Thursday, June 27, 2013

Expressions of Interest! NE Melbourne Brown Owls?!

Hi there,

I am a crafty and creative person who is wanting to start a Brown Owl’s craft group in the North Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. I have been a creative person for a long time, dabbling in many types of craft and creative things such as handmade millinery (I even ran my own shop for a while!), clothing, bags, jewellery and other fashion accessories.

I am interested in hiring a community hall (with wheelchair access) in the Banyule district (most likely Greensborough or Macleod) regularly for the group to meet. I am particularly interested in making it easily accessible to the Hurstbridge train line.

I would need a minimum of 10 people per meet up to cover the costs of the hall hire.
Cost would be $5 per head where the duration of the meet up would be approximately 2-2.5 hours.

I would love it to be a place where crafty and creative people can come together and work on their unfinished projects, as well as share skills over a cup of tea and a piece of cake!

I am wanting to see how much interest there would be in a group like this if I was to organise it. Below is a short four question survey to get an idea of preferred days, times and how often people would like to attend.

If you are interested, please fill out the survey at or contact me (Madeleine) at madeleine(dot)sobb(at)gmail(dot)com for further details.

Thanks so much!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Brisbane meet up at BrisStyle Suburban Networking Marketplace!

An extra special meet up perfect for those of you who have missed out on rag rugs, basket weaving with fabric or crochet squares for charity! Or bring your own craft along for a catch up, a cuppa and a great day!

Brown Owls will have a meet up area at the BrisStyle Suburban Networking Marketplace at Northgate as part of the Saviours of the Lost Arts program. Bring along your materials and learn the basics of rag rugs, basket weaving and crochet squares.

It will be a fabulous day including not only our very own meet up area but over tea and bikkies you can meet representatives from local craft groups and guilds and mingle with emerging indie crafters in an old fashion suburban marketplace environment.

The marketplace will include presentations by inspirational speakers from the local area who will analyse and discuss their own creative journey.

DATE Saturday 29 June  

TIME Pop in any time from 10am-2pm

VENUE Northgate HallCorner of Scott and Ridge Streets, Northgate

Rag rugs - check the list on this post
Basket weaving with fabric - check the list on this post
Crochet for charity - check the list on this post

RSVP Not essential, if there is something specific you want to learn I would love a heads up by email to

See you then!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Canberra Brown Owls :: June meeting :: knitting & crochet


Sorry for late notice - it has been a bit chaotic here! - our next meeting is being held this Saturday 22 June at 2pm, at the Downer Community Centre!
We'll be offering a knitting workshop for beginners like last month - so if you've always wanted to learn bring along your needles and some wool!
We're also offering a super simple beginners' crochet workshop where you can learn to make a granny square! Just bring along a crochet hook and some wool.
As always you're welcome to bring along whatever you're working on at the moment and join us for a cup of tea and some afternoon tea.

Don't forget to bring $5 for room hire, a plate to share for arvo tea if you'd like, and your needles or crochet hook and wool if you're interested in either workshop.
Please RSVP if you're coming along so that we know how many owls to expect =)

Bron x

Monday, June 17, 2013


Our logo designed and drawn by Jo Schofield.

Hi there Owlies,

Are you ready for some more craft?  Our workshop this month is a bit different - I'm bringing several rolls of Nylon fishing line, for any one who has broken beads they want to restring - bring them along and we can get them wearable again!

There is also always learn to knit and crochet available too.

Looking foward to seeing you all!

The details:

Where :  Gallery One 1 Torrens Road Mitcham ph: 8272 4504
When:  Saturday 22nd June from 1.30 to 4.00 pm

Cost:  $7. room hire

Brisbane: Knit or crochet a square project!

Knit (or crochet) a Square Project

We are collecting knitted and crochet squares of any size to make into blankets for the Born Free boarding house for indigenous youth in New Farm.

Please drop your squares off either at a Brown Owls meet up or directly into Handmade High Street (1/466 Ipswich Rd, Annerley) before the 31st July and we will make them up into the blankets and donate on your behalf.

If you can't make it to the store or to a meet up, post to PO Box 328, Annerley QLD 4103.

PLUS! The 'prettiest square' will receive a $50 HHSt voucher as voted by our Facebook fans!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

St George and Sutherland Brown Owls THIS SUNDAY!!

Our next meeting is THIS SUNDAY!

Sunday 16th June 2013 2pm - 5pm


I will aim to secure and upstairs indoor spot like last time!

Come one come all...bring along a craft project...I will be attempting to finish off my Rainbow Crochet blanket's finally up to the border stage!

See you there!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

June Brown Owls at Frankie and Swiss

It’s mid month craft time again Owlies, and we’re going to be at the Frankie and Swiss studio. For anyone in a fabric cutting frame of mind, we’ll have plenty of scissors available to help Fiona cut out 30 aprons for her primary school art fundraiser. Else, bring your own project and chat away!


As usual, feel free to bring any delicious treats, and we’ll provide the tea, coffee and for a little something different this month – a little winter warmer - GL√úHWEIN! Delicious:)


Date: Thursday 13th June 2013

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: BYO a project.

Goodies: We will have the usuals, like tea and biscuits, and the not so usual - Gluhwein! Perfect for this getting colder every day weather. Feel free to bring something along if you would like to show off your baking skills!

RSVP: You can leave a comment here, email michelle[at] or tweet me

See you all on Thursday!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Brisbane: Basket weaving with fabric

Discover the craft of coil basket weaving with fabric! The perfect way to use up your fabric scraps and create a functional bowl or basket.

Basket weaving with fabric

When: Sunday 16 June, 10:30am-12:30pm or 12:30-2:30pm

Where: Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD

What to bring:
1. Fabric. You can use any fabric for this one including t-shirt yarn. Upcycling is always best so pop along to your local op shop for some fabric or old damaged sheets or head to Reverse Garbage where there is loads of fabric offcuts.
2. Scissors
3. Yarn, string, twine or thin cord to weave with
4. A needle with a large enough eye to fit your yarn, string or cord. Plastic needles are great if you can get a hold of one otherwise large wool needles work just as well. 

RSVP: Essential! As soon as possible to

PLUS! If you miss out on a spot at this meet up come along to the BrisStyle Saviours of the Lost Arts Networking Event on 29 June where Brown Owls will be having a special meet up for those who missed out on rag rugs and basket weaving with fabric. Pop in any time with your fabric, scissors (and string or cord for basket weaving)! If you have any questions email
DATE Saturday 29 June  
TIME 10am-2pm
VENUE Northgate HallCorner of Scott and Ridge Streets, Northgate
 See you there!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Preston Brown Owls June Meeting


It is our handwork month, so grab some crochet, knitting or needlework and come to

583 Gilbert Road, Preston
Sunday, 16 June
2 - 4pm
cost is free but please buy a cuppa from Cheshire

Everyone is welcome: newbies, friends, babies.

See you there,