Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Stacy's letter of retirement


Dearest Brown Owl Family.

It is with sadness that I finally write my letter of retirement today as the Brunswick Brown Owl convenor after almost 5 years. It was when my son was 9 months old (Feb 2011) and he started having naps out of my arms and I was looking for a crafty outlet in the wider community. I stumbled across the Brown Owl concept online, I think I’d had Pip’s book Meet Me at Mike’s, and Frankie Spaces Vol.1 by this time and was so excited that craft and making was finally becoming popular. I’d been such a lonely crafty-making-nerd for so long that it was a delightful surprise that it was now kinda cool. Thanks Frankie magazine for making me feel a little less lonely in the crafty world and uniting us vintage-collectin', Nanna-stylin’, upcyclin' lassies.

Pip suggested that perhaps I could just start a Brunswick group. So I did. I insisted on making things even in our tiny one bedroom unit in Brunswick, and I hand-made many things for my son's first birthday. It was a joy to share ideas and get tips from fellow crafty types and even learn how to crochet a granny square! I’m not really a knitter or a crocheter, as I prefer sewing and making in many other ways, but I was always blown away by the talent of so many women (yeah, it was mostly women except for the ridiculously talented Ralph who joined us occasionally). Women who found a pattern and taught themselves, or you-tubed a video or asked someone else how to do it and they were suddenly selling their crocheted bloomers on etsy or having a market at Rose Street. Even when I was exhausted (probably pregnant, and with a one year old at this point) and I didn't quite feel like going, I was always rejuvenated by the energy and cameradierie of our Brown Owls. 

It was the sharing and the true sense of community that I adored and wanted to continue with the Brown Owls. We started at the Retreat Hotel for a couple of sessions, then we went to the Sporting Club where we were happy in the Ladies Lounge for a few years. By this time I had moved to Kyneton and started back at work teaching part-time. It wasn’t as easy to get to Brunswick with two small children from the Macedon Ranges, but I usually found a way. We then moved to the Victoria Hotel in Brunswick, and are now at the Grandview Hotel in Brunswick. I’m proud that no one ever had to RSVP and no one ever had to pay.

With part-time work, part-time study, full-time parenting, and being located in the Macedon Ranges, it’s been harder than I hoped to continue convening the Brunswick Brown Owls. But help came in the vision of Susie Bate, an original member from the very beginning at the Retreat who will now be taking care of business with the rest of the team. I leave with the pride of over 200 Facebook group members and plenty of discussion and sharing over there and the friendship that began with the Brunswick Brown Owls. There is a dinner to begin the year on January 20 7pm this evening at Los Hermanos Mexican Tacqeria in Brunswick.


I must thank all the amazing people who have been so supportive of the work we have achieved from the beginning, including Debra, Kathryn and Kimmy who have been utterly supportive and helpful and lovely. And Kris and Sophie who were there at the Retreat too and always taught me things, and Allanagh who had such fun equipment and laughs! And every other creative who said no to the shyness and popped in anyway. We’ve been through births, deaths and marriages and all the good and bad life stuff in between. I’m grateful. 

We did good.
We donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation with the Craft Cubed event Lucky Dip Swap Shop.
Donations were made to the ASRC
Donations were made to Softies for Mirabel. 
We made books for Sophie’s wedding.
We made bunting for Kris’s departure.
We made brooches with Hanakin.
We made cushions with Casey.
And we made yo-yos with her too.
We made paper pom poms with Zoe. 
We made crochet with Sue whilst being filmed for Channel 31.
We learnt embroidery with Sue too. 
Kathryn organised terrarium making
We did shibori at Kathryn’s too.
We made a sinamay lily with Kimmy.
We made pompoms for Pip.
We made felt balls with Allanagh (IN A BABY BATH IN THE PUB!)
And pumpkin carving with Allanagh too.
And we made felt finger puppets too.
Bec taught us how to embroider.
We made plarn and paper beads with Kate.
We upcycled cards and envelopes with Sophie.
We knitted and crocheted washcloths.
We made rag rugs with Jo.
We made numerous festive things for Christmas and Easter.
And we made t-shirt yarn necklaces.

What fun!
You can find photos of these activities over at the old blog page http://brownowls-members.blogspot.com.au
The new one is http://thebrownowls.com

I can now be found online at http://smockpockets.com
Instagram as smockpockets
Facebook as smockpockets

I do hope to make it in to the pub with you real soon and catch up with all you diamonds, as I will miss your faces every fortnight. EVERY FORTNIGHT! Good work team and good luck.

Signing off with a French knot,
Stacy




Thursday, July 16, 2015

MITCHAM BROWN OWLS





Hi Owlies,

This month, the very talented Denise Avery, Textile Artist extraordinaire, is going to give a workshop on making Kansashi flowers.
Here is what you need to bring:

Materials needed for each flower:
1 x piece of cotton fabric 15 x 30 cm, cut into 8 x 7.5 cm squares. Cotton is easier to use than synthetic fabric as it will hold creases easily without ironing. A firm plain weave quilting or dress fabric (
with a bit of substance but not too heavy or fine) with a small to medium overall print is good. Some quilting fabrics are a bit thick (e.g. homespun), and some dress fabrics a bit flimsy (e.g. voiles). A medium weight tightly woven silk that doesn't fray too much is good too. If anyone wants to bring an old tie to repurpose I can show them how to cut it. They should be unpicked and washed if possible; silk ties are good (although not all labelled silk are silk I've found). Wide ties are best as they should have enough fabric - I've found narrower ties hard to get enough squares from to make a 7.5cm flower, although a smaller one would be possible. Fiddly though for a first time.
8 x paper clips, small bulldog clips, pegs or sewing pins (to hold each petal while you're making the rest)
1 x small piece of felt (for the back of the flower)
1 x brooch pin (I can supply metal 
double clips - brooch and alligator for hair or garment wear for $1.50 each that the flowers can be hot glued onto; or plain stitch-on brooch backs for 30 cents each)
1 x 
button (for the centre of the flower)
Hand sewing needle/s
Thread (ordinary polyester sewing thread) in a colour to match the fabric
Scissors



If you would rather, Denise can supply a kit for $4, but you will need to let me know so she will know how many to bring.

You might like to bring your own projects to continue with, and there is always knitting and crochet support available.

I'll look forward to seeing you.

The details:

Where - Gallery One, 1 Torrens Road Mitcham PH: 0431 297 258
When - Saturday July 25th from 1.30 until 4.00 pm
Cost $7, room hire, and if kits are pre ordered, $4.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The Brown Owls Blog Has Moved!



This blog has moved to fancier digs!

Head here for all the news.

x Pip

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

MITCHAM BROWN OWLS

Hi there Owlies,

Are you ready for some buttonology?  We're going to take some boring old buttons and other items, and reimage them...

From this... to this...
There will also be learn to knit and learn to crochet support or you can bring along your own projects.
I'll bring along some supplies for the workshop.

The details:  Where: Gallery One, 1 Torrens Road, Mitcham Ph: 0431 297 258
When: Saturday August 24th from 1.30 to 4.00
Cost:  $7.00 room hire.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Brisbane: Meet Pip Lincolne!


Pip Lincolne is coming to Brisbane! In place of our usual Brisbane Square Library meet up in June you are all invited to hear from Pip and then join in afterwards for a special pom pom making workshop, places are limited for the workshop, read on for important booking information!

Lord Mayors Writers in Residence Pip Lincolne 
Australian blogger-crafter extraordinaire Pip Lincolne has delivered her ode to living a balanced, fulfilled life with her latest book Craft for the Soul – a step-by-step guide of practical ways to inject your life with creativity. Have you always wanted to be creative, but don’t know where to start? Join Pip as she shares her wisdom on prioritising your own creativity, the importance of doing new things, finding inspiration and things that spark excitement and passion, being positive, creating routines, loving your work and much more. This event is supported by BrisStyle Inc. and the Brisbane Brown Owls.
IMPORTANT BOOKING INFORMATION
Sunday 14 June
11.30 to 12.30pm
 - Exclusive Q&A with Pip, to book in for this session you need to contact BCC Library directly on 3403 8888.
12.30-1.30pm - Lunch break
1:30-2:30pm - Pom pom workshop with Pip, book for this one directly through Brown Owls by emailing brisbanebrownowls@gmail.com. Fully booked but there is a waiting list!

Brisbane: Fabric Brooches


Tuesday 9 June, 6:30-9pm
The Nest, 720 South Pine Road, Everton Park


Re-discover the traditional craft of 17th century covered button making to create fabric brooches or buttons. The technique used is definitely for lovers of 100% handmade, no glues or quick-assemble tools allowed at this meet up, it’s all about slowing down and valuing the time and skills of completely hand-stitching your brooch.

After you've mastered the basic technique you can go on to create more with embroidered designs or embellishments! Bring along some little designs if you'd like to include embroidery.

RSVP: Essential! To book in click here.
Image from edward and lilly.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

OH NO! Brunswick Brown Owls Stitchy Session POSTPONED

HELLO DEARS!

SAD NEWS!
BRUNSWICK BROWN OWL STITCHY SESSION POSTPONED

Sadly the delightful Sue Halliday is unwell and she won't be able to come over to the Victoria Hotel tomorrow, Wednesday 20th May to do our little stitching session.
We will have a regular UFO session in the dining room where the floor is a bit wobbly, but our stitches are not! Please let anyone else know, who you knew was planning on coming.


Hopefully we'll go ahead with the planned session on Wednesday 3rd June. 
Pop it into your diary! Get well soon Sue. Take it easy!


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mitcham Brown Owls

Hi There Owlies,

Image result for basic embroidery stitchesI hope you're all ready for our next class, where you can bring along your own projects, or learn a bit of Embroidery.

I'll bring along supplies for the workshop unless you have a specific project in mind.

Looking forward to seeing you.

The details:

Where:  Gallery One, 1 Torrens Street Mitcham
ph: 0431 297 258

When:  Saturday May 23 from 1.30 to 4.00 pm.

Cost:  $7. room hire.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Southside Owls ~ Thursday 14th May (tonight) @ Frankie & Swiss

Hello ladeez

Tonight we have a special task to work on if you would like to join in. The lovely Kate, one of our original regulars at Owls, has asked if we could help out making a quilt for her adorable twins Arlo and Macy! It's going to be a super special quilt made with a whole lot of love from a bunch of awesome crafty ladies.

And of course, if quilting is not your thing, a BYO craft project is always welcome at Southside Owls! And if you don't have a project on the go, just come along anyway. There will be chatting, laughs, cups of tea and homemade baked treats.






Date: Thursday 14th May (tonight!)

Time: 7:30pm onwards

Venue: Frankie and Swiss, Ground Floor, 199 Toorak Road, South Yarra. 
It’s the building on the corner of Toorak and Claremont Street. Right on the #8 tram or a 2 second walk from South Yarra station. 
There is also parking available underneath the building. You’ll need to call Shannon on 0411 012 297 to buzz you under:) 

map


Craft: BYO or help with the quilt for Arlo and Macy!

I will have an iron, ironing board, rotary cutter, and quilt ruler.
And print outs of the instructions for the quilt from Andi.
Feel free to bring along a cutting board and/or sewing machines to help out!

Goodies:
 We will have tea and sweet treats. Please feel free to bring something along if you would like to show off your baking skills!

See you all tonight ladeez!!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Come and stitch with Sue and the Brunswick Brown Owls


Sweet Stitchy Sayings with SUE

Come along on Wednesday 20th May at 7pm and get stitchy at the Victoria Hotel on Victoria Street in Brunswick with the Brunswick Brown Owls! 


Join me, Sue Halliday, to learn a simple embroidery project, stitching cute and meaningful phrases, which touches upon content from my 'Crafty Stress Management' course.

Brown Owls starts at 7pm and I'll start the workshop at 7.15pm, so if you could be there on time that would be ace! 

I've a limited number of embroidery hoops available for a gold coin donation, let me know in the comments below if you need one, otherwise I'll assume you'll bring your own (I'd recommend 4, 5 or 6inches in diameter). 

Please RSVP in the comments below. 

All other materials and handouts will be supplied. 
Look forward to seeing you. 

Yippee!


Changes afoot in KYNETON BROWN OWLS

Well my dears, we have changes afoot!


Due to a number of reasons our Kyneton Brown Owls evening 
is changing it’s day from Thursday to WEDNESDAY. 

From the 13th May, we’ll be hanging out in the gallery space at the Royal George Hotel on Piper Street from 7pm. 

We will still be meeting fortnightly and the rest of the years dates are below if you wish to pop them into the diary.

There won’t be any more Locals Night dinner deals as on a Thursday, but there will still be deelish food and a range of beverages to choose from. 
We will no longer meet on a Thursday.

It’s been pretty marvellous meeting up with you all, and it will be terribly sad to see the talented Jess move to warmer climes. She’s been a strong support of our crafty evening and it will be sad to see her and her kin head north. We hope it’s sunny when they get there!

I’ll be bringing some tissue paper along and making some paper pom-poms if you’re interested this Wednesday, our next meet being the 13th May.

Did that message get through? I know I’m being repetitive! But if you do turn up on Thursday, Lucinda and Chris our hosts at the George will be very welcoming anyway!

Big chunky knits to you,
Stacy


2015 Dates for Kyneton Brown Owls

13 May
27 May
10 June
24 June
8 July
22 July
5 August
19 August
2 September
16 September
30 September
14 October
28 October
11 November
25 November
9 December



Thursday, May 7, 2015

Brisbane: Card Making with Michelle


Michelle will be teaching us two styles of card making using various materials, come along and find out her tips and tricks for beautiful cards!

Tuesday 12 May, 6:30-9pm
The Nest, 720 South Pine Road, Everton Park

Cost $10.
Bookings essential
click here to book.




Brisbane: Macrame Key Rings


Make a macrame key ring for our next market stall, for yourself or for your Mum this Mother's Day. There will be various options ranging from beginner through to advanced.

Sunday 10 May, 10:30am-12:30pm
Brisbane Square Library



If macrame isn't your thing you can bring your own project to work on. 

Bookings essential for a list of what to bring, email brisbanebrownowls@gmail.com to book.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Brisbane: Market Stall to raise money for The Leukaemia Foundation


Just in time for Mother's Day!
The Brisbane Brown Owls market stall to raise money for The Leukaemia Foundation is this Sunday!

It's time for our first market stall to help raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation, specifically for the Myleoproliferative Neoplasms (MPN) trust fund within the Research Trust of the Foundation, an important area of research on a rare group of diseases.

Thank you so much to everyone who has taken part in creating beautiful items for the stall, we really appreciate the support received! Please read on for all of the details, you can still help out by coming along to volunteer on the day or even better helping to spread the word so we can sell as much as possible to raise money.


THE GAP FARMERS MARKET
26 April, 6:30-12noon (we will be setting up from 5am)
at Hilder Road State School, 104 Kaloma Road, The Gap
Market details here.

There will be beautiful handmade wares for sale at very affordable prices plus many, many pre-loved books and magazines for the book lovers out there!

PLUS keep an eye out for our fabulous raffle on the day for your chance to win two beautiful hampers from Gloria Jeans.


If there is any way you can help out by volunteering on the day please email brisbanebrownowls@gmail.com.

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT BY COMING ALONG AS A SHOPPER AND/OR HELP SPREAD THE WORD BY SHARING THIS POST :)

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

MITCHAM BROWN OWLS

Hi Owlies,



Here we are ready for another crafting and creating class. This time. our workshop will be making bowls /baskets, by crocheting or sewing,  and I will bring supplies, unless you wish to bring your own.

You can also bring along your own projects if you would prefer, and there is always knitting and crochet tuition.

Looking foward to seeing you!


The details:

Where:  Gallery One, 1 Torrens Street,  Mitcham Ph: 0431 297 258

When:  Saturday 18th April, from 1.30 to 4.00 pm.

Cost:  $7.00 room hire