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 hgarner2999@gmail.com or call evenings or weekends 902-638-8879 to arrange payment and secure your spot.

Leslie demonstrating wet felting
Leslie demonstrating wet felting


June members’ exhibit

Coming right up in conjunction with Annapolis Royal’s First Friday events, is our 2nd annual Fabulous Fibre Show and Tell.

Many of the 90 SOFAAR members will be displaying their fibre creations at the Saint Luke Parish Hall in Annapolis Royal on Friday evening June 2nd between 6 and 9 pm and again on Saturday from 10 to 3 pm.

We hope you will all come out and see what wonderful work is being done.

Admission is free!

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“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

Come Play with Us!

SOFAAR is hosting an open door, hands-on public fibre exploration event at the Annapolis Royal Fire Hall on Saturday, April 22nd from 10 to 4 pm.

We encourage all SOFAAR members and the general public to come out and explore the fibre arts.

There will be crafters of all sorts working away and demonstrating their love of all things fibre.

We will have: quilting, hooking, felting, needlepoint, cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, crochet, basket-masking and much more!

You will be able to touch and try your hand at different techniques.

Everyone is welcome! Hope to see you there.

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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.


Fibre Arts Retreat this fall. Book now!

We are very excited about our Fibre Arts Retreat weekend  planned for this fall at the Historic Queen Anne Inn in Annapolis Royal. The weekend is September 29th to October 1st, 2017

Historic Queen Anne Inn
Historic Queen Anne Inn

We have organized a full weekend with time for working on your projects as well as exploring and learning about the birthplace of Canada.

Included in the weekend is a private guided tour of the Fort Anne Historic Tapestry and a reception at the art gallery for a private viewing of the SOFAAR “O Canada” exhibit. There will be a lovely, catered dinner at the Inn on the Saturday night.

There are 12 rooms only available at the Queen Anne and FIVE of them have already been booked!

We need to fill the Queen Anne by April 15th for the event to go ahead so if you are thinking about coming, we would love to hear from you.

While in Town, you can visit the Historic Gardens, take the famous Graveyard Tour, play a round of golf, stroll the walking trails and immerse yourselves in the history of our region founded in 1605.

We hope you will think about spending a glorious, relaxing weekend with us.

Here is a link to the .pdf file with all the information you need to know about this fibre weekend get-away.



AGM and stash sale a huge success!

Thanks to everyone who braved the bitterly cold winter day to come out to our second annual AGM and our first Fibre stash sale and give-away.

The afternoon was a great success and we thank everyone who participated and helped out.

SOFAAR now boasts 78 members and a new executive (details to follow).

Next event will be our Come Play with Us – fibre open house at the Firehall in Annapolis Royal on April 22nd. Stay tuned for details.

Shoppers at the stash sale and give-away. March 11th, 2017
Shoppers at the stash sale and give-away. March 11th, 2017

SOFAAR stash sale this Saturday!

A reminder of the Fibre stash sale and give-away this Saturday, March 11th from 2 to 4 pm at Saint-Luke’s Hall in Annapolis Royal.

Our AGM will take place at 1pm followed by this sale.

Refreshments will be served. Bring a project along and spend the afternoon with other fibre enthusiasts.

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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: nadinebelliveau1@gmail.com 

We accept check or credit card. 

Again.. this course will take place IN FRENCH.

AGM and Stash sale next week!

A reminder of SOFAAR’s AGM followed by a fibre stash sale and give-away and stitching afternoon next Saturday, March 11th. beginning at 1 pm.

We’ve been sorting through stash and there are lots of interesting bits to be had from fabric to patterns to fibre to books and buttons and beads!

Hope to see you there at St-Luke’s Parish Hall in Annapolis Royal.

Stash sale starts at 2 pm and is open to the public so please let all your fibre friends know.

Of course, the AGM is open to the public as well and begins at 1pm. We will be electing a new board and will tell you about all the exciting events coming up this year.

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