Friday, April 11, 2014

Sunshine Coast Brown Owls - Short Notice!

Our April meet up is Tomorrow!
10am - 12pm
A Little Creative Studio,
6 Taylor Ave, Golden Beach.

Easter theme!!

Egg decorating or paper-mache... or any other Easter craft that you want to do.

BYO eggs, paints, embellishments... or paper etc. I will post some instructions on egg-blowing and other pictures and examples of what you can bring :) Also lots of basic supplies in the studio you can use: paint brushes, palettes, pokey-things to do holes in the eggs, newspaper, PVA glue, etc...

Cost $5, and you're welcome to bring along something yummy to share too!

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

EASTER FESTIVE FUN with the Brunswick Brown Owls

We are a festive lot here at the Brunswick Brown Owls, and we love to celebrate.

Purl Bee Bunnies found here

That's why we are popping our southern hemisphere autumnal festival bonnets on and 
hopping to do Easter crafts this Wednesday 9th April at the Sporting Club at 7pm. 

You're not into Easter? Yeah, I get it. 
Just bring your current crafty project and come and have a chat with us.
OR if you are into it, join me in making these gorgeous felt bunnies from the Purl Bee. 
You don't need much, just simple stash items that you've probably already got. If you're like me that is. I'll print out the template so we can all do it. 

Or you could join us at our Facebook group and we can share our great ideas virtually, 
but we'd love to see your gorgeous face!

you can add to or peruse for your crafty pleasure!

Would you love to learn about something else? 
Feel free to drop a line and get in contact at our fb page, so we can share together!

See you soon crafty lassies, Stacy

Monday, April 7, 2014

Bayside Brown Owls (Baxter, Victoria)

Term 2 dates have been penciled in for Bayside Brown Owls! We meet once every three weeks at The Sewing Bee Cafe in Baxter. They offer a friendly and welcoming environment where you can shop for beautiful fabrics, patterns and haberdashery.

You will find the kettle is always on so why not stop for a cuppa and a chat. Why do they call ourselves a café? Well, they are similar to an internet café except that instead of providing computers for hourly hire, they can provide sewing machines and overlockers for in house hire.

Come along to Bayside Brown Owls! It's all about having fun and hanging out with like-minded people who love everything crafty! All levels of crafters are welcome, even if you've never done anything crafty come along and have a go! There's sure to be someone who can help, encourage or inspire you!

Sew, crochet, knit, scrapbook... whatever you enjoy simply BYO crafty project! Tea & coffee will be provided along with a tutor to help you as needed.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Brisbane: Crochet for Beginners

Jessica Thompson from Out of My Mind Crochet is back!!

Learn everything you need to know to crochet like a pro!
Jessica will cover chain stitch, single and double crochet/treble as well as some basic crochet definitions to keep you on track when you go home.
This is a great session for beginners to get a handle on all the basics before tackling some of the slightly more advanced crochet meet ups later in the year.

Meet up details

When: Sunday 13 April, 10:30am-12:30pm

Where: Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, BrisbaneCheck out a map here

What to bring:
A size 4, 4.5 or 5 crochet hook
8 ply yarn (Note that lighter colours are much easier to learn with than darker colours!)

RSVP: Essential! email 

Southside Brown Owls April 10th

It's Southside Brown Owls April meet up time. This month it's at Frankie and Swiss studio. 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!!

We usually either do a theme for the night (eg, crochet) or a BYO night (bring your own project) and we all chat, eat cake and have a drink! Next Thursday, perhaps we do a BYO and if anyone wants – I’ll do a printing demo?? Bring along a USB and we’ll have a bit of a printing sesh:) Follow file set up in > this info doco.

Date: Thursday 10th April 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
Goodies: We will have the usuals, like tea and biscuits – Feel free to bring something along if you would like to show off your baking skills!
RSVP: You can leave a comment here or email michelle[at] or call me:)

See you all on Thursday!
xx Michelle

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Brisbane: Rag Rugs

Rag rugging for Brown Owls April 27 meet up

Learn the easy and fun 'toothbrush' technique of knotting, upcycle your old and unwanted fabric into a fabulous rug or a little basket or bowl! The meet up will cover preparing your fabric to make the rug, the basic knotting technique and a few tips for creating a nice flat circle through increasing or a bowl shape. 

Meet up details

When: Saturday 5 April, 10:30am-12:30pm

Where: Mitchelton Library, 37 Heliopolis Parade, Mitchelton
Check out a map here

What to bring:
A ruler
Fabric: Cotton is best, check out local op shops for damaged sheets, use up some of your old remnants or head to Reverse Garbage. Fabric will also be available on the day for a gold coin donation.
A rag rug tool: You can purchase rag rug tools online however if you'd like to try out rag rugging before investing it's super easy to make your own rag rug tool. You can use a hair clip, a large paper clip, or bring a piece of thick wire and some tape and we'll make one. We will also have wire and tape to make your own on the day.

RSVP: Essential! email

See you then!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Reginald voting - come and join in

Hi there

A couple of months ago I told you all about a project I'm co-ordinating called Reginald - the CAE Portrait Prize for Softies. Take a look at the original post here if you'd like to be reminded.

So far it has been an amazing success. I've been completely overwhelmed by the response and the skill and thought that the 63 makers have displayed in their entries.

Our wonderful Pip Lincolne, one of the Reginald judges, assisted in selecting twelve finalists which represent pure crafting excellence.

Head over to the Reginald website to see the work of the twelve finalists, I'd encourage you to vote for your favourite finalist and help select the People's Prize winner. One randomly chosen voter will win a special Reginald prize pack, including a signed copy of one of Pip's books and a frankie magazine subscription. Yippee!

If you're in Melbourne you can come and see the Reginald Exhibition at the CAE Info Shop, 44 Degraves Street (cnr Flinders Lane), until 14 April. More info here.

Thanks for listening.

Happy Reginald!

Warm Regards

Sue (former Conveynor of Brown Owls Melbourne 3000 CBD group)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Brisbane Brown Owls: Dates for 2014

About Brisbane Brown Owls

Brisbane Brown Owls meet once or twice a month in various locations throughout Brisbane. At each meet up we either learn a new craft or you can bring along your own craft to do. It's all about sharing crafty knowledge and skills, meeting crafty people and having a cuppa. 

How much is it?
Brisbane Brown Owls is usually free unless there is a special crafting project or guest facilitator where a small fee will be charged.

How do I join?
Joining Brisbane Brown Owls is easy, just sign up for the email list here You can also check out our Facebook page

Meeting dates for 2014 below and more coming soon!
You can RSVP now for any of the meet ups in 2014 by emailing There will be a blog post before each meet up with further details. Dates are subject to change and we'll be adding more meet ups as the months go on so check back on this post regularly or join the email list for updates here

February - March 2014
Art Bites BrisAsia Festival Workshop Program

Saturday 5 April, 10:30am-12:30pm
Mitchelton Library, 37 Heliopolis Parade, Mitchelton
Rag Rugs
Details here

Sunday 13 April, 10:30am-12:30pm
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD
Crochet for beginners with Jessica Thompson of Out of My Mind Crochet
Details coming soon

Sunday 11 May, 10:30am-12:30pm
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD
Craft TBC

Sunday 8 June, 10:30am-12:30pm
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD
Craft TBC

Saturday 28 June, 10:30am-12:30pm
Indooroopilly Library, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Level 4, 322 Moggill Road, Indooroopilly
Paper beads with Dyani Evans of Little Deer Studio

Sunday 13 July, 10:30am-12:30pm
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD
Craft TBC

Sunday 10 August, 10:30am-12:30pm
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD
Craft TBC

Sunday 14 September, 10:30am-12:30pm
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD
Craft TBC

Sunday 12 October, 10:30am-12:30pm
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD
Craft TBC

Sunday 9 November, 10:30am-12:30pm
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD
Craft TBC

Sunday 14 December, 10:30am-12:30pm
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD
Craft TBC

Updates and further hints and tips from our meet ups can also be found on the Brisbane Brown Owls Facebook page

Please check this post regularly for date or venue changes and additions, more meet ups are in the process of being developed!!

For questions or suggestions feel free to email We would love to hear from you :)

Happy crafting!

Rebecca & Wayne

Monday, March 17, 2014

Melbourne CBD Brown Owls is on again!

The month rolls around pretty quickly - and it is time for Melbourne Brown Owls again!

Details are:

Date:                     Tuesday 25th March
Time:                     6.30pm (usually run til about 9pm)
Location:              The Parlour @ Madame Brussels
                                Level 3, 59-63 Bourke St Melbourne 3000
Bring:                    Craft Project of your choice
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

If you are new to the group - I really look forward to seeing you there! Come along and meet some crafty ladies and sample a cocktail or some of the fantastic food on offer from our lovely hosts! Bring a friend or two! Crochet, knitting, sewing and more - we welcome you!
The Parlour also boasts some amazing "craftworks" on the walls to inspire your creativity!

Looking forward to seeing all your friendly faces there 


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Mitcham Brown Owls


Hi there all you Vintage Vixens,

Courtesy of Anne Gowin, we now have the ability, to fill your need for a fluffy poodle toilet roll cover from the 1960's!

Bring some yarn and we can get started on a number of projects, including, that elusive poodle, as well as Crochet scuffs, crochet hard boiled egg covers, milk jug covers, or even a boudoir cap!

If you don't quite feel you can cope with the pressure of the vintage moment, bring along your own projects to work on, and we will look forward to seeing you.

The details:

Where; Gallery One,
1 Torrens Road Mitcham Ph: 0431297258

When:  Saturday 22nd March 1.30 to 4.00

Cost:  $7. pp room hire

What to bring;  Your own project or yarn and crochet hook  for a workshop.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Brown Owls has arrived in Wollongong! :)

Our new group will be starting tonight at Bulli Community Centre from 7pm.

Ongoing Bulli Brown Owls will be held on the first Tuesday evening of every month at The Bulli Community Centre from 7pm.

All welcome!

BYO project, enthusiasm and a gold coin donation for the use of the centre.

Contact Michelle for details
ph. 0411549866

Monday, March 3, 2014

Sydney Brown Owls March Meeting


A small reblog with a few minor edits...

For those crafty peeps in Sydney that may not know, we have a very lively Brown Owls group that runs in the inner city/inner West/Eastern suburbs.

Although quiet on the blog front, we post a lot of stuff on our Facebook group, such as news, events, and info about general craftiness in Sydney.


This month, we're meeting on Thursday March 20th 6-9PM at The Duck Inn Pub & Kitchen in Sydney. Be sure to RSVP to the Facebook event, so I know vague numbers for booking purposes. We'll be sitting near the above mentioned dog pics... 

If you'd like to be added to the group, you can also email to brownowlssydney(at)gmail(dot)com or request to join our group on Facebook. 

Looking forward to seeing some newbies (and oldies) soon!


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Southside Owls ~ Thursday 6th March ~ BYO at Miss Jackson

Hello lovely ladies!!

We are very excited to be starting up again for 2014! Our first meet will be on the coming Thursday night at Miss Jackson Cafe in St. Kilda.

I'm going to get my cross stitch on ~ pixellated flamingo style!

Date: Thursday 6th March
Time: 7:30pm onwards

Venue: Miss Jackson2/19 Grey Street St. Kilda (through the big rusty  gate)
Close to the #16, #96 and #112 trams, and nearby parking below

Craft: BYO!
Goodies: We will have tea a plenty, and Matt is making a raspberry coconut slice! Please feel free to bring something along if you would like to show off your baking skills! 

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

Really looking forward to to seeing you all and to getting my craft on!!
Shan x

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Southside Owls 2014!

Hello lovely ladies

Here are our dates for first half of 2014! Our first meet is next week. Details to come on the weekend.

Really looking forward to seeing seeing everyone and meeting newbies!

Shannon & Michelle

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

BRUNSWICK BROWN OWLS Wednesday 26th February 2014 @ Sporting Club


Wednesday 26th February 2014 

Hello lovely crafty types! We are a crafty group that is free to join and very welcoming to new members. We meet every fortnight on a Wednesday at 7pm in the Ladies Lounge in the Sporting Club Hotel in Weston St, Brunswick ,Vic. 

We usually bring in a crafty project we are working on, or once every couple of months we have a project or tutorial from a guest teacher where we learn new skills or make something new. Either way, we have a drink or some tasty tapas to show our affection for our lovely hosts, we have a chat, and we meet new people into the cool stuff you're into and have more chats and laughs and fun. That's it! 

Come! Bring a friend! Join our group!