Saturday, September 13, 2014

Brisbane: Rag Rugs

Due to popular demand rag rugs are back!

Learn the easy and fun 'toothbrush' technique of knotting, upcycle your old and unwanted fabric into a fabulous rug or a little basket or bowl! The meet up will cover preparing your fabric to make the rug, the basic knotting technique and a few tips for creating a nice flat circle or a bowl shape.

Date: Sunday 14 September, 10:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Brisbane Square Library, George Street, Brisbane CBD
RSVP is essential to for a list of what to bring. There are only a few spots left for this one!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Southside Owls ~ Thursday 11th September ~ UFOs at Miss Jackson

Hello crafty ladies!!

The sun is shining, spring is in the air! And that means it's a good time to clear things out for a fresh start.

So it's UFO time (Unfinished Objects)!!

Come along and join us on Thursday night! Bring along a project you've been meaning to finish, and get your to do list ready to tick it off!!
There will of course still be plenty of chatting, and baked treat eating, and tea drinking.

We are a friendly bunch, we have lovely regulars and always new comers, so feel free to pop along if you’ve never been before, but have wanted to. All welcome!!

Date: Thursday 11 September 2014
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: UFOs!
Goodies: We will have tea a plenty, and Matt is making a raspberry coconut slice! 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

Really looking forward to to seeing you all and to getting my craft on!!
Shan x

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Brisbane: MAD Craft Party: Weave it to me!

Presented by Makers and Designers Australia and Brisbane Brown Owls, MAD Craft Party is a Friday evening crafting session, allowing you to wind down from the week with some great company, a drink and nibbles and learning or developing a creative skill.  Come and create woven wall art that you will be able to proudly hang in your home or give as gift. 

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.

All of the details on how to book and pay can be found on Eventbrite here.

Places cost $50 per person which will include:
A beautiful loom from Simplicity Looms (value of $50) plus accessories for you to take home after the MAD Craft Party
yarn and other materials for weaving
a complimentary drink and nibbles on arrival
a ticket in the lucky door prize
a goodie bag to take home

We will be also showcasing the wares of some of the members of the Makers and Designers Australia Etsy team on the night and their makers and designers will be on hand for you to ask questions about their processes for creating.

The MAD Craft Party was set up by the Makers and Designers (MAD) Australia Etsy Team

Follow along for inspiration and ideas in the lead up to the event with MAD Craft Party, Makers and Designers Australia and Brisbane Brown Owls.

Places are limited so book your spot asap here.  

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Brisbane: Crochet Flowers 5 Ways

Rebecca and Michelle are teaming up to teach five different styles of crochet flowers and a leafy garland, suitable for absolute beginners through to more advanced crocheters.

Crochet flowers can be made into gorgeous accessories for adults and children or used to decorate home furnishings, wearables, anything you like! They also make sweet gift toppers.

Absolute beginners are welcome!

Date: Tuesday 9 September, 6-9pm
Venue: The Craft Nest, Fallon Cottage, 30 Fallon Street, Everton Park
Cost: $10 payable on the night
RSVP is essential to You must RSVP for the list of what to bring.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

#LuckyDipSwapShop2014 with the Brunswick Brown Owls

#LuckyDipSwapShop2014  with the Brunswick Brown Owls @The Victoria Hotel in Brunswick
The Brunswick Brown Owls ‘Lucky Dip Swap Shop’ project will be a fun-filled evening in which creative folk will swap re-used jars containing craft kits that can be completed on the night. The kit will contain instructions and all materials and tools needed for the project. Please make your instructions simple and easy to follow.
The craft jars could include a range of craft supplies for simple projects such as a needle book, rubber stamp, pin cushion, embroidery, polymer clay beads, cross stitch, brooches,  pom poms and garlands.
So come join our craft group, the Brunswick Brown Owls and get nimble-fingered in the company of like-minded crafty types at 380 Victoria St, Brunswick from 7pm sharp. 
Donate a lucky dip craft jar or purchase one for $5. Money raised will go to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Please RSVP via the Facebook event for the Brunswick Brown Owls. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Brisbane: Jewellery with Liana Kabel

It is so exciting to have master jeweller Liana Kabel back at Brown Owls! Liana wowed us with her two Brown Owls Art Bites workshops earlier in the year. They booked out very quickly and we suspect her metal stamping workshop will too!

In this 2 hour workshop you will learn all the basics for making your own stamped metal jewellery. Techniques covered will include, making blanks, texturing, stamping numbers and letters, colouring, finishing and assembly. It is expected that you will have completed two wearable designs by the workshop's end. These will be a choice of earrings, cuffs, pendants or necklaces. All materials and tools will be provided. 

Date: Tuesday 19 August, 6-8pm
Venue: The Nest, Fallon Cottage, 39 Fallon Street, Everton Park
Cost: $40 includes all materials
RSVP is essential to Places are limited and are confirmed on receipt of payment.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Southside Owls ~ Craft Cubed ~ Thursday 14th August

Hello ladies!!

Our Southside Owls August meet is part of the Craft Victoria Craft Cubed Festival!!

Coming back to chilly Melbourne I'm looking forward to getting my crochet on!

The lovely Michelle is now sunning it up in Detroit, and I'm now back from sunny Brisvegas.  We've had a last minute change of venue for this month, it was meant to be at Miss Jackson Cafe, but Michelle has graciously offered for us to still her studio, so this month will be at Frankie and Swiss!

Come along and join us on Thursday night! Bring along a project you’re working on, be it something crafty or otherwise, and chat away a few hours with some likeminded and lovely ladies. All welcome! There are some regulars, and always new comers – so feel free to pop along if you’ve never been before, but have wanted to!!

Date: Thursday 14 August 2014
Time: 7:30pm onwards

Venue: Frankie and Swiss, Ground Floor, 199 Toorak Road, South Yarra. It’s the building on the corner of Toorak and Claremont Street. Right on the #8 tram or a 2 second walk from South Yarra station. I’ll also have parking available underneath the building. You’ll need to call me (9826 4261) to buzz you under:)
Craft: BYO project
Goodies: We will have tea a plenty, and please feel free to bring something along if you would like to show off your baking skills! 

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

See you all on Thursday!
Shannon xx

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Brisbane: Hexies

sweet hexies from kerri

Learn the basics of paper piecing and use up all your gorgeous fabric scraps. Hexies can be stitched up quickly and mapped out to a variety of designs from sweet flowers to geometric patterns. Enjoy some time out hand stitching these little treasures. We'll also discuss a range of projects you can use your hexies for. Keep an eye on the Facebook page this week for some hex-inspiration!

Date: Sunday 10 August, 10:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Brisbane Square Library, Brisbane CBD
Cost: Free. There will be a small amount of thread and fabric scraps available for use for a gold coin donation.
RSVP is essential to You must RSVP for the list of what to bring.

Brisbane: Thread Wrapped Jewellery

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Create beautiful statement necklaces, bangles, bracelets, earrings and more using wrapping, weaving and tassel making techniques. We love to upcycle at Brown Owls so dig out all of those left over yarn, string, embroidery thread and woolly bits and pieces and upcycle your old bangles, hoop earrings, or create a new wearable piece from scratch.

Date: Saturday 9 August, 10:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Carindale Library, Westfield Carindale
Cost: Free, a little Brown Owls stash of craft supplies is available for a gold coin donation.
RSVP is essential to You must RSVP for the list of what to bring.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Hi There Owlies,

This month for our workshop we are going to take  a walk on the wild side!

With Sally's beautiful lace table cloth, we thought we might do a little yarn bombing of the trees in the car park at Gallery One, but Shhh! its a secret!
These bare naked ladies will be the best dressed trees in Mitcham, when you see them next.

For those of you not quite ready to tangle with the seamy side of the law, please bring along your current work, and of course, there will learn to  knit and crochet support.

This month we will be meeting on the third Saturday of the month as I am unable to change my work roster.

The details:
Where:  Gallery One, 1 Torrens Street , Mitcham ph - 0431 297 258
When: Saturday August 16th from 1.30 to 4.00
Cost : $7 pp room hire.

I'm looking forward to seeing you all,

Kind regards,

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Cobar joins the Flock!

Or should that be a parliament of owls?

Anyhoo...Cobar is having its first Brown Owls session this Saturday 9th August 1-4pm in the Alcove room at the Golfie. Bring something crafty to do and a big smile! Contact Kylie at if you have any other questions.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kyneton Brown Owls warm by the fire with wine...

Hello crafty friends!

I look forward to seeing you THIS THURSDAY,
 24th July 2014 at the Royal George Hotel at 7pm. 
We'll be in the warm dining room by the fireplace to the left of the entry. 
I only wish I was bringing some broomstick knitting needles!

If you wan to find out more, come and join the Kyneton Brown Owls Facebook group too.

I'll also be ordering some cheesy polenta snacks from the bar. 
Did you try them? 
They were delicious! Check out the wine list and all those craft beers too! 
I'm also told the hot chocolate is delicious... 
Big thanks to Lucinda Brown and the gang for those complementary hot chips last week too!

Melbourne CBD: Craft Cubed August Meet

As part of the Craft Cubed festival.... come along and learn to make this simple and cute little bunny out of just a simple knitted or crocheted square!
Make him big or small, for a son,daughter, nephew or niece to snuggle, or fill him with Potpourri or beans and put him to use keeping clothes smelling nice or holding those all important papers!
The possibilities are endless :o)

See tutorials below to learn how!

Not sure how to crochet or knit? No worries! Just bring along the materials and the lovely Brown Owl Ladies will aid you along the path to craftiness! In the meantime, here are some great beginner knitting and crochet tutorials:

Date:              Wednesday 27th August
Time:              6.30pm (usually run til about 9pm)
Location:        The Parlour @ Madame Brussels
                        Level 3, 59-63 Bourke St Melbourne 3000

Bring:              Wool and appropriate knitting needles (will tell you on the ball)
Sewing needle (suitable for wool)
            Filling material (hobby fill, potpourri, barley, etc)
                        Pom Poms or something for a tail (can’t find any you like – make one out of wool!)

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

Feel free to create the squares at home and make them into bunnies on the night, or come along and do everything – a bunny can surely be created from scratch in the three hours along with time for a chicken sandwich or two! Or just come along with whatever you would like to create and enjoy a chat with a bunch of lovely and like minded ladies :o)

Looking forward to seeing you all there!


Saturday, July 19, 2014


Hi there Owlies,

For those of you who have stuck your little tootsies out of a warm bed on to a very cold floor during this unusually cold Adelaide winter, lets be proactive and create some super knitted socks!

I've got a wonderful sock book that says it is going to solve all our sock problems - so lets just see if it can!
Please bring along some sock wool and the band on the wool should tell you what needles you will need.

For those of you not yet ready to tackle the super sock dilemma, please bring along your current project, as well as anything you have finished to show off!
Embroidered pin cushion completed by the very talented Michelle.

The details:   Where- Gallery One , 1 Torrens Road Mitcham ph 0431 297 258 
When:  Saturday July 26th, from 1.30 to 4.30
Cost : $7. room hire.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Brisbane: Paper Flowers

It's so exciting to have Maria Dower along to this very special Brown Owls meet up, numbers are strictly limited for this one so get in quick!

Direct from Maria:
"My daughter Alison, requested rainbow colour paper flowers for her wedding, so after trying numerous styles  we chose a flower that I designed. It took a period 16 months to complete all the flowers for her wedding."

When: Sunday 20 July, 10:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Carindale Library, Westfield Carindale
Cost: $15 per person, includes all materials to make 3 flowers and a leaf during the class
RSVP: Essential email
Places are limited!

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