Friday, January 24, 2014

St George and Sutherland Brown Owls 2014 Dates

Our January High Tea was Lovely! 

The dates and venues for the rest of 2014 are as follows:

Sunday February 16th
2pm - 5pm
Charlie Lovett
2 Stanley St, Peakhurst

Sunday March 9th
2pm - 5pm
Buzzbar, Mortdale

Sunday April 13th
2pm - 5pm
Edmonds and Greer, Oatley

Sunday May 4th 
(Star Wars Day!)
2pm - 5pm
Oatley Pub, Oatley

Sunday June 8th
2pm - 5pm
Charlie Lovett
2 Stanley St, Peakhurst NSW 2210

So mark your calendars and get your craft ready for a fun 2014!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A 2014 update from Perth!

Keep in touch
We are on Facebook

No need to rsvp but if you want to check-in or have questions, feel free to email - shodgson(at)westnet(dot)com(dot)au or silverthreadsofhappiness(at)gmail(dot)com

We have a new meeting place! The the Alexander Park Craft House

The third Sunday of each month. Dates for 2014 are:
February 16
March 16
April 20
May 18
June 15
July 20
August 17
September 21
October 19
November 16
9am - 12pm

Sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, cross-stitchery, quilting, paper-based crafts... basically if it is portable, you can bring it!

Once-off fee of $15 to be paid at the first meeting you attend for the year to help with venue hire

What else?
Sometimes members will bring a plate or packet of something yummy to share but there is absolutely no obligation!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Reginald - the CAE Portrait Prize for Softies

It's Sue here - hi!

I used to be the conveynor for the Brown Owls Melbourne 3000 CBD group, which the lovely Lee Turnley now takes very good care of. We still meet at Madame Brussels with the next date being the 28th January, do hope we'll see you there.

The reason for me dropping by is this.

When I'm not Brown Owl'ing and naturopathing I work at CAE, organising the arts and crafts short courses. This all came about because of Brown Owls actually, but that's a story for another day!

This year at CAE we are holding a very fabulous competition 'Reginald - the CAE Portrait prize for Softies'.

Reginald is a competition in which we are inviting participants to make a Softie Portrait of someone they admire/appreciate and want to replicate in soft toy form. Once its made, they'll send us a photo of their Softie Portrait, together with a photo of the person/pet that the portrait represents. We are expecting to receive entries from professional makers (several amazing people and my creative heroes have indicated they will - brilliant!) as well as complete Softie making novices.

I am very excited to say that one of the judges is our very own Pip Lincolne - yippee! Along with Cat Rabbit, nationally and internationally revered soft sculpture/textile artist, they will select 10 finalists who will then send us their actual softie portraits for a fabulous exhibition, to be held in the CAE info shop in central Melbourne.

In honour of the bestest judges ever, I immortalised them in Softie Portrait form - look! that's lil pip and lil cat up there at the top there. They were SO much fun to make.

The competition is supported by frankie magazine and brother and there are some rather wonderful prizes to be won. There'll also be a prize voted by the general public, the peoples prize and a special frankie magazine prize voted for by frankie's creative director, Lara Burke.

Deadline for entries is 7th March 2014 and you can find out more information here and download full details of entry (including entry form) here. If Instagram is your thing you could follow us @reginald_cae and we're encouraging uploads of 'reggies-in-the-making' via #reginald and #makingareggie

I'm so excited about it I just had to share it with you. Maybe you'd like to make Softie Portraits in your Brown Owls groups. That would be great! I can't wait to see what everyone makes.

And I'm really really proud that Pip agreed to be part of Reginald - she's one top lady, yes indeed!

Happy Softie making wonderful Owls!

sue x

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Bayside Brown Owls (Frankston) Term 1 Dates!

Bayside Brown Owls meet once a month (or every three weeks) because we LOVE our craft! We meet in the Franskton area at a cute little shop in Baxter called 'The Sewing Bee Cafe' to learn a new crafty skill or you can bring your own project along and just have a relaxing evening away from home!

It's all about having fun and hanging out with like-minded people who love everything crafty! All levels of crafters are welcome, even if you've never done anything crafty come along and have a go! There's sure to be someone who can help, encourage or inspire you! Sew, crochet, knit, scrapbook... whatever you enjoy simply BYO crafty project! Tea & coffee will be provided along with a tutor to help you if needed.

Our next meeting to kick start 2014 is on Monday 13th January from 7:30PM - 10PM at The Sewing Bee Cafe 80 Baxter-Tooradin Road, Baxter, Victoria. Cost is $10pp to cover venue hire and supper. For more info and upcoming event details visit

Northside Brown Owls (Watsonia) is new in 2014!

Northside Brown Owls is new in 2014!

Come and join in on the first EVER Northside Brown Owls meetup! You can enjoy working on your own own unfinished project, as well as meet some new people over a cup of tea!

We will meet at Watsonia Library in their meeting room. Watsonia Library is just next door to the Watsonia train station. Watsonia station is on the Hurstbridge Line.

We'll begin about 6.30pm, and we have the room booking until 9pm.

Cost to attend is free. However, please bring a small plate of food to share! We have access to a microwave and boiling water. I will supply tea/coffee/milk.

Invite your friends too! The more the merrier!

Contact Madeleine at madeleine.sobb@gmail if you have questions :) 

We are aiming to meet fortnighty, but future events TBA. So, join our meetup page for notifications of future events!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Brisbane: BrisAsia Festival Art Bites Workshop Program

Hello Brisbane Owls!

It's time to kick of 2014 in a big way! I am very excited to announce that Brisbane Brown Owls will be producing Brisbane City Council's Art Bites program of workshops for the BrisAsia Festival! A group of incredibly talented workshop facilitators have been hand selected to deliver a diverse program of Asian-themed workshops in February and March!

Thanks to Brisbane City Council all workshops are free and include materials and equipment. Please note that RSVPs are absolutely essential by emailing Get in asap, we all know how quickly these will fill up!

If you would like to be on the waiting list for workshops that are fully booked email

BrisAsia Festival Art Bites Workshop Program
presented by Brisbane City Council

Kanzashi Flowers with Melanie Gray Augustin
Traditionally, ‘Tsumami Kanzashi’ are delicate little flowers made from a fine silk crepe and formed together to create amazing Geisha hairpieces in Japan.  Using the same technique participants will make their own kanzashi flower from antique kimono silks to be worn as a brooch or hair pin.

Saturday 1 February, 10am-12noon fully booked
Bracken Ridge Library, Cnr Bracken and Barrett Sts, Bracken Ridge Qld 4017
Monday 3 March, 10am-12noon fully booked
Ashgrove West Hall, 491 Waterworks Rd, Ashgrove Qld 4060

Contemporary Jewellery with Liana Kabel
Learn jewellery making techniques from master crafter Liana Kabel and create your own fabulous design. This contemporary jewellery workshop will incorporate materials from Japan and China, including papers, washi tape and chop sticks.

Saturday 1 February, 1-3pm fully booked
Bracken Ridge Library, Cnr Bracken and Barrett Sts, Bracken Ridge Qld 4017
Wednesday 19 February, 6-8pm fully booked
Ashgrove West Hall, 491 Waterworks Rd, Ashgrove Qld 4060

Ningyogami: Japanese paper dolls with Melanie Gray Augustin
Learn to make a Japanese paper doll using traditional papers and folding techniques. Ningyogami can be used as bookmarks or to adorn cards.

Friday 7 February, 10am-12noon fully booked
St Augustine’s Church Hall, 56 Racecourse Rd, Hamilton Qld 4007
Saturday 8 March, 10am-12noon
Zillmere Hall, 52 Murphy Rd, Zillmere Qld 4034

Paper Lanterns with Felicity Clarke
Participants will be introduced to paper cutting to create one or two styles of traditional Asian paper lanterns. Each lantern is created in paper with stylized, Asian-inspired imagery. The more advanced lantern can hold a small candle as is traditional.

Saturday 8 February, 10am-12noon fully booked
Hemmant Hall, Cnr Brand St and Hemmant-Tingalpa Rd, Hemmant Qld 4174
Saturday 22 February, 10am-12noon
Weller’s Hill and Tarragindi Uniting Church Hall, 24 Pope St, Tarragindi Qld 4121

Origami Fun! with Gill Pyke
A 'make and take' origami workshop for children to learn the basics of origami and fold traditional pieces. Make a hat, lucky crane, frog and more.

Sunday 9 February, 1-3pm fully booked
Zillmere Hall, 52 Murphy Rd, Zillmere Qld 4034

Chinese Paper Cutting with Dyani Evans
Participants will learn the traditional art of paper cutting and create their own artwork based on age old Chinese designs.

Sunday 9 February, 10am-12noon
Zillmere Hall, 52 Murphy Rd, Zillmere Qld 4034
Saturday 8 March, 12:30-2:30pm  fully booked
Zillmere Hall, 52 Murphy Rd, Zillmere Qld 4034

Stab-bound books with Tricia Smout
Make interesting books using a traditional Japanese book binding technique – great for storing your photos or recording your thoughts. Needles are used so not suitable for young children.

Tuesday 11 February, 10am-12noon
Kenmore Library, Kenmore Village Shopping Centre, 9 Brookfield Rd, Kenmore Qld 4069
Sunday 2 March, 11am-1pm fully booked
Indooroopilly Library, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Level 4, 322 Moggill Rd, Indooroopilly Qld 4068

Sashiko with Rebecca Cason
Sashiko is a traditional Japanese stitch originally used for mending clothes and quilting. Participants will stitch a basic sashiko design that can be made into a purse, placemat, wall hanging or form part of a quilt.

Thursday 13 February, 6-8pm fully booked
Old Inala Hall, Cnr Abelia and Rosemary Sts, Inala Qld 4077
Saturday 1 March, 12:30-2:30pm fully booked
Manly Lota Scout Den, 34 Wood St, Manly Qld 4179

Amigurumi with Jessica Thompson
Amigurumi is a popular Japanese craft trend of crocheting little stuffed creatures that has taken the world by storm. Learn the basics of amigurumi and create your own super kawaii Ninja!

Saturday 15 February, 10am-12noon fully booked
Carindale Library, Westfield Carindale, 1151 Creek Rd (near Millenium Blvd), Carindale Qld 4152
Saturday 1 March, 10am-12noon
Manly Lota Scout Den, 34 Wood St, Manly Qld 4179

Loom weaving with Rebecca Cason
Loom weaving is an ancient craft practised in many cultures across Asia and the Middle East. This workshop will go through the basics of loom weaving on cardboard so you can try before you buy your own loom or learn cost effective ways to make a loom of your own. Weave any shape and any size textile from teeny tiny brooches through to larger placemats. Suitable for children also.

Saturday 15 February, 12:30-2:30pm fully booked
Carindale Library, Westfield Carindale, 1151 Creek Rd (near Millenium Blvd), Carindale Qld 4152
Thursday 20 February, 6-8pm fully booked
Indooroopilly Library, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Level 4, 322 Moggill Rd, Indooroopilly Qld 4068

Eco Origami with Gill Pyke
Learn how to make eco origami models using pre-loved and salvaged papers. From traditional cranes to more curious objects this course is not just for the girls ... samurai
warriors used to make small origami models too!

Sunday 16 February, 10am-12noon fully booked
Mount Gravatt District Community Centre, 1693 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt Qld 4122
Thursday 6 March, 10am-12noon
Sunnybank Hall, Cnr Lister and Gager Sts, Sunnybank Qld 4109

Origami Books with Tricia Smout
Make a selection of fabulous books, in which the pages are folded paper squares joined in various ways. Great for storing photos or recording your thoughts.

Friday 21 February, 10am-12noon
Kenmore Library, Kenmore Village Shopping Centre, 9 Brookfield Rd, Kenmore Qld 4069

Indian Kantha with Rebecca Cason
Use basic hand stitching to change the nature of fabric. Create your own beautiful designs based on the meditative process of kantha stitching. Your fabric can then be used to create a range of items only limited by your imagination. This is a great opportunity to re- purpose thrifted fabric or to bring new life to fabric scraps.

Saturday 22 February, 12:30-2:30pm fully booked
Weller’s Hill and Tarragindi Uniting Church Hall, 24 Pope St, Tarragindi Qld 4121
Wednesday 5 March, 6-8pm fully booked
Mount Gravatt District Community Centre, 1693 Logan Rd, Mt Gravatt Qld 4122

Paper Fans with Dyani Evans
Make a Chinese paper fan with patterned paper or decorate your own. In China fans are used to cool down, swat insects and as a kung-fu weapon! A breeze to make and a great kids activity.

Sunday 23 February, 10am-12noon
Sandgate Community Centre, 153 Rainbow St, Sandgate Qld 4017

Workshop Facilitators

Melanie Gray Augustin lived in Japan for six years developing an obsession for all things Japanese during that time. She is inspired by the culture, fabric and paper and the way good design is used in everyday life in Japan. Traditional and modern crafts come together in a happy clash in Melanie's work influencing the designs she creates for her jewellery label, Kimono Reincarnate.

Liana Kabel has been facilitating creative workshops for over 20 years, having worked for Brisbane City Council, Education Queensland, Flying Arts and in schools, galleries and hospitals. Liana attained a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment from SBIT in 2013.

Tricia Smout is a multi-media artist working with all types of textiles – fibre, paper, yarn and fabric. She enjoys exploring the tactile qualities of the materials and playing with textures and colour combinations. Tricia has been teaching a wide variety of classes to adults and school children for nearly 40 years.

Felicity Clarke is a textile artist specialising in soft sculpture and mixed media. She has a textile business and teaches in a variety of mediums with local sewing shops, arts organisations and community craft groups. Felicity exhibits her work regularly in Brisbane, Australia and overseas.

Rebecca Cason runs the Brisbane chapter of Brown Owls and small business edward & lilly handmade designs. Rebecca has over 5 years experience running workshops across a range of crafts primarily textile based. Discussion around the history, techniques and eco friendly variations of craft forms part of Rebecca's workshops.

Gill Pyke makes origami creations for her label Catamation and is a printmaker. She has extensive experience running workshops in origami for all levels from
children through to experienced.

Dyani Evans is an eco-crafter creating notebooks, stationery, wearable art and accessories, all made using recycled, salvaged and ethically-produced materials for her brand Little Deer Creations. Dyani runs workshops in recycled papermaking and paper crafts.

Jessica Thompson was first introduced to crocheting by her grandmother at a very young age. She is a master of free-form crochet work and working without a pattern, creating her own complex patterns and designs for her label Out of My Mind Crochet.
RSVP is essential. Email ASAP to secure a spot!

 More 2014 Brisbane Brown Owls dates coming soon... to receive updates by email subscribe to the Brisbane Brown Owls newsletter here

Monday, January 6, 2014

Melbourne CBD Owls Meet: January 28th!

2014 Year of the Crochet Horse!

Happy New Year Ladies!

I have been in touch with the fabulous crew at Madame Brussels and secured us the Parlour room again in 2014. Dates for your diaries are:

Tuesday 28th January
Tuesday 25th February
Tuesday 25th March
Wednesday 30th April
Tuesday 27th May
Tuesday 24th June
Tuesday 22nd July
Wednesday 27th August
Tuesday 23rd September
Tuesday 28th October
Tuesday 25th November
Wednesday 17th December

Details are:

Time:                     6.30pm (usually run til about 9pm)

Location:              The Parlour @ Madame Brussels

                                Level 3, 59-63 Bourke St Melbourne 3000

Bring:                    Craft Project of your choice

Cost:                      No fee for attendance, but you may like to sample the delicious food and drinks on offer as a thank you for the great space

RSVP:                    In the comments section below

I will endeavour to organise some theme nights - putting out the call for some theme ideas or even a lovely volunteer to run a session! Feel free to veto and tell me you love the BYO nights too!

Am looking forward to a crafty 2014 and hopefully seeing a lot more of you ladies along - the chicken sandwiches come highly recommended and are super tasty!


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Sunshine Coast Brown Owls

Hello Everyone,

Our meet dates have been announced, the first for the year is on January 18th.

The themed picked is recycling our christmas cards. If your like me & either didn't get any/threw them away, just some card will do. Mind you I think the ladies will have enough to share around on the day.

We meet at: 
A Little Creative Studio
6 Taylor Ave, Golden Beach 4551
From 10am-12 noon.
Cost is $5 per person.
Materials: Christmas Cards/card stock, scissors, glue, ribbon. etc

Would love to see you there, remember to show your interest by clicking on the meeting in our Events tab, on our Brown Owls facebook page. 

Happy Crafting!
Christine Williams

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year : Brown Owls Blog Update

Hi guys!

Happy New Year!!!

I'm going to give the blog a bit of a refresh in the coming weeks. Let me know if there are any glaring problems, contact changes or updates I should include.  I'm going to update all of the bits and pieces.

Further, I'm going to remove the existing chapter contacts list and you can update details directly with me via email. There are lots of old contacts in there, so it would be good to start afresh!

To update an existing chapter (or just confirm it's still running!)

Email me with your chapter details (which suburb or city you are in and who your contact people are) Also let me know if you have a Facebook group that's current so I can add that to our contact list.

If you are reading this and want to start your own Brown Owls chapter you can! Here is how:

Make sure there isn't a chapter in your suburb/close vicinity already
Find a low cost or free venue
Find at least one other person to join your gang
Email me to let me know who you are, where you'll be running your meetings and when
Vow to be inclusive and welcome crafters of all skill levels and ages
Vow to charge as little as possible for your meetings, just to cover venue and/or materials costs - Brown Owls is not a money-making venture
I'll then invite you to be a member of this blog - and you can post your meetings here!
You can also start your own group Facebook group to chat further

You don't have to be an expert to start a group. You just need to want to hang out with other crafty people and craft along in good company. This is about skill sharing and being social! (But you can organise to have experts visit your group, or run special sessions where you all work on a particular craft together!)

Thanks gang. Chat soon!  (Be sure to give me a prod if I don't reply to your email, too. My email = inbox of death!)

x Pip