ONE Retreat room left!

There is only ONE remaining room at the Hillsdale House Inn for our Fabulous Fall Fibre Retreat!
The time to book it is NOW!

There are a few possible day-stitching spots still up for grabs.

Please contact us for more information and to register.

It’s going to be a Fabulous Fall Fibre event!!


DMC floss now in Annapolis

The Variety Store in Annapolis Royal (a SOFAAR sponsor) is now carrying DMC embroidery floss. This is great news for all kinds of fibre artists in our area.

Amy and Kayla were just setting up the display this morning !

DMC floss now at the Variety Store in Annapolis Royal.
DMC floss now at the Variety Store in Annapolis Royal.


Call for entries: Art of Fibre exhibit September-October 2018

SOFAAR presents the Art of Fibre exhibition 2018

Please find below the guidelines for submitting pieces to our annual “Art of Fibre” Exhibition which will be held at the Chapel Gallery in Annapolis Royal in September and October.
We encourage everyone to submit pieces as this show is not juried, just curated and there is no theme.
The objective for the curator is to showcase as much variety of fibre art as possible in the small Chapel Gallery. This exhibit is on during our Fabulous Fall Fibre Retreat.
Here is a .pdf link to the guidelines and they are printed below:
SOFAAR Guidelines.Fall2018


All members of SOFAAR are invited to participate in the annual member’s exhibition at the Chapel Gallery at ARCAC (Annapolis Region Community Arts Council) in Annapolis Royal from September 2 to October 13, 2018.

This year’s exhibition will not have a specific theme but we want to feature the excellence and the wide range of fibre art created by SOFAAR members. Submit your latest work or an older piece of which you are particularly proud to have created. We encourage original work but if it is not we ask that you credit the original designer. Acknowledgement should be given to anyone participating in the execution of the work, i.e.,quilted by, framed by, etc.

Here are some things to keep in mind when you are preparing for the exhibition;

– This is a curated show, not a juried one. The Chapel Gallery is not a large space and the curators’s task is to look at the work that is submitted and choose pieces that will show the greatest variety of fibre art as possible in the available space.

– We are delighted to announce that  Laurie Swim and Valerie Hearder will be our curators. Recipient of numerous honours, including the 2013 Portia White Prize, Laurie Swim is arguably Nova Scotia’s best known fibre artist. Her most recent work, Hope and Survival, tells the story of the Halifax Explosion and was displayed at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in 2017 and the Museum of Industry in Stellarton, N.S, earlier this year. Valerie Hearder has exhibited her work extensively throughout Canada, the U.S., Japan, Europe and South Africa. She is a notable quilt designer and teacher, recipient of the Dorothy McMurdie Award for significant contributions to Canadian quilting, presented by the Canadian Quilters Association. In 2003, Valerie’s work was chosen for “Thirty Distinguished Quilt Artists of the World”, Tokyo Dome, Japan.

– You are invited to submit multiple pieces.

– This year we ask that you submit digital images of your work for selection. For each entry submit one full image and one detailed image, in a .jpgformat. Name your file as follows; last name, first name, title, for example: SmithJaneWaterlilliesFull.jpgfor the full image and SmithJaneWaterlilies Detail.jpg for the close-up detailed view. The curator will choose entries for the show from the digital images.

– Email your photos to info@sofaar.cawith the following information for each entry by the deadline for receipt of entries, August 10, 2018:

–Title of the piece

–Size, height X width

–Materials used

–Is the piece for sale? If so, what is the price? Please note that ARCAC will take a 10% fee if the work is sold.

–You must include an artist’s statement with your submission. The statement is simply one or two sentences explaining what inspired you to create the piece.

–Does SOFAAR have permission to use your photos to promote the exhibition?

– Each piece must be clearly labelled on the back with the artist’s name and the title of the work.

– Work to be hung must be ready for hanging, including a hanging rod, if applicable, and any special hardware if a simple nail will not suffice. If your work requires a special display, please provide it.

– Work may be for sale but the piece must remain until the closing date of the Exhibition. ARCAC will handle all sales, including credit cards, and will take a 10% fee.

-Although every care will be taken of the submitted work, the responsibility for loss and damage whilst in exhibition cannot be accepted by SOFAAR or ARCAC. We strongly advise that each artist obtain commercial insurance to cover the work in exhibition.

– Once you have been notified that your entry will be welcomed in the show we ask that you deliver your work to ARCAC, 396 St George Street, Annapolis Royal, August 29, 2018, between 10 am and noon.


Deadline for receipt of entries – August 10, 2018

Notification of acceptance – August 17, 2018

Accepted work delivery date –  August 29, 2018, 10 am – noon

Exhibition opens – September 2, 2018

Reception – September 9, 2018, 1 – 3 pm

Exhibition closes – October 13, 2018

Collect your work from gallery – October 15, 2018, 10 am – noon

2018 Retreat at Hillsdale House Inn!

SOFAAR will hold its 2nd Fibre crafting Retreat at the beautiful Hillsdale House Inn in Annapolis Royal the weekend of September 28th.

The rooms are filling up fast at the Inn, there are only 4 now available (rooms: 1, 4 ,9 and 14). We have been offered a special price for these rooms as well as an early-bird Thursday night rate for those who would like to have the whole day on Friday to work on their projects.

There are also several days-stitching spots available. These allow you to participate in the Retreat even if you stay somewhere else!

Our Retreat is for a maximum of 30 participants only.

SOFAAR members: $85 (plus hotel fee)
NON-MEMBERS: $95 (plus hotel fee)

Please find the Retreat package attached.

You can also e-mail Christine at with any questions regarding the Retreat.








Show and Tell – Works in Progress -June 1st and June 2nd

SOFAAR members will be showing and telling in Annapolis Royal on Friday evening, June 1st and on Saturday, June 2nd.

This is our annual members’ exhibit and along with presenting finished work, members will be on hand working on their pieces. You will have a chance to see fibre crafting in action.

Our Friday evening event is held in conjunction with First Fridays in Annapolis Royal. The first Friday of every month, stores are open late and there are events and music. Please see the Town website for events.

SOFAAR’s show and tell will take place at Mrs. Nicholson Home at 212 St-George St in Annapolis Royal from 6 pm to 8 pm on the Friday evening and from 10 am to 3 pm on the Saturday.

We hope to see you there.

Working away...
Working away…

Fun fibre day: Saturday May 12th

SOFAAR will be holding its next fun fibre gathering day this coming Saturday, May 12th at the home of Marilyn Preus, 81 Chute Road in Bear River from 1:30 to 4 pm.

This casual gathering is open to all members to come and work on their projects and spend time with like-minded fibre crafters. Bring something to show and tell and bring your current project to work on.
Have a question that needs answering ? Or wish a second opinion about your project ? Others will be there to offer support and encouragement.
Refreshments will be served.
Hope to see you there.

SOFAAR welcomes new board

A huge thank you to all the members who donated items and those who came out to attend SOFAAR’s 2nd annual AGM and stash sale. It was a roaring success!
The membership elected the following slate of directors for 2018:
Grace Butland
Rachael Cheechoo
Donna Conyers
Ken Flett
Christine Igot
Gail Robertson
Celeste Thibodeau-Stacey
Sharon Moody
Your newly elected executive for the year is:
President – Grace Butland
Vice President – Celeste Thibodeau Stacey
Secretary – Christine Igot
Treasurer – Gail Robertson
We look forward to a busy and successful year.
Reminder: The next issue of Snippets is coming up later this month. If you have any news that you think would be of interest to the SOFAAR membership – workshops, exhibitions, good books, websites, photos of your current or recently completed projects – anything at all that is fibre-related – please send them to We need your news!

AGM and Stash sale a huge success

A cold wind but warm fibre! We had full house for our annual general meeting and stash stash on Saturday the 17th.

A new board has been elected and details will be posted after the next regular board meeting.

There were lots of deals to be had at the stash sale with many balls of fibre, bags of buttons and ribbons, patterns and odds and ends going home with happy new owners!

A big thank you to everyone who came out. And a huge thank you to our sponsors. Remember to use your cards for discounts!

Many stayed on to work on the their projects and chat and catch up.

Our next event is a stitching day on Sunday, April 15th. Stay tuned for details.

Out-going and founding president Cathy Malon staffing the Sponsor table.
Out-going and founding president Cathy Malon staffing the Sponsor table.
Tables ready and full of stash.
Tables ready and full of stash.
Deals to be had!
Deals to be had!
Donna, Marie and Mary working on their projects.
Donna, Marie and Mary working on their projects.
Sisters Tammy and Teresa cross-stitching.
Sisters Tammy and Teresa cross-stitching.


New sponsor! Frames on James

Coral Fuller and her expert framing at Frames on James in Yarmouth is SOFAAR’s latest sponsor.

Coral will offer a 15% discount to all card-carrying SOFAAR members who come in to see her for framing needs. SOFAAR members wishing to have several pieces framed at the same time may be offered a higher discount!

Coral can also supply members with some materials (foam core, archival mount boards and mats) for those wishing to do their own mounting.

Please visit Coral’s website at : <> or give Coral a call at 902-742-6115. Her email is : <>

Below are some examples of Coral’s framed work with fibre.

Quilt framed by Coral Fuller at Frames on James, Yarmouth.
Quilt framed by Coral Fuller at Frames on James, Yarmouth.
Cross-stitch framed at Frames on James 2018.
Cross-stitch framed at Frames on James 2018.
Needlepoint framed at Frames on James.
Needlepoint framed at Frames on James.