Monday, March 24, 2014

Reginald voting - come and join in

Hi there

A couple of months ago I told you all about a project I'm co-ordinating called Reginald - the CAE Portrait Prize for Softies. Take a look at the original post here if you'd like to be reminded.

So far it has been an amazing success. I've been completely overwhelmed by the response and the skill and thought that the 63 makers have displayed in their entries.

Our wonderful Pip Lincolne, one of the Reginald judges, assisted in selecting twelve finalists which represent pure crafting excellence.

Head over to the Reginald website to see the work of the twelve finalists, I'd encourage you to vote for your favourite finalist and help select the People's Prize winner. One randomly chosen voter will win a special Reginald prize pack, including a signed copy of one of Pip's books and a frankie magazine subscription. Yippee!

If you're in Melbourne you can come and see the Reginald Exhibition at the CAE Info Shop, 44 Degraves Street (cnr Flinders Lane), until 14 April. More info here.

Thanks for listening.

Happy Reginald!

Warm Regards

Sue (former Conveynor of Brown Owls Melbourne 3000 CBD group)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Brisbane Brown Owls: Dates for 2014

About Brisbane Brown Owls

Brisbane Brown Owls meet once or twice a month in various locations throughout Brisbane. At each meet up we either learn a new craft or you can bring along your own craft to do. It's all about sharing crafty knowledge and skills, meeting crafty people and having a cuppa. Brisbane Brown Owls is run on a volunteer basis by Rebecca and Wayne.

How much is it?
Brisbane Brown Owls is usually free unless there is a special crafting project, guest facilitator or venue hire fee.

How do I join?
Joining Brisbane Brown Owls is easy, just sign up for the email list here You can also check out our Facebook page

Meeting dates for 2014 below and more coming soon!
You can RSVP now for any of the meet ups in 2014 by emailing There will be a blog post before each meet up with further details. Dates are subject to change and we'll be adding more meet ups as the months go on so check back on this post regularly or join the email list for updates here

February - March 2014
Art Bites BrisAsia Festival Workshop Program

Saturday 5 April, 10:30am-12:30pm
Mitchelton Library, 37 Heliopolis Parade, Mitchelton
Rag Rugs
Details here

Sunday 13 April, 10:30am-12:30pm
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD
Crochet for beginners with Jessica Thompson of Out of My Mind Crochet
Details here

Sunday 11 May, 10:30am-12:30pm
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD
Mother's Day Embroidery with edward & lilly
Details here

Friday 6 June, 6-9pm
Buffalo Hall, 30 Seeney Street, Zillmere
ETSY Craft Party! Details here

Sunday 8 June, 10:30am-12:30pm
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD 
Star Weaving with Maryann Talia Pau for the 1 million stars to end violence project
Details here

Tuesday 17 June, 6-9pm
The Nest, 30 Fallon Cottage, Fallon Street, Everton Park
Cosy Crochet Cowl 
The perfect project for beginners or for anyone wanting to add to their Winter wardrobe.
Details by emailing

Saturday 28 June, 10:30am-12:30pm
Indooroopilly Library, Indooroopilly Shopping Centre, Level 4, 322 Moggill Road, Indooroopilly
Paper beads with Dyani Evans of Little Deer Studio

Friday 4 July, 5-9pm
Fabric bandana printing for the 4 July Laneway Festival, George Street, Brisbane CBD.
Details here.

Tuesday 8 July, 6-9pm
The Nest, 30 Fallon Cottage, Fallon Street, Everton Park
Crochet Jar Tea Light Holders/Vases
Details here

Sunday 13 July, 10:30am-12:30pm
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD
Crochet in the round
Details here 

Sunday 20 July, 10:30am-12:30pm
Carindale Library, Westfield Carindale
Paper Flowers with Maria Dower
Details here 

Saturday 9 August, 10:30am-12:30pm
Carindale Library, Westfield Carindale
Thread wrapped jewellery
Details here

Sunday 10 August, 10:30am-12:30pm
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD
Details here

Tuesday 19 August, 6-9pm
The Nest, 30 Fallon Cottage, Fallon Street, Everton Park
Metal Stamped Jewellery with Liana Kabel
Details here

Friday 7 September, 7-10pm
MAD Craft Party - Weave it to me
Details here 

Tuesday 9 September, 6-9pm
The Nest, 30 Fallon Cottage, Fallon Street, Everton Park
Crochet Flowers 5 Ways
Details here

Sunday 14 September, 10:30am-12:30pm
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD
Rag Rugs
Details here

Saturday 27 September, 1-5pm
Spring Basket Weaving, Session 1
The Craft Nest
Details here

Saturday 4 October, 10:30am-12:30pm
Card making with Maria and Alison
Carindale Library, Westfield Shopping centre, Carindale

Details here 

Sunday 12 October, 10:30am-12:30pm
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD
Crafty Catch Up (Select from a list of crafts you missed out on during the year or bring along your unfinished project - details coming soon)

Sunday 19 October, 1-5pm
Spring Basket Weaving, Session 2
The Craft Nest
Lazy Stitch, details here

Tuesday 21 October, 6-9pm
The Nest, 30 Fallon Cottage, Fallon Street, Everton Park
Craft Lab - Catch up on the crafts you've missed out on this year
Cost $10
Details here

Friday 24 October, 7-10pm
MAD Craft Party - details will be available soon, mark your diaries now!
Buffalo Hall, Zillmere

Sunday 9 November, 10:30am-12:30pm
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD
Upcycled Aluminium Cans
Details here

Tuesday 11 November, 6-9pm
The Nest, 30 Fallon Cottage, Fallon Street, Everton Park
Craft TBC

Sunday 30 November, 1-5pm
Spring Basket Weaving, Session 3
The Craft Nest  

Saturday 13 December
Christmas celebrations including Jar Painting and Recycled Paper Making
Details here.

Sunday 14 December, 10:30am-12:30pm
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD
Quilling, details here

Updates and further hints and tips from our meet ups can also be found on the Brisbane Brown Owls Facebook page

Please check this post regularly for date or venue changes and additions, more meet ups are in the process of being developed!!

For questions or suggestions feel free to email We would love to hear from you :)

Happy crafting!


Monday, March 17, 2014

Melbourne CBD Brown Owls is on again!

The month rolls around pretty quickly - and it is time for Melbourne Brown Owls again!

Details are:

Date:                     Tuesday 25th March
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

If you are new to the group - I really look forward to seeing you there! Come along and meet some crafty ladies and sample a cocktail or some of the fantastic food on offer from our lovely hosts! Bring a friend or two! Crochet, knitting, sewing and more - we welcome you!
The Parlour also boasts some amazing "craftworks" on the walls to inspire your creativity!

Looking forward to seeing all your friendly faces there 


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Mitcham Brown Owls


Hi there all you Vintage Vixens,

Courtesy of Anne Gowin, we now have the ability, to fill your need for a fluffy poodle toilet roll cover from the 1960's!

Bring some yarn and we can get started on a number of projects, including, that elusive poodle, as well as Crochet scuffs, crochet hard boiled egg covers, milk jug covers, or even a boudoir cap!

If you don't quite feel you can cope with the pressure of the vintage moment, bring along your own projects to work on, and we will look forward to seeing you.

The details:

Where; Gallery One,
1 Torrens Road Mitcham Ph: 0431297258

When:  Saturday 22nd March 1.30 to 4.00

Cost:  $7. pp room hire

What to bring;  Your own project or yarn and crochet hook  for a workshop.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Brown Owls has arrived in Wollongong! :)

Our new group will be starting tonight at Bulli Community Centre from 7pm.

Ongoing Bulli Brown Owls will be held on the first Tuesday evening of every month at The Bulli Community Centre from 7pm.

All welcome!

BYO project, enthusiasm and a gold coin donation for the use of the centre.

Contact Michelle for details
ph. 0411549866

Monday, March 3, 2014

Sydney Brown Owls March Meeting


A small reblog with a few minor edits...

For those crafty peeps in Sydney that may not know, we have a very lively Brown Owls group that runs in the inner city/inner West/Eastern suburbs.

Although quiet on the blog front, we post a lot of stuff on our Facebook group, such as news, events, and info about general craftiness in Sydney.


This month, we're meeting on Thursday March 20th 6-9PM at The Duck Inn Pub & Kitchen in Sydney. Be sure to RSVP to the Facebook event, so I know vague numbers for booking purposes. We'll be sitting near the above mentioned dog pics... 

If you'd like to be added to the group, you can also email to brownowlssydney(at)gmail(dot)com or request to join our group on Facebook. 

Looking forward to seeing some newbies (and oldies) soon!


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Southside Owls ~ Thursday 6th March ~ BYO at Miss Jackson

Hello lovely ladies!!

We are very excited to be starting up again for 2014! Our first meet will be on the coming Thursday night at Miss Jackson Cafe in St. Kilda.

I'm going to get my cross stitch on ~ pixellated flamingo style!

Date: Thursday 6th March
Time: 7:30pm onwards

Venue: Miss Jackson2/19 Grey Street St. Kilda (through the big rusty  gate)
Close to the #16, #96 and #112 trams, and nearby parking below

Craft: BYO!
Goodies: We will have tea a plenty, and Matt is making a raspberry coconut slice! Please feel free to bring something along if you would like to show off your baking skills! 

RSVP: Leave a comment here, on facebookemail me or tweet me

Really looking forward to to seeing you all and to getting my craft on!!
Shan x