NSW Workshop

Taster - Pattern Cutting from a Garment - One Day

Do you have a favourite garment? Would you like to make another?

Find out how with this informative and practical Textile Taster.

Date Wed 21st Oct 2020 9:30 am
End Date Wed 21st Oct 2020 4:30 pm
Register from Sat 7th Mar 2020
Cut off date Wed 21st Oct 2020 6:00 pm
Price $100.00 or Member rate $70.00 Material fee $0
Location Epping Creative Centre
Taster - Cyanotype printing - One Day

Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print. Engineers used the process well into the 20th century as a simple and low-cost process to produce copies of drawings, referred to as blueprints.

Join Barbara Schey and Francis Brown to find out about this wonderful technique…..

Date Sat 31st Oct 2020 9:30 am
End Date Sat 31st Oct 2020 4:30 pm
Register from Sat 7th Mar 2020
Cut off date Sat 31st Oct 2020 6:00 pm
Price $100.00 or Member rate $70.00 Material fee $15
Location Epping Creative Centre
Taster - Stash to Treasure - mixed media - One Day

Use various materials you already have around your home to create a piece of mixed media textile art that expresses an idea or image. Kay Murray will lead you through various hand and machine techniques to create either a small textile piece, a series of postcards or a book cover. A sewing machine is not essential.

Date Sun 8th Nov 2020 9:30 am
End Date Sun 8th Nov 2020 4:30 pm
Register from Sun 23rd Aug 2020
Cut off date Sun 8th Nov 2020 6:00 pm
Price $100.00 or Member rate $70.00 Material fee $10
Location Epping Creative Centre
Taster - Eco-dyeing - One Day

Experience the wonderful range of natural colours and botanical prints achieved with plants. Join Sam Tannous to find out how natural dyeing and printing processes can be used to produce wonderful textiles and papers.

Date Sun 29th Nov 2020 9:30 am
End Date Sun 29th Nov 2020 4:30 pm
Register from Sat 7th Mar 2020
Cut off date Sun 29th Nov 2020 6:00 pm
Price $100.00 or Member rate $70.00 Material fee $10
Location Epping Creative Centre
Lisa Walton - Permission to Play – Surface Design Techniques

Permission to Play is an opportunity to play with a wide range of surface design tools and techniques. Join Lisa in this Masterclass exploring colour, textures and embellishments.

Date Sat 20th Feb 2021 9:30 am
End Date Sun 21st Feb 2021 4:30 pm
Register from Fri 4th Sep 2020
Cut off date Sat 6th Feb 2021
Price ATASDA Members $180 Non-members $230 Materials Fee $20
Location Epping Creative Centre
Lee Bethel - Paper: The Cut, the Fold and the Play of Light
Learn to manipulate paper using cutting and folding to create light-capturing works. Apply colour that creates reflection and shadow play. Expand ideas and methods with a variety of techniques such as the integration of fibres and mixed media to enhance and develop an approach for both 2 and 3 dimensional artworks.
Date Sat 27th Mar 2021 9:30 am
End Date Sun 28th Mar 2021 4:30 pm
Register from Fri 4th Sep 2020
Cut off date Sat 13th Mar 2021
Price ATASDA Members $180 Non-members $230 Materials Fee $20
Location Epping Creative Centre
Denise Lithgow - Funky Felting 3D Vessels

Design and create unique sculptural vessels using merino wool in this inspiring two day creative workshop. 

Textile artist Denise Lithgow will guide you through the process of making and moulding felt into innovative forms and shapes. You’ll learn how to form shapes and translate these into three dimensional non-functional vessels.

Date Sat 17th Apr 2021 9:30 am
End Date Sun 18th Apr 2021 4:30 pm
Register from Fri 4th Sep 2020
Cut off date Sat 3rd Apr 2021
Price ATASDA Members $180 Non-members $230 Materials Fee $25 or BYO fibre & tools
Location Denise's Studio, Leichhardt
Roberta Montorfano - The Art of Textile Print & Design

Draw and create your own Textile Print Design, and gain an understanding of the processes involved in the beautiful world of textiles. Step by step you will be guided to plan, hand draw and digitise your design. Play with colour, movement, scale and layout. Use tools in Photoshop to develop and manipulate your unique textile print.

Date Sat 22nd May 2021 9:30 am
End Date Sun 23rd May 2021 4:30 pm
Register from Fri 4th Sep 2020
Cut off date Sat 8th May 2021
Price ATASDA Members $180 Non-members $230 Materials Fee $15
Location Epping Creative Centre
Speaking In Colour - Online Weaving

2 hour online workshop

Participants will learn contemporary indigenous weaving techniques, how and when and why it was done, with the opportunity to create a woven keepsake. All the materials will be posted to you once you have enrolled.

Registrations are now full for this workshop but ATASDA NSW is also offering a 2 day face-to-face workshop in Sydney in early 2022.

Go to Interwoven - Aboriginal Weaving for details of this and other ATASDA NSW workshops.

Date Tue 12th Oct 2021 1:00 pm
End Date Tue 12th Oct 2021 3:00 pm
Cut off date Mon 20th Sep 2021
Price $89 Materials included
Martha Birch - Hooking & Proggy Rugmaking

In one day you will learn all about Rug Hooking and Progging your own design and how to finish your rug.

Martha Birch became an expert under the tutelage of Miriam Miller, the “mother” of rug hooking in Australia. She will teach everything you could ever wish to know about this textile craft.

You’ll be astonished at how quickly a work can take shape and the range of possibilities for its use.

During this time of COVID 19 ATASDA seeks to protect all those who attend its activities face-to-face by requesting evidence of full vaccination. You may send your proof of vaccination to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The location for this workshops has been changed. It will be held in a private home in Lane Cove. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you requre further information.

Date Sat 30th Oct 2021 9:30 am
End Date Sat 30th Oct 2021 4:30 pm
Price ATASDA Members $90 Non-members $115 Materials Fee $20
Karen Robertson - Bespoke Lampshade

Have a lampshade that you love that looks tired and needs updating? Been unable to find a replacement shade?

Come along to this fabulous one day workshop and learn how to upcycle and give your lamp a new lease of life. 

If you have special piece of fabric, maybe one you have printed yourself, bring it along to transform it into an attractive lampshade.

Date Wed 17th Nov 2021 9:30 am
End Date Wed 17th Nov 2021 4:30 pm
Register from Sat 6th Mar 2021
Cut off date Wed 27th Oct 2021
Price ATASDA Members $90 Non-members $115 Materials Fee $35
Location Epping Creative Centre
Kirry Toose - JEANIUS : limited edition Pinafore

Transforming the everyday, the worn and discarded into the wearable, through the deconstruction and recycling of previously loved items.
Working with your personal themes or concepts, reimagine your wardrobe through play, with re-cutting and assembling, embellishing, insertion and addition.

Have lots of fun by breaking the boundaries; whilst learning to problem solve through design, extending your sewing skills, exploring numerous techniques and products.
Original pattern provided, designed by Kirry.
Graded to suit all sizes.

During this time of COVID 19 ATASDA seeks to protect all those who attend its activities face-to-face by requesting evidence of full vaccination. You may send your proof of vaccination to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Date Mon 29th Nov 2021 9:30 am
End Date Tue 30th Nov 2021 4:30 pm
Price ATASDA Members $180 Non-members $230 Materials Fee $10 for instruction booklet
Location Marsfield Community Centre
Mary Brown - Celebrating the Seventies

Have you noticed that garments like floaty maxi dresses, flared pants, ponchos are de rigueur today?

There is a resurgence of patchwork, embroidery, crochet and knitting. This is a full revival of the 1970s!

Mary Brown is a captivating tutor, who will delight us with her knowledge and passion for the art, culture, fashion and design of this colourful era. You will learn techniques in Surface Stitching, Applique, Goldwork and Bead & Sequin Embroidery that were so loved in 1970s fashion and textiles. You will have hands-on experience after each demonstration.

During this time of COVID 19 ATASDA seeks to protect all those who attend its activities face-to-face by requesting evidence of full vaccination. You may send your proof of vaccination to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Date Sat 19th Feb 2022 9:30 am
End Date Sun 20th Feb 2022 4:30 pm
Cut off date Sat 12th Feb 2022
Price ATASDA Members $180 Non-members $230 Materials Fee $25
Location Epping Creative Centre
ATASDA NSW Open Studio

ATASDA Members sharing knowledge and ideas in a friendly, relaxed setting. 

Members and friends can try their hand with make and take, or just watch the demonstrations at the introductory sessions run by our lovely members.

Drop in or stay all day....

Date Sat 26th Mar 2022 9:30 am
End Date Sat 26th Mar 2022 3:00 pm
Price $25 per person (some activities also have a small fee payable to tutor for make & take)
Location Epping Creative Centre
Primrose Paper Arts - Paper making adventure

One Day Workshop

Have you ever wondered about making paper?
How do you turn plants into paper?
Want to find out how to make, emboss and decorate your own unique paper?

Explore the foundations of paper making using recycled paper and plant fibre to create your unique sheets of beautiful paper.

During this workshop you will be guided step by step through the paper making process from the choice of materials and preparation of the pulp to formation of the sheets.

During this time of COVID 19 ATASDA seeks to protect all those who attend its activities face-to-face by requesting evidence of full vaccination. You may send your proof of vaccination to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Date Sat 23rd Apr 2022 9:30 am
End Date Sat 23rd Apr 2022 4:30 pm
Register from Sat 5th Dec 2020
Price ATASDA Members $90 Non-members $115 Materials Fee $0
Location Primrose Park Art & Crafts Centre
Marie-Therese Wisniowski - In Pursuit of the Artcloth: Disperse Dye & Transfer Printing

Sublimely vibrant and richly coloured artwork! These words describe what you will make when you learn Marie-Therese’s dye sublimation process (transfer printing). This technique has been developed by Marie-Therese for participants to use, to translate their visual experiences of landscape into a new, artistic expression using disperse dyes.

Date Sat 21st May 2022 9:30 am
End Date Sun 22nd May 2022 4:30 pm
Cut off date Sat 7th May 2022 5:00 pm
Price ATASDA Members $200 Non-members $250 Materials Fee $20
Location Epping Creative Centre
Anita Johnson - Found objects revealed: Assemblage & Felt

Explore how narratives can be drawn out of the assemblage of found objects and the act of making felt around them. Learn many practical and ingenious methods of using hand-tools to join found objects together. This is a weekend of alchemy, of animating the inanimate and creating engaging sculptures by felting discarded things.

Date Sat 27th Aug 2022 9:30 am
End Date Sun 28th Aug 2022 4:30 pm
Cut off date Sat 20th Aug 2022
Price ATASDA Members $200 Non-members $250 Materials Fee $10
Location Epping Creative Centre
Heidi Helyard - Polymer Clay Pendants

Learn to work with polymer clay, to create unique pieces of wearable art. Heidi will share her knowledge and skills as a graphic artist incorporating fibre into clay. This is her original design, and incorporates advanced polymer clay and fibre techniques.

Mix your own colours, learn to design the work, and stitch it with embroidery and other threads to create a pendant. You will acquire the skills and equipment to continue making at home.

Date Sun 6th Nov 2022 9:30 am
End Date Sun 6th Nov 2022 4:30 pm
Price ATASDA Members $100 Non-members $125 Materials Fee $50
Location Epping Creative Centre
Lynne Britten - Shibori & Indigo Workshop

2 Day workshop - Sunday 8 and Sunday 15 January

Simply put - shibori is Japanese for tie dye.  But it is so much more than rubber bands and string!  Learn how to stitch, wrap, tie, fold, clamp, and twist fabric to create beautiful patterns with the traditional blue indigo dye.

This will be two days of totally hands on textile art

Date Sun 8th Jan 2023 9:30 am
End Date Sun 8th Jan 2023 4:30 pm
Price ATASDA Members $200 Non-members $250 Materials Fee $15
Location Epping Creative Centre

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