Monday, October 31, 2011

St George and Sutherland Brown Owls THIS SUNDAY!

Come along for some coffee and some craft...we can discuss Christmas Crafts and our Christmas Party....and talk Softies for Mirabel...and anything else you've got going on!

Sunday 6th November 2011

2pm - 5pm

Buzzbar Cafe - 22 Morts Rd. Mortdale - Sydney!

Newbies and Oldies Welcome!

See you there!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hobart Brown Owls October Gathering

Calling all Hobartians! We'd love to see you along to our October Gathering THIS SATURDAY!! Bring along any projects you are working on, or start something new! Perhaps you might like to make a Softie for Mirabel? Or learn something completely new and exciting! We have people who can sew, knit, embroider, crochet, spin, felt, print, dye etc. in our midst, so bring along the tools and ask for a hand if you'd like to learn a new skill! 

Where: The little cottage in the playground, Batchelor Way, Taroona. 
When: 1.30-4.30pm 
Here's what is supplied: A kettle, tea, milk, honey and sugar...

Here's what you need to bring: Something crafty to work on, a cup to drink from, special drinks if you like (soy milk, coffee, super fancy tea...), and maybe a plate of afternoon tea to share? Some gluten free options would be welcome, I'm sure.

We'll need a contribution of $2, to cover venue hire. Any surplus funds will be put into a kitty to cover weeks where attendance is low. The hall has been booked for the last Saturday of each month.
We have booked 3hrs which should allow time for settling in and packing up as well as lots of time to chat and craft. Children are welcome, so long as they don't hinder the creative crafty time of other members. There is ample playground space for them to wander safely :) 

See you then! xx

PS. You can find us here if you'd like to find out more

Brown Owls Melbourne 3000, November meet


I do hope you can come along to our November meet ~ on Monday 7th November, do please pop it in your diary.

I think we'll do BYO project, but if you need some inspiration, here are a couple of ideas (please note - neither are particularly crochet orientated! wow, unusual for me I know):

Softies for Mirabel - softies of the goodness kind -

Penguin jumpers - for knitters and penguin lovers -

Here are the details:

when: Monday 7th November 2011
at: 6.30 - 9pm
where: The Parlour, Madame Brussels, level 3, 59-63 Bourke St, Melbourne 3000
bring: BYO craft project of your choice
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

Thanks once again, to Pip and Shannon for hosting the October gathering whilst I was sickly.

Will be lovely to see you. Dont forget to RSVP in the comments below, with your name.

sue x

ps. Make sure you also put our Christmas gathering in your diarys - Tues 13th December, possibly for a super festive bauble-a-go-go night

Friday, October 21, 2011

Geelong Group Starting Soon!

First meeting of the Geelong Brown Owls coming up, let us know if you'll be joining us over here!

Adelaide Owls :: Gift Tag Fun

Hi Adelaide Owls

Seeing as it's going to be present season soon I thought we could have a night of making some sweet gift tags

Where? The Box Factory, Regent Street South, Adelaide.

When? This Wednesday 26th October at 7pm.

I'll bring along some fun things for us to use and if you could too that would be great. Anything pretty that you think of, ribbons, card, lace, buttons, beads, hole punchers, fabric, felt, even needles and thread - all welcome!

Plus other useful things: rulers, scissors, lead pencils & glue sticks

If someone could bring their hot glue gun that would be fantastic!

Comment here to let us know you are coming.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Preston Brown Owls Meeting

Maybe it was the knitting, maybe it was the company or maybe it was the brownie but I completely forgot to take any photos of our October meeting!

So imagine if you will, the round table at Pearl Oyster, teacups, cake plates and hives of industry. Keti, fabulously pregnant with only seven weeks to go, was crocheting up a storm on her second baby blanket, this one a homage to her beloved's football team.

Ann-Margaret was working away on blue/gray garter scarf with stripey ribbon yarn ends. By the time she left, she was but a telly episode away from FINISHING! Just in time for next winter.

Kathryn reached the armholes on her ribbed sweater and I was plodding through cables and slip stitches for a cardigan that will also be ready for next winter.

Holly brought a magic carpet of mending, transporting us all back about thirtyish years, with her patched restoration of the family Puggle.

The instant I saw it, I was back in Toyworld in Karingal Hub Shopping Centre in some sort of forest scene set up, loads of Puggles and a lot of thwarted desire. I never got one and forgot them entirely until Brown Owls Meet.

Our next regular meeting is

Sunday November 20 2-4pm
Pearl Oyster 114 Miller St, Preston
free but buy a cuppa for the Pearl

reply in comments or email me if you are coming

We also have an extra special meeting coming up at GJs Discount Fabric store in Brunswick for those of you who love your sewing machines or who wish to love a sewing machine. Check out their shop
Here are the details for our meeting

Saturday November 5 12.30 - 3.45pm
GJs Fabrics 443 Lygon Street, Brunswick
reply in comments or email me if you haven't let me know already

We will be meeting in the upstairs sewing room at GJ's - it is light and airy and has lots of tables and even tea and coffee stuff. If you are coming you need to bring your own sewing machine if you have one. BYO sewing project and materials are available to purchase downstairs in the fabric shop. I will be running a little tutorial on making a zip purse.

If you would like to make one of these you will need
  • 16cm-17cm skirt zip
  • approximately 2 x 20cm square piece of cotton fabric for the outside
  • approximately 2 x 20cm square piece of cotton fabric for the lining

Please bring all your own scissors, pins etc for your projects if you have them - I will bring stuff for beginners.

See you soon

Canberra Brown Owls Freezer Paper stencils


It's stencil time again!

*Please note this month's meeting is on SUNDAY, not Saturday. The DCC have double booked us so we have had to change to Sunday 23 October.

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
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.
Check out out results last time... 2009
And try using the image function to search Google for possible stencil images too.

Look forward to seeing you there - Sunday 23 October at 2.00pm 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 - $5 for the room hire and a plate of something yummy to share if you're so inclined!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Our logo drawn by Jo Schofield.

Hi there Owlies,

It seems like long time since the last time we got together, and definitely time for some more crafty creations.

We've got another 'bring along your own work' meeting, so bring along anything you have finished to show off as well as your current projects!

We will also have learn to knit and crochet available.

We'll look forward to seeing you there.

Julie and Lianne.

The Details:

Where : Gallery One, 1 Torrens Street Mitcham. Ph 82724504.

When : Saturday the 22nd October 1.30 pm to 4.00 pm.

Cost : Once of joining fee $10. room hire per class $5.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Possible Geelong Chapter; Hoo's in?!

Hello Owls!

Just a quick note to let you know that a former Melbourne Owl & Myself are looking into the possibility of a Geelong Chapter of the nicest craft group around!

Presently I'm just trying to gauge the amount of interest, so if you are in or around Geelong or know anybody who is & who might be interested please leave a comment or email me at punkysmamma (at) rocketmail (dot) com so that I will be able to keep you in the loop going forward.

Owl-ver & out! (I'm sorry. I just can't help myself.)

Monday, October 10, 2011

St George and Sutherland Brown Owls

A lovely afternoon out - I needed a break from sewing madness and it was great to catch up with Katie and Peta....check out Katie's amazing rainbow blanket and Peta's cross stitch!!

I have been working on a cardigan for Amelie (3)....but at the rate I'm going it might be finished for Clementine (1) to wear...thank goodness for having 2 girls!

Come and join us for our next crafty meet up:

Sunday 6th November 2011

Buzzbar Cafe - 22 Morts Rd. Mortdale - Sydney!

Adelaide Brown Owls - Important update!

Just a quick update to let you all know that there wont be a Brown Owls meet up this week. School holidays have conspired to make all of the organisers (and quite a few of the participants!) disappear so we've had to cancel this weeks meet up.  Please accept this picture of a sad kitten as our apology.


Brown Owls Sydney - Yarn in the Pub (well, bar)

Hi owls,

We will be having our October meeting at Grandma's Bar!

Who: Brown Owls Sydney
What: October meetup
When: 6pm - 9 or so
Where: Grandma's Bar, Basement 275 Clarence Street, Sydney

Image from here.

Unfortunately, we can't book for this place so we're going to do our best to score tables for everyone. It would be really great if you could RSVP if you are going to come. Either here, in the comments or on the FB event page.

Looking forward to catching up with you all!


Saturday, October 8, 2011

St George and Sutherland Brown Owls SUNDAY!!

Just a quick reminder that we are having out meeting tomorrow at Buzzbar Mortdale 2pm - 5pm....can't wait to see you's been too long!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Southside Owls ~ Thursday 13th October ~ GOCCO!


We are going to do a GOCCO demo this month at Southside Brown Owls!

I first saw a gocco in action when Pip did a demo at Fitzroy Brown Owls in 2009 and was instantly hooked. I bought a gocco on ebay about a week later where it has dutifully sat in it's box since. That is until last weekend when Jess, fellow Southside Owl and a gocco veteran, gave me the low down. It's so easy and so much fun. Mine is going to get such a workout now that I've dusted off the box.

Jess and I will be doing a demo on how to use gocco, and everyone will get to have a go at printing!

We will have two goccos and a few different screens/designs you can print from on the night, including one of Jess's sweet illustrations and the bunting above (would make a great christmas card!)

Date: Thursday 13th October
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Miss Jackson, 2/19 Grey Street St. Kilda (through the big rusty gate)
Close to the #16, #96 and #122 trams, and parking below

What to bring:
We will have some papery things you can use to print on, but it would be a good idea to bring along some of your own as well. Here are some ideas:
* blank cards
* blank postcards
* envelopes
* paper bags
* lolly bags
* gift bags
* noodle boxes
* stickers
* front cover of notebooks e.g. moleskine
* old book pages

The gocco print size is B6 (125mm x 176mm) so make sure your papery things are at least that big to fit the image on, and not too much bigger that A5 (148mm x 210mm) so they fit in the gocco.

And bring along a BYO project as well to keep your hands busy in between printing!!

Sweeties: We will have tea, wine and baked goodies, feel free to bring something along if you would like to show off your baking skills!

RSVP: In the comments below if you'd like to come along! Please do!!

If you have any questions feel free to email or tweet me.

See you all next week!!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

:: Brown Owls 3000 :: About Last Night...

Sue, the lovely leader of the 3000 Brown Owls was ill yesterday, so Shannon (of Miss Jackson and the Southside Brown Owls chapter) and I took the helm of the Madame Brussels posse, offering ourselves up as slightly less fabulous Sue-replacements.

There were a heap of ladies in attendance.  There was a lot of crochet and Pippy Slippering going on.  And there were tons of other crafty activities on various laps as well.

I drank a Bloody Mary which kept scattering chili about the place and somehow lost its celery stick in a pot plant.  Shannon drank a Martini and snacked on parfait of the non-sweet variety. There were many other snack and sippers, including Tess McCabe, Sarah, Jen, Linda, Kitty and MORE!  I do not know all their names, but their faces were lovely.

 I showed off a bit and taught a few beginners how to get going with their hooks.  Shannon was a lovely hostess, and chatted beguilingly to the crafters on the middle table.  And we thought a lot about the missing Sue, tucked up in her sick bed.  Get well Sue-n!

Thanks to everyone who came along and a big thanks to Sue for continuing to run this group (and indeed for inventing the Mme Brussels chapter!)

xx Pip

Monday, October 3, 2011

Brisbane Meet Up at the BrisStyle Indie Mother & Child Market

Brisbane Owls: It's time to get your craft on at the BrisStyle Indie Mother & Child Market!

We're so excited to announce that Brown Owls has the opportunity to craft away at the next BrisStyle market! We'll have our own marquee and tables set up so that you can all do a spot of crafting and chatting as well as some yummy handmade shopping at the market!

Date: Saturday 8 October

Time: 9am-2pm (drop in any time you can make it, we'll be there all day)

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

There's loads of other crafty stuff happening on the day, you can check out all the details here and on the BrisStyle blog.


We don't have a craft along project this month but we will be on hand to answer any of your crafty questions so bring along your embroidery, knitting, crochet, hand sewing, macrame or anything else you've been working on lately. We'll have the usual Brown Owls stash of extra yarn, fabric, thread, hooks and hoops available on the day.

Tea and coffee can be purchased on the day from the local cafes on Racecourse Road. 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 Thursday 6 October or email  

Look forward to seeing you then!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Launceston Brown Owls: October Meeting Quilting for Kiva

Good Evening Launceston Parliamentarians, 

Apologies for the unplanned hiatus in Brown Owls meetings last month. But after a little winter hibernation, the sun is out and we are back on this month. We will be Quilting for Kiva so please bring along your squares or come on along and get one started. 

When: Tuesday 11 October, 7-9pm
Where: Nanna's Cafe, 7 Coulter Court, Launceston (Park outside by driving down driveway next to Toyworld off York Street, OR Park in Brisbane Street and walk through arcade)
Refreshments available for purchase.

All details and specs for  the quilt squares can be found at the original blog post here

Kiva is a wonderful organisation and a very worthy charty providing loans  to start up business, loans that change lives. You can find out more here

RSVP with a comment below.
Newbies very welcome. And if you haven't been for a while we would love to have you back again. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Georgia and Gemma

Saturday, October 1, 2011