Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Brisbane: Card Making

Come and share a morning learning the art of hand making cards with Maria and Alison. Two card kits will be provided that include most of what you will need at a small cost of $10.00. We do ask that you bring your own set of fine point scissors and if you have them, felt pens. We look forward to sharing our love of card making with you and hope to see you there.

Date: Saturday 4 October, 10:30am-12:30pm.
Venue: Carindale Library, Westfield Shopping centre, Carindale
Cost: $10
RSVP: Essential email

Monday, September 29, 2014


Hi there Owlies,

Congratulations to Cheryl Hutchins who has had a beautiful baby boy!!

Flushed with success at our last yarn bombingI have made some vine so we can decorate the tree next to the one we bombed, which is now referred to as the bride.
Gallery One put images of the bride on their facebook page and received over three hundred hits!

I will bring all we need for yarn bombing, if you would like to join in, other wise, bring along your own work, and anything you might have finished so we can all enjoy your work.

The details:
Gallery One 1 Torrens Street Mitcham ph: 0431 297 2580431 297 258

When;  Saturday October 4th from 1.30 to 4.00 pm

Cost:  $7. pp room hire.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Brisbane: Spring Weaving Session 1

Spring Basket Weaving Workshops, Brisbane

It's finally here! Brisbane Brown Owls, edward & lilly and The Craft Nest are joining forces to bring you three basket weaving sessions over Spring. Each session will cover a different type of basket weaving stitch using upcycled textiles and materials.

The first session is Saturday 27 September, 1-5pm and will cover exposed core button hole stitch (pictured above and below).

Session 1: Exposed Core Buttonhole Stitch
Date: Saturday 27 September, 1-5pm
All sessions will be held at The Craft Nest at 30 Fallon Cottage, Fallon Street, Everton Park. The cost for each session is $50 and includes afternoon tea. Participants are encouraged to bring their own materials to suit their style however there will also be extra materials available free of charge for you to experiment with. You can book in to just one session or all three, the sessions are not consecutive (each is a stand alone workshop).

The other two sessions are:

Lazy Squaw Stitch
Date: Sunday 19 October, 1-5pm
Navajo Stitch
Date: Sunday 30 November, 1-5pm

Book your spot now by emailing

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Melbourne Owls: September Meet

Hello Ladies!

We are on again on Tuesday 23rd September at the lovely Madame Brussels! Come down and have a chicken sandwich and get your craft on :o)

No formal activities - think this group will for ever be a BYO project group - seems to be what people like best!

Details are as follows:

Date:                     Tuesday 23rd September
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

Looking forward to seeing you there


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Brisbane: Rag Rugs

Due to popular demand rag rugs are back!

Learn the easy and fun 'toothbrush' technique of knotting, upcycle your old and unwanted fabric into a fabulous rug or a little basket or bowl! The meet up will cover preparing your fabric to make the rug, the basic knotting technique and a few tips for creating a nice flat circle or a bowl shape.

Date: Sunday 14 September, 10:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Brisbane Square Library, George Street, Brisbane CBD
RSVP is essential to for a list of what to bring. There are only a few spots left for this one!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Southside Owls ~ Thursday 11th September ~ UFOs at Miss Jackson

Hello crafty ladies!!

The sun is shining, spring is in the air! And that means it's a good time to clear things out for a fresh start.

So it's UFO time (Unfinished Objects)!!

Come along and join us on Thursday night! Bring along a project you've been meaning to finish, and get your to do list ready to tick it off!!
There will of course still be plenty of chatting, and baked treat eating, and tea drinking.

We are a friendly bunch, we have lovely regulars and always new comers, so feel free to pop along if you’ve never been before, but have wanted to. All welcome!!

Date: Thursday 11 September 2014
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: UFOs!
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

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Brisbane: MAD Craft Party: Weave it to me!

Presented by Makers and Designers Australia and Brisbane Brown Owls, MAD Craft Party is a Friday evening crafting session, allowing you to wind down from the week with some great company, a drink and nibbles and learning or developing a creative skill.  Come and create woven wall art that you will be able to proudly hang in your home or give as gift. 

It doesn't matter if you've never crafted before...we'll have people to help you get started and tutorials and ideas for all levels.

All of the details on how to book and pay can be found on Eventbrite here.

Places cost $50 per person which will include:
A beautiful loom from Simplicity Looms (value of $50) plus accessories for you to take home after the MAD Craft Party
yarn and other materials for weaving
a complimentary drink and nibbles on arrival
a ticket in the lucky door prize
a goodie bag to take home

We will be also showcasing the wares of some of the members of the Makers and Designers Australia Etsy team on the night and their makers and designers will be on hand for you to ask questions about their processes for creating.

The MAD Craft Party was set up by the Makers and Designers (MAD) Australia Etsy Team

Follow along for inspiration and ideas in the lead up to the event with MAD Craft Party, Makers and Designers Australia and Brisbane Brown Owls.

Places are limited so book your spot asap here.  

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Brisbane: Crochet Flowers 5 Ways

Rebecca and Michelle are teaming up to teach five different styles of crochet flowers and a leafy garland, suitable for absolute beginners through to more advanced crocheters.

Crochet flowers can be made into gorgeous accessories for adults and children or used to decorate home furnishings, wearables, anything you like! They also make sweet gift toppers.

Absolute beginners are welcome!

Date: Tuesday 9 September, 6-9pm
Venue: The Craft Nest, Fallon Cottage, 30 Fallon Street, Everton Park
Cost: $10 payable on the night
RSVP is essential to You must RSVP for the list of what to bring.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

#LuckyDipSwapShop2014 with the Brunswick Brown Owls

#LuckyDipSwapShop2014  with the Brunswick Brown Owls @The Victoria Hotel in Brunswick
The Brunswick Brown Owls ‘Lucky Dip Swap Shop’ project will be a fun-filled evening in which creative folk will swap re-used jars containing craft kits that can be completed on the night. The kit will contain instructions and all materials and tools needed for the project. Please make your instructions simple and easy to follow.
The craft jars could include a range of craft supplies for simple projects such as a needle book, rubber stamp, pin cushion, embroidery, polymer clay beads, cross stitch, brooches,  pom poms and garlands.
So come join our craft group, the Brunswick Brown Owls and get nimble-fingered in the company of like-minded crafty types at 380 Victoria St, Brunswick from 7pm sharp. 
Donate a lucky dip craft jar or purchase one for $5. Money raised will go to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Please RSVP via the Facebook event for the Brunswick Brown Owls. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Brisbane: Jewellery with Liana Kabel

It is so exciting to have master jeweller Liana Kabel back at Brown Owls! Liana wowed us with her two Brown Owls Art Bites workshops earlier in the year. They booked out very quickly and we suspect her metal stamping workshop will too!

In this 2 hour workshop you will learn all the basics for making your own stamped metal jewellery. Techniques covered will include, making blanks, texturing, stamping numbers and letters, colouring, finishing and assembly. It is expected that you will have completed two wearable designs by the workshop's end. These will be a choice of earrings, cuffs, pendants or necklaces. All materials and tools will be provided. 

Date: Tuesday 19 August, 6-8pm
Venue: The Nest, Fallon Cottage, 39 Fallon Street, Everton Park
Cost: $40 includes all materials
RSVP is essential to Places are limited and are confirmed on receipt of payment.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Southside Owls ~ Craft Cubed ~ Thursday 14th August

Hello ladies!!

Our Southside Owls August meet is part of the Craft Victoria Craft Cubed Festival!!

Coming back to chilly Melbourne I'm looking forward to getting my crochet on!

The lovely Michelle is now sunning it up in Detroit, and I'm now back from sunny Brisvegas.  We've had a last minute change of venue for this month, it was meant to be at Miss Jackson Cafe, but Michelle has graciously offered for us to still her studio, so this month will be at Frankie and Swiss!

Come along and join us on Thursday night! Bring along a project you’re working on, be it something crafty or otherwise, and chat away a few hours with some likeminded and lovely ladies. All welcome! There are some regulars, and always new comers – so feel free to pop along if you’ve never been before, but have wanted to!!

Date: Thursday 14 August 2014
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 project
Goodies: We will have tea a plenty, and please feel free to bring something along if you would like to show off your baking skills! 

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

See you all on Thursday!
Shannon xx

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Brisbane: Hexies

sweet hexies from kerri

Learn the basics of paper piecing and use up all your gorgeous fabric scraps. Hexies can be stitched up quickly and mapped out to a variety of designs from sweet flowers to geometric patterns. Enjoy some time out hand stitching these little treasures. We'll also discuss a range of projects you can use your hexies for. Keep an eye on the Facebook page this week for some hex-inspiration!

Date: Sunday 10 August, 10:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Brisbane Square Library, Brisbane CBD
Cost: Free. There will be a small amount of thread and fabric scraps available for use for a gold coin donation.
RSVP is essential to You must RSVP for the list of what to bring.

Brisbane: Thread Wrapped Jewellery

image source

Create beautiful statement necklaces, bangles, bracelets, earrings and more using wrapping, weaving and tassel making techniques. We love to upcycle at Brown Owls so dig out all of those left over yarn, string, embroidery thread and woolly bits and pieces and upcycle your old bangles, hoop earrings, or create a new wearable piece from scratch.

Date: Saturday 9 August, 10:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Carindale Library, Westfield Carindale
Cost: Free, a little Brown Owls stash of craft supplies is available for a gold coin donation.
RSVP is essential to You must RSVP for the list of what to bring.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


Hi There Owlies,

This month for our workshop we are going to take  a walk on the wild side!

With Sally's beautiful lace table cloth, we thought we might do a little yarn bombing of the trees in the car park at Gallery One, but Shhh! its a secret!
These bare naked ladies will be the best dressed trees in Mitcham, when you see them next.

For those of you not quite ready to tangle with the seamy side of the law, please bring along your current work, and of course, there will learn to  knit and crochet support.

This month we will be meeting on the third Saturday of the month as I am unable to change my work roster.

The details:
Where:  Gallery One, 1 Torrens Street , Mitcham ph - 0431 297 258
When: Saturday August 16th from 1.30 to 4.00
Cost : $7 pp room hire.

I'm looking forward to seeing you all,

Kind regards,

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Cobar joins the Flock!

Or should that be a parliament of owls?

Anyhoo...Cobar is having its first Brown Owls session this Saturday 9th August 1-4pm in the Alcove room at the Golfie. Bring something crafty to do and a big smile! Contact Kylie at if you have any other questions.