Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Brisbane: Brown Owls at Woodford Folk Festival

Hello Owls!

Wishing you all a safe and fun festive season and thank you all for a wonderful year of crafty meet ups.

Just a reminder that Brown Owls will be at Woodford Folk Festival! Workshops will include rubber stamp making, 17th century fabric brooches, basket weaving with fabric and macramé!

You can find all of the details for Woodford Folk Festival and the full program here.

Also check out the full line up of workshops in the visual arts/craft section here.

If you're planning on going let me know, I would love to see you there! You can also keep up with all the fun of Woodford on the Facebook page www.facebook.com/brisbanebrownowls.

Keep an eye on your in-boxes early in the new year for a fabulous line up of Art Bites workshops as part of Brisbane City Council's BrisAsia Festival, produced by Brisbane Brown Owls. If you're not on the email list already sign up here http://eepurl.com/tTVZv

See you at Woodford or in 2014!

Happy crafting!
Rebecca x

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Southside Owls in 2014

Hello lovely ladies

Great news! Michelle and I are going to be running Southside Owls again in 2014!!

It will be the same as this year, once a month on a Thursday night, starting in March.

We will post up the dates in February.

We wish you all a wonderful festive season. Eat, drink and be merry!

Cheers from Shannon and Michelle!!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Brunswick Brown Owls say HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU!

Allanagh and her flighty felt friends

Happy Holidays from the Brunswick Brown Owls!

Well my dears, another year passes and another year of most excellent craftiness is looked upon with such fond memories. It's becoming quite the mission to make our wonderful meets from the Macedon Ranges, but after a fun evening with all you clever chickens, it's all worth it!

Our last gathering of little owls for 2013 will be on Wednesday 18th December at the Sporting Club, on Weston St, Brunswick, opposite Barkly Square at 7pm.
Bring you own festive project or whatever it is you've been working on lately. Summer hasn't really hit hard yet, so knitting and crochet are still comfortable pursuits! Yay!

Our first meet for 2014 will be on Wednesday 29th January at 7pm, same place, with a SHOW AND TELL session after your summer holidays. I'll be showing you my pudding-filled belly. Not baby filled. Trifle-filled. Mince pie-filled. You know... Bring your show and tell too!

Thank you to all who have supported the group this year. It's your presence that make it a big old Christmas present, and it won't be a crafty wonderful group without you. If you've been super busy this year, or Wednesday nights are a bit annoying, then DO TRY top make it out next year. You know, try and have a bit of crafty time with you. I promise we don't bite!

We plan on doing some macrame, crocheted bowls, sewing skills and other excellent things next year. AND IT'S FREE! OH MY GOODNESS! HOW ON EARTH! FABBO!

If you've got ideas for this years gatherings, or you'd like to run one, please do communicate to us in some way. There's lots of ways. Join our Brunswick Brown Owls Facebook page so you can get in on the fun too.  We have over 170 members and you can be a part of our crafty community too. Come along and learn some new skills with us!

Love and felt finger puppets, Stacy (aka Maggie Pie).

Kimmy's ADORABLE pony presents!

Ant's amazing sticks and hook holder

Hello Polly

Debra's AMAZING Christmas baubles- what a whizz!

I printed 100 of these. Was it enough? No...

Allanagh finished her pin cushion Casey!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Brisbane: Christmas meet up

It's our last meet up for the year (other than the fabulous Woodford Folk Festival) and as a special gift to you I will be providing the template so you can make your own version of the edward & lilly Christmas BirdHere are the details:

Create your own version of the edward & lilly Christmas bird from felt or paper to be used as decorations, given as gifts or made into a garland. 

Saturday 14 December, 10:30am-12:30pm 
Kenmore Library, 9 Brookfield Road, Kenmore (it's in the shopping centre)

What to bring (there should be time to make one of each)
For felt birds:
- Felt in any colour of your choice
- Fabric for the centre, with only two hours there may not be time to do an embroidery in the centre but you could always make more at home. I would suggest for the birds made at the meet up to pick out some sweet patterned fabric to go with your felt or a very simple embroidery design on plain or patterned fabric. I can help out with suggestions for some simple embroidery patterns on the day.
- Matching embroidery thread 
- Ribbon, lace or twine to hang your bird
- Stuffing. General toy stuffing, cotton balls, yarn or fabric scraps or something sweet smelling like lavender. You could also leave your bird flat or stuff it later at home.
- Scissors
- Needles
- A fabric pen or pencil

For paper birds:
- Card stock will be sturdier but paper is also fine, pretty patterns or upcycled from junk mail for a bright and interesting option. Bring any textures and patterns and experiment!
- Glue
- String, twin or yarn
- Pencil
- Scissors

Book in as soon as possible to reserve a spot by emailing brisbanebrownowls@gmail.com! 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Melbourne Brown Owls Christmas...

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Join us in the Parlour at Madame Brussels to celebrate the festive season with craft, chat and perhaps a cheeky chicken sandwich or two!

Details are:

Date:                     Tuesday 17th December
Time:                     6.30pm (usually run til about 9pm)
Location:              The Parlour @ Madame Brussels
                                Level 3, 59-63 Bourke St Melbourne 3000
Bring:                    Craft Project of your choice
Cost:                      No fee for attendance, but you may like to sample the delicious food and drinks on offer as a thank you for the great space
RSVP:                    In the comments section below

There will be no theme this year, but I thought this might be a good opportunity to bring along one of the many projects you have started this year and attempt to finish it – or like in my case a crafty present you are scrambling to finish!

Looking forward to seeing all you again – and happy holidays to those unable to make it :o)


Monday, December 2, 2013

Preston Brown Owls December Meeting

Dear Prestonians,

Our last meeting was a bust! Sickness and last minute cancellations everywhere.  I hope I managed to contact everyone who had been planning to come.  I also checked in at the meeting place but couldn't stay, I was too ill. The Social Sewers promised to look after any Brown Owl orphans but I do apologise if you turned up and and I was not there.

And now the time for the final Brown Owls of 2013 is almost upon us.  If you have only come once or never before, please do come and join us for craft and conversation at

Cheshire Cafe
583 Gilbert Road, Preston
15 December

Cost is free but please buy something delicious from our lovely hosts.Don't forget some handwork.  We would love to see you.