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Fabulous Fibre - Artists show off creations as kids, adults help out at Annapolis Royal event

Hands-on learning in Annapolis Royal

ANNAPOLIS ROYAL, NS - Céleste Thibodeau-Stacey taught Marina McBride how to knit.

Ken Flett helped youngsters make dolls – complete with big button eyes and fancy costumes.

Leslie McFarlane showed women at her table how to felt.

Bette Young demonstrated rug hooking and let people give it a try.

It was a day of playing with fibre and almost 200 people showed up to see just what it was that members of the Society of Fibre Artists of the Annapolis River do.

The May 5 ‘Come Play with Us’ second annual event at the Annapolis Royal fire hall was packed with tables heaped with yarn, thread, and cloth, and all the necessary implements needed to transform them in to all manner of pieces of art like wall hangings, quilts, and rugs to wearable art like sweaters, scarves, and other bits of clothing.

There were needles, a sewing machine, a spinning wheel, patterns, scissors, and all sorts of other tools that helped in the process.

Alex Hancock was spinning wool -- from her own sheep – into yarn.

It was a well-attended event that included a lot of young folk who seemed to gravitate to the sound of Flett’s sewing machine and the unique dolls he was making. Soon the kids were creating their own masterpieces with the Bear River artist giving them a hand.

Kids could learn how to sew on a button or learn how to knit a scarf.

A Success

Christine Igot had her own works of art at the event. As SOFAAR secretary she has been busy helping with the event.

“We had a second successful year of ‘Come Play with Us’ with just over 170 people coming to see demos and learn different techniques at the fire hall,” she said. “We were especially happy to see returning families.”

She said the day-long event is a hands-on experience to encourage people to explore everything fibre-arts-related including knitting, hooking, felting, embroidery, needlework, quilting, and more – like making your own net creations just like fisherman do for lobster traps.

“We had some past favourites with wet felting and hooking as well as new techniques to show this year which included spinning and doll making,” Igot said. “Some lucky young people went home with their own folk doll and interesting felt creations. Some not-so-young people made brooches in both felting and hooking techniques.”

Clean Annapolis River Project had a table set up. They were concerned other kinds of fibre – microfibre that is becoming more and more of an environmental concern. The table was about awareness and had tips on what you can do to help save the environment.

Outside the Hall

The Annapolis West Education Centre senior basketball team provided refreshments just outside the fire hall with barbecued food and other items for sale.

A wonderful silk quilt was on display for a raffle sale.

The next SOFAAR event is a ‘work in progress’ exhibit that will take place in Annapolis Royal on First Friday evening June 1 and also Saturday, June 2.

SOFAAR is hosting its second annual Fabulous Fall Fibre Retreat in Annapolis Royal the last weekend in September. Space is still available. For more info, contact

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