Thursday, September 27, 2012

Brisbane: Rubber Stamp Making

Image from here

I don't know about all of you but I've been dying to make my own rubber stamps for a long time so I'm super excited about this meet up!

Date: Saturday 6 October 2012

Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

Venue: Toowong Library, Toowong Village Shopping Centre, 9 Sherwood Road, Toowong
RSVP: Email by Thursday 4 October

What to bring:
Eraser: any type of standard eraser will be fine as long as it's the size you want your stamp to be. If you're looking for a larger size Eckersleys in the city sells rubber sheets for printing which you can cut down to size. If you have problems finding something suitable let us know.
Stamp pads if you have any, we will have some on the day but eventually you'll want your own anyway so you can use your stamp at home
Xacto or stanley knife
Carving tools (the type used for sculpting and lino printing, the one with the V shape specifically)
Cutting mat if you have one
Paper for stamping onto

We will have a limited supply of stanley knives and carving tools available on the day.

Check out the Brown Owls Pinterest board for tutorials and inspiration.

See you then!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Brisbane: Felt Making with SMboutique

Introduction to wet felt making by Sandrine from SMboutique!

Create a gorgeous Textile Art piece while learning the basics of wet felt making PLUS if time permits make your own felt beads to decorate projects!

The Textile Art piece can be framed or cut to adorn handmade cards, or sew onto a unique pin cushion.... whatever your heart desires :)

There are only 10 places available for this very special meet up so RSVP quickly to secure your spot!

Date: Sunday 14 October 2012

Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

Venue: Imogen's Art Space, 9 Morgan Terrace, Bardon
Cost: $30 (includes felt making kit and venue hire)
RSVP essential: Email by Friday 5 October

Provided: A felt making kit containing wool and fibres to create your own piece of flat felt and to make beads if time permits. Bubble wrap, absorbent cloth and mat, water and soap will be provided.

What to bring: If you have a sushi mat please bring it along plus two medium size old towels and a spay bottle or old clean milk bottle. You can also bring some extra fibres, yarns, fabric scraps, embroidery cotton and needles to embellish your creation.

Tea and coffee will be provided but feel free to show off your baking skills by bringing along a plate for morning tea :)

See you then!

Brisbane: Crochet with Jetta's Nest!

Brown Owls fun this morning :)

Learn from the best as Sam from Jetta's Nest leads the next Brown Owls meet up! 

Beginners: Crochet Washcloths

Sam holds the record of being able to teach anyone to crochet in under 2 hours so if you've never picked up a crochet hook before and have always wanted to this is your chance to kick off your crochet addiction with a sweet little washcloth.

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! 

Intermediate: Your crochet questions answered!

Stuck on a project or pattern, bring it along and have your crochet questions answered!

OR you can also BYO craft to work on.

Brown Owls this morning, hoot!!

Date: Saturday 29 September 2012

Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

Venue: Banyo Library, 284 St Vincent's Road, Banyo (right near the train station!)

RSVP: Email by Thursday 27 September

See you then!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Brown Owls Melbourne 3000 - September Gathering


Would be lovely to see you all at our September gathering next week.

August gathering was a super triumph with several lovely owlets learning to crochet, others being wowed by learning to triangle (which is oh so very satisfying) and me being very super lucky to acquire some beautiful crochet bunting contributions for my wedding bunting.

As per usual it will be a BYO'er and welcome to all - newbies, old 'uns, regulars, not so regulars, never been before'ers, would like to go but always been a bit nervous to'ers, novices, experts etc etc.

I'll be crochet bunting again this meet - I've now got 38 triangles with about 20 more needed to finish off the bunting, a few super friends have suggested that they have a few more triangles to donate, so I reckon there will nearly be enough - hooray.

Look - here's the triangles being blocked:

They now look super neat and gorgeous:

Our gathering is on a thursday this month, not a tuesday, for all those lovely peeps (you know who you are!) who can't make it on a tuesday. 

Here's the details:

when: Thursday 27th September 2012
at: 6.30 - 9pm
where: The Parlour, Madame Brussels, level 3, 59-63 Bourke St, Melbourne 3000
bring: BYO project of your choice
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

Very look forward to seeing you all

sue x

Saturday, September 15, 2012


Hi there Owlies,

Greetings from not so sunny Koroit!
 It feels as though its been a long time between crafting sessions.
 I hope you are all healthy and well and looking forward to our next session.
We will be having a bring along your own craft, and bring along any finished items for us all to admire!

Looking forward to seeing you all.


The details; 

Where:  Gallery One, One Torrens Street, Mitcham.  Ph 8272 45904
When:  Saturday September 22nd, from 1.40 to 4.00 pm.

Cost: $7. Room hire.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Canberra Brown Owls - September BYO meet

Hello lovely Owls,

Its that time already - our next meet in coming up on Sunday 16 September.

This month we're keeping it simple and giving you the chance to have a little spring clean of those WiPs - bring along anything you're working on! It might be crochet, paper peicing, beading, knitting, embroidery...whatever takes your fancy. BYO craft and relax for a chat and a cuppa.
 image from here

The important details:
Sunday 16 September
Downer community centre
Please remember to bring $5 for room hire, and something to share for arvo tea if you would like!

Please RSVP in the comments so that we know how many owls to expect.

See you Sunday!

Bron, Naomi and George x

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Southside Brown Owls Thursday 13th September

So, with only 2 weeks to go until my third bub is born, there’s no slowing me down! It’s Brown Owls time again!

We’re keeping it simple this month – a BYO project and a chat with a lovely cuppa. So be it quilting, crochet, a little knitting, decoupage or embroidery, bring it along and have a fun night in:) If I get a chance to get the supplies, I might try my hand at this tutorial and make these cute magnets!

Date: Thursday 13th September

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: 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! (And if I happen to have the baby between now and then, the lovely Tess McCabe who runs the Creative Womens Circle will let everyone in!)


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

St George and Sutherland Brown Owls THIS SUNDAY!

I can't wait to see your smiling faces at Brown Owls this week!

Sunday 9th September 2012

Buzzbar Mortdale
22 Morts Road

2pm - 5pm

Craft: Optional
Coffee: Optional
Smiles: Mandatory

Monday, September 3, 2012

Preston Brown Owls September Meeting

Dearest Preston Brown Owls,

It is cafe month and this month we will trying out a different cafe, just up the road from our usual haunt.  Come along and try out the new space.  It is a bit bigger which is handy because we are too!

Bring along any hand held work, embroidery, quilting, knitting or crochet - I would love to see how the granny squares are coming along, all you lovelies who joined us for Learn to Crochet.

Sunday September 16
 83 Gilbert Road West Preston
free but buy a cuppa and cake from our lovely hosts

112 tram to the last stop, opposite the kinder and park, lots of parking.

Preston Brown Owls is taking a holiday from this blog, until January 2013 as I head off overseas.  But our group will still be meeting once a month.  If you wish to be informed of meetings via email during this time and you are NOT already on the Preston mailing list, please email me at

Meetings for the rest of the year are

Saturday 20 October 12.30 - 4 at GJ's Discount Fabrics
Sunday 18 November 2-4 at Cheshire 83 Gilbert Rd, Preston
Saturday 15 December 12.30 - 4 at GJ's Discount Fabrics

See you at Cheshire!