Sunday, May 30, 2010

Oakleigh Brown Owls - June Meet up

Whoops, we blinked and it was June!

Source: Joathina via Flickr

Here are the details of the next Brown Owls meeting:

Date: Wednesday 9th of June 2010
Time: 8 - 9pm (but you are welcomed to stay on if you like!)
Location: Oakleigh RSL - 95-97 Drummond St, Oakleigh

Some things to note:

We will be having our very own knitting and crocheting expert along to the meeting so please bring along your knitting needles or crocheting needles if you'd like to join in with the team activity of the evening. If you are a knitting / crocheting beginner or newbie and don't have the needles / yarn required , please shoot me an email and I'll try to arrange for extras to be brought for you.

The older members will also note that we have now moved to a weekday evening instead of the previous Saturday afternoon. Many have voted that they prefer evenings, so hopefully this will see a much larger turn out at the crafting circle!

If you don't want to join in with knitting or crocheting, that's okay too. Bring along a craft to work on, and a couple of dollars for coffee / tea / hot chocolate and you'll be ready to rock and roll!

Please note that the Oakleigh RSL is strictly non BYO food.

RSVP by 5th of June 2010 especially if you would like needles and yarn brought for you! You can RSVP by commenting on this post, or by emailing me at petite.valse (at)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Yarraville has a useless mama brown owl!

I am wishing my life away!

The next meeting is the 7th of JUNE!!! JUNE the month after MAY!!!

Stitchin' up a storm in Brisbane!

The Brisbane Brown Owls got together a couple of Saturdays ago for a big embroidery session. Unfortunately, Sarah who was going to lead the day wasn't well but that didn't stop lots of new stitches and techniques being learnt thanks to our resident embroidery extraordinaire, Rebecca.

Thanks to everyone who came along! Stay tuned for details on next months meet up, real soon!!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sydney: Ephemera night Re-visited this week!

Calling all Sydney Owls!! Due to popular demand, Ephemera night is coming back! Bring along all your old magazines, sheet music, paper, maps, photos and create your own masterpiece!
image via from the last Ephemera Night

When: Thursday 27th May, 7pm-10pm

Where: Lane Cove Centre houseImportant note: we’re using the BACK room, so you need to walk down the side of the place, go through the gate and out the back (178 Longueville Rd, Lane Cove)

What to Bring:

- A base to work on. Either a canvas, notebook, piece of cardboard, wood panel – whatever you’d like to decorate.
- Glue – Mod Podge is GREAT stuff

- old Brushes (to use the glue)
- lids / plastic (to put glue into)
- scissors / rotary cutters and boards
- Ephemera – Anything that is made of paper and is vintage. Bring things to use yourself, but also things you’d like to share with the group.
Want to join Sydney Owls? Please email Bec

Monday, May 24, 2010

Canberra :: 29 May :: Crochet

Hellooo-hoo Canberra owls!!

Our next meet is very nearly upon us – next Saturday the 29th of May!!!
Due to popular request, this month’s theme is crochet!

Whether you’re a newbie, or an old….ahem, experienced hand with the hook, it will be lovely to get together and catch up.
If you are new to the hook, have a look at some of the vast wealth of online resources, such as this or this. There are even videos like this, if you want to get a flying start.

Even though Prefect Michelle can’t be with us this month, she’s offered to write us up some instructions for a ripple rug, and we’ll bring along some books and other resources for granny squares (who doesn’t love a granny?).

All you need to bring is some yarn and an appropriately sized crochet hook.
If you’re a total beginner, 8ply yarn and a 4mm hook should do it!
You can get a hook from a yarn store, Lincraft or Spotlight, or even BigW - if you’re having trouble or need more info on supplies, let us know!

As usual, please RSVP in the comments - it would be great if you could let us know if you’re a total beginner or an old hooker (awww, come on, I've got to get one crass joke in there!!).

Of course it’s the usual deal with the venue - $6 to cover the room hire, and bring a plate to share for afternoon tea if you feel so inclined. We’ll bring the tea and coffee and get there early to put the heaters on!

See you on Saturday!

xo George, Naomi, Michelle & Bron =)

Yarraville Meet 7th July

Monday 7th June

Time: 7-9:30pm

Where: Yarraville Community Centre, 59 Francis St, Yarraville

Cost: $3 to cover room costs and change if you fancy a cuppa!

What to bring: Yourself and something crafty to do.

R.S.V.P: Comment below.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Adelaide - Make a mini book or BYO

We will be making mini books from playing cards and recycled paper!

They are small.
They are cute.
They are recycled.
They are easy to make.
They will make lovely little gifts.
They will fit inside your purse!

image: CutOut+Keep

When: Wed 26th May
Time: 7-9:30pm
Where: Box Factory - Adelaide Community Centre, 59 Regent St South Adelaide
Cost: $2 donation to the Box Factory
Numbers: We have room for 25 Owls - the first 25 to RSVP are IN!

What to bring:
  • 2 playing cards per book (front and back cover)
  • enough paper for 20-40 pages per book (you can put in more or less)
  • pencil to trace the pages
  • scissors to cut the pages
  • heavy thread or floss
  • hole punch
  • x3 pegs or x2 bull-dog clips
  • white PVA glue (supplied on the night)

If you are keen to see the instructions before we meet - do head over to CutOut+Keep. Thanks for the idea Elizabeth. A of Absinthe and Orange!

See you all then!

ps - if you'd rather not bind mini books with us feel free to BYO.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Mitcham Brown Owls

Hi All Brown Owls,

We have a new member in our Mitcham group, Caryn has had her daughter, Grace Marlene - Anne Payne, and both are back at home. We'll look forward to seeing them when Caryn comes back to class.

Our next class is this Saturday afternoon, we are having a bring your own craft projects, with learn to knit or crochet being offered as well.

The details:

Saturday 22nd May 2010 from 1.30 pm to 4.00 pm

Where : Gallery One

1 Torrens Street


(Behind the Mitcham Institute)

Ph: 8271 2624 or 8272 4504


Room hire $4.

If new member, once of joining fee $10.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Reminder - Richmond meeting 22nd May

Hello lovely people!

Just a reminder that there will be a Richmond Brown Owls meeting on May the 22nd at the GB in Richmond after 4pm.

We'll be by the fireplace.

BYO craft, bring anything you please. If you would like some help or would like a kit I am more than happy to help you out.

If you would like some more information or would like to come along just send me an email .

Hope to see you there oxox

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Preston girls, come give it a whirl…its time for fun, lets knit and purl

When: Sunday 23rd May

Time: 2pm-4pm

Where: Pearl Oyster Café, 114 Miller Street Preston.

(A mere hop and skip from stop 37 on the 112 tram)

What: knitting!! Weather your a beginner or a knitting guru come along and join in on the fun. Of course, if knitting isn’t really your thing BYO craft and work on that.

Bring: some yarn, knitting needles and any patterns or samples you have.

Cost: Free, but please bring along some spare change and try a lovely tea or coffee, not too much to ask for a couple of hours in such a fab place!

RSVP: right here in the comments section or you can email me if you have any questions.

Heart Keti x o

Monday, May 10, 2010

Brisbane Owls: RSVP now for Embroidery!

Brisbane Owls: It's time to RSVP for our next meet up!

Date: Sunday 16 May

Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

Venue: Recreation Room in Building 7 of Roma Street Parklands Apartments, Parkland Blvd, Brisbane. The Rec Room is on the ground floor of building 7. Building 7 is the end apartment block furthest away from the City.

Craft-along Project: Embroidery

Sarah will be leading the Embroidery Project this month with a choice of 14 very cool embroidery patterns, learn 3 different types of stitches at your own pace, perfect for beginners.

Bring an item or piece of fabric you would like to embroider for example a tea towel, hankie, pillow case etc. Patterns, thread, scissors, etc will be provided. We will have some hoops available but if you have your own bring it along.

Please leave a comment to let us know if you will be taking part in the project.

OR BYO craft to work on.

Tea and coffee provided. Feel free to show off your baking skills by bringing a plate for morning tea :)

Please RSVP by leaving a comment on this post by this Thursday 13 May or email

Sydney Yarn in the Pub - Learn to Knit

image from beaktreats

For the Sydney Owls!!!

Just a reminder than Wednesday, 19 May is Yarn in the Pub night. This month, we will have a few people teaching knitting for anyone who wants to learn. Of course, you are always welcome to crochet, do tapestry or any other pub-friendly craft that you'd like.

Wondering what you might learn or be able to contribute to?

  • knitting basics
  • what's the fuss with purls and cables
  • how to read knitting patterns
  • yarn plies and the magic of Z and S
  • knitting styles, continental and english knitting
  • knitting in the round

Please bring along any knitting patterns and samples you may have. And if you have a spare pair of needles or old ball of yarn that someone could borrow and try, it would be great if you could bring them for the night.

Wednesday 19 May, Madison Hotel, by Central Station, Upstairs area.
Officially from 7-10, but come along early. We'll be there.

Whether you are a knitting pro or knitting novice, please feel free to join us!

RSVP with a comment below to ensure we save enough seats!

Upcoming Sydney Owl Meetings!

image from KizzieFK

Here's a post where we will update all upcoming Sydney meetings. Individual posts will be given with details of all meetings in the future, here's a sneak peak:

19 May - Madison Hotel, Sydney CBD - Yarn in the Pub
27 May - Lane Cove Art Center, Lane Cove - Ephemera Night Revisited
8 June - Inner West
16 June - TBD, Yarn in the Pub
24 June - Lane Cove Art Center, Lane Cove
13 July - Inner West
21 July - TBD, Yarn in the Pub
22 July - Lane Cove Art Center
10 August - Inner West
18 August - TBD, Yarn in the Pub
26 August - Lane Cove Art Center

Times are from 7pm-10pm unless otherwise noted.

Are you new to owls or even new to craft?! Please do come along. We'd love to have you!!!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Reminder: St George/Sutherland Brown Owls on Monday

Given that Thouraya has gone off to have a baby (still no sign of labour yet!), I (Alyce) have been left with the task of reminding you about the Brown Owls gathering on Monday night
Date: Monday 10th May 2010
Location: Penshurst RSL
58A Penshurst Street
New South Wales 2222

Time: 7pm-10pm

Bring: Your Choice of Hand Held Craftiness

Don't forget, if you live close to the RSL you will probably have to register as a member to get in. You can download a membership form HERE and bring it along with you on Monday. Membership is only $6, so not too bad a deal.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

PS Newcomers are definitely welcome. Don't worry, I haven't managed to learn everyone's name yet, so I may not even realise you are new anyway!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Adelaide Owls - Kanzashi Flowers!

Come and learn how to make Kanzashi Flowers!

Photo borrowed from susanstar
When: Wed 12th May
Time: 7-9:30pm
Where: Box Factory - Adelaide Community Centre, 59 Regent St South Adelaide
Cost: $2 donation to the Box Factory
Numbers: We have room for 25 Owls - the first 25 to RSVP are IN!

What to bring:
  • Each petal needs approx a 4 inch square - the smaller the square the smaller the petal. Each flower needs approx 8 petals - we'll leave the maths up to you as too how much fabric you want to bring as it will depend on how many flowers you want to make!
  • A needle and thread to match the fabric you've selected
  • Scissors
  • A ruler or measuring tape
  • A pencil or fabric chalk to measure and draw your squares before cutting
See you all then!
ps - if you'd rather not Kanzashi with us feel free to BYO.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mitcham Brown Owls

Hi Brown Owls,

We are going to have a "bring your own project" night for our next meeting. We have been donated some wool, so if any one would like to start making blanket squares, for the homeless that is available, and we always have learn to knit and crochet.

If any one is interested in learning to sew, for dressmaking, could you please let me know, as I have now passed on all the details of those who have already left messages, to Judy who will be teaching the class....Sewing with style.

We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday.

The details:

Gallery One,
1 Toeerns Street,
Mitcham 5062.
Ph 8271 2624.

When: Tuesday 11th May 7 - 9.30 pm

Cost: Room hire $4.
To joing Brown Owls if not a member, $10 ( Once of)