Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Southside Owls ~ Thursday 8th December ~ Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

Hello everyone!

This is going to be our last meet for 2011, so we're going to be getting into the festive spirit with food, drinks and Christmas decorations!

There are so so many great Christmas decoration patterns and tutorials on the interwebs! Here are a few for some inspiration:

I've made Pip's nana baubles and crochet hearts so I can help anyone out that would like to give those a try.

I'm sure many of you already have plans for your crafty Christmas decorations, and are probably well under way, which is why we thought we'd leave this one open so you can bring along any Christmassy UFOs and get them finished off before the big day.

Date: Thursday 8th December
Time: 7pm onwards
Venue: Miss Jackson, 2/19 Grey Street St. Kilda (through the big rusty gate)
Close to the #16, #96 and #112 trams, and nearby parking below

What to bring:
~ Your Christmas decoration project or of course any BYO project is fine, and if you "forget" your project and just want to come along to be a social butterfly well that's just fine and dandy too!

~ A plate of food to share, a mix of sweet and savoury would be nice, so pop the details of what you are bringing along in the comments

Miss Jackson will provide wine for all! And I'll be bringing along a trifle!

RSVP: Pop a comment to let us know you are coming along, and please add in the plate of food you would like to bring to share!

Feel free to email me or tweet me with any questions.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Preston Brown Owls December Meeting

And so another year is drawing to a close. Our last meeting for the year will be
Sunday 18th December
2 - 4pm
Pearl Oyster Cafe
114 Miller Street, Preston

Everyone is welcome, it would be lovely to see you all and if you've never come along before, you are especially welcome. So bring some hand held craft for a respite from Christmas chaos or indeed bring some frenzied Christmas craftiness with you.

These are Keti's clever fingers at work at our last meeting. We all wish Keti the very best for the imminent birth of her baby. Good luck Keti.

Friday, November 25, 2011

A very (Sydney) Brown Owls Christmas

Image from here.

It's that time of year again where we will be having a Christmas get-together. We've decided on a picnic and hope y'all can make it!

Date: Sunday December 18*
Where: Hyde Park, Sydney. A more central location we couldn't find! We will be up the St. James end near the Archibald Fountain. 
Time: 2pm - 5pm 

Feel free to bring along a plate of something to share!

If you'd like to join in a Krafty Kris Kringle, then bring a crafty gift up to $20 value (it can be something that you've made, supplies, etc). 

*made this date so as to not clash with Sutherland and St George Brown Owls Christmas Party!

We hope you can make it! 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Brunswick Brown Owls Recycled Craft with Kate

Wednesday, 30th November, 2011

Brunswick Brown Owls Recycled Craft with Kate

The delightful Kate, who has just been to Fiji to teach some recycling craft skills, will be taking us through a workshop on Wednesday 30th November at 7pm at the Sporting Club, Weston St, Brunswick, Vic.

We’ll be making paper beads for jewellery and knitting or crocheting with ‘plarn’- yep, it’s a clever name for plastic yarn! And it’s all made of recycled materials! Come along and learn some new skills with us, and feel free to bring some materials to share!

You might need:


Craft glue

Earring backs

Craft wire

Clean plastic bags for plarn (coloured ones are prettiest)

Large knitting needles for the plarn- size 8 is great



If you want some inspiration, head to these websites: http://www.myrecycledbags.com/




The Sporting Club still has delicious tapas (4 for the price of 3, bargain!) and they even have discount price cocktails! Bonza! What a night! Bring your friends!

Brown Owls Melbourne 3000, December Festivi-mo gathering

Announcing our very special Christmas gathering on Tuesday 13th December.

In our November meet there were a few requests for crafty moustache making (and why the devil not). So having missed the ideal opportunity for doing moustaches for Movember I thought why not do Movember in December. And what's more christmassy than moustaches (!?!!?!). So you may be inundated with more festive stylee invitations involving tinsel and baubles, but I encourage you to break with tradition and come and festively celebrate with a mo. Festivi-mo!

Of course if you'd rather you can BYO project of any type you like and just join in us in mo-spirit.

Other ways you can join in are by supporting this good cause - we will be having a good old fashioned raffle. And I have been able to aquire some GREAT PRIZES, including:
- a Madame Brussels gift voucher for a Garden Party for two
- a copy of Pip's lovely book, Make Hey While the Sun Shines
- a Crafting Health gift voucher for a one hour luxurious massage

brilliant! brilliant! brilliant! thanks to all our lovely prize contributers. And thanks to Madame Brussels too, for agreeing that we can approach their other patrons on the evening with the view to trying to sell a few more raffle tickets.

In addition I have set us up our very own Movember fundraising page, so if you'd like to contribute but can't make it along on the evening then if you would like you can follow this link to make a donation and donate to 'my team' (please read it as 'our team') which is aptly named Brown Owls Melbourne 3000! Feel free to pass this link onto anyone else that you feel might like to contribute.

I have been scouring the net for patterns and have come up with these ones below (for which I've gained permission, where necessary from the creators for us to use) - thanks to Tara Murray, Marion Clark and Louie.


Of course if you do some scouring of the net I'm sure you'll come up with a moustache of equivalent merit - a moustache in felt and simple stitching I think would work a treat.

For moustache wearing / adornment there are a few options - elastic, stick holder thingos and eyelash glue. I'll bring along some wooden kebab skewers (I reckon there'll work a treat, as long as we're careful with the pointy ends!) and some eyelash glue, so that's the latter 2 covered.

Here are some details:

when: Tuesday 13th November 2011
at: 6.30 - 10pm
where: The Parlour, Madame Brussels, level 3, 59-63 Bourke St, Melbourne 3000
bring: moustache making equipment as per your crafty choice, whether that be crochet, knitting, stitching, patchwork etc (or 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

As you may know I do like a fancy frock, so I encourage you to join me in donning a fancy frock for the evening, they'll set off our moustache's so fabulously. I'll bring some extra dress up frocks if there's room in my Brown Owls bag. And to top it off tastically I'm going to bring some wigs, I only have four, so if you have one bring it! Our photos are gonna be brilliant.

So.... It's gonna be a SUPER SPECIAL meet, let's make it the best of the year. Bring friends, bring menfolk. We'd love to see more menfolk. We'd love to see more friends.

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

Happy Festivi-mo!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Adelaide Brown Owls - Christmas ornaments

We will be making Matryoshka Christmas tree ornaments tonight using the excellent pattern and tutorial from here - http://mysparkle.blogspot.com/2010/11/matryoshka-doll-ornament.html .

For the princely sum of $2 you will get all of the felt pieces required to make the ornament, embroidery floss and stuffing, plus I will provide glue for those people who don't feel like stitching on the night.  Please let me know when you RSVP if you'd like a kit.

If you'd rather not make an ornament then please feel free to bring your own project instead - we'd still love to see you!

When:  Wednesday 23rd November
Where: The Box Factory
How much: $2 for the kit (if you want one)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Canberra Owls - 'tis the season!

Apologies lovely Canberra Owls, that we haven't been back to you yet with details of our next meet.

But we hope we can make up for it by telling you that the crafting - christmas decorations - is on us!
We will have all the makings available for Danish woven hearts (julehjerter), german folded stars and redwork embroidered ornaments. If you have a small embroidery hoop, please bring it along, otherwise have a go free-hand.

The details are as always:

Downer Community Centre

2 - 4 pm

Saturday 19 November

Please bring $5 for the room hire, and a plate to share for afternoon tea.

Please, please rsvp in the comments, so we know how many folk want to come! New owls are always welcome, we would love to meet you!

Ho ho ho

Michelle, Bron, Naomi and George xo

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Canberra Owls - Save the date!

Hey there Canberra Owls!

We are putting together the final details for our next meet, but wanted to post a little save the date for your diary.

Our next meet will be Saturday 19 November, 2pm to 4pm, at the Downer Community Centre as always.

As for the theme - well, just in case you hadn’t noticed, its NOVEMBER and that means that (GASP!) Christmas is lurking right around the corner! Christmas ornaments will be on the agenda, but we're still finalising projects and supplies. We'll have a couple of different options and kits for cheap.

So put the 19th in your diaries, and watch this space - we'll be back SOON with the details!

Bron, Naomi, Michelle and George x

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

St George and Sutherland Brown Owls



Thanks to every one who came along on Sunday!

It was great to catch up while the rain poured down outside!

Our next meeting is our Christmas Party!

Date: Sunday 11th December 2011

Venue: Hazelhurst Gallery 782 Kingsway, Gymea NSW 2227
(we will meet in the cafe)

Time: 2pm - 5pm

BYO Craft, small plate of food, and a crafty gift (up to $20 in value) if you want to take part in the great Christmas present swap!

See you there!

Friday, November 4, 2011


Our logo designed by Jo Schofeild

Hi there Owlies,

Here we are with our last class of the year looming! This will be a bring along your own work session.
To celebrate the end of the year, would every one like to bring a small plate to share, and also, for something a bit interesting, how about bringing a piece of vintage or antique clothing to show off and talk about?

I've got a pair of bloomers from about 1900 and an Astrakhan stole from the 1940's!

I'll bring some champagne and juice too.

We'll look forward to seeing you!

Lianne and Julie

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

When: Saturday November 19th 1.30 to 4.00 pm

Cost: $5. room hire.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Southside Brown Owls!!!

Hey all!

It is all about heading to Brown Owls at Windsor Deli this month and bringing your UFO's or making a softie for the Mirabel Foundation!

Where: Windsor Deli - 33 Hornby Street Windsor 
When: 10th November
Time: 7pm onwards
Bring: whatever you like! 

Shannon is bringing along printed copies of Jess's Morris the Panda amigurumi if you want to have a crack at doing that, or you can have a look over here for more information!

Can't wait to see you all!

Make sure you chuck your name in the comments section to let me know you are going to be there! :)

Brisbane Meet Up: Crochet Circle and Interactive Knitting Installation

Brisbane Owls: It's time to get your craft on for a huge day of creativity at the BrisStyle Indie Eco Market!

We're so excited to announce that Brown Owls has the opportunity to craft away at the next BrisStyle market! We'll have two marquees and tables set up and a full program of crafting goodness as well as some yummy handmade shopping at the market! Anyone is welcome to join in the crafty fun at the Brown Owls marquee on the day so feel free to bring along your friends and loved ones.

Date: Saturday 12 November

Time: 9am-2pm (see below for specific program times)

Venue: BrisStyle indie Eco Market, St Augustine's Church Hall and Grounds, Racecourse Road, Hamilton.


9-11am :: Crochet Circle with Kate Allan

Join Kate Allan of dash robin in a crochet circle. She will demonstrate some simple crochet techniques and show how to make a flower for a hair clip, brooch or decoration. 
"I have been creating distinctive eco friendly crochet accessories for over five years and have taught crochet for community festivals and events across Brisbane including Saviours of the lost arts and Close knit. I am branching out into dyeing my own yarns using local plant based materials and non-toxic dyes to create environmentally friendly uniquely coloured wools. As well as joining the crochet circle l'll be debuting a small range of hand dyed merino/angora/mohair yarns for the first time at the BIECO!"
Kate will be available throughout the full day for those who would like to continue their crochet into the afternoon.

11am-2pm :: Knitting installation 'Landscapes of Resilience' with Chrys Zantis

Brisbane artist Chrys Zantis will grace our Brown Owls meet up with her famous interactive Knitting installation, Landscape of Resilience. Chrys will bring needles and hooks, threads, fabric and wool of all colours. Join in any time between 11am-2pm  and knit and sew with Chrys and reflect on your inner resilience.

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

Feel free to also BYO craft and pop in for a natter. We'll have our usual Brown Owls stash of extra yarn, fabric, thread, hooks and hoops available on the day and Sam and Rebecca will be around to answer any crafty questions or help with your current crafty project.

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 or afternoon tea :)

No need to RSVP for this one but if you have any questions or would like advice on the day with anything crafty please leave a comment on this post or email brisbanebrownowls@gmail.com.  

Look forward to seeing you then!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Brunswick Brown Owls are meeting tonight! Softies for Mirabel or UFO

Brunswick Brown Owls- meet tonight!!

BYO Softies for Mirabel or UFO

Hello Owlies!

We are meeting again this evening and we want to see you!!

Bring your Softies for Mirabel or any work in progress, and come and meet the gang or say hello again!

When: Tonight, from 7pm
Where: Sporting Club, Weston St, Brunswick.
(Opposite Barkly Square)

Softies for Mirabel is a wonderful organisation and you can find out more here http://meetmeatmikes.blogspot.com/2011/09/softies-for-mirabel-foundation.html

Come and say hi! Eat tapas! Have a cheap cocktail and chat with lovely ladies!

Love and stuffing,
Maggie Pie

PS. If you want to keep up with lots of tips and fun things that we do, join our facebook group and be a part of the joy!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Launceston Brown Owls: November Meeting: Kiva Quilt or WIP

Good Afternoon Launceston Owlets

The parliament is sitting again this month. There will be more Quilting for Kiva,the quilt squares we have so far are fabulous! But we need a few more, so please bring along any squares you have on the go or come on along and get one started. Or if patches are not your bag, please bring along any work-in-progress that you fancy.

When: Tuesday 8 November, 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.

As before, 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 http://www.kiva.org/

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.

Come on, you know you want to!

Georgia and Gemma