printed inspiration.
Sherry and Marilyn looking at objects from nature and printed inspiration.
Heather explaining the tracing method for corners.
Heather explaining the tracing method for corners.
Some finished traced ideas
Some finished traced ideas

Design your own Art workshop. October 2nd 2016

If you’ve ever wanted to design your own work but hesitated because you “can’t draw” or “aren’t artistic,” or if you want to take your designs to another level, this workshop is for you.

Workshop details and a registration form are attached.

You must preregister for this workshop, and space is limited.

Registration will be open for SOFAAR members only through September 15, after which it will be opened to the public if space is still available.

Horsfall workshop registration