Thursday, March 31, 2011

Brisbane Owls: RSVP for Crochet Take 2!

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

Date: Saturday 16 April 2011

Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

**DIFFERENT VENUE TO LAST MEET UP**: Meeting Room, Chermside Library, 375 Hamilton Road, Chermside. (Behind Westfield Chermside - for those catching buses just walk a few blocks down Hamilton Road behind Westfield).

Craft-along Project: Crochet

Our super crochet-instructor Sam will be leading the Crochet Project again. For those who came last month bring along your washcloth or whatever you were working on for some more advice or to move on to something more challenging.

If you're new to crochet and couldn't make it last month this is your opportunity to learn the basics by starting on a crochet washcloth. Bring a new size 4.5 or old size 7 crochet hook and some 8ply crochet cotton (Lincraft usually has a good supply of this for cheap) or yarn of choice, just make sure it's washable so you can suds it up and enjoy the end result! We will have a limited supply of crochet hooks and yarn available too.

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 14 April or email If you need access to a crochet hook on the day please let us know when you rsvp :)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Perth Brown Owls (Bayswater)!

Time for our second meeting!  We had a lovely group of people with a variety of skills at our last meeting and are welcoming more. This meeting will be a perfect opportunity if you are new to craft as we are all learning a new skill together... crochet!

Date: Sun April 17
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Place: Bayswater Drill Hall, cnr Murray and Crowther St, Bayswater

:: Crochet hook of either 4mm, 4.5mm or 5mm.  It can be metal, plastic, a combination!

:: Ball of yarn.  8 ply is easiest but if you have anything else you want to use up, just bring that.

If you have any questions please comment below or send sarah (shodgson(at) or megan (megan.gooding(at) an email.

We look forward to meeting you!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

:: Chapter Details : Let's Update!

Hi Owlettes!

I have been getting lots of queries about Brown Owls!  That is GOOD!  But I realise that I am not sure who the current contact is for some chapters.  And I also realise that we need an up to date listing on this page!  If you are running a chapter, please do comment with the official name of the chapter, contact email address and any Facebook or Google Group info.  That way we can be sure to have a more current list here, and also make sure that new members can contact you!

That is ACE!
Thank you!

xx pip

Friday, March 25, 2011


Hi to everyone,
As you know the weather has turned on us and there is a good chance it may rain tommorrow for our event at Ringwood Lake. If this happens have no fear we will transfer the event over the road to the Lakeside cafe. 
So if it's raining at 11.30am then go directly to the cafe.
Oh well that's Melbourne for you. Can't wait to meet you all. 
You can find me - I will be wearing some thing  RED.
                          Kindest regards Kaz

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Brown Owls landing in NW Tasmania...

Guess what, guess what, guess what, guess what???????

I am starting a local chapter of the gorgeous Pip's Brown Owl Craft Group!!!

Yes!! I am VERY EXCITED!!!!

Do you live close to Burnie or Somerset  in NW Tasmania?? Do you want to come too???  
We will get together Wednesday fortnights during the morning from 10am till approx 12pm starting on:

 Wednesday 6th of April 2011 at Two Oaks Cafe  

Sessions are FREE!! 

You can purchase drinks and meals/snacks from the Cafe.

Bring along a crafty project or even just come along to chat about crafty projects with other crafty peeps. 

We aim to:

 Have fun

Learn new things and share skills

Make mistakes

Meet new people

,and basically follow these excellent  "Rules Of Owly Conduct"

 We are friendly, welcoming and looking forward to meeting you!! Please contact me for any questions or directions :)

Allana 0408 358 559

or via:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Brown Owls Footscray First Meeting Tomorrow Night!!!!!

Dont forget tomorrow is the first meeting of the Footscray Brown Owl Group.
I hope to see you there.

Helen :)

Details here in original post. Check here to find out about parking etc;

Monday, March 21, 2011

St George and Sutherland Brown Owls

Check out the awesome craftiness we got up to at our meeting last week at Edmonds and Greer!

Come along to our next meeting in April...

Tuesday Night

19th April 2011
Oatley Hotel - The Lounge Room

8 Oatley Avenue, Oatley NSW 2223
New craftsters welcome!

** Edit: We'll be there from 7PM-10PM**

Sunday, March 20, 2011


I can't thankyou enough for your great interest in this group.
 It make it easier to organise when so many are as keen as I am.
I'm looking forward to meeting you all.
Remember to bring the kids along as I know
 Easter bunny has visited early and left some lovely eggs.
Kindest regards to you all Kaz 

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Canberra Broochy wrap-up!

We had a wonderful, productive time at the Canberra Brown Owls meet this afternoon, with our clever crafty Owls making all kinds of lovely brooches, like...

a zipper brooch
tutorial here

a felt flower brooch
tutorial here

a layered flower brooch

a frayed flower brooch
tutorial here

and these gathered ribbon and lace brooches
tutorials here and here

Our next meeting is SUNDAY 10th of April - keep an eye out here for more details soon!

Adelaide Owls - Origami

We will soon be saying farewell to our gorgeous Japanese friend Chieko as she returns to Japan with her husband. Chieko has very kindly offered to show us how to create some Origami flowers and boxes.

Think of all the uses for these... jewellery, brooches, gift embellishments, just because....

Chieko's Origami

If you would love to learn how to create gorgeous these Origami treasures, please comment below.

Kits will be provided on the night and will cost $4. Or BYO craftiness. And show and tell. ;)

You will need to bring:
* Small paintbrush
* 4 pegs

Next meeting 23rd March
Same place: Box Factory, Regent St, Sth Adelaide
Same time: 7pm til 9:30pm

Bring a friend! We'd love to see some new faces!!
Feel free to bring some party food too so that we can farewell Chieko in style!!

Footscray Brown Owls First Meeting

Well its about to happen.........and Im pretty excited to announce the first Brown Owl meeting for Footscray and Western Melbourne Suburbs.

Details below.

Location:: @ Station Hotel 52 Napier St, Footscray.
Day:: Thursday, March 24th
Time:: 7.30pm - 9.30pm

map here

Parking available in the Council carpark across the street you can access it from Lawson Place (see map above).
Do not park along Hyde St as it is residential parking only after 6pm.

What to bring:: some crafty stuff if you are already working on something then bring it along. If you are new to this then bring a project to get started on you can pop into Pips meetmeatmikes blog for some inspiration or pop into spotlight and check out their kits (always a good place to start).

I have made a list below of some ideas of things to bring with you:
  • journal and pencils/pens/markers
  • wool
  • knitting needles
  • crotchet hook
  • embroidery needles
  • embroidery yarns
  • embroidery cloth
  • embroidery hoop
  • craft magazine and books (with your name on them!)
  • scissors
  • pins
  • yourself!!!!!
The Station Hotel sells tea, coffee, desserts, cheese platters and has a nice wine list. I will try to book a big table for us to sit at.
Because I work till 6.30pm on Thursday I will just get there for 7.30pm so if you want to arrive earlier feel free to do so just ask the friendly bar staff they will show you where we will be sitting.

Looking forward to seeing you all.

Cheers Helen :)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Mitcham Brown owls

Designed and created by Jo Schofield.

Hi There Owlies,

This month we have our finishing off session of temari. If you are ready to start another one, have a go at doing the preparation winding at home.

We will have learn to knit and crochet available as well, or you can bring along your own projects.

We have another market day at the Gallery, with a fantastic craft garage sale, sell your unwanted craft supplies, buy some one elses, which is my favourite event of the year! Speak to Julie for more details.

Looking forward to seeing you all,
Lianne and Julie.

Where: Gallery One 1 Torrens St Mitcham ph: 8272 4504
When: Saturday 26th March 1.30 to 4.00 pm
Cost: Once of joining fee $10. Gallery Hire $5. Temari kit if neccesary $5.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Outer Eastern Suburbs Melbourne

Hi Everyone,

I'm having a bit of trouble coordinating everything through emails for a meet up.

I've created a facebook group for us, if you could join that would be super dooper helpful!

I can't figure out how to link to the group... but if you just search Brown Owls - Outer Eastern Melbourne, you'll find it!


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Preston Brown Owls Meet

Hello to all my crafty Preston Owls,
Our Meet is this Sunday! Hooray!

DATE: Sunday 20th March
TIME: 2- 3pm
WHERE: Pearl Oyster Cafe- 114 Miller St, Preston (stop 37 on the 112 tram)
WHAT: BYO- bring along something crafty you can work on.
COST: free- but purchase a cup of tea or coffee as a thank you gesture for hangin' at the venue
RSVP: In the comments section if you'd like to come along.


heart keti x o

Sydney Brown Owls

Apologies everyone, but due to unforeseen circumstances we are unable to host the Alannah Hill preview this coming Thursday March 17.

Please watch this space for more details.

Yarn in the Pub will be cancelled, until further notice.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Southside Brown Owls

Hey all!

We are super excited about Thursday night this week for the first meet of Brown Owls Southside!

If you are wanting to join our first night with crocheting can you please bring:

1 crochet hook - preferably 4mm (they are really cheap and you can buy a whole pack, all different sizes at Spotlight!)

1 ball of yarn - 8ply please as this is one of the easiest to use. I use pure wool because it is easier to find but you can use anything you like! (Spotlight is doing a ball of wool for $2 if you are a card holder, which I guess most of your are!!!)

If you are busting to know the basics before Thursday please make sure you check out Pips' blog for some lessons!

Place: Windsor Deli 33 Hornby Street Windsor (behind Chapel Street.)

Phone Number: 95293001 (business phone number)
Time: 7.30pm-9.30pm approx

We are supplying some sweets, treats and tea, but coffee and other drinks will be available to purchase. You are more than welcome to bring something if you wish, but chocolate brownie will be calling!!!

The meet is now full, but please check back for the next meet.

Shannon and I are so excited to be meeting you all and we will see you on Thursday!

Brown Owls Code of Conduct
Brown Owls Facebook Group

Brown Owls coming to Melbourne's West!!!!

Hi All
We are looking for crafty guys and gals to join us for a new Brown Owl group in your Western Suburb.
We are looking to base the group in Footscray meeting @ the Station Hotel on the cnr of Napier and Hyde Streets. Its a great little pub really relaxed with large communal tables, excellent coffee/ drinks/nibblies a perfect place to meet chat and craft.

A short walk from Footscray Railway Station close to bus routes as well (220 from city stops right out front) makes it the perfect meeting place. There is plenty of parking in the council carpark across the street.

What we are looking for is an idea of numbers of interested people and what times are free for you to meet (nights is best but so far Tuesday, Wednesday nights are not avail).

So if you are interested in joining a Brown Owl crafting group heres your chance!
Just leave a comment about what night would suit you to meet on.

Look forward to hearing from you!

Helen :)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Canberra Brown Owls - Accessorise with us!

It's that time again Canberra Brown Owls! This month we are setting ourselves up for a glam autumn wardrobe with brooches...

zipper brooch tutorial here

It’s up to you what you'd like to work with: felt, ribbon, zippers, fabric, ricrac....there are a few links to get you started in the email. I'm already having a tough time narrowing down what I'd like to make; I might have to plan for several!

As always, look for inspiration via google (include "tutorial" in the search terms if you specifically want how-tos) and especially Flickr.

fabric flower brooch tutorial here

We will have a few tools available, like a hot glue gun and an iron and ironing board, but otherwise please BYO all your supplies and instructions. Brooch backs can be found in various sizes from the larger craft chains or from beading stores.

felt flower brooch tutorial here

This month's meet is Saturday 19th March, from 2 to 4 pm, at the Downer Community Centre. Please RSVP in the comments. $5 for hall hire please and a plate to share for afternoon tea if you wish.

See you there!

Bron, Naomi, Michelle and George. xox

Brown Owls Launceston - March Meeting Postponed


Hi All Launceston Owls.
Brown Owls is cancelled Monday 14th March due to the public holiday.
We will reschedule to Monday 21st march at the Design Centre.
Next meeting will be on Monday March 21st, 7-9 pm at the Design Centre, Tamar Street.
Bring along your W-I-P (work-in-progress) and some big ideas. We thought it would be grouse to create a group quilt, so come along this month and lets talk big quilt ideas, themes, colours and all!

Please RSVP below.
Look forward to seeing you there.

Georgia and Gemma

Monday, March 7, 2011

St George and Sutherland Brown Owls

This Coming Sunday Afternoon

13th March 2011
2pm - 5pm
Edmonds and Greer - The Large Table
97 Mulga Rd
Oatley NSW 2223

Can't wait to see you there for a cuppa, catch up and folks welcome at every meeting...I was shy once too!


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Adelaide Owls - Poached Eggs

Yes that's right you read correctly. At Owls this week I've offered to teach anyone who is interested how to poach an egg!

Guess it's not completely craft but there are a few of us that would like to learn. Of course BYO craft is always an optinon.

If you'd like to learn to poach an egg (and eat it too) bring along a $2 and I'll supply all you need for poached eggs on english muffins. Yummo!

RSVP by commenting and please let me know if you are joining in the poaching.
--Edit --
Just realised I forgot to add the when/where etc (what a goose!)
Next meeting 9th March
Same place, Box Factory Regent St Sth Adelaide
Same time, 7pm til 9:30
Bring a friend! We'd love to see some new faces

Friday, March 4, 2011


Perth Brown Owls!

We are starting a Perth Brown Owls group so come and join us for our first meeting!  We welcome crafty beginners as well as talented professionals and everyone in between.

At: The Drill Hall, cnr Murray and Crowther St, Bayswater
On: Saturday 19th March
From: 2pm - 4pm
Bring: Anything that you are working on.  We will be spending the first day working on individual projects and tabling ideas for themes for upcoming meetings.  Please also bring $2 to cover hall hire and tea/coffee supplies.

Please comment below or email Sarah shodgson(at)westnet(dot)com(dot)au or Megan kalaedoscope(at)hotmail(dot)com.  We look forward to meeting you!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Preston Brown Owls

Hello Preston Owls!

Our first meet of the year is finally here....Yippee!
Everyone is welcome to join us, even if your new and a bit shy...everyone is really nice I promise.

DATE: Sunday 6th March
TIME: 2- 3pm
WHERE: Pearl Oyster Cafe- 114 Miller St, Preston (stop 37 on the 112 tram)
WHAT: bring along something crafty you can work on.
COST: free- but might be good will to purchase a cup of tea or coffee.
RSVP: in the comments section if you'd like to come along.

NEXT MEETING: Sunday 20th March- can't wait to see you all then!

heart Keti

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Dhaka Brown Owls - every Tuesday

Dhaka Brown Owls will now meet every Tuesday from 3pm - 5pm in the Libary on the first floor of the Nordic Club. You just need an expat card to come in. There's no other cost and you'll find a group of nice people all making things together.

We met yesterday and found out that we have a cross stitch expert among us so maybe we'll have a 'learn cross stitch' get together in the future. For now we're all just bringing along what we're making and enjoying making it together.

Here's a few pictures of what we've been making.

Crochet bunting:
A knitted baby blanket in lovely colours:
A cross stitch Daffodil to remind us all of Spring in Europe. Sadly no daffodils here in Dhaka.
and I just have to show you how one of our owlette's keeps her embroidery threads, all numerically filed.
There's some wonderfully nice people in Dhaka making some truly lovely things. Looking forward to seeing you all next week and hopefully some new faces as well. xx

Mitcham Brown Owls.

Hi there Owlies,

We're back on the Blog, with a big thank you to Cherry for coming to our rescue again!
We have a number of new members, welcome to you all - we look forward to spending lots of happy crafting hours together.

Our Temari balls were a great hit and we are going to continue them this month, giving you the chance to finish the one you started last month, if you haven't already. Or to bring your friends along who you've been admiring your new craft skill.

We will also have learn to knit or crochet available or you might like to bring your own craft.

Please bring along any thing you've worked on during the holdiays so we can all admire your work.

I'd like to say a big hello to Caryn who has moved back to New Zealand, and who we miss - I hope you will find a good craft group there to share your many skills with.

Please RSVP so we know how many kits to have available.
We'll look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.

Lianne and Julie.

Where: Gallery One, One Torrens Street Mitcham ph; 8271 2624.

When: Tuesday March 8th, 7 pm to 9.30 pm.

Cost: Once - of joining fee $10. Gallery hire $5. Kit fee for Temari ball $5.