Monday, February 28, 2011

Brisbane Owls: RSVP for Crochet!

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

Sarah kicking it big time at last year's crochet craft along

Date: Saturday 12 March 2011

Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

Venue: Meeting Room, New Farm Library, 135 Sydney Street, New Farm.

Craft-along Project: Crochet

 Teneale and her sis chaining it up last year

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 or 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 10 March or email If you need access to a crochet hook on the day please let us know when you rsvp :)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New - Southside Brown Owls!


We are starting a new Brown Owls Group on the Southside of Melbourne!

If you are around St Kilda, Windsor, Prahran or even further afield and want to come for our first meet and greet, we would love to see you!

Our first craft night is going to be:

At: Windsor Deli 33 Hornby Street Windsor

When: Thursday 17th March, 2011

From: 7.30pm - 9pm (approx)

Bring: Anything that you are working on! If you are new and want to join in we are also going to be doing crocheting on the first night! So drop us a line and we will give you a few things to grab before the night!

There will be coffee and goodies for our first night at Brown Owls Southside!

If you want to email me beforehand it is

Can't wait to meet you all!

If you are able to come, please drop us an email or a comment on the bottom! Thanks!

Outer Eastern Suburbs Melbourne

If anyone around is interested in starting a Brown Owls group in the outer east, please let me know!

I live in Belgrave (hence Puffing Billy). But would be happy to have a group in Ringwood or Blackburn or somewhere too!

You can contact me at jljorna (at) gmail (dot) com

Hope to hear from you!


:: Brown Owls Brunswick

It looks as though there will be a small contingent of Brunswick/ Carlton Owls at the Retreat Hotel (280 Sydney Road, Brunswick) tomorrow, Wednesday 23rd February at around 7pm. 

Bring a project and bring a friend! 

If you can't make it, then keep posted for the next gathering. 

If you have further suggestions, then put them up. 

I'll be wearing a blue scarf in my hair, come say hi to Stacy (me) 
and I'll see ya there!

You can see further updates over on the Facebook page : but Brown Owls Brunswick events will always be posted here too!  You don't have to live in Brunswick to come along, either!

Let us know in the comments if you will come along!  The more the merrier, let's get this started!!!

Here is a map to help you find us!


Launceston Brown Owls - March WIP and Quiltstorm

Hi Launceston Owls,

Thanks all for helping with the fundraiser for the Queensland Disaster Relief appeal. We raised over $400 and had a great day at the market.

Next meeting will be on Monday March 14th, 7-9 pm at the Design Centre, Tamar Street.
Bring along your W-I-P (work-in-progress) and some big ideas. We thought it would be grouse to create a group quilt, so come along this month and lets talk big quilt ideas, themes, colours and all!

RSVP below with a comment.

Looking forward to it,

Georgia, Gemma and Eve.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Stay within the lines (or not!)

This Tuesday night the Nords Wharf Brown Owls are going to do some colouring in! 

So bring your sharpener, and your creativity and have some fun. 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Dhaka BYO 22nd February

The first ever Brown Owls in Dhaka was last tuesday afternoon. It was lovely: nice people making super things. But I was rather remiss and didn't take any pictures for this blog. I'll get better at this - promise!

So just a picture of yarn - which is where so much of it starts....

The next Dhaka Brown Owls is
Tuesday 22nd February

7pm - 9pm

at the Nordic Club - upstairs in the library

Just bring along what you're working on and we can all make together. Bring along any lovely crafty books you'd like to share as well to inspire those who are looking for a new project.

Canberra wrap up - embroidery!

A dozen of so crafters met in Downer this afternoon to do some embroidery. We had heaps of patterns available, and everyone chose something and got cracking!

We had ducks

Embroidery afternoon 19 February 2011

And owls

Embroidery afternoon 19 February 2011
edited to add that this gorgeous owly embroidery pattern is available for free here

And roses

Emrboidery afternoon 19 February
And puppy dogs

Embroidery afternoon 19 February 2011

Bunny rabbits

Embroidery afternoon 19 February 2011

Little Dutch girls

Embroidery afternoon 19 February 2011

And beautiful table runners.

Embroidery afternoon 19 February 2011

Keep an eye out for our next Brown Owls on 19 March!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

BYO Adelaide 23rd Feb

I know it's a cliche but... this year is flying by! Time to get the details out about the next meeting.

Meeting is 7 to 9:30 pm on the 23th of Feb at the Box Factory 59 Regent St South, Adelaide.

No plans for a project this week so just bring along what you are working on and we can chat and sip cups of tea.

Comment if you are coming =)

Get Ready for the Gocco Workshop!

What to print - Inspiration

Have you been thinking about what to print at the Gocco Workshop?
If you have not booked yet, you have two more days to do so! Still some spots to be had!
I had a bit of a look around and wanted to show you some nice gocco printed examples, to illustrate the different use of colour in a few different way.

First some examples of solid, one colour prints.  You can see how large solid areas get a sightly uneven effect.


Gocco is easiest printed as a single colour print. If you want to add a variety of colour, why not print the outline and add some colour to the print later. Kate Pugsley does this with water-colour as you can see below, but you could also use pen or pencils to do something similar.

You can use two colours in one print if you separate the colours with a little separator strip from each other. Just make sure there is enough space between the different colours. You can see an example below. The white and red ink is far enough apart to allow for a little strip to be placed between the two.

Also, have a think about what paper to use. I will bring some white card, but you could also bring  kraftaper, old book pages, pages of music, different coloured papers or lined or gridded paper or anything else you can think of to create different effects.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pascoe Vale Craftanoon

OK, so this isn't a formal Brown Owls event, but Laura who's an artist and crafter has invited us to attend her craftanoon held at her studio in Pascoe Vale.

SUNDAY 20th Feb

TIME: 1pm - 4pm

LOCATION: 99 waverley pde, pascoe vale south
(The studio it is located in the garage at the back of the house please walk down the drive)

We will be trying our hand at some crochet and also making some fabric bows
Some supplies will be on hand BUT it would help if you could also bring some things along for the day also:

Not all of this is essential but some ideas are....


Fabric Scissors
Pretty Fabric pieces
Needle and Thread
Embroidery thread
Crochet hook
Knitting needles
Buttons or some other pretty trimmings
Clips or backings for the bows

Any crafty creation you have made lately (just to show off!)
A small plate of food to share
soft drink, tea and coffee is supplied

RSVP: There is a limit of 10 for this event. RSVP in the comment section only, first come first serve!

PS: Preston Brown owls meeting is happening Sunday 6th of March- Save the date

Friday, February 11, 2011

St George and Sutherland Brown Owls

Tuesday Night
15th February 2011
7pm - 10pm
Oatley Hotel - The Lounge Room
8 Oatley Avenue
Oatley NSW 2223

See you there!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Brisbane: Come along to our Meet & Greet!

(Greenie Owl by Jetta's Nest)

Brisbane Brown Owls will be kicking off the new year with a meet and greet!

Date: Sunday 20 February 2011

Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm

Venue: We'll be meeting at Roma Street Parklands, in front of the lake. There's free parking at the Parklands or catch a bus or train to Roma Street and exit at the rear of the station.
What to bring: BYO something crafty, something to show off or just bring yourself for a chit chat. A picnic blanket or chair is also a good idea and please feel free to blow us all away with your fabulous baking skills by bringing along a plate of goodies for morning tea :)
Please note that tea and coffee will not be available at the parklands but there are 2 great cafes where you can grab a takeaway.

The finer details: Please send your RSVP to by Friday 18 February or leave a comment on this post. 
If you've already expressed interest in Brown Owls or you're already a member from last year an email will be sent out shortly with all the 2011 membership details.

See you there and remember, new members and friends are welcome just let us know who's coming :)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Sydney Brown Owls

Craft Night at Evening Star
Amigurumi Crochet
9 February

"I'd like to sup with my baby tonight
and play the pup with my baby tonight
but I ain't up to my baby tonight
cause it's too darn hot
It's too darn hot, It's too darn hot"

Cole Porter: "It's too darn hot"

I think we might all be feeling like this at the moment. With Valentine's Day just round the corner we may want to make a little something for our respective "baby" or bring back the original idea of Valentine's Day - our secret "baby". Come along and sit in air conditioned comfort and make a crocheted heart or maybe a little love bird, learn that elusive technique - magic ring or bring your favourite craft.

See you there from 5.30pm till late

Evening Star Hotel
Cnr Elizabeth & Cooper Streets
Surry Hills NSW 2010

RSVP in the comments below or at the fabulous Sydney Brown Owls Blog

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Welcome Back Adelaide Brown Owls!

It's time to come back to Brown Owls - We've missed you all over the Christmas break!

For our first meet of the year we're going to have a Valentines Day project, these sweet felt envelopes for love notes or chocolate and sweets. The project is courtesy of BarksBlog - thank you!

Supplies you’ll need to bring:
- Felt (as much as you would like in whatever colours make you happy)
- Needle
- Embroidery Thread (to match your felt)
- Scissors
- Button (for each envelope you want to make)
- Paper to make a template
- Pinking Shears (if you have them – we’ll have some you can borrow on the night)

Meeting is 7 to 9:30 pm on the 9th of Feb at the Box Factory 59 Regent St South, Adelaide.

If you want to BYO craft you are more than welcome to.

Place a comment on this post to let us know if you are coming and whether you'll make the project or BYO.

Thanks! x

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Canberra Brown Owls 19 February - Embroidery!

Praying Mantis for Felix

Fancy doing some stitching? It's a great way to snazzy up bibs, onesies, handkerchiefs and tea towels! Perfect for gift giving and it makes hand made stuff really special.

Tea towel in progress

Our first meeting for 2011 will be held on Saturday February 19 at the Downer Community Centre in Frencham place and we will be learning how to stitch with embroidery thread, or if you know how to do that already, bring your current stitching project along! Please RSVP in the comment s box below so we know you are coming!

Here's the requirements list:

* $5 for the afternoons hall hire. Includes tea and coffee.

* a small plate of food to share for afternoon tea, only if you desire

* Something to stitch on. I suggest a plain hankie,a plain (flat fabric!) tea towel,or a onesie or plain bib.

* Some stabliser if you are using stretch fabrics such as onesies or t-shirts. Wash-away or tear away stabiliser will be fine (you can even use tissue paper!), or if you are happy for the stabiliser to be permanent bring some lightweight fusible interfacing.

* Embroidery needles. I use crewel needles, size 9. The eye has to be big enough for you to thread with embroidery floss.

* Embroidery floss in several colours.

* An embroidery hoop. If you can avoid it, don't get the cheap wooden ones from Spotlight or Lincraft. They collapse and are generally useless. Get a plastic one, or a good German wooden one from a craft shop. They are not expensive.

* Scissors

* Wash out pen, or pencil for tracing

* any stitching patterns you might like to use. Do an internet search for some freebies, or buy some online from places like Sublime Stitching. I will be bringing a lot of patterns along on the day, but you won't be able to iron transfer them on - a light box and the window will be available for tracing though!

Some free resources:

Sublime Stitching hankies

And the meeting time has changed! It's now 2 pm to 4 pm, and the dates for this year are:

19th February
19th March
10th April
21st May
18th June
30th of July
20th of August
17th September
22nd of October
19th of November

Make sure you put them in your diary!

Love from your prefects,
Bron, Georgie, Naomi and Michelle x