Saturday, April 24, 2010

Preston Precinct Peeps: its time to craft!

When: Sunday 2nd May

Time: 2pm-4pm

Where: Stolberg Beer Cafe -197 Plenty Road Preston (corner of Plenty Road & Bell Street)

What: embroider your own owl. I’ll bring along lots of owl pictures for you to choose from OR you can always bring along something that you’re working on and go on with that.

Bring: embroidery hoop, embroidery floss (various colours of your choice), scissors, needle and fabric to stitch your oh-so-cute owl design onto. It can be anything, an old tea towel, a hanky, a t-shirt, a boring cushion, or just some old scrap fabric you have lying around.

Cost: Free, but bring along some spare change to purchase a beverage so the bar staff won’t get cranky.

EXTRA STUFF: some prizes and other fun things are happening too.

RSVP: right here in the comments section or you can email me if you have any questions.

Anyone and everyone are welcome. Hope to see you all there Brown Owls!

Heart Keti x o

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Adelaide Owls Lean to Knit


Would you like to learn how to cast on, knit and maybe purl a few rows? Please do come along to our next workshop.

image: this lyre lark

When: Wed 28th April
Time: 7-9:30pm
Where: Box Factory - Adelaide Community Centre, 59 Regent St South Adelaide
Cost: $2 donation to the Box Factory
Numbers: We have room for 25 Owls - the first 25 to RSVP are IN!

What to bring:
* size 4.0 knitting needles
* a ball of 8 ply wool

We are very lucky to have a group of owls who have offered their skills to help us knitting-newbies on the night. Thank you in advance wonderful people!!!

If you are feeling keen as mustard and wish to get a head start head over here to learn a few introductory knitting skills, here for a video on how to cast on with one needle (what we will be learning), and here for lots of videos on different knitting stitches.

Let's get click-clackin'!

From your prefects,
Cherry, Cathy & Tracey

P.s: If you don't wish to learn how to knit you can BYO craft -we'd still love you to come along.

St George and Sutherland Shire Brown Owls

Thanks to everyone who came to our April Crochet night, I cannot believe I forgot to take photos! I have been seriously rapping myself over the knuckles for that stuff up!

We had a good night and it was great to see everyone's progress in such a short time....I will be practicing now until I can perfect the granny square!

The details for the next meeting are:

Date: Monday 10th May 2010

Location: Penshurst RSL

58A Penshurst Street



New South Wales 2222

Time: 7pm-10pm

Bring: Your Choice of Hand Held Craftiness

Good Luck, I wish I could attend!

If you have any questions just drop Alyce an email HERE.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Richmond Brown Owls - BYO Craft

Hi there.

BYO Crafternoon in Richmond!

Bring along anything you would like to work on, something fairly portable is probably best.

If anyone would like to have a go at learning to granny square send me an email and I'll come prepared! Otherwise, I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone else is up to! If you are stuck for something to bring let me know and I can help you with some ideas or organize a kit for you.

When: Saturday 22nd May, after 4pm

Where: Great Britain Hotel, Church St Richmond

Cost: Free, but please bring some pocket money and buy a drink from the lovely bar staff.

Please comment below if you would like to come, and send me an email if you have any questions oxoxox

Richmond Brown Owls - Stitching

Hi Everyone!

Inspired by the wonderful Nicole at we will be having an afternoon of stitching. I will organize some cute hankies for us to stitch, but feel free to bring along anything that you think would benefit from some stitching loveliness.

When: Saturday 1st May, from 4pm

Where: Great Britain Hotel, Church St Richmond

Cost: no more than $5 for materials, depending on how many are coming (incl embroidery hoop)

Please feel free to bring your own hoop if you have one, or some nice floss if you would like. Also, if you have some scissors you are happy to bring along that would be ace!

Please comment if you would like to come along, or send me an email.

Hope to see you there!

Brisbane Owls tackle crochet

On Sunday, armed with crochet hooks and yarn, Brisbane Owls got together to tackle the basics of crochet.

Everyone succeeded with their first steps! In no time crochet wash cloths were beginning to form all thanks to our fabulous teacher Sam.

For those who missed out, fear not! There will be one of us on hand at the meet ups to go through the crochet motions with you. And for those who mastered the wash cloth, beanies are planned for the coming months!

Happy crafting and see you all next time!

If you'd like to join in on the Brisbane Brown Owls fun drop us a line at

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Mitcham Brown Owls

Hi Brown Owls,

We have another meeting coming up, you can make a little blanket stitched owl, or you can bring your own craft, we are also teaching knitting and crochet.

Gallery one is going to offer basic dressmaking classes , if anyone is interested in being involved, please let us know and we will add you to the list.

Our next class details:

Where: Gallery One
1 Toeerns Street
Ph; 8272 4504

When : Saturday 24th April 1:30 - 4:00pm.

Cost: Class fee $4. Kit if wanted : $2 If first time member, $10. once -off joining fee.

We look forward to seeing you, and planning our stall for the big gallery one open day!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

What's going on up in the North?

The Finnish Brown Owls report about the past two months. February's theme was learning a new skill, tatting. The beginning wasn't too encouraging, but after the idea had matured some time, the secret was revealed:

I hope to show a small finished project some time this year.

In March the Brownie activity was sewing. The Charity of the Month was Unicef, and I made two dolls for adoption. Because I also gave the dolls as birthday presents to blogging friends, I paid the adoption fee to Unicef, securing two real children the necessary 6 vaccinations to save their lives.


April's charity project is the Chemo Cap Campaign spreading rapidly all over Finland. I started crocheting and knitting in the last week of March, and yesterday I mailed these 7 caps to the local campaign office:


Being a single Brown Owl in this country makes it a bit lonely business, but following the blog posts of you other owls down there on the other side of the world inspires me. If I had a group here, I would definitely include tea and biscuits to the meetings. It would be lovely to chat while working! Should any one of you happen to visit Helsinki some time, we could arrange a meeting as I'm only 50 km away. Just let me know!

Brisbane Owls: RSVP for Crochet!

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

Date: Sunday 18 April

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: Crochet

Sam will be leading the Crochet Project this month with washcloths, perfect for beginners before we move on to the more challenging granny squares and beanies in the coming months.

Bring a new size 4.5/old size 7 crochet hook and some 8ply crochet cotton (Lincraft usually has a good supply of this for cheap) or yarn of choice, just make sure it's washable so you can suds it up and enjoy the end result! We will have a limited supply of crochet hooks and yarn available too.

Please leave a comment to let us know if you will be taking part in the project.

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 15 April or email

See you then!

Friday, April 9, 2010

St George and Sutherland Brown Owls Meeting This Tuesday Night - 13th April 2010

And the winner is....

Image from The Purl Bee
We will be having a crochet night! But feel free to bring any craft along as we will have access to a sewing machine, over locker, light box and other craftiness.
I will have some how-to handouts to help with the crochet and hopefully a few crochet smart people to lend a hand.
My personal goal is to make a granny square!
If you are up for the crochet bring along some yarn and a crochet hook - I find that the Salvos and Vinnies are great suppliers of cheap crochet hooks and yarn if you are in need!
I look forward to see you there....for more details and to RSVP head over to HERE

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Adelaide B.Y.O craft

Dear Adelaide Owls,

It's meet time again!!! We will be having a BYO theme, so bring whatever it may be that you are currently working on and sip some tea with us.
image: emma lamb
When: Wednesday April 14th 7pm til 9:30pm
Where: Box Factory - Adelaide Community Centre, 59 Regent St South Adelaide
Cost: $2 donation to the Box Factory
Numbers: We have room for 25 Owls - the first 25 to RSVP are IN!
** Do please bring along any new zines or craft books you've discovered too :)
Hoping you all had a wonderful restful Easter.
We'll see you there!
Cherry, Cathy & Tracey

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Launceston Brown Owls April Meet

OK Lonnie Owls.

After a wonderful knitting night it is time for another crafty meet. Thanks to Rachael for the new venue ... worked a treat!

When: Tuesday 27 April
Where: Swamp Cafe, Corner Mayne St and Invermay Road, Invermay
Time: 7.30pm
What: Anything goes - just bring along whatever craft project you care to work on this week - so knit, crochet, stick, glue, embroider - whatever takes your crafting fancy.

RSVP in the comments section and we will see you there!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Relocating owl seeks crafty types

Hello there,

I'm on a mission... and I'm hoping a few of you friendly folk can help me on my way.
You see, I'm a Brown Owl of the Melbourne variety, but this weekend I will be moving to the rural/coastal town of Geelong (Victoria).

I'm wondering if you happen to know any nice crafty people from the Geelong/ Surf Coast region, who might be interested in meeting up for some creative collaboration, and maybe even starting our own chapter?

For that matter, do you have any tips on good craft sources, cafes, places to visit in the area?

I'm a 23 year old speech pathologist, and I love upcycling, granny squaring, paper craft, and bits and pieces of everything else...

I would appreciate any local tips you might have to share, email contacts for crafty folk, or maybe you could pass on my email to anyone who might be interested.

Please send all replies to:

Wish me luck on my big adventure!

Happy crafting in 2010 Brown Owls


Monday, April 5, 2010

Canberra Brown Owl Bunnies

Two whole weeks ago now, Canberra's Brown Owls got together for an afternoon of bunny crafting fun.

There were felt bunnies...

...brown bunnies...

...round bunnies...

... and round grannies!

And, as always, lovey cups of tea!

It was a great afternoon and we can't wait to get together again at our April meeting!
Please remember to RSVP on the post below

Ooh, and if you finished your bunny at home do bring it for show-and-tell - we'd love to see them!

Bron S xo

Sydney Owls Meeting This Wednesday

Hello Lovely Sydney Owls

We have a meeting on this Wednesday. All owls are welcome - even if you are new come along and join the fun.

Wednesday 7th April 7pm - 10pm
Lane Cove Centrehouse, Longueville Rd Lane Cove
Cost $5 each for the room rental. Also bring a coffee mug if you want a cuppa.
we are in a new room this week - the pottery room which is down the side underneath our normal room.

This time we are exploring the world of "ephemera"
According to Wikipedia Ephemera is transitory written and printed matter not intended to be retained or preserved.
If the word ephemera scares you or is a pain to spell just think of it as "collage with old stuff".

Everyone should bring a base item to do their collage on like plain notebooks, kraft envelopes, a blank canvas. We should also bring supplies to share (so we don't need to double up too much) including some sort of glue, maybe thread and needle for sewing on lace or hand embellishing, scissors, cuttting tools, rubber stamps, etc...

Then we need some "old materials" - people are bringing things like old sheet music and national geographic magazines that we cut up and share. Other ideas would be interesting paper, postcards, pamphlets, tickets, maps and lace or interesting fabrics.

this should be fun - see you there!!!!

Mitcham Brown Owls

For the month of April, we are making our own Owl.

This little fellow is blanket stitched felt, and can be glued or sewn onto anything you like.

If you don't want to make our little owl, you can bring your own projects, or we will also be available to teach knitting and crochet.

We are looking at offering sewing lessons for making clothes, (this is for complete beginners, and we are hoping to have a couple of sewing machines available). This would be on a Tuesday night, but not part of our regular Brown Owl nights, so if you are interested please let us know and we will add you to the list.

Now for the details:

When : Tuesday 13th April, 7 - 9.30 PM

Where: Gallery One, 1 Torrens Street Mitcham, PH 8271 4504

Need to bring: If doing our workshop, or wanting to learn knitting or crochet, nothing, otherwise, bring your own project.

Cost: Once of member ship to Brown Owls - $10.

Gallery One fee - $4.

Owl Kit - $2.

Please RSVP so we can make up kits for you.