Monday, July 30, 2012

Brunswick Brown Owl Hoot-A-Long together!

Wednesday, Wednesday, Wednesday, so good to me!

This Wednesday is the 1st August and that means it time to hoot-a-long with the Brunswick Brown Owls at 7pm at the Sporting Club in Weston Street, Brunswick.

Any person is welcome! Your friends are welcome! Any project is welcome! Any ability is welcome! 
I have missed your smiling faces and can't wait to catch up with you all again. And see what exciting projects you all have going. Lots of knitting and crocheting methinks! 

If you have a great idea for a workshop soon, lets chat about it then so we can learn new things for spring! If you want to run one, let us know too!

Join the Brunswick Brown Owls on Facebook if you want to get some hot tips by our wonderful crafty women! this is the best way to chat with all our marvellous making women. It's also a marvellous idea to get the Brown Owl blog updates sent to you via email, and then you get crafty updates in your inbox!!

This is some of my Prep student artwork from a few years ago, very on trend!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Wool for Women update - from Melbourne 3000 Owl, Stacey

Hi, Sue here from Melb 3000 owls, Stacey has asked that I forward this wonderful update to you all - she'll be there at our gathering tonight - look forward to seeing you then! Sue x

Wool for Women Update

Thanks to the support of the Melbourne community, especially those at Brown Owls 3000, Aware’s Wool for Women project in Cambodia was a huge success!

June’s workshops in Kampot were amazing. The women picked up the skills really well were overwhelmed by the amount of beautiful wool we were able to bring over with us.

Hanna Guy, the director of Dorsu (the social enterprise we partnered with) wished me to share the following comments with you all.

Aware's time at Dorsu was a wonderful success and we are greatlyappreciative. The approach towards the program, encouraging creativity and self-expression while learning, really allowed the team to enjoy theAware workshops. The new products are selling well and our staff arealready excited to continue working with Aware next time.

Please extend our thanks to the donors of wool and supplies, as these are unavailable in Cambodia and we could not be introducing crochet products into our range without their support. Thank you

Our continued support to Dorsu includes periodic wool drives, we are currently collecting wool to be sent over in late August, especially 12 ply. If you can help at all, please contact

On the back of the project we are also holding crochet classes, as a fun way to fundraise for Aware projects, lesson fees will be a small donation to Aware. Classes will be held in Northcote, starting in August, and I’d be happy to share the poster with you guys if you have friends interested in learning.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Brisbane: Four projects over four meet ups!

To wrap up the Winter crafting season we have four big crochet and knitting projects over four meet ups! Choose from any of the following projects at any of the next four meet ups!

Crochet flowers
Once you get the hang of these cuties, you'll be pumping them out in no time! Beginners should start with 8ply yarn and 4-4.5 mm hook and then work you're way down to crochet cotton.
What to bring: Choose the yarn or crochet cotton you'd like to work with and corresponding hook (check the yarn/wool/cotton label for appropriate hook size). If you're not sure email us at or we'll have yarn and hooks available on the day if you prefer to have a go first before investing in your own.

Crochet beanies
If you've mastered the granny square you'll be hooked on beanies in no time!
What to bring: 100 grams 8ply yarn/wool and a 4mm crochet hook (or check the yarn/wool label for the appropriate size hook). We have plenty of hooks and yarn to use on the day if you prefer to try it out before investing in your own.

Granny squares
If you've missed previous crochet meet ups this is your chance to perfect the granny!
What to bring: Absolute beginners should start with an 8ply yarn and 4-4.5mm hook. If you've had a few goes at the granny you could have a shot at making tiny granny squares with crochet cotton and corresponding hook listed on the cotton label. We will have yarn and hooks of all sizes if you prefer to have a go before investing in your own. 

Born to Knit
Don't know how to knit? This is a great project to learn!
It's not too late to join in on this awesome knitting campaign. The Born to Knit campaign asks supporters to knit woollen blankets and squares for vulnerable children. Their aim this year is 6,500 beautiful, warm blankets.Through their programs in Australia and in countries such as Laos and Cambodia, all knitted blankets donated to the Born to Knit campaign will make their way into the arms of caring mothers. Have a go at making a square to contribute to a blanket!
What to bring: 8ply 100% pure wool. 4mm needles (we have lots of needles you can loan from Brown Owls if you're knitting for the campaign). We also have a few squares on the go if you'd like to pop in and continue knitting them. Squares can be dropped off at any Brown Owls meet ups between now and September.

When and where?

Saturday 28 July, 10:30am-12:30pm
Indooroopilly Library, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Level 4, 322 Moggill Road, Indooroopilly

Friday 10 August, 5-7pm
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD

Saturday 11 August, 10:30am-12:30pm 
Sunnybank Hills Library, Sunnybank Hills Shoppingtown, Cnr Compton & Calam Rds, Sunnybank Hills

Tuesday 14 August, 6-8pm
Indooroopilly Library, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Level 4, 322 Moggill Road, Indooroopilly

This is important, please read: You can do any of the projects at any of the meet ups. If you would like to borrow Brown Owls hooks, needles or yarn on the day please mention it when you rsvp so we can make sure we have enough available at the meet up you're attending. You can also bring along any knitting or crochet project (or any craft) you need some help with and we'll do our best to help out!

RSVP: As long as we know before the day of the meet up you can RSVP for any of the meet ups at any time by emailing

Until then, happy crafting!!

Thursday, July 19, 2012


Hi There Owlies,

Here we are, ready for our next crafting get together.  Bring along all your finished items to show off, I've got some hand made buttons from a workshop I can throughly recomend!

This month will be a bring along your own stuff to do, with learn to knit and learn to crochet on offer too.

I've got some great publications for us to look at for inspiration.

The Details:

Art work drawn by Jo Schofield.
Where;  Gallery One 1 Torrens Road Mitcham PH 8272 4504

When : Saturday July 28th 1.30 to 4.00 pm

Cost : $ 7. per person room hire.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Brown Owls Melbourne 3000 CBD - July gathering and pattern show off

Hi All

Would be lovely to see you all at our next gathering. Yes, it's a BYO'er again!

But to add an extra bit of sparkle, Lee and I thought it would be fun if we did a 'bring in your favourite pattern' spot, hence this lovely photo** above - I'm sure you all can't wait to make yourselves a matching watch band and tie, you are going to look so stunningly gorgeous in this fabulous combo!! Anyway if you've got a lovely pattern that you think will thrill and excite bring it along and show it off!

here are the details:

when: Tuesday 24th July 2012
at: 6.30 - 9pm
where: The Parlour, Madame Brussels, level 3, 59-63 Bourke St, Melbourne 3000
bring: BYO project of your choice and a pattern to show off if you so wish
cost: no fee for attendance but you may like to purchase a drink or a delight from the Madame Brussels menu, by way of a thankyou for room usage
RSVP: in the comments section below please - indicating your name eg. Sue H

I am super impressed by all the lovely Brown Owl gatherings posted on this blog, apologies Melb 3000'ers for the constant stream of BYO's. I put a call out to all of you to step up and present a session of your crafty choice in our beautiful Mme brussels parlour room - let me know who's interested and I'll support you all the way!

Looking forward to seeing y'all.

Sue x

** please note - this is not actually my favourite pattern, but doesn't she look gorgeous!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Canberra July - learn to embroider!

Hi owls!

Not long to go now until our July meeting!
We're meeting on Sunday July 22 at 1:30pm at the Downer Community Centre and we'd like to invite you all to come and learn how to do embroidery!
We'll be using this ace sampler tutorial to practise 6 different embroidery stitches!

 To make a cute pin cushion, you'll need to bring along:
  • A copy of the sampler pattern - you can print it out here
  • A piece of fabric to embroider on. Make sure it is a bit bigger than you want your finished pin cushion to be - you'll trim it down once it the embroidery is done. The tutorial recommends a 6"x6" piece for a 3"x3" cushion.
  • Backing fabric for your pin cushion - this should be just a bit bigger than you want your finished cushion to be (to allow for seams)
  • A fabric marker
  • Needle
  • Embroidery floss
  • A button or any other embellishment you'd like to use
  • Stuffing
We'll have some extra supplies on hand, but it is super important that you let us know in the comments when you RSVP if you will need anything - so we can make sure that there is enough to go around =)

As always, everyone is welcome - so if embroidery just isn't your thing, or if you have another project on the go that you just can't put down, please join us and bring along anything you'd like to work on! 

Please RSVP in the comments so that we know how many owls to plan for!
And don't forget to bring along $5 for room hire, something for afternoon tea if you would like, and of course any show and tell you'd like to share! =)

Please get in touch by email or through the comments below if you have any questions!
(please remember to leave us your contact details in the comments so we can get back to you if you would like!)

Hope to see everyone soon!

xo Bron, on behalf of the Canberra Prefects

ps. Don't forget to save the date for our August meeting - on Sunday August 19 Renae from Suzy Hausfrau will be teaching us to crochet granny squares!

Bayside Brown Owls {Meeting Wrap}

A HUGE thank you to Bargain Box Fabrics in Mornington for hosting the 2nd meeting of Bayside Brown Owls last night! We all had a really great time and walked away feeling all inspired to create something fantastic to bring in next month!

The mini tutorial last night was 'How to Make Granny Squares' which (in all honesty) was probably a bit too ambitious for everyone who had never held a crochet hook before! However, in saying that, I have uploaded the tutorial in my ISSUU library if you want to download a copy and practice at home! I've also attached the link to the Crochet Pocket Guide that was created to help you all learn the difference between American and British crochet terminology so I hope you find it helpful. Just click on the image to the right.

Our next meeting will be on MONDAY 6th AUGUST back at Bagain Box Fabrics so make sure you stick it on your calendar and come along! As mentioned, if you have any ideas for future mini tutorials please make your suggestions on our Facebook page!

Please feel free to invite anyone along you know who might enjoy a night out with fellow crafters. There is no skill level or age restriction! Don't forget to bring your craft along and PLEASE feel free to post photos on our facebook page of your latest projects so we can all 'Ooooh' and 'Ahhhh!' 

Brisbane Owls! Learn to Spin!

Hey Brisbane Owls! Want to learn how to spin?

Our next meet up will be a combined with the Night Owls from Queensland Spinners, Weavers and Fibre Artists to have a crack at spinning wool into yarn!

Julie Coysh will demonstrate the spinning process and afterwards Owls will be given the opportunity to have a go at spinning for themselves! Bring along some knitting to do afterwards with a cuppa or help us out with knitting some squares for the 'Born to Knit' campaign This is a great opportunity to meet like-minded peeps from another craft group and to check out all that Qld Spinners, Weavers and Fibre Artists have to offer!

Date: Wednesday 18 July

Time: 6:30-9pm

Venue: Queensland Spinners, Weavers and Fibre Artists, Fibrecraft House, 12 Payne Street, Auchenflower

Cost: $3

What to bring:
Spinning: There's no need to bring anything, just yourself! There will be wheels, spindles and fleece to play with!
Knit for the Born to Knit campaign: We'll be on hand to teach you how to knit. To knit a square for this awesome charity check out the details on wool and needles required here
BYO craft: Bring along your own craft to do
Bring a plate! Tea and coffee will be provided but feel free to show off your baking skills :)

RSVP by Sunday 15 July to

See you then!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Southside Owls ~ Thursday 12th July ~ at Frankie and Swiss

Hello ladies!

This month we’re back at Frankie and Swiss for our crafty winter fix! We’re mixing it up with a BYO project / digital fabric printing demonstration combo! Soooo, bring along BYO project and chat away over a hot cup of tea and/or bring along an image file (check out file set ups here) to use in a fabric printing demonstration:)

Sampling some designs by Love JK

Date: Thursday 12th July

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: A digital fabric printing demo or your BYO project

Goodies: We will have tea and baked goodies, please feel free to bring something along if you would like to show off your baking skills!

RSVP: Add a comment to let us know you are coming along!

Feel free to email me or tweet me with any questions.

See you all next week!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Brunswick Brown Owls - Winter Hoot Hoot

Tonight's the night, it's gonna be alright!

It's Wednesday, 4 JULY ALREADY and that means it time to hoot-a-long with the Brunswick Brown Owls at 7pm tonight at the Sporting Club in Weston Street. 

Need some knitting tips? A hand with your crochet? Ideas for your embroidery? Design suggestions for your crafty cards? Come on down!

I am in a group exhibition opening on this Saturday and unfortunately I'll be catching up on work for that so I won't make it tonight, but GOLLY GOSH I hope I see you on 18th July... It's been too long and my craft is suffering...

Join the Brunswick Brown Owls on Facebook if you want to get some hot tips by our wonderful crafty women! It's also a marvellous idea to get the Brown Owl updates sent to you via email, and then you get crafty updates in your inbox! Snazzy!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Brisbane Meet Up in the City

Bring your own: knitting, crochet, anything you like!

Brown Owls doing good stuff for Born to Knit today 

We're continuing with Winter crafting for our next meet up, bring along your knitting for Born to Knit, crochet or whatever you fancy. Sam will be on hand to help out or teach both knitting and crochet.

If you're knitting squares for Born to Knit the details are in this post from our last meet up :)

Jess from Epheriell has also started the 100 Beanie Drive, another great Winter charity campaign you may like to knit or crochet for, details are here.

Another group of granny squarists ready to take on the world after Brown Owls this morning, hoot!

Meet Up Details

Date: Sunday 8 July 2012

Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

Venue: Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane

What to Bring: 
It's BYO craft this time around, if you're learning knitting or crochet and not sure what to bring email us at

RSVP: By Friday 6 July to or leave a comment on this post.

See you then!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Preston Brown Owls July Meeting

Greetings Preston Brown Owls,

It is crochet time again! For those of you who missed out last time and who still want to learn to crochet, our next meeting is the time to begin.

Bring some 8ply yarn and a 4mm hook.  You will learn to chain stitch, double and triple crochet and how to read a simple pattern.

Sunday 15th July
2 - 4pm
Pearl Oyster Cafe
114 Miller Street, Preston

Cost is free but please buy a cuppa from the lovely Pearlers.

Everyone is welcome.

I look forward to seeing you there,


Bayside Brown Owls

A few crafty (and not-so-crafty-but-keen) ladies have started a new group called the "Bayside Brown Owls" for crafters along the bay South-East of Melbourne! We are meeting next on Monday 9th July in Mornington but will likely have meetings closer to the city as we have a couple of members already who live in Mentone.

So if you live in the Frankston area please come along! You can join the meeting by RSVPing to the Event Invitation on our Facebook page. Meeting details are below and you can also visit our very own Blog at Bayside Brown Owls