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

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Brisbane: Crochet Tea Light Holder

Upcycle your old jars edward & lilly style with beautiful crochet designs. We are back at The Craft Nest for another gorgeous evening of chatting and hooking. This meet up is not a learn to crochet class but for those who already know how to chain and either single, double or treble crochet. Start your crochet jar cosy and go home with the pattern.

Date: Tuesday 8 July, 6-9pm
Venue: The Craft Nest, 30 Fallon Cottage, Fallon Street, Everton Park
Cost: $5 payable at the door.
RSVP is essential to brisbanebrownowls@gmail.com

Brisbane: Bandana Printing at Laneway Festival

Yee-Hah!!!! It's time for a shindig.

Celebrate this 4th July with a country hoedown on George St!

Wayne and Rebecca will be running a bandana making workshop including fabric stenciling, stamping, painting and drawing.

Bring your picnic blanket, cowboy hats and dancing boots for a country music shindig. Feast on gourmet burgers, hot dogs and homemade lemonade. Make your own bandana (free and materials supplied) and hit the dance floor with Australian Bluegrass legends THE COMPANY.

This is a FREE event (food & drinks for sale).

Friday 4 July, 5-9pm
George Street Laneway (QUT/Parliamentary Annex)

Map and more information can be found here.

See you there!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Brunswick Brown Owl WASH CLOTHS, we're not washing cloths, we're MAKING wash cloths!

Hello poppets!

It's that time of the year when we hunker down (do we hunker up in summer?) and cozy on in while the rain and wind and fog and mist envelop us in her cloudy embrace. These are the perfect conditions for crafting up a veritable storm, and for the quacking ducks.

Free patterns available here on Ravelry by Kate Alvis (all images by Kate Alvis).

So to keep the craft up, we'll be learning how to make WASH CLOTHS next Brunswick Brown Owl meet on Wednesday 2nd July at 7pm at the Sporting Club, Weston St, Brunswick. Put it on your calendar! You can come meet Louis, the charming new bearded bar manager too!

What are these washing things I speak of, I hear you ask?

Well, they are beautiful knitted OR crocheted cloths (ONE STICK OR TWO! CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON!) that you can use to wash your pretty face, or you can wash your dishes with! You probably don't want to be rubbing any pans up with a beautiful organic bamboo cloth, but a crafty friend of ours had used cotton kitchen twine to crochet and she hardly needs a scourer! How's that?! 

SOOOOO, bring your choice of stick/s and yarn (your ball of yarn should give you good instructions on what is the best size) or check the web for patterns of your liking. We have a Pinterest page where you can add your own designs or fave cloths, or peruse some of the gorgeous patterns.

SO! If you have some gorgeous wash cloths at home and can show them off, bring them in! If you have some knitting or crochet skills you can share, bring them in! If you need some particular sized sticks or yarn, let us know, we’re pretty handy like that, and we’re very good at sharing! Let us know on the Brunswick Brown Owl Facebook page. You can also keep updated on the Brown Owl Blog member page, there is an email subscriber thingy there too. 

As usual, it’s free to come and our masters of craft are always on hand to give you a hand! Do you need a hand? Can you give a hand? Please do! Can’t be bothered starting a new project but want to come and craft and chat anyway? DO THAT TOO! We meet every Wednesday fortnight. If you’ve been hibernating and you’re ready to have a mulled wine, come do that too! We love that kinda thing. See you next week, in the name of craft! Stacy.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

St George and Sutherland Brown Owls Dates July-Dec 2014

Sunday July 13th
2pm - 5pm
Charlie Lovett
2 Stanley St, Peakhurst NSW 2210

Sunday August 10th
2pm - 5pm
Edmonds and Greer, Oatley

Sunday September 14th
2pm - 5pm
Charlie Lovett
2 Stanley St, Peakhurst NSW 2210

Sunday October 12th
2pm - 5pm
Edmonds and Greer, Oatley

Sunday November 9th
Charlie Lovett
2 Stanley St, Peakhurst NSW 2210

Saturday December 13th
10am - 1pm
Finders Keepers Markets and Christmas Lunch

Monday, June 23, 2014

Brisbane: Paper beads with Little Deer Studio

Learn how to turn junk mail and other scrap paper into beautiful, unique hand-rolled paper beads!

In this 2 hour class Dyani Evans of Little Deer Studio will teach the basic bead-rolling technique and demonstrate how to adapt this to create beads in different shapes and sizes. You'll have the opportunity to practice bead rolling using different kinds of paper to achieve different effects. You'll also learn what to look for when selecting papers for bead making, as well as some techniques to make your beads water-resistant.

When: Saturday 28 June, 10:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Indooroopilly Library, Westfield Shopping Centre Indoroopilly
Cost: $30 per person includes workshop and bead rolling kit
RSVP: Essential email brisbanebrownowls@gmail.com

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Northside (Watsonia) Brown Owls: New dates!

Hey there crafters! 

Northside (Watsonia) Brown Owls has some new dates! For now, all our meetups are BYO your own craft project to work on. We may have some workshops or other stuff happening in the future. 

Dates are: 
Friday 27th June
7pm - 9pm 
Watsonia Library - 4/6 Ibbottson St, Watsonia

Thursday 3rd July 
7pm - 9pm 
Watsonia Library - 4/6 Ibbottson St, Watsonia

Sunday 13th July 
2pm - 5pm 
Watsonia Library - 4/6 Ibbottson St, Watsonia

Thursday 24th July
7pm - 9pm 
Watsonia Library - 4/6 Ibbottson St, Watsonia

Tell all your friends, and bring a few too :) 

Come and join our Meetup group at: http://www.meetup.com/Northside-Brown-Owls-Craft-Group/ 

For more info you can contact Madeleine (me) at madeleine.sobb AT gmail DOT com or Heather at mannheather AT rocketmail DOT com 

Hope to see you there!