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.

Come see this exhibit!

The SOFAAR Art of Fibre exhibit held its opening on July 6th and there was a lot of beautiful work to admire.

Please come out and see for yourselves. The show is on at the MacDonald Museum in Middleton until the first week of September.

Here is enticement to come and see the exhibit in person:

Exhibit committee chair Céleste stands in front of a Penny Berens piece.
Admiring the work.
Such colours in this beautiful variation on a Drunkard’s path quilt by Kay den Hartog.
Over 183,000 fine cross stitches in this entirely stitched piece by Ray Breton.
Penny eyes the eyes thread painted by Christine Igot
Gail Robertson’s crocheted coral reef.
Over 5,000 different fabrics in this postage stamp quilt by Shirley Bent.
Ethan stands to the right of his grandmother Brenda’s felted piece.
Close up of Rachael Ryan’s work.


Member exhibit: opening reception. July 6th


The Society of Fibre Artists of the Annapolis River cordially invites you, your family and your friends to the opening of The Art of Fibre, Saturday, July 6, 2019, from 2 pm – 4 pm, at the Annapolis Valley Macdonald Museum, 21 School St., Middleton, NS. Come and enjoy the wonderful fibre art on display and meet the artists who contributed to the exhibition. The exhibition continues until September 2, 2019.

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

Saturday Snips June 8th – report


The rare sun was calling many to their gardens but 15 SOFAAR members chose to gather to work on their fibre projects at the very welcoming Granville Ferry Hall.

We “showed and telled” our work with Céleste’s encouragement and all left invigorated to continue work and to start some new projects.

Our next Saturday Snips will take place at the MacDonald Museum in Middleton on Saturday, July 13 in conjunction with our members’ show at the Museum

Julia Archer’s hooked cherry pie was a huge hit.
Tammy is starting a new cross stitch of summery flowers.
Mary was repairing and finishing the three bears hooked rug.
Rosaire looks a little daunted by the work ahead!
Penny and Céleste welcome a new member here for the summer.

Saturday Snips reminder: June 8th


We hope to see you this Saturday at the Granville Ferry hall for our monthly gathering of Saturday Snips. We will be at 5352 Highway One between 1 and 4 pm to work together on our individual stitching projects.

Come early to Annapolis and experience our famous Farmers’ and Traders’ market and grab some tasty lunch there before heading over to the Ferry to work on your project.

Don’t forget to bring some show and tell!

We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday, June 8th.

June Saturday Snips coming up!


June’s Saturday Snips event will take place on Saturday June 8th at the Granville Ferry Community Hall.

This hall is located at 5352 Granville Rd. in Granville Ferry just outside of Annapolis Royal.

Our event takes place from 1 to 4 pm.

Bring a project to work on, bring a show and tell and come and spend an afternoon with like-minded fibre enthusiasts.

Why not make a day of it ? Annapolis Royal has a wonderful Saturday outdoor market that begins at 8 am and runs till 1 pm. There you will find fresh produce, great bakery items, lunch of sausages or sushi. And there are lots of interesting little stores and spots to explore.

We look forward to seeing you on June 8th.

As always, refreshments will be served.

Kay denHartog embroidery

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.