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 (www.arcac.ca) 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

Fun afternoon in Bridgetown

Twenty-three stitchers, hookers, knitters and other fibrephiles came out last Saturday afternoon to spend an agreeable couple of hours on Saturday the 28th of January working on their different fibre projects with like-minded individuals.

Sofaar members and others enjoyed sharing ideas and tips.

We all appreciated the lovely church hall of Saint-Alphonsus in Bridgetown.

We’ll be sure to do it again next month so keep an eye out on the location.

Céleste and Grace working on their fibre projects.
Céleste and Grace working on their fibre projects.

Project day together! January 28th

Here’s a great way to beat the January blahs!

Join your fellow SOFAAR members for a relaxed afternoon plying your needles and hooks in a social setting on January 28, 2 to 4 p.m. at St Alphonsus Hall in Bridgetown.

Bring your latest project (or a UFO you’ve been meaning to finish) and knit, hook, stitch, spin or otherwise play with fibre. There’ll be no business meeting, no pressure; just a chance to sit and stitch.

There are lots of tables and electrical outlets if you want to bring a machine or extra light and washrooms and a kitchen handy if you need a cup of tea.

Feel free to bring a fibre friend. There is no charge for the event, but a small donation ($2) to help offset hall rental costs is requested.


Where:                St Alphonsus Catholic Church – 93 South Street, Bridgetown.
(See map, attached)

When:                  January 28, 2 – 4 p.m.

Some Conditions Apply: 

Here’s your “small print” warning of conditions that apply to this offer: In the event of a major snow storm, the event will be cancelled. It will also be cancelled should a funeral be scheduled for that date.

If we have to cancel, we will post the cancellation notice on our SOFAAR  website (www.SOFAAR.caand our Facebook page.

We hope to see you there.

St Alphons

“Garden of Eden” quilt shown in Understorey Magazine

SOFAAR member and quilter Marilyn Preus (silkjourneyquilts.com) has one of her beautiful silk quilts shown in the December issue of Understorey Magazine (understoreymagazine.ca).

This magazine publishes literary writing and visual art by and about Canadian women.

An image of Marilyn’s quilt, titled: Garden of Eden, is in the December issue called “Home and Away”. It accompanies poetry by Christina McRae called “For the Journey/I Know You Remember”:


Garden of Eden quilt
Garden of Eden quilt


Marilyn Preus
Marilyn Preus


AR Celebration Tartan

SOFAAR member and graphic designer Kim Gunn has created the Annapolis Royal Celebration 2017 tartan!

This tartan has been endorsed by the town of Annapolis Royal and is officially registered with the Scottish Registry of Tartans.

Gunn designed this tartan “in honour of the Town of Annapolis Royal and its rich heritage to celebrate Canada’s 150th” according to Jane Nicholson of AIRO who helped out Kim with a financial contribution.

Kim says the tartan was inspired by “the seasonal colours of the North Mountain, the Annapolis River and Bay of Fundy as well as the lush green landscapes, lupins and red soil”.

The tartan will be available in time for Tartan Day on April 6th, 2017.

(information for this posting thanks to Larry Powell of the Annapolis Spectator)

AR Tartan designed by Kim Gunn
AR Tartan designed by Kim Gunn