Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bayswater Brown Owls

Perth (Bayswater) Brown Owls next meet is a BYO craft meeting!

Date: Sunday September 18
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Venue: Bayswater Family Centre (cnr Murray and Crowther streets)

Bring whatever you may be working on and a gold coin to help pay for the venue!

Any questions please email or

Hope to see you there!

Sarah and Megan

Monday, August 22, 2011

Preston Brown Owls Lives Again

Dear Preston Owls,
I am Rebecca, your new chapter leader whilst Keti is feathering her nest. We give her a big thankyou for nurturing our little craft community in sunny Prestonia and look forward to her crafty company whenever she feels the urge.
Our next meeting will be
Sunday September 18
2pm - 4pm
Pearl Oyster 114 Miller St Preston
stop 37 on the 112 tram
please purchase a tea or coffee to thank our lovely hosts
RSVP in the comments section or email me
Everyone is welcome, just bring along whatever you are working on and enjoy some delightful company and a cuppa...and perhaps a cupcake...and maybe another one. Last meeting one owl brought some applique for a quilt, another crocheted granny squares and a few of us brought knitting. So come and show us what's in your craft basket. Beginners welcome too - we can get you started with knitting, crochet, embroidery, handspinning, possibly even macrame!

St George and Sutherland Brown Owls - September Meet Up


I haveam having a stall at Creative Lane in Marrickville Town Hall...fortunately/unfortunately this falls on the same date and time as our next Brown Owls Meeting - so I thought it might be fun to hold the meeting at the markets!

They are indoor and full of awesome craftiness from local handmade artists...but if you had your heart set on a meetup at Buzzbar on Sunday 11th September I am happy for you to still meet there too - I just won't be there!

Let me know in the comments if you think we should still have both - or if you all want to come to Marrickville too!

I will also be giving a tutorial / workshop which should be interesting!

11 September 2011

10am - 3pm

Marrickville Town Hall

330 Marrickville Road

Adelaide Brown Owls - BYO night

It's a BYO night! Take advantage of the great light, heating, tea & coffee facilities (and great company!) and join us for some crafting. Bring along some show and tell if you like as we love to see what everyone has worked on in between meetups. And if you want to bring a plate of nibbles to share then please do - cooking craftiness is welcome too. :)

When:   Wednesday 24th August 2011
Where: The Box Factory, Regent St South, Adelaide
Time:    7.00pm to 9:30pm

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Canberra Brown Owls - stamp making!

We've just had a lovely afternoon of crafting with the Canberra Brown Owls.  This month prefect Bron organised for us to do stamp making.

Brown Owls - 20 August meeting

We used some tools that Bron had specially bought, and the erasers in the kits that she had lovingly put together, and set to work!

Brown Owls - 20 August meeting

Personally I found keeping to a straight line pretty difficult, but that may have been because I was talking too much.

Brown Owls - 20 August meeting

Or eating too many of Bron's lovely cupcakes (which were TO DIE FOR!!)

Brown Owls - 20 August meeting

So by the end of the day we each had a couple of stamps made. It's a lot of fun, and I'm going to give it another go at home, but this time with less sugar under my belt.

Brown Owls - 20 August meeting

Thanks Prefect Bron! You're ace!

Brown Owls - 20 August meeting

Our next meeting is Saturday 17 September, and I'm hoping to organise a crochet session! But keep an eye on the blog for details a couple of weeks beforehand.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Our logo drawn by Jo Schofield.

Hi there Owlies,

Our next meeting is coming up - next Saturday.

Yet another chance to finish off something that's been bugging you, or to start a wonderful new project! Julie and Lianne will be available to help with Tremari and learn to knit and crochet.

At this stage we have decided to cancel our Tuesday class due to low numbers. We are currently looking at whether it would be feasible to hold a quarterly Tuesday night workshop. We welcome your ideas and feedback.

We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.

Kind regards,
Lianne and Julie.


Where: Gallery One, 1 Torrens Street Mitcham, ph 8272 4504

When: Saturday August 27th 1.30 to 4.00 pm

Cost: Once of joining fee $10. Room hire $5.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Cootamundra Brown Owls September Meet

We had a great first month at Cootamundra Brown Owls. We had only four people at each session but as it's only early days and didn't have much publicity happening, I think that was pretty good.

We had cake and lots of crafting and chatting.

Dorothy & Robyn crocheting 
We had people crocheting, appliqueing, beading & card making, what fun! Silly me forgot to take photos until the last minute so I only have one of these two lovely ladies at the evening session.

Next month:
Day session: Thursday 1st September 1-3pm Stephen Ward Rooms, Cootamundra library. I will be away for this session & my mother-in-law (above right) has kindly agreed to "host" for me, so go & say hi to her!

Evening session: Tuesday 6th September 6-8pm Stephen Ward Rooms, Cootamundra library.

Tea/Coffee/Hot choc & cake or other yummies will be supplied.
Both sessions will be BYO project but I can put together either an easy card making kit or easy beading kit for you & lend you my tools if you don't have something to work on. Please RSVP & state what session & what kit you'd like.
Contact & RSVP:
Katie: 0401 741 631
sweetrustic [at]
Brown Owls Cootamundra on Facebook
or you can always RSVP in the comments here.

Sunny Coast Brown Owls have a BYO craft-a-long!

On the weekend we had out August meetup for Sunshine Coast Brown Owls. What a lovely group of people we're accumulating there. I can't wait for us to grow even more!

It was a BYO craft day, and our first day at our new location- the Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre!

People were sewing, paper crafting, painting, crocheting, and cutting. It was a frenzy of activity! Thankfully we had Stephen from the The Sewing Machine Doctor there to help some of us our when we were sure about our machines! Here are some photos from the day:


Sunshine Coast Brown Owls
Sunshine Coast Brown Owls
Sunshine Coast Brown Owls
Sunshine Coast Brown Owls


Our next meetup will be on the 3rd of September, so keep your eyes peeled for more details!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Brown Owls Melbourne 3000, September meet

photos: & mimiyaya on etsy


Announcing our next gathering ~ Tuesday 6th September ~ RASPBERRY RIPPLE night!

Yes... as some of the participants from our gathering earlier this month may well have heard me talk of... we're going for a themed night next gathering - a broad theme, that everyone can interpret however they so wish. I can offer a couple of possible interpretations of our Raspberry Ripple theme:

1. Crochet Ripple'ing - I shall bring a pattern, or maybe I may even do a worksheet - yes I shall. It would be great if a couple of participants, who may already know the delights of rippling can raise a hand and volunteer to be called 'teach' for the night, otherwise we'll just muddle along, giving it a good ol' rippling go. If you're new to crochet I'm sure there will be someone who will be able to start you off in the right direction - for crochet supplies I would suggest bringing along a 4.5 or 5mm crochet hook and some 8 ply (or double ply - they're the same thing) wool, in colour of your choice, though if you're going all out raspberry ripple stylee then go for something raspberrylike.

2. Raspberry coloured - craft project of your choice, in a raspberry inspired colour. Here's some suggestions of colours that might be considered of a raspberry hue - raspberry, blush, red, pinky, pinkish / redish, berry, cerise, ruby.

3. Sounds - BYO project of any kind / any colour - bring something that is not in a shade of raspberry and you can just blow raspberry's at opportune moments during the evening

4. Eats - Madame Brussels do nice cup cakes - there is definitely one with pink icing, maybe it is raspberry flavoured, so you could eat one of those

Here are the details:
when: Tuesday 6th September 2011
at: 6.30 - 9pm
where: The Parlour, Madame Brussels, level 3, 59-63 Bourke St, Melbourne 3000
bring: your crochet gear (4.5 or 5mm hook & wool, see above) if you are wanting to join the crochet ripple crew, BYO craft project of a raspberry hue (if you so wish)
cost: no fee for attendance but you may like to purchase a drink or a delight from the Madame Brussels menu, by way of a thankyou for room usage
RSVP: in the comments section below please - indicating your name eg. Sue H or Raspberry R

I do have a few other ideas for themed nights, so will unleash them as time goes by, but do let me know if you have any thoughts / suggestions / ideas / pleas / wants / hidden desires.

Will be lovely to see you

Dont forget to RSVP in the comments below, with your name ~ and hands up anyone who would like to be a 'teach' for the night, there can never be too many 'teach's' so go for it with the hands up.

sue x

ps. I have also scheduled all gatherings for the rest of the year. Due to availability at Madame Brussels they are all tuesdays (apologies to those that like the circulating days of the week) - Tues 4th October, Tues 8th November, Tues 6th December. I've added these to the Brown Owls calendar which you'll find in the column over there--------->--->-->->->->>>>

Friday, August 12, 2011

Canberra Brown Owls - 20 August - eraser stamp carving

Hello Canberra owls!

It's only just over a week until our next Brown Owls meeting, on 20 August, and I am very excited to tell you we are revisiting an old favourite this month - eraser stamp carving!

If you haven't tried it before carving your own stamp from an eraser might sound a bit mad, but its really lots of fun, super simple, and the results you get can be quite amazing!

There are loads of tutorials out there - here are just a couple of links to get you started:


The tricky thing here is deciding what design you want to carve! This can be anything you want, but keep in mind that this is a bit like stencil making - you want to start with a pretty simple design that's easy to cut around. As always you can find also loads of inspiration over at flickr, or have a look at the stamps our owls carved up last time, or even just do a google image search for eraser stamp. And remember you don't have to be limited to designs especially for stamps! Any simple line drawing can be carved - so check out things like free embroidery patterns too! Interesting computer fonts would be fun too!

We'll have two sets of carving tools to share, but we could use a couple of extra if anyone has any. You can pick them up at craft shops for about $15 if you're really keen.

Other things you'll need are:
  • erasers for carving - just any will do, but make sure they are big enough for the design you want to carve. You can pick them up super cheap at $2 shop type places - my favourite are the HUGE ones you can get at hot dollar.
  • the design for your stamp
  • a pencil for drawing your design onto your stamp
  • tracing paper to transfer your design to your stamp if you aren't confident drawing it on by hand. (greaseproof paper like Glad Bake works really well for this!)
  • a stamp pad and paper for testing your stamp when you're done with the carving!

We will have kits available - each one will contain two regular size erasers, some tracing paper and a blank card to stamp on. Please let us know in the comments below if you need a kit so we can make sure we have enough for everyone!. You'll need $2 for the kit and use of the ink pads and carving tools, or just $1 if you want to use the ink pads and carving tools. Or you can bring your own!


Of course if you don't think stamp carving is quite your thing we'd still love you to come along!!! Please bring what ever you are working on, and we'd love to see show-and-tell from last meeting too!

Phew! That was a lot of typing! Here's the important bits for you, just in case you don't want to read it all again! ;o)

The next meeting is on Saturday 20 August at the Downer Community Centre from 2-4pm.
Don't forget to bring:
  • $5 for room hire,
  • $2 for a kit if you would like one, or $1 to use the tools and ink pads if you need and
  • any nibbles you might want to bring to share for arvo tea.

And please remember to RSVP in the comments - especially if you need a kit!

Can't wait to see you!

Canberra prefects x

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Brunswick Brown Owls Hoot-a-long tonight !

Come along, Wednesday 10th August 2011 at 7pm to the Sporting Club on Weston St, Brunswick for a fine evening of craft, tapas, mulled wine, chatter and brilliant crafty women (sometimes men).

Bring your own crafty project and lets craft together and rejoice in our fame on Made By Hand!

Can't wait to see you and your friends, and your kraftwerk!

Monday, August 8, 2011

St George and Sutherland Brown Owls TOMORROW

Brown Owls at Sutherland Tomorrow Night!!

Date: Tuesday 9th August 2011
Venue: Boyles Hotel Sutherland - 806 - 810 Old Princes Highway, Sutherland, NSW 2232
Time: 7pm - 10pm
BYO Craft

In other crafty news I made a dress for the Tessuti Linen and Lace Awards...check it out HERE...and click on the 5th heart...I need as many as I can get!

Thanks - I can't wait to catch up with everyone tomorrow!

Adelaide Brown Owls - Customised white boards

Img source see tutorial link below.
We are making our own versions of this customised reusable message board tonight -​m/wipe-off-weekly-menu-boa​rd/

Bring along a photo frame and a piece of paper to go behind the glass, and we'll supply the paint and glue to finish off the project.

I'll be bringing along a few small Ikea frames and some pieces of scrapbooking paper for those of you that don't get around to finding your own supplies before Wednesday, so you can still make a mini noticeboard to take home. 
Date: Wednesday August 10th 2011
Time: 7:00 - 9:30pm
Location: The Box factory, 59 Regent St South, Adelaide

If you don't want to make a message board then please bring your own project along instead!

PS Come and visit us here on Facebook if you'd like to be kept up to date on all thing Brown Owls related in Adelaide.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Brown Owls Perth (Bayswater) August meeting

The August meeting is coming up! 

After a mostly successful meeting of learning to knit in July, this month we are having a BYO Craft meeting. 


Sunday 21st August
2 - 4pm
We're at a new venue, just next door to our old one, Bayswater Family Centre, 53 Murray St, Bayswater (cnr Murray and Crowther St)


your craft and a gold coin donation towards hall hire/tea and coffee


via comment here, email me at silverthreadsofhappiness(at)gmail(dot)com, or on our facebook page

We'd love to see you there with whatever you are currently working on!


Macramé at Brisbane Brown Owls

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

Date: Saturday 13 August 2011

Time: 1–3 pm

Venue: St Augustine's Church Hall, Racecourse Road, Hamilton

Craft-along Project: Macramé Owl Brooches

This is one not to be missed! Sarah Rossiter will be leading the Brisbane Brown Owls this month with cute little macramé owl brooches! All you need to bring is a ball of twine to make your little macramé owl, you can go for unbleached twine, white twine or you can pre-dye your twine ready for the day. Twine can be purchased at Spotlight or your local supermarket for about $5.50.

Little twigs for the owls to stand on, beady eyes and brooch pins will all be provided.

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 23 June or email

And for those keen to get going on Etsy or if you have some burning Etsy questions come along to the BrisStyle I Heart Etsy info session from 10 am at St Augustine's before Brown Owls, further details and registration can be found here.

Saturday, August 6, 2011


Our Brown Owls logo drawn by Jo Schofield.

Sorry for the late notice.
Its crafting time again with our next meeting this Tuesday night.
Once again we will be offering learn to knit and crochet, and Temari, or you might like to bring your own work.
We'll look forward to seeing you.

Kind regards,

Lianne and Julie.

The details:
Where: Gallery One, 1 Torrens Street Mitcham Ph 8272 4504

When: Tuesday August 9th, 7pm to 9.30 pm

Cost : Once only Brown Owls membership $10. Class fee $5.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Launceston Brown Owls August Meet: Lose Weight, crochet chocolate.

This month's Brown Owls meet promises to make you famous. How? Well Junction Arts Festival requires some help in the culinary arts of the crocheted variety. It needs you to crochet some chocolates. These will be displayed as part of an installation at Nanna's Cafe for Junction Arts Festival. You can either make up your own design, if you are a crafty crocheting genius OR you can grab a pattern from the Junction Arts Festival website here.

So ... the devil is in the detail:

When: Tuesday 9th August 7pm - 9pm

Where: Nanna's Cafe - 7 Coulter Court, Launceston.

Refreshments available for purchase. Parking accessed off York Street down driveway next to Toyworld.

What: Crochet Chocolates. Not a crocheter? Don't care for woollen chocolates? BYO W.I.P. or anything else you fancy ... no offence taken!

Cheeky Rumour: There may be mulled wine ...

RSVP: Here or over at our Facebook Page

PS - Image from last year's Festival ... spot of Yarn bombing anyone?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Southside Owls ~ Thursday 11th August ~ Jersey Scarves

Hello Owls!!

The lovely Narelle (@ohmissohara) will be teaching us how to make jersey scarves and bracelets this month! Perfect for this lovely spring weather we are having in the middle of winter! Fellow owls Adelaide and Brunswick have also made these recently too!

Date: Thursday 11th August
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Miss Jackson 2/19 Grey St, St. Kilda (through the big rusty gate)

What to bring:
~ 50cm cotton jersey or an old t-shirt
~ make sure it's a fabric that will roll in on itself when cut and stretched
~ maybe make it 1m if you want to make a bracelet too
~ if you have a rotary cutter and a cutting mat that would be ace, if not scissors will be fine
~ a ruler or measuring tape and pins might be handy too

We will have a few sewing machines to finish them off on the night.
Here are some tutorials for jersey and t-shirt scarves and bracelets

And of course BYO is always welcome if you don't fancy a scarf!

Sustenance: We will have tea, wine and baked goodies to keep us going
Feel free to bring along something if you are a bit of a baker!
If winter decides to return we'll have the open fire going too

RSVP: By leaving a comment below, hope to see you there!

If you have any questions feel free to email
or tweet

Yay! See you next week!

Como Brown Owls - August 14 :: Owl Sunglasses Case!

The Como Brown Owls have been quiet for a while ... but we've got a new meet location and we're ready to rock and roll! Er, craft. We'd love to see you there! If you'd like to, you can also join our Facebook Group "The Crafternoon Gals" in order to see all our events for the year!

Date: August 14th 2011
Time: 12:00 - 3:00pm
Location: Hazel McDougall House, 20 Clydesdale Street, Como 6152
- felt
- needle and thread
- snaps or velcro for closure
- scissors
Cost: Free!

If you'd like to RSVP, you can do so here!
If you don't want to make a sunglasses case, we'd love to see you anyway! You are always welcome to bring your own project ^_^

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Brown Owls Melbourne 3000 - tomorrow night!


hoping you can come and join us tomorrow night for the third gathering of the Brown Owls Melbourne 3000 group - very informal and all welcome. Come and join a group of lovely ladies (and sometimes gents too, which we like very much) in some chatter and sometimes even some craft too. It's BYO craft project (not BYO booze - there's a lovely well stocked bar for that - including a lovely selection of mocktails). There's always people on hand to inspire you, lend a hand and give some top crafting tips and have a good yarn with.

Here are the details:
when: Wednesday 3rd August 2011 - thats tomorrow!
at: 6.30 - 9pm
where: The Parlour, Madame Brussels, level 3, 59-63 Bourke St, Melbourne 3000
why: because we love it!
bring: BYO craft project
cost: no fee for attendance but you may like to purchase a drink or a delight from the Madame Brussels menu, by way of a thankyou for room usage
RSVP over here please. ta!

For anyone wishing to watch the Brunswick Brown Owls group on the Channel 31 Made by Hand series, which is on tomorrow night, its possible we can gather around an iphone (cosy!) at 9pm and watch it on tinternet or if anyone has such a thing as a small portable television bring it along! i'm told there are the relevant plug points required but have not yet put that to the test!

Look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

sue x

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Come become a member of our Brown Owls Sydney Facebook Group! We are currently at 89 members and would love to crack 100!

Information about meetings is posted there, as well as chat about crafty happenings in Sydney!