Monday, March 29, 2010

Canberra Brown Owls 18 April - Yo Yo Magic!


On Sunday April 18 we'll be learning how to make yo yos! These little things of beauty and fun are perfect for appliqueing on your skirt, making quilts, making hairbands, necklaces ... anything! I have been making lots of them lately, and they are so addictive!

We'll be using the Clover Yo Yo Makers. You can often pick these up at Spotlight, but I'm also going to do an order over here to save on postage. Just let me know which Clover Yo Yo Maker you would like by noon Tuesday 6 April, and I'll order it for you and you can pay me at our meeting. You can order more than one if you like (I know I will!). If we all pick something different, we can hopefully have a really good play at Brown Owls. Just bring along your fabric, needles and scissors. We will provide you with strong hand quilting thread to make your yo yos with.

Brown Owls meets from 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm at Downer Community Centre. Bring along $6 for room hire, a small plate of something for afternoon tea (optional!) and your money for your yo yo maker (I'll let you know how much beforehand).

As always, please RSVP below to make the lives of your prefects easier when it comes to setting up tables and chairs.

Our meeting dates for 2010 are:

April 18 - Sunday
May 29 - Saturday
June 19 - Saturday
July 25 - Sunday
August 22 - Sunday
September 19 - Sunday
October 24 - Sunday
November 21 - Sunday
December 12 - Saturday

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Yarraville BYO change in details

Just a couple of changes and updates to the meet on Monday the 29th of March.

The venue has been confirmed and we are meeting at the brand spanking new community centre

Due to the new security system and the various gremlins infecting it, the times have to change otherwise we might be sleeping over. So it will start a 6.30 and end at 9.30.

Also the centre is nut free, so whatever plate you bring, make is sans nuts.



Papercraft in Brisbane

On Sunday morning Brisbane Brown Owls kicked off the 2010 craft-along projects with a bit of paper crafting.

Abbey led the group of more than 20 owls with her extensive knowledge of cutting, stamping, sticking and hole punching to create beautiful cards, envelopes and buntings.

Thanks Abbey for our newly found skills and to everyone else who came along with eager faces and delicious treats!

See you all at the next meet up on Sunday 18 April, we have another great craft-along project in store, details coming soon! Hoot! Hoot!

St George and Sutherland Brown Owls April Meeting

Date: Tuesday 13th April 2010

Time: 7pm - 10pm

Location: Thouraya's Humble Abode (email me for the address with your RSVP)

Theme: Sewing VS Crochet - Who will win?

Please vote in the comments below as to what you would like featured in this meeting and we will have tutorials on the winning theme (announced the week before the meeting)!

We will also have access to a sewing machine, over locker and light box during the meeting if you want to bring along a project that needs any of these!

Bring: A crafty project of your choice or join in with the tutorials AND A very small plate of something sweet to eat (or savory) to snack on.

Tea (regular, decaf and peppermint) and Instant Coffee will be available.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thouraya and Alyce

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Adelaide - Wooden Brooches with Ruth

We seem to be on a bit of a brooch theme these days! But hey you can never have enough. This week Ruth has offered to teach us all how to make these beautiful wooden brooches!

When: Wednesday Mar 24th 7pm til 9:30pm
Where: Box Factory - Adelaide Community Centre, 59 Regent St South Adelaide
Cost: $2 donation to the Box Factory plus $4 for a kit.
Numbers: We have room for 25 Owls - the first 25 to RSVP are IN!

Kits are $4 and will contain wooden shape & brooch back, bit of super glue and the turps

Ruth has kindly offered to supply:

  • Super Glue
  • turps
  • pastels to apply colour
  • sealer
All you need to bring is:
  • A small photocopy (slightly larger than a 50c) of an image that you like. Note - the image MUST be photocopied on a carbon photocopier (it cant be laserjet printer as it contains no carbon and thus wont work!)
  • a little paintbrush
  • a lead pencil
  • a fine felt tip pen in black (we will have a few spare on hand)
If you are stuck for an image or not sure if the one you have is from a carbon photo copier we will have some for you to pick from.

You need to comment ONLY once when you RSVP with your name and initial (eg Cherry G! Kit Please). Please only RSVP for one person on your comment to keep it fair.

See you on Wednesday!

Ruth, Tracey, Cathy & Cherry

Mitcham Brown Owls

Hi Brown Owls,

I hope you are all ready for another Saturday afternoon of craft.

We are making personal purses, or you can bring your own craft, and of course, we are always offering teaching and support for knitting and crochet.

We are looking forward to seeing you all, and please bring any completed work so we can all OOH and AAH again!

If you are making a purse, you don't need to bring anything, it will all be provided for you.

Please RSVP so we know how many kits and sewing machines we will need.

Meeting Date: Saturday March 27th From 1.30 - 4.00 pm

Where : Gallery One, 1 Torrens Street Mitcham

Costs: Site rental : $4, Kit : $2, New Member (Once off) joining fee $10.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Brisbane Owls: RSVP for Sunday's meet up

Brisbane Owls: It's time to RSVP for our next meet up!

Date: This Sunday 21 March

Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

Venue: Recreation Room in Building 7 of Roma Street Parklands Apartments, Parkland Blvd, Brisbane. The Rec Room is on the ground floor of building 7. Building 7 is the end apartment block furthest away from the City.

Craft-along Project: Paper Crafts

Abbey will be leading the Paper Crafts Project this month with a cute card and envelope plus gorgeous paper bunting.
The cost of the Paper Crafts Project is $5 and includes all materials and use of equipment so no need to bring anything. The bunting can be made with up to 12 letters and there will be a choice of approximately 30 different papers.
Please leave a comment to let us know if you will be taking part in this project so we can make sure there is enough for everyone.

OR BYO craft to work on.

Tea and coffee provided. Feel free to show off your baking skills by bringing a plate for morning tea :)

Please RSVP by leaving a comment on this post by this Thursday 18 March or email

See you then!

Yarraville BYO 29th March

Its come round again so very quickly! Bring what you are working on, those UFOs that are giving you grief or anything you like! Also a plate of handmade goodies to help the craft go down.

Crafty time 7-10

Crafty place T.B.C

Crafty price $3

RSVP below or at the Facebook group.

See you there


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Canberra (Downer) Brown Owls - 21 March

bunny egg cosy, originally uploaded by two hip hippos.

Our next Downer meeting will be 1.30 pm to 4.30 pm Sunday 21 March.

Given that we are so close to Easter, some bunny-making might be in order. How about it? Here are a few ideas. We'll leave you to decide, and bring your own fabric and equipment as well for a fun afternoon of crafting!



Or you can make the bunny egg cosy in the photo up above - you'll need to bring 20 x 20 cm wool or felt or old blankets for the body, some fabric for the inner ears, some fabric for binding, and buttons, floss, scissors, needles and thread! Also Sew Hip Issue 4 if you have it - otherwise we have our copy you can refer to.

Other ideas
Sewing easter basket (bring a copy of Zakka Crafts if you have it, and make it from felt for easier hand sewing.

As always, please RSVP below to ensure your place at the crafting afternoon! Bring a plate to share for afternoon tea if you like. Looking forward to see you there.

Michelle, Bron, Naomi and Georgie xo

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Launceston Brown Owls - Knit 1 Purl 1

Hi Launceston Brown Owls,

Thanks to Rachael we have a new location! Next meeting will be held on Tuesday 23rd March at 7.30pm at Swamp Cafe, Invermay Road, Invermay. (Corner of Mayne Street and Invermay Road). We're having a bit of an autumn knit, so bring along your needles and wool and lets start crafting. I'm sure there is enough knitters in the group to help new beginners so if thats you, bring along a pair of medium size needles (such as around 6mm), a ball of 8 ply wool and we'll teach you some basics such as casting on, casting off and plain stitch. As always if knitting is not your thing, BYO own project. So if you can, bring a plate to share, RSVP by leaving a comment below and we'll see you there!

Lastly, a reminder, if anyone is interested in selling any handmade items at the Clarence Point Market on Good Friday, please bring them along next meeting for Joan's table. As long as they are pre-priced and you chuck in a couple of bucks for the table cost, Joan will sell them on your behalf and give you your booty money (and return any unsold goods) the following Brown Owls. Good opportunity to try out selling a few things without any risk and who knows? You might make a buck or six!

See you soon!
Eve, Georgia and Gemma

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Mitcham Brown Owls

Hi Mitcham Brown Owls,

Its time to get crafty again.
For March, we are making a personal purse.
This is a nice, easy way to learn some basic sewing skills.

We will be offering this craft activity for both our Tuesday evening and Saturday afternoon, or you can bring your own craft to work on.
We will also be on hand to help with learning to knit and crochet.

The important details:

Where: Gallery One,
1 Torrens Street
Mitcham. (Ph 082724504)

When: Tuesday the 16th of March 7pm to 9.30 pm

What to bring : For the workshop, everything is supplied.

Cost; Rental $4. Kit $2. If not already a member, $10 (once of) to join Brown Owls.

Please RSVP so we know how many kits to make.

We look forward to seeing you!

Adelaide Movie Night!

Adelaide Brown Owls are venturing out and about to see Tim Burton's
Alice in Wonderland!!!!!

super adorable teacup necklaces on ETSY made by kittyrobot

When? Wednesday the 10th March 2010

Where? Palace Nova East End Cinema, off 250 Rundle Street in the 'Palace building'.

Time? Meet out the front at 6:20 ish for the 6:30pm session. Why not buy your ticket if your there early :)

[Sorry about the earliness - the later session starts at 8:50 and finishes at about 10:30 - a smidge too late for some week night antics me thinks?]

Duration? 108 minutes, finishing at about 8:20pm-ish

Cost? $16.50 unless your a student - $12

*** Just leave a comment below to let us know that you will be coming.

We'll see you there :)

PSssssttt: Don't be late for this very important date! (Sorry just had to add that in hehe)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The St George and Sutherland Brown Owls Meet and Greet

Last night we braved the rain to head out for our first meet and greet in Mortdale. It was great to meet new crafty people in our neighbourhood and though I did very little crafting it was great to chat to everyone and see the range of talents and crafts.
Peta unpicking her lovely work shirts!

Katie crocheting a gorgeous blanket

Jess and her beautiful hand quilting

Alyce's awesome tea towel stitchery of trees

Thanks to everyone who came along - we will post details soon of our next meeting which will be in April after Easter.
I am also looking forward to catching up with the other Sydney Brown Owls in Newtown next week!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Sydney Brown Owls Coffee and Craft

Image from here.
When: Wednesday March 10
Time: 7:00-9:30PM (ish)
Where: Berkelouw Books, Newtown (upstairs in the cafe) 6-8 O'Connel St, Newtown, 2042
Craft: B.Y.O craft
RSVP: In the comments section, please!

(^_^) Newbies WELCOME! Don't be scared, we're very friendly (^_^)