Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Nords Wharf Gets Crafty!

The Nords Wharf chapter of the Brown Owls meet again tonight at the Nords Wharf Community Hall, Marine Parade, Nords Wharf
(5 mins south of Swansea),

Come and see the beautiful sunset as we sit, make and chat. We always have plenty of materials and inspiration for those who say 'I'm not very crafty', and then produce something unique and clever!  Or you can bring along your own craft.  Love to see you there. Gold coin donation for hall cover.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sydney Brown Owls

Unleash Your Inner Nana at Yarn in the Pub

Wednesday November 24

The Evening Star Hotel

Cnr. Randall & Elizabeth Streets, Surry Hills

from 5.30pm (til about 9ish)

RSVP in comments below

Yarn Optional, Inner Nanas Compulsory!

See you there

Friday, November 19, 2010

St George and Sutherland Brown Owls November Wrap Up and Christmas Party Details

Christmas Party Details

Bring a plate and if you want to join in a Lucky Dip for the Secret Santa Swap - Craft Notions and/or Handmade Gifts to the value of $15

It's totally optional of course - but if you put a pressie in the basket, you can take another one out!

Date: Sunday 12th December 2010

Place: Hazelhurst Gallery 782 Kingsway Gymea NSW 2227

Time: 2pm - 5pm

If the weather is bad we will head to Lara's place next door to the gallery!

RSVP On this post or turn up on the day :-)

November Brown Owls

Was a great afternoon catch up and craft....

Awesome Kitchenaid Cross Stitch!

Awesome Handmade Pin-Cushion by Lara and My Blue Crochet!

Beautiful Granny Squares Being Crocheted Together!

A Beautiful Quilt Being Pieced Together!

And Some Beautiful Backstitching!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Adelaide BYO

Dear owls,

We've been quite industrious of late ... learning how to manipulate fabric with Emma Mill, then sewing up log cabin quilt blocks, so the next meet why not bring along your current project and enjoy a cup of tea amongst other crafty folk.

When: Wednesday November 24th
Time: 7-9:30pm
Where: The Box Factory, Regent Street South, Adelaide
Cost: $2 room hire

Hope to see you there for our very last meet at the Box Factory for 2010!

Your prefects :)

ps: The following Wednesday (8th of December) will be our Christmas Dinner at Brunelli's Cafe, please do drop us a comment over here if you can make it.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Brisbane Owls: Last meet up for 2010!

RSVP now for the last Brisbane meet up for 2010: Screen printing or BYO craft!

We're so excited to announce another very special Brisbane meet up with Ellie from Red Seed Studio. Ellie has kindly invited Brown Owls back to her fabulous studio for a little screen printing workshop or for those who prefer to work on their own craft we'll have a special space at the studio for you to stitch, knit or crochet to your heart's content!

Date: Sunday 21 November

Time: 10:30am-12:30pm. If you're screen printing you're welcome to come a little earlier to get started on your work.

Venue: 24 Vanda St, Woolloongabba, 4102 (parking is avail in the front yard, and some on street, but it's a residential street, so don't know weekend parking situations. There's sure to be parking on Logan Rd as well. Closest train station is Buranda (about 3 mins walk), and buses go along Logan Rd often).

About the Screen Printing Workshop

There is a limit of 10 people for this workshop so it's first in best dressed. You can either email brisbanebrownowls@gmail.com to book your place or leave a comment on this blog post. If you miss out and there is enough interest we'll run it again for the November meet up.

Cost: $20 each - this includes the inks and all printing stuff needed. Ellie has very kindly waived her tutoring fees so that we can take advantage of this very low price!

About the class: Learn the basics of screen printing onto fabric in this fun class. You'll hand cut your own stencils, using your original designs (Ellie will be there to help with design inspiration!), and then print using a blank screen and toxic-free printing ink. There is a lovely little table in the 'printing shed' (the garage), set in a quiet garden with lots of natural light and space.
Due to the short crafting time, if you work on a design idea before the day, that will increase your printing time available. Simple, bold designs often work best. Remember - you'll be hand cutting the design, so don't make anything too complicated.

What to bring:

* The cost of the workshop doesn't include any material / fabric to print onto however Ellie has 100% linen tea towels available for the special wholesale price of $5 each. If you would like to purchase some of these please leave a comment or email Ellie at redseedstudio@gmail.com so Ellie can make sure there are enough. Ellie may also have some linen and hemp / organic cotton at wholesale price (if anyone's interested, they can email Ellie at redseedstudio@gmail.com).

* Alternatively you can bring plain fabric, tea towels, tote bags (not too thick), t-shirts, singlets, onesies, pillow cases, cut fabric for a certain project (eg - the bodice of a dress, or a skirt panel, etc). Also thick card is nice to print on - to make posters or cards. Cut to size, or one big piece. (Smaller is better as a hand cut stencil is easier and quicker to cut if it's smaller. and 2 - 3hrs isn't a lot of time for intricate designs).

* Please bring an old shirt or apron to wear, as well as some scraps of calico or other fabric to use for test printing. If you have a hair dryer, please bring that along as well (to help dry the fabric quicker for more printing).

* If you have cutting boards, the sort used for stanley knives and cutting blades, not the quilting ones please bring them along.

* and don't forget your design ideas!

Or BYO craft
We'll be setting up a cosy little area in the lounge room or if the weather's nice out in the garden for those who would like to work on their own crafting. Rebecca and Sam will be there to help out with anyone wanting to learn the basics of crochet, knitting, embroidery or if you have any crafty questions/problems we'll do our best to help solve them :)

Everyone: Bring along a fold up chair, picnic blanket, cushions or something to sit on. Tea and coffee will be provided but feel free to show off your baking skills by bringing along some morning tea.

RSVP: Please rsvp by commenting on this post or email brisbanebrownowls@gmail.com by Wednesday 17 November.

Look forward to seeing you then!

Friday, November 12, 2010


Hi There Owlies,

Here we are at the end of the year and looking at our last meeting. What a year! Where did it go?

For our last meeting, we have decided to combine the Tuesday and Saturday class and have one final fling. Would every one like to bring a small plate to share and we will provide some Christmas drinks.

Caryn (Smooch Designs)and her family are moving back to New Zealand. She will be very much missed. We wish her and the family lots of fun and happiness.

We are looking at some interesting workshops for next year, has any one heard of temari?
Next year we will be having our classes on every second Tuesday of the month and every fouth Saturday, so I hope to have calendar ready to handout.

We'll look forward to seeing you and having a fun afternoon.

Lianne and Julie.

Where: Gallery One 1 Torrens Road, Mitcham PH:8272 4504

When: Saturday 20th November 2010 1.30 to 4.30

Cost: Room hire $4. New member once only joining fee : $10.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Brown Owls Sunday Social

It's the Sydney Owls Sunday Social!
Sunday November 14
From 11am
A Coffee and a Yarn, King St Newtown
Come along for some craft, coffee, company and chatter.
RSVP below

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Adelaide Christmas Dinner

Hi Adelaide Owls

It's time to organise our Christmas Dinner - hasn't this year flown by!

Dinner will be on the 8th of December at Brunelli's Cafe on Rundle St at 7pm.

Please RSVP by 1st of December to this post if you will be coming along.

As with last years dinner we will be having a lucky dip present swap on the night. If you’d like to participate please bring along a handmade gift wrapped and ready to swap.

Your Owl Prefects

Monday, November 8, 2010

Nords Wharf Owls

The Nords Wharf Brown Owls will be meeting this Tuesday evening 9th November,
at the Nords Wharf Hall,
Marine Parade, Nords Wharf from 7-9pm. 

It's time to start thinking about making something creative and unique for Christmas.  So why not come along and either start something new
or finish something old?

Canberra Brown Owls - 21st November

Back by popular demand, this month we'll be freezer-paper stencilling! This is a really simple technique that produces fabulous results on fabric.

Have a look here at the freezer paper Flickr group for inspiration:

Image from here

You'll need to bring:
  • a photocopy/printout of a design you want to stencil,
  • something you want to stencil on to (t-shirt, tea towel, fabric),
  • a pencil for tracing the design on to the freezer paper,
  • an exacto or paper cutting knife, and
  • a plastic lid or some kind of paint palette
  • $6 for the room hire.
For the princely sum of $3 we can provide you with a 50cm length of freezer paper, and access to fabric medium, paint (black, white, red, blue and yellow) and brushes. If you're a quilter you may already have access to your own freezer paper, or you can bring your own paints. You can buy a piece of freezer paper for $1, or some fabric medium (turns regular paint into fabric paint) for $1. Let us know if the comments if you want a the 'package' or just freezer paper.

Here are some great places to start looking for a stencil or for a bit of information about the process. Best to try something simple to start with.


And try using the image function to search Google for possible stencil images too.

Look forward to seeing you there - Sunday 21 November at 1:30 at the Downer Community Centre. Leave your RSVP or any questions in the comments, and let us know if you need supplies. Don't forget - $6 for the room hire and a plate of something yummy to share if you're so inclined!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Log Cabin Quilt Block: ADELAIDE

Hi Brownies (teehe),

We are having out first ever quilt related workshop!! The talented quilting extraordinaire Catherine is going to spend 2 and 1/2 hours guiding us to sew this log cabin quilt block using the paper piecing method.

What to bring:

(if you wish to bring your own fabric)
  • light coloured fabric scraps - up to 10 colours. Should be 1 1/2" wide and up to 7" long. some shorter lengths is fine
  • dark coloured fabric scraps - up to 10 colours. Should be 1 1/2" thick and up to 7" long. some shorter lengths is fine, plus 1 piece should be at least 2 1/2" square
* If you would like a kit containing the above scraps it will cost $3, please say so in your RSVP, we'd hate for you to miss out :)
  • scissors
  • rotary cutter (optional, we will supply some)
  • cutting mat (optional, we will supply some)
  • quilters rule (optional, we will supply some)
  • sewing machine (you do need to bring your own machine, however if you don't have one we can bring 2 extra machines please put in comment if you need a machine)
  • pins
Important bit: This workshop is open to those of you who already have a little bit of sewing machine experience, being able to thread your machine and sew a straight-ish line would be super helpful :)

When: Wednesday November 10th
Time: 7-9:30pm
Where: The Box Factory, Regent Street South, Adelaide
Cost: $2 plus $3 if you would like a fabric kit
NUMBERS: Eeek! We only have enough tables for 14 owls if quilting, so be speedy. There will be chairs free for those wanting to BYO, but possibly no tables? We'll work something out.How: Just RSVP by leaving a comment below by SATURDAY 6TH NOV to let us know if your quilting/BYOing AND if you need a kit, so Catherine can make enough :)

If you have any questions email me (Tracey) at adelaide-brown-owls@hotmail.com and I will ll get back to you asap.

See you there!
your owl prefects x