Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Brunswick Brown Owl WASH CLOTHS, we're not washing cloths, we're MAKING wash cloths!

Hello poppets!

It's that time of the year when we hunker down (do we hunker up in summer?) and cozy on in while the rain and wind and fog and mist envelop us in her cloudy embrace. These are the perfect conditions for crafting up a veritable storm, and for the quacking ducks.

Free patterns available here on Ravelry by Kate Alvis (all images by Kate Alvis).

So to keep the craft up, we'll be learning how to make WASH CLOTHS next Brunswick Brown Owl meet on Wednesday 2nd July at 7pm at the Sporting Club, Weston St, Brunswick. Put it on your calendar! You can come meet Louis, the charming new bearded bar manager too!

What are these washing things I speak of, I hear you ask?

Well, they are beautiful knitted OR crocheted cloths (ONE STICK OR TWO! CHOOSE YOUR WEAPON!) that you can use to wash your pretty face, or you can wash your dishes with! You probably don't want to be rubbing any pans up with a beautiful organic bamboo cloth, but a crafty friend of ours had used cotton kitchen twine to crochet and she hardly needs a scourer! How's that?! 

SOOOOO, bring your choice of stick/s and yarn (your ball of yarn should give you good instructions on what is the best size) or check the web for patterns of your liking. We have a Pinterest page where you can add your own designs or fave cloths, or peruse some of the gorgeous patterns.

SO! If you have some gorgeous wash cloths at home and can show them off, bring them in! If you have some knitting or crochet skills you can share, bring them in! If you need some particular sized sticks or yarn, let us know, we’re pretty handy like that, and we’re very good at sharing! Let us know on the Brunswick Brown Owl Facebook page. You can also keep updated on the Brown Owl Blog member page, there is an email subscriber thingy there too. 

As usual, it’s free to come and our masters of craft are always on hand to give you a hand! Do you need a hand? Can you give a hand? Please do! Can’t be bothered starting a new project but want to come and craft and chat anyway? DO THAT TOO! We meet every Wednesday fortnight. If you’ve been hibernating and you’re ready to have a mulled wine, come do that too! We love that kinda thing. See you next week, in the name of craft! Stacy.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

St George and Sutherland Brown Owls Dates July-Dec 2014

Sunday July 13th
2pm - 5pm
Charlie Lovett
2 Stanley St, Peakhurst NSW 2210

Sunday August 10th
2pm - 5pm
Edmonds and Greer, Oatley

Sunday September 14th
2pm - 5pm
Charlie Lovett
2 Stanley St, Peakhurst NSW 2210

Sunday October 12th
2pm - 5pm
Edmonds and Greer, Oatley

Sunday November 9th
Charlie Lovett
2 Stanley St, Peakhurst NSW 2210

Saturday December 13th
10am - 1pm
Finders Keepers Markets and Christmas Lunch

Monday, June 23, 2014

Brisbane: Paper beads with Little Deer Studio

Learn how to turn junk mail and other scrap paper into beautiful, unique hand-rolled paper beads!

In this 2 hour class Dyani Evans of Little Deer Studio will teach the basic bead-rolling technique and demonstrate how to adapt this to create beads in different shapes and sizes. You'll have the opportunity to practice bead rolling using different kinds of paper to achieve different effects. You'll also learn what to look for when selecting papers for bead making, as well as some techniques to make your beads water-resistant.

When: Saturday 28 June, 10:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Indooroopilly Library, Westfield Shopping Centre Indoroopilly
Cost: $30 per person includes workshop and bead rolling kit
RSVP: Essential email

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Northside (Watsonia) Brown Owls: New dates!

Hey there crafters! 

Northside (Watsonia) Brown Owls has some new dates! For now, all our meetups are BYO your own craft project to work on. We may have some workshops or other stuff happening in the future. 

Dates are: 
Friday 27th June
7pm - 9pm 
Watsonia Library - 4/6 Ibbottson St, Watsonia

Thursday 3rd July 
7pm - 9pm 
Watsonia Library - 4/6 Ibbottson St, Watsonia

Sunday 13th July 
2pm - 5pm 
Watsonia Library - 4/6 Ibbottson St, Watsonia

Thursday 24th July
7pm - 9pm 
Watsonia Library - 4/6 Ibbottson St, Watsonia

Tell all your friends, and bring a few too :) 

Come and join our Meetup group at: 

For more info you can contact Madeleine (me) at madeleine.sobb AT gmail DOT com or Heather at mannheather AT rocketmail DOT com 

Hope to see you there! 



Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Brisbane: Cosy Crochet Cowl

Cosy Crochet Cowl Scarf

A great looped scarf project for absolute beginners or for those of you wanting to whip up a new accessory this Winter. Use up your yarn and wool scraps or larger balls of yarn tucked away in your stash.
OR Bring Your Own Craft for a fun night out.

Date: Tuesday 17 June, 6-9pm
Venue: The Craft Nest, 30 Fallon Cottage, Fallon Street, Everton Park
Cost: $5 payable at the door
What to bring:
- Yarn or wool of your choice: Anything from 8ply upwards works well, the thicker the better for beginners. You can bring full balls or left over bits and pieces for interesting texture and colour.
- Crochet hook. 4.5-5mm and larger is great for beginners but check the tag on your wool or yarn for recommended size.
- Tea and coffee will be provided but you are welcome to bring along a plate to share for supper.
A note for beginners: I will have some extra wool and yarn available for gold coin donation to get you started if you're not sure what to buy. Please bring along a 4.5 or 5mm hook as I only have a few of these.
RSVP essential! Email

More Brisbane meet up dates can be found here.

Monday, June 2, 2014

St George and Sutherland Brown Owls Crafting Weekend

This weekend is a crafting extravaganza for our Brown Owls group!

First we will be heading to the Finders Keepers Markets on Friday night, then having our regular met up on Sunday afternoon at Charlie Lovett in Peakhurst. 

We hope to see you there for lots of crafty goodness!

Finders Keepers Markets 
Friday June 6th
Meeting in the Foyer 

Brown Owls Meeting
Sunday June 8th
2pm - 5pm
Charlie Lovett
2 Stanley St, Peakhurst NSW 2210

Brisbane: Star Weaving with Maryann Talia Pau

Photo: Nik Harrison

This meet up is a very special opportunity to learn the art of star weaving with Samoan-Australian artist and weaver Maryann Talia Pau.

1 Million Stars to End Violence is an international weaving project that aims to end violence by bringing people together to weave stars. These woven stars are a symbol of light and courage to end all forms of violence, including violence against women. People are invited to show their support of ending violence in the community through weaving stars to be used as part of this year’s installation at The Big Design Market, The Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne, December 5, 6 & 7.

 Photo: Martina Gemola

Meet up details

When: Sunday 8 June, 10:30am-12:30pm

Where: Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane 

What to bring:
Tear or florist ribbon. This can be purchased in most cheap shops or online at
If you have trouble finding any don't worry as Rebecca will be bringing extra.

Cost: Free.  

RSVP: Essential! email

Brisbane: Etsy Craft Party

We're so excited to be joining forces with Makers and Designers Australia for the Etsy Craft Party 2014!

This is a great opportunity to learn from local makers and designers.

Etsy Craft Party is a one-day celebration of meeting and making. This year’s theme focuses on transforming photographs into display-worthy works of art using a variety of craft supplies and creative techniques.
Transform your photos with:
Embroidery and needlework with Bec from Edward and Lilly.
Papercutting and photo journalling with Trudy from Trudy Florence Papercutting.
Paint/pen embellishing and paper photo bunting with Jon and Jules from Sconnie and Jam.

Friday 6 June, 6-9pm
Buffalo Hall, 30 Seaney Street, Zillmere

So dig out some old photos and let the fun begin.  Try one or all of the techniques that will be demonstrated on the night, or bring your own great ideas to the table!  It doesn't matter if you've never crafted before...we'll have people to help you get started and tutorials and ideas for all levels.

RSVP on Eventbrite for FREE to secure your place.  
The night will cost $20 at the door which will get you a complimentary drink and nibblies, a ticket in the lucky door prize, all your crafting supplies provided and a goodie bag to take home at the end of the night.  All you need to bring is your photos.  Bring originals or copies if the originals are special to you.  

See you there!