Monday, April 30, 2012
We're super excited to announce that Brown Owls will be teaming up with BrisStyle for some bunting making fun for the next meet up as part of the BrisStyle Craft Caravan!
When: Saturday 12 May, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Where: Carindale Library, Westfield Carindale, 1151 Creek Road, Carindale
We'll be creating and embellishing fabric bunting. There are two options for this craft along project:
You can come along and create a community bunting which will be displayed at upcoming festivals at the BrisStyle Craft Caravan. Brown Owls will be actively involved in the Craft Caravan later in the year at the Racecourse Road Festival. You can find out more details about Craft Caravan here.
Bring along your fabric scraps just for yourself or to share, some thread or string and craft up your own fabric bunting to take home. We've been collecting some bunting inspiration over on Pinterest here and we'll be on hand with some hints and tips on creating your bunting.
And as always you're welcome to BYO craft and create over a cuppa and a chat.
Feel free to show off your baking skills by bringing a plate to share for morning tea.
RSVP by Thursday 10 May to email@example.com or leave a comment on this blog post.
See you then!
Dearest Preston Brown Owlers,
Our next meeting is
Friday, April 20, 2012
We're on again next Saturday, so come along and bring your goodies to work on. If any one needs help with knitting or crochet, I'll be there, and we still have some stuff left from last months' flower workshop, if any one would like to make one.
If you have any suggestions for workshops, or anything you would like to learn, please let us know and we'll look into it.
Don't forget to bring along any finished projects to show off!
Our fees have now gone up, and our room rental is now $7. per person.
Where: Gallery One, 1 Torrens Rd Mitcham PH 8272 4504
When: Saturday 28th April, 1.30 - 4.00 pm
Cost: Room Hire $7.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Have you ever walked into a beading or jewellery supplies store and been boggled by the huge number of bits and pieces that go into jewellery making? The fabulous Freda from Raw Ceramics has kindly offered to demystify the jewellery making process at our next meet up.
When: Saturday 28 April, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Where: West End library, 178-180 Boundary Street, West End. The meeting room is upstairs, ask the lovely staff at the library to show you the way up :)
What: Freda will demonstrate various techniques for finishing your creations with purchased findings as well as how to make your own findings for pendants, earrings, extendable necklaces, how to make your own jump rings, a bit of macrame and loads more tips and tricks she has picked up over the years creating her own fabulous range of ceramic pieces.
Bring: Anything you have at home related to jewellery making. The meet up will be mostly demonstrations but if you have a piece in mind that you would like to create bring it or your ideas along and Freda will help demystify the process for you.
Tea and coffee will be provided but feel free to show off your baking skills by bringing some treats along for morning tea.
Feel free to BYO your own crafting along or any crafty crochet, knitting or embroidery questions you have too!
Please RSVP by leaving a comment on this post by Thursday 26 April or email firstname.lastname@example.org. First in best dressed!
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Our next meeting will be held on Sunday 29 April, and this month we're having another crack at something we've had lots of fun with before: eraser stamp carving! Speaking of fun, we had so much with shrinkies last month, we're getting double crafty this month and will be shrinking again too!
You can pick one or try both (or, as always, bring along something else you're working on!) - here is some more info to help you decide:(or skip to the end for all the important information!)
Eraser stamp carving
I always think eraser stamp carving sounds a bit crazy, but really you can get the most amazing results by carving a plain old eraser! You can have a look at what we've done with eraser stamps before here, and there is loads of inspiration on flickr, pinterest and heaps of tutorials you can turn up with google - just search for 'eraser stamp carving'.
What to bring:
- erasers for carving - just any will do, but make sure they are big enough for the design you want to carve. You can pick them up super cheap at $2 shop type places - my favourite are the HUGE ones you can get at hot dollar. We'll have some spares you can buy if you get really stuck.
- the design for your stamp - remember to think about size - unless you get your hands on one of those lovely big erasers, your stamp will be little and cute!
- a pencil for drawing your design onto your stamp
- tracing paper to transfer your design to your stamp if you aren't confident drawing it on by hand. (greaseproof paper like Glad Bake works really well for this!)
- a stamp pad and paper for testing your stamp when you're done with the carving!
There are plenty of tutorials and ideas around if you google ‘shrinky dink’ or poly shrink, and of course Pinterest and Flickr have heaps of inspiration too!
- the design or idea of what you’d like to do with your shrinky,
- permanent markers - we'll have some, but if you have your heart set on particular colours it's best to bring your own
- jewellery findings - If you plan to make a brooch or pendant then you’ll need findings and adhesive.
- scissors - to cut out your design (obviously!)
- craft punches - Some craft punches will be strong enough to punch through the shrinky plastic (I made those bunny earrings using Martha Stewart and Fiskars punches) - if you're brave enough to try you could bring along your own punches
All the important details to remember
Sunday April 29, from 1pm – 3.30pm
Don't forget to bring:
- $5 for room hire and a couple of dollars for shrink paper/erasers if you need.
- a plate of something to share for arvo tea if you’d like.
- anything you'd like to share with us for show and tell!
Please let us know if you;d like any more information!
Looking forward to stamping and shrinking with you all!
xo Canberra Prefects!
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Your prefects are busy putting together the final bits for our April meeting (to be held on the 29th), and will have all the details for you right here on the blog by the weekend!
In the meantime, here are all the dates for the rest of 2012 for your diaries!
(All meetings are Sunday afternoons!)
The delightful Rebecca, who completed a three-year apprenticeship in embroidery in London, will be taking us through an informal workshop on Wednesday 11th April at 7pm at the Sporting Club, Weston St, Brunswick, Victoria.
OH GEE! THAT'S TONIGHT!!
You can learn more about Rebecca’s work, and see some amazing examples in her gallery at Rebecca’s website http://ralrayembroidery.blogspot.com.au/ and her Facebook page RalRayEmbroidery. You can even go to her shop on Etsy! Like her! Follow her! Buy her stuff!
You will need:
1. An existing embroidery project or an idea for one, or just some materials
3. embroidery floss
4. embroidery needle
5. embroidery hoop
7. pencil & paper
Rebecca took art, textiles and ceramics at school, and even went on to get a ceramics degree from Loughborough University, but after all of that, textiles was still her strongest passion. She was given a chance to develop her skills in hand embroidery in 2005 when she was one of the lucky seven people to be accepted that year onto the apprenticeship at the Royal School of Needlework, and since then has never looked back! She has been lucky enough to work with the Royal School of Needlework, in their commercial studio taking on new commissions as well as conservation and restoration of older works. Through them she has played a part in some larger projects such as the regeneration at Dover Castle, working on hangings for the Henry II exhibition. Amaze!
If you’re not into embroidery then that is fine too, just bring your own project and carry on with that, there is no pressure to do what else is happening in the fine Ladies Lounge…
Welcome 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 100 members, 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 they discounted cocktails! Bonza! What a night! Bring your friends!
Wednesday, 11th April, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Time: 5:30-7 pm
Venue: West End Library Meeting Room, 178-180 Boundary Street, West End
We're so excited to kick off our 2012 evening meet ups for those who can't make it on the weekends. Pop in after work and unwind with a bit of crafting. It's BYO craft this time around but Rebecca will be on hand to teach crochet or embroidery for those who want to give it a whirl.
If you would like to learn crochet or embroidery at this meet up, have any questions about what you should bring or want to check anything email email@example.com.
Please RSVP by leaving a comment on this post by this Tuesday 10 April or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Our meeting was small, yet had four different crafts going on and one new member! There was bead knitting from Hilary:
|*technically not craft, but worth showing anyway|
And Lauren was making (slightly creepy) headless dolls:
|We have been assured they will have heads in the fullness of time, |
at which point they will cease to be creepy...
|Perhaps poor picture timing on my part :)|
Despite our small numbers we had a nice catch up, with kids playing in the playground while we relaxed and did our thing.
We also discussed our potential theme / charity / team crafting a bit. I don't think we resolved the issue but our first step is some workshops - so I am going to get Lauren and Josie into some basic amigurumi type crochet next time (I just now remembered that I promised that...). A few workshops and a few more players and we might be ready for something more structured and organised.
Looking forward to crochet fun next time!
|Bye for now from our "brown owl"|