Tuesday, August 26, 2014

#LuckyDipSwapShop2014 with the Brunswick Brown Owls

#LuckyDipSwapShop2014  with the Brunswick Brown Owls @The Victoria Hotel in Brunswick
The Brunswick Brown Owls ‘Lucky Dip Swap Shop’ project will be a fun-filled evening in which creative folk will swap re-used jars containing craft kits that can be completed on the night. The kit will contain instructions and all materials and tools needed for the project. Please make your instructions simple and easy to follow.
The craft jars could include a range of craft supplies for simple projects such as a needle book, rubber stamp, pin cushion, embroidery, polymer clay beads, cross stitch, brooches,  pom poms and garlands.
So come join our craft group, the Brunswick Brown Owls and get nimble-fingered in the company of like-minded crafty types at 380 Victoria St, Brunswick from 7pm sharp. 
Donate a lucky dip craft jar or purchase one for $5. Money raised will go to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Please RSVP via the Facebook event for the Brunswick Brown Owls. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Brisbane: Jewellery with Liana Kabel

It is so exciting to have master jeweller Liana Kabel back at Brown Owls! Liana wowed us with her two Brown Owls Art Bites workshops earlier in the year. They booked out very quickly and we suspect her metal stamping workshop will too!

In this 2 hour workshop you will learn all the basics for making your own stamped metal jewellery. Techniques covered will include, making blanks, texturing, stamping numbers and letters, colouring, finishing and assembly. It is expected that you will have completed two wearable designs by the workshop's end. These will be a choice of earrings, cuffs, pendants or necklaces. All materials and tools will be provided. 

Date: Tuesday 19 August, 6-8pm
Venue: The Nest, Fallon Cottage, 39 Fallon Street, Everton Park
Cost: $40 includes all materials
RSVP is essential to brisbanebrownowls@gmail.com Places are limited and are confirmed on receipt of payment.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Southside Owls ~ Craft Cubed ~ Thursday 14th August

Hello ladies!!

Our Southside Owls August meet is part of the Craft Victoria Craft Cubed Festival!!

Coming back to chilly Melbourne I'm looking forward to getting my crochet on!

The lovely Michelle is now sunning it up in Detroit, and I'm now back from sunny Brisvegas.  We've had a last minute change of venue for this month, it was meant to be at Miss Jackson Cafe, but Michelle has graciously offered for us to still her studio, so this month will be at Frankie and Swiss!

Come along and join us on Thursday night! Bring along a project you’re working on, be it something crafty or otherwise, and chat away a few hours with some likeminded and lovely ladies. All welcome! There are some regulars, and always new comers – so feel free to pop along if you’ve never been before, but have wanted to!!

Date: Thursday 14 August 2014
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. I’ll also have parking available underneath the building. You’ll need to call me (9826 4261) to buzz you under:)
Craft: BYO project
Goodies: We will have tea a plenty, and please feel free to bring something along if you would like to show off your baking skills! 

RSVP: RSVP: Leave a comment here, on facebookemail me or tweet me

See you all on Thursday!
Shannon xx

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Brisbane: Hexies

sweet hexies from kerri

Learn the basics of paper piecing and use up all your gorgeous fabric scraps. Hexies can be stitched up quickly and mapped out to a variety of designs from sweet flowers to geometric patterns. Enjoy some time out hand stitching these little treasures. We'll also discuss a range of projects you can use your hexies for. Keep an eye on the Facebook page this week for some hex-inspiration!

Date: Sunday 10 August, 10:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Brisbane Square Library, Brisbane CBD
Cost: Free. There will be a small amount of thread and fabric scraps available for use for a gold coin donation.
RSVP is essential to brisbanebrownowls@gmail.com You must RSVP for the list of what to bring.

Brisbane: Thread Wrapped Jewellery

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Create beautiful statement necklaces, bangles, bracelets, earrings and more using wrapping, weaving and tassel making techniques. We love to upcycle at Brown Owls so dig out all of those left over yarn, string, embroidery thread and woolly bits and pieces and upcycle your old bangles, hoop earrings, or create a new wearable piece from scratch.

Date: Saturday 9 August, 10:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Carindale Library, Westfield Carindale
Cost: Free, a little Brown Owls stash of craft supplies is available for a gold coin donation.
RSVP is essential to brisbanebrownowls@gmail.com You must RSVP for the list of what to bring.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Hi There Owlies,

This month for our workshop we are going to take  a walk on the wild side!

With Sally's beautiful lace table cloth, we thought we might do a little yarn bombing of the trees in the car park at Gallery One, but Shhh! its a secret!
These bare naked ladies will be the best dressed trees in Mitcham, when you see them next.

For those of you not quite ready to tangle with the seamy side of the law, please bring along your current work, and of course, there will learn to  knit and crochet support.

This month we will be meeting on the third Saturday of the month as I am unable to change my work roster.

The details:
Where:  Gallery One, 1 Torrens Street , Mitcham ph - 0431 297 258
When: Saturday August 16th from 1.30 to 4.00
Cost : $7 pp room hire.

I'm looking forward to seeing you all,

Kind regards,

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Cobar joins the Flock!

Or should that be a parliament of owls?

Anyhoo...Cobar is having its first Brown Owls session this Saturday 9th August 1-4pm in the Alcove room at the Golfie. Bring something crafty to do and a big smile! Contact Kylie at indigoandquince@hotmail.com if you have any other questions.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kyneton Brown Owls warm by the fire with wine...

Hello crafty friends!

I look forward to seeing you THIS THURSDAY,
 24th July 2014 at the Royal George Hotel at 7pm. 
We'll be in the warm dining room by the fireplace to the left of the entry. 
I only wish I was bringing some broomstick knitting needles!

If you wan to find out more, come and join the Kyneton Brown Owls Facebook group too.

I'll also be ordering some cheesy polenta snacks from the bar. 
Did you try them? 
They were delicious! Check out the wine list and all those craft beers too! 
I'm also told the hot chocolate is delicious... 
Big thanks to Lucinda Brown and the gang for those complementary hot chips last week too!

Melbourne CBD: Craft Cubed August Meet

As part of the Craft Cubed festival.... come along and learn to make this simple and cute little bunny out of just a simple knitted or crocheted square!
Make him big or small, for a son,daughter, nephew or niece to snuggle, or fill him with Potpourri or beans and put him to use keeping clothes smelling nice or holding those all important papers!
The possibilities are endless :o)

See tutorials below to learn how!

Not sure how to crochet or knit? No worries! Just bring along the materials and the lovely Brown Owl Ladies will aid you along the path to craftiness! In the meantime, here are some great beginner knitting and crochet tutorials:

Date:              Wednesday 27th August
Time:              6.30pm (usually run til about 9pm)
Location:        The Parlour @ Madame Brussels
                        Level 3, 59-63 Bourke St Melbourne 3000

Bring:              Wool and appropriate knitting needles (will tell you on the ball)
Sewing needle (suitable for wool)
            Filling material (hobby fill, potpourri, barley, etc)
                        Pom Poms or something for a tail (can’t find any you like – make one out of wool!)

Cost:                No fee for attendance, but you may like to sample the delicious food and drinks on offer as a thank you for the great space

RSVP:             In the comments section below

Feel free to create the squares at home and make them into bunnies on the night, or come along and do everything – a bunny can surely be created from scratch in the three hours along with time for a chicken sandwich or two! Or just come along with whatever you would like to create and enjoy a chat with a bunch of lovely and like minded ladies :o)

Looking forward to seeing you all there!


Saturday, July 19, 2014


Hi there Owlies,

For those of you who have stuck your little tootsies out of a warm bed on to a very cold floor during this unusually cold Adelaide winter, lets be proactive and create some super knitted socks!

I've got a wonderful sock book that says it is going to solve all our sock problems - so lets just see if it can!
Please bring along some sock wool and the band on the wool should tell you what needles you will need.

For those of you not yet ready to tackle the super sock dilemma, please bring along your current project, as well as anything you have finished to show off!
Embroidered pin cushion completed by the very talented Michelle.

The details:   Where- Gallery One , 1 Torrens Road Mitcham ph 0431 297 258 
When:  Saturday July 26th, from 1.30 to 4.30
Cost : $7. room hire.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Brisbane: Paper Flowers

It's so exciting to have Maria Dower along to this very special Brown Owls meet up, numbers are strictly limited for this one so get in quick!

Direct from Maria:
"My daughter Alison, requested rainbow colour paper flowers for her wedding, so after trying numerous styles  we chose a flower that I designed. It took a period 16 months to complete all the flowers for her wedding."

When: Sunday 20 July, 10:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Carindale Library, Westfield Carindale
Cost: $15 per person, includes all materials to make 3 flowers and a leaf during the class
RSVP: Essential email brisbanebrownowls@gmail.com
Places are limited!

For more Brisbane dates click here

Tuesday, July 15, 2014



OOOOOOHHHHH YES! That’s right! 
We have moved house!
We found a NEW HOME!

Can you come to our house warming? 
16th July.
The Victoria Hotel.
380 Victoria St.

On the OTHER side of the railway tracks.

We'll be in the function room. 
Trivia is on the same night but you'll find us together in the company of wonderful people!
BYO WIP and come and have some fun!

Don't go to the Sporting Club. We won't be there. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunshine Coast Brown Owls - July Meet Up

A little bit early this time around Yay!

So this month is a WIP catch up day. So we are bringing along any project we are working on, that needs finishing!
Enjoy showing and chatting about your work and creative outings/endeavours with others!
Some of us went to the recent Finder's Keepers market in Brisbane - so lots to talk about there! Plus Melinda Saunders has been doing an online "Inspiration and Information" course with Pip Lincolne (the founder of Brown Owls) so she will share what she has been doing with that!
Melissa Cole will also show us what she has been making for the Coral Reef crochet exhibition at the Caloundra Gallery - we can follow in with these creations next month too!

 A Little Creative Studio
6 Taylor Ave, Golden Beach 4551.

 10 am till 12 noon

 $5 + BYo craft materials, also something yummy to share if you feel inclined. 

See you there!
Christine Williams

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Brisbane: Crochet in the round

Crocheting in the round is easier than it looks and you can make loads of things from beanies to bowls and baskets, rugs or once you’re on a roll you can cover pebbles, stool covers, beads, anything round!

Learn the basics of increasing to achieve a circle, the base of many projects as well as little pitfalls along the way like what to do when your crochet circle curls up at the edges or goes wavy!

Sunday 13 July, 10:30am-12:30pm
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD
RSVP essential email brisbanebrownowls@gmail.com

For more Brisbane dates click here.

Friday, July 11, 2014

July 17th Brown Owls at Frankie and Swiss

Join us next Thursday night (17th July) for the July Brown Owls get together! Back to our usual routine for this one. Bring along a project you’re working on, be it something crafty or otherwise!, and chat away a few hours with some likeminded and lovely ladies.

Because it’s cold and wintery, I say I’ll cook up some warming Gluhwein, delicious! And if anyone else wants to bring a treat along, yay. I think I’ll make a cheese platter too, double delicious! So, all that should get everyone excited about coming next Thursday – chats, laughing, Gluhwein, cheeses, treats, crafting. A fun time:)

We love new faces, so don’t be shy, email michelle[at]frankieandswiss.com.au or rsvp via facebook, here, twitter and do come along.

Date: THURSDAY 17 July 2014
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. I’ll also have parking available underneath the building. You’ll need to call me (9826 4261) to buzz you under:)
Craft: BYO a project / printing demo by Michelle maybe?
Goodies: Gluhwein! Cheeses – normal and of the stinky kind! Tea and biscuits – Feel free to bring something along as well.

RSVP: You can leave a comment here or email michelle[at]frankieandswiss.com.au or social media me:)
See you all on Thursday!
xx Michelle