Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Brisbane: embroidery with edward & lilly

It's time for some drawing with thread! Bring along your own design or select from some on the day to create your own beautiful stitched work. 

Learn the basics of embroidery including transferring designs onto fabric, using traditional stitches in new and interesting ways and brainstorming ideas for how to finish and present your completed embroidery.

This is not a meet up for those looking to learn traditional embroidery but rather an opportunity to experiment with stitches in your own way! 

Meet up details

When: Saturday 26 October, 10:30am-12:30pm

Where:  West End Library, 178-180 Boundary Street, West End (the meeting room is upstairs)

What to bring:
1. Fabric to embroider onto
2. Embroidery thread
3. Needle
4. Scissors
5. A water soluble pen (only if you have one, there will be some available to use on the day)
6. A design to embroider (this could be anything from a picture through to text)
7. A notebook, pencil or eraser if you'd like to do your own design on the day. 

There will be extra supplies on the day if you don't have time to find everything to bring.

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

Monday, October 21, 2013

ALL HALLOWS EVE PUMPKIN CARVING with Allanagh, Wednesday, 23rd October 2013

Brunswick Brown Owls celebrate the festival ALL HALLOWS EVE this Wednesday! We will celebrate with carving a big old pumpkin. Never done it before? Me neither, but don’t worry, our champion pumpkin carver Allanagh will be sharing her experience and skills (I'll share my lino cutting tools with you). 

Come and join us, Wednesday 23rd October at 7pm at the Sporting Club, Weston St, Brunswick, Victoria for a Halloween pumpkin carving fiesta! 
You'll need to pick up a pumpkin from a local grocer.

We may not live in the northern hemisphere, and we’re not preparing for the long winter ahead, but we love to celebrate all sorts of festivals! 
It's not just about American teen horror films, thankfully.

Image sourced: http://www.flickr.com/photos/richardmiller/1705678779/in/photostream

 Allanagh says:
Ok folks, the time to get your scare on is fast approaching! If you want to carve a pumpkin you should get your thinking cap on because as the old saying goes, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

From experience, it takes a lot longer than most people realise, so if possible, have your pumpkin already hollowed out (this can take between half to 1.5hrs depending on the size of your pumpkin).

The simplest designs are often the most successful, so you might want to print out a design. A good investment is a set of lino cutting tools with which to carve, is at http://www.silkcutlino.ashop.com.au/ and they have them with free delivery.

Check out our Halloween Pinterest page! http://www.pinterest.com/cailinbeag/all-hallows-eve/

If you’re not into pumpkins or sharp knives, feel free to bring your own crafty project and carry on with that, there will be lots happening in the fine Ladies Lounge.

We’d love you to come and say HIDEE HI to the Brunswick Brown Owls! If you can’t make it, we’ll pop up photos of the evening on our Brunswick Brown Owls Facebook page so you can join in the fun too.  We have over 170 members (no spambots luckily!), and you can be a part of our crafty community too! Come along and learn some new skills with us!

The Sporting Club still has delicious tapas and discounted cider jugs! Tasty. 
Bring your friends! We like your friends! We like you!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Brisbane: Paper flowers and garlands

It's time to up-cycle some paper! Bring along your old magazines or any paper you would like to use for paper flowers! There will be two flowers to learn, Rebecca's above and Raye's fab flowers below! Plus we'll squeeze in some paper garland ideas too :)

Meet up details

When: Sunday 20 October, 10:30am-12:30pm

Where:  Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD

What to bring:
1. Old magazines or any paper you would like to recycle.
2. Scissors
3. Craft glue
4. Paper clips
5. A stick to attach your flower to (or you can do this later at home)
6. A pen or pencil
7. A ruler may come in handy.

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

Monday, October 14, 2013

Mitcham Brown Owls

Hi there Owlies,

Our next class is this Saturday, so dig out your crafting goodies and get ready. 

Bring along your own work and what ever you have finished to show off and we are having a repeat of the Crochet afghan squares for any one who is interested,  So, be there or be square!

Looking forward to seeing you,  Lianne.

The details:

Where:  Gallery One, 1 Torrens Road Mitcham PH 0431 297 258

When:  Saturday 19th October 2013,  1.30 to 4.00 pm.

Cost :  $7. room hire

What to bring :  whatever you are currently working on.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Parramatta Brown Owls Ongoing

Up in the western suburbs of Sydney, a small but pretty regular group has been meeting at Mars Hill Cafe on the last Saturday of the month. It's a BYOCraft group that has brought spinning, patchwork, cross stitch, knitting, crochet, and other needlework to the table.

Mars Hill has wonderful breakfasts and if we might have been shy the first few months, now we all seem to order up a hearty breakfast and lovely drinks upon arrival. Then, just as though we are sitting around grandma's kitchen table, the needles and pins, hooks and wools, fabrics ands fibers appear and the real neighborly chatting begins.

This is a lovely group of women (and their children) who share resources, ideas, patterns, and assistance. If you live anywhere just north of Sydney, or up in the Blue Mountains, you'll feel drawn to visit our little group.

Next meet:

Saturday, 26 October at 11 am
Mars Hill Cafe
331 Church Street, Parramatta

We've booked the large room upstairs. You can order drink and/or food on your way up or bring your own. If you order, they'll bring it up to you. If you bring kids, there's a small room full of board games just next to the large upstairs room.

There is no fee and you do not have to buy anything from the cafe to attend.

We look forward to meeting you!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013




Hello lovely crafty types! 
Our regular Brown Owl millinery expert extraordinaire, Kimmy, will be sharing her skills and experience for the lead up to Spring Racing time and is running a low key workshop to make a sinamay lily 
tomorrow, Wednesday 9th October, 2013 at 7pm.

The lily will be suitable to put on a hat, make a headpiece or could be used to make brooch.
You will need to bring a basic sewing kit eg. needles, thread and pins and $3 to cover the cost of sinamay that Kimmy will kindly supply.
We are a crafty group that is free to join and very welcoming to new members. We meet every fortnight on a Wednesday at 7pm in the Ladies Lounge in the Sporting Club Hotel in Weston St, Brunswick ,Vic. 

We usually bring in a crafty project we are working on, or once every couple of months we have a project or tutorial from a guest teacher where we learn new skills or make something new, like this one! Either way, we have a drink or some tasty tapas to show our affection for our lovely hosts, we have a chat, and we meet new people into the cool stuff you're into and have more chats and laughs and fun. 

That's it! Come! Bring a friend! Join our group on facebook! Share! Tweet tweet!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Preston Brown Owls October Meeting

Dear Prestonites,

It is cafe time again! Please join us for a couple of delightful hours of conviviality and stitching-however-you-care-to at 

20 October, 2013
583 Gilbert Road, West Preston
2 - 4pm

cost is free but please buy something delicious from our lovely hosts

Everyone is welcome - we like new folks! Just bring some handwork.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Southside Owls ~ Thursday 10th October ~ BYO at Miss Jackson!

Hello lovely ladies!!

The lovely Michelle is going to be drinking pina coladas in Bali next week and visiting some of the places I went to just a few weeks ago! So we'll be at Miss Jackson for our October meet.

The year seems to be flying by! We have had a few topics on lately, so we thought a good old BYO night was in order! Hopefully it will be warm enough that we won't need to light the open fire! Come on spring!!

Date: Thursday 10th October
Time: 7:30pm 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: BYO!
Goodies: We will have tea a plenty. Please feel free to bring something along if you would like to show off your baking skills! 

RSVP: Leave a comment here, on facebookemail me or tweet me!

See you all next week! Looking forward to catching up with you all!!

Shan x

Bayside Brown Owls Term 4 Meeting Dates

Term 4 Dates for Bayside Brown Owls have been confirmed! We will be meeting at The Sewing Bee Cafe every 3 weeks starting on Monday 7th October. Cost is still $10pp with Tea and Coffee provided. Please RSVP to the meeting request next week if you will be coming along! Our next meeting for the year will be from 7:30PM - 9:30PM on Monday 7th October at our new venue The Sewing Bee Cafe in Baxter located at 80 Baxter-Tooradin Road. 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

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Brisbane: Catch up on a craft

Did you miss out on a craft this year that you would love to learn?

There have been a number of requests lately for some of our 2013 crafts to be repeated so we'll be having a little meet up next week to catch you all up on the crafts you may have missed!

For anyone interested in a demo and some guidance on rag rugs, loom weaving, sashiko, kantha, basket weaving with fabric, a quick crochet lesson or you can bring along your own craft to work on!

Meet up details

When: Thursday 10 October, 6-8pm

Where: Indooroopilly Library, Westfield Indooroopilly, 322 Moggill Road, Indooroopilly

What to bring: This will depend on which craft you would like to learn, when you RSVP a link to the materials list will be provided or you can check out the 2013 crafts here

RSVP: ASAP to brisbanebrownowls@gmail.com, let me know which craft you would like to do when you email so I can be prepared :)

See you there!