Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Brown Owls Perth (Bayswater) 2013 Update

Firstly, sorry for not regularly updating you all on what has been happening in WA!  It is tricky to make sure every information source is updated properly for each so I thought I would do one big post on our group for 2013 nice and early...

Anyone who is interested in coming along to our Perth-based group might like to join our Facebook group .  We have found the events calendar on here very useful and its also a handy space to ask questions and show-off what you might be working on!

We are also on Instagram - #brownowlsperth


Meeting Room at the Bayswater Family Centre - corner of Murray and Crowther streets, Bayswater.  This facility is used by other hirers too but we always stick a sign on the door for the meeting room!

Our meetings are always held on the third Sunday of each month.  Dates for up-coming meetings are:
20 January 2013
17 February 2013
17 March 2013
21 April 2013
19 May 2013
16 June 2013
21 July 2013
18 August 2013
15 September 2013
20 October 2013
17 November 2013
15 December 2013

Meetings start at 2pm and finish at about 4pm.

We are a pretty casual group and mostly we run BYO craft meetings.  Most people coming along find it easier to just bring something they're working on - it also gives people a chance to work on slow-burn projects that they wouldn't normally get to at home! We have knitters, crocheters, embroiders, cross-stitchers, hand quilters and we get a fair bit of paper-based crafts too.

Every now and then we will have someone from the group run a small workshop on something that they're particularly good at.  We have had crochet, knitting, pattern-making and mosaic meetings before - but those meetings are quite flexible in that there are often people working on their own things as well.

We don't have a membership fee but we do ask for a gold coin donation to help with venue hire.

Anything else I should bring?
Sometimes members will bring a plate or packet of something yummy to share but there is no obligation or scheduled food roster.  Everybody leads busy lives and we don't want to add another commitment.  If you would like to bring something along it will be welcomed but if not, no matter!

Do I need to tell anyone I am coming?
Nope!  You can just turn-up.  If you want to check-in or have questions, feel free to email - shodgson(at)westnet(dot)com(dot)au or silverthreadsofhappiness(at)gmail(dot)com

Brunswick Brown Owls Christmas Party

  • Brunswick Brown Owls 

  • Photo by Shelly Strazis here

  • Let's celebrate all our achievements, friendships and craft ships!

  • Bring a plate of goodies if you wish, and come and see our friendly folk off for the year. Bring your crafty fun if you can do more than one thing at once! 

  • This will be our last meet until next year, so come along and bring a friend!

  • We will be at the Sporting Club in Weston St, Brunswick, opposite Barkly Square or Sparkly Bear as my friends call it, from 7pm. 

  • Come and have a drink or a tapa or a ginger snap!

  • If you haven't been for a while because you are so busy, now is the time to come back and say hi!

  • Hope to see you soon, from Stacy.

  • You can join our
  • facebook group here if you want more details or if you just want to talk with us, online, in the ether!


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Brisbane Owls: Christmas Meet Up

It's our last meet up of the year! 

Before you start wrapping up those Christmas presents pop in to Brown Owls on Saturday morning to make some sweet eco gift toppers including paper flowers, origami bows and tiny pom poms! 

Meet up details

When: Saturday 15 December, 10:30am-12:30pm

WhereBrisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD

What to bring:
1. Old magazines, junk mail, any paper you would like to recycle into sweet gift toppers.
2. Scissors
3. Craft glue
4. Yarn, string or wool for pom pom making
5. Any other paper craft or pom pom making bits and bobs you have on hand.

If you don't have some of these things we will have some extras available on the day for you to use.

RSVP: As soon as possible by emailing brisbanebrownowls@gmail.com

See you then!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Mitcham Brown Owls

Hi There Owlies,

Here is the bog for our last meeting of this year. So bring along any finished projects to show off, a small plate of something to share, and something vintage to show every one, as well a your current work.

 Mandy's amazing crocodile stitch slippers!

I hope you can all make it on Saturday!

Kind regards,


The Details:

Where:  Gallery One, 1 Torrens Street Mitcham ph:8272 4504
When :   Saturday 15th December 1.30 to 4.00 pm
Cost :  $7. per person.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Southside Owls ~ Thursday 13th December ~ Christmas Cheer!

Hello ladies!!

This will be our last meet for 2012! We will be making it a social meet again with food and wine and fun times!

And some great news, Michelle and I will be doing it again in 2013! Exactly the same format as this year: running from March - December, every second Thursday of the month, flipping between our two venues. Yay!!

Date: Thursday 13th December
Time: 7pm onwards
Venue: Miss Jackson2/19 Grey Street St. Kilda (through the big rusty gate)
Close to the #16, #96 and #112 trams, and nearby parking below

Craft: Christmas decorations, BYO, anything you like really, or even nothing at all!

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.

Here is a Pinterest board with some links to great tutorials and inspiration for crafty Christmas decorations! http://pinterest.com/ladygrey7/southside-owls-festive/

What to bring: 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 something sweet made by Matt of course!

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.

Looking forward to seeing you all before the Christmas break!
Shannon xx

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

{Next Meeting} Bayside Brown Owls, Mornington

We are meeting this coming Monday 10th December in Mornington at Bargain Box Fabrics located at Shop 6/1 Mornington-Tyabb Road, Mornington so if you live in the Frankston area please come along! You can join the meeting by RSVPing to the Event Invitation on our Facebook page. Meeting details are below.

Bargain Box Fabrics is a beautiful fabric store that I'm sure you'll all love! We are paying for the venue and for a sewing tutor to be present so cost is $10pp. Good news is that this includes tea and coffee plus assistance where needed!

Because this is our Christmas Party please bring along a $10-$15 Secret Santa gift - handmade or purchased depending on how much time you have on your hands this week!

We have also been offered a fantastic 10% off STORE WIDE so if you are a quilter, bag maker, or anything to do with beautiful fabrics you're going to LOVE this place! BYO project and we look forward to seeing you for a lovely night out crafting with friends.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

REMINDER: A Very Brown Owls Christmas Next Sunday

Our last meeting in November was excellent:

Peta finished her awesome cross stitch:

Larissa was working on a beautiful crocheted blanket:

Katie had an amazing rainbow granny square blanket:

Alyce was doing some sneaky cross stitching:

And I added some yellow to my slowly growing rainbow blanket:

I can't wait for our CHRISTMAS PARTY next Sunday: 

Sunday 9th December 2012
2pm - 5pm
Address: Larissa's Place next to the Hazelhurst Gallery in Gymea
(email me for the exact address)

Bring a plate to share and a gift if you want to join in the Secret Santa Lucky Dip - Craft Notions and/or Handmade Gifts to the value of $20

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

New and Old Folks Welcome!