NSW Social Days

Social Days are much less structured than Branch Meeting Days and don't always follow exactly the same format. There are common elements to most Social Days (listed below under 'Format'). The main aim of a Social Day is for you to meet other members and textile lovers and have a fun day together.

No need to stay all day – come for as much of the day as you are able – we would love to see you there.             

All Social Day dates can be viewed on the NSW Calendar.Social Days occur on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the year.

Social Days are held at Epping Creative Centre at Dence Park, Epping.


Next Social Day - Wednesday 16th October - "Inchies" with a Christmas theme
Inchies are exactly that...1 inch squares of fabric on either side of some batting - decorated or let the fabric do the talking and blanket stitch around the edge. All hand done...may be decorated with stitch, coloured buttons, stars, Christmas buttons - anything goes. They can be a bit larger...I believe 2 inch squares are called "twinchies."
Pictures coming shortly but put the date aside and start your Christmas craft for yourself or as a gift!

Recent past event: Social Day - Wednesday 18th September  - Furoshiki
Not many in attendance but great to see the rain over the past few days. Fun was had wrapping items in a traditional Japanese way...any shape any size... and they looked brilliant!
Keep an eye out for these in the display cabinet at Epping from 7th Decemeber.
Anyone who has any items made at a social day, please contribute to this display. Thank you.

We are going to explore the Japanese art of “Furoshiki”!  
A Furoshiki is merely a single square piece of cloth. Since ancient times in Japan it has been used for wrapping gifts, carrying things, bundling items together & protecting things.
Bring along a few pieces of fabric, between 60cms to 90cms square. Together we will explore this wrapping technique.
There will be some notes and pictures to help you through the process.
A different 'wrapping idea' with Christmas approaching.
Hope to see you there! 

Social Day – Wednesday August 21st 
A great day was had by all - lots of sharing of talent and a few excellent tips!
SKETCH BOOKS – Do you like to keep a sketch book? Want some ideas? Thought it was too hard? Want to start? Come and share with the group. Bring your sketch books to show. Bring some drawing/painting materials to try – or bring a blankbook and get started! 

Sarah Lazarus will give a brief presentation on how she uses sketch books. All participants are invited to give a few minutes presentation as well – come prepared! See picture below left.


Also - TECHNIQUES BOARDS – Have you ever made one? Want to make one for the Travelling Suitcase or Palm House? Bring an A3 size piece of cardboard, some scraps of your threads/materials/colour palette/source pictures used as inspiration for your artwork. It’s easy!
We have some resources for learning to create a techniques board – from Kirry Toose and Nancy Conboy who have previously taught this topic to ATASDA. See picture above right.

Recent past event... Wednesday 17th July - Social Day - Making stitched Postcards

Make some postcards, machine or hand stitched. Good way to use up scraps, also can try out new techniques.
It is sometimes easier when starting on a project to pick a theme to work with, also this can be turned into a series which can be fun.
We will bring an assortment of the equipment to share – members are encouraged to pick over their stash and bring what they want to either use for themselves or to share with others (that way you get a better assortment of ‘play things’). Look for interesting threads, that small precious piece of fabric you have saved just because it is too nice to throw out.

Bring your hand sewing kits  (we also have some machines in the cupboards for use on the day). Come along..     


Recent past event:  Saturday 4th May 2019 -  Barbara Schey gave a presentation on South Asian Textiles

Barbara Schey has led tours to Thailand, Laos and Vietnam annually for 19 years. Barbara has a large collection of Textiles she has purchased directly from the weavers and is willing to share these with us on the social day on 4 May. These range from naïve pieces to unique specialty collectors items. Barbara will give a short talk on her original planning of the tours which commenced in 1991 and the changes in the crafts over an interesting 19 year period. Some items may be for sale.       

Format for a Social Day

Doors open at 10am. The day usually finishes at around 3.00pm.

Cost: members are free; non-members $5.00 entry

Meetings are held at:

Epping Creative Centre
Dence Park
26 Stanley Rd, Epping NSW

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Social Day Format

The standard Social Day format is as follows:

 The Library is open for members to browse, borrow and return books throughout the day.

Swap or Sell your Stash! 
Some members choose to bring along items from their stash to sell at very reasonable costs, or even to give to other members who can make good use of them. It is always a bit of a mystery to see what may turn up!

Focussed Activity:
 Most Social Days have some form of short 'focus', such as demonstrations of specific techniques or skills by members, or the opportunity to try out a new skill. We also have working bees before exhibitions and for specific projects. Involvement in these activities is optional. If there is an activity like this planned, it will probably start at 11:00am.

Show & Tell:
 Members are encouraged to bring items from ATASDA workshops, or any other pieces they would like to show other members. ‘Works in progress’ are welcome, as well as finished pieces – we love to see what you have been up to, and catch a bit of that "contagious creativity".

Time to chat and just do your own thing:
 Remember to bring along something you are currently working on.

Opportunity to sign up for Workshops and Textile Tasters

Morning Tea – Lunch – Afternoon Tea: You may help yourself to as many cups of tea and coffee as you want, but please remember to bring your own mug and lunch. Please feel free to contribute extra food on the table to share – always acceptable and always appreciated.

Information for New Members
Dence Park is a little off the beaten track as far as places to buy food and drinks are concerned. It's advisable when you come to meetings to bring your own mug and lunch. Coffee, tea, milk and sugar are available (no charge) from ATASDA NSW 's pantry. There is a Welcome Table at the entrance to our meeting room for you to sign in. When you arrive please let someone know you are a new member so they can welcome and introduce you.



The above member artworks are a selection of examples from our Galleries.


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