Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Brunswick Brown Owls get all festive on your owls

Oh lookee! 
It's that festive time of year!
Full of cheer and craftiness, and a little silliness!
We'd love you to join us for our annual Brunswick Brown Owl Christmas party at the Victoria Hotel on Victoria St in Brunswick, Melbourne, Vic.

Thank you for all your support this year,
 it's a real treat to be a part of a group 
that meets EVERY FORTNIGHT, rain, hail or shine, with beautiful peeps who genuinely care for each other and have such excellent SKILLZ!

My highlight this year would definitely have been the Craft Cubed Event, the Brunswick Brown Owl Lucky Dip Swap Shop where we raised $73 for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Photos can be found by the talented Sophie Timothy Photography on our Facebook page. 

We'll be starting at 7pm and enjoying the 
delicious goodies from the kitchen.
Will you be joining us? 

Image by        Mr Printables

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Brisbane: Quilling

It's our last meet up of the year! Come along for a lovely morning learning quilling with Jan & Rebecca, an easy and relaxing paper craft technique that is highly addictive and really effective! There will be options to make cards and we'll also show you how to make sweet little boxes for you to decorate with your quilling masterpieces.

Date: Sunday 14 December, 10:30am-12:30pm
Venue: Brisbane Square Library, Brisbane CBD
Cost: $5 includes all materials, patterns and your very own quilling tool!
RSVP is essential to
Be quick, there are only a couple of spots left!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Brisbane: Jar Painting & Recycled Paper Making

Brisbane Brown Owls is teaming up with The Nest and edward & lilly for a full day of pre-Christmas crafty fun on Saturday 13 December on the front entrance lawn near the train at Boundary Street Markets in West End including:

Recycled Paper Making 3 sessions to choose from during the day. $20 includes workshop to make 10 sheets of paper.

Jar painting from 3-5pm. $15, bring your own jar and chair or picnic rug to chill out on.

Followed by The Nest Launch from 5-7pm. BYO plate to share and wine.

RSVP is absolutely essential. Click here to book you spot!

I hope to see you there to celebrate our journey so far and to toast to an exciting future for the craft community in Brisbane!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Mitcham brown Owls

Hi There Owlies,

Here we are at the pointy end of the year once again, and this Saturday will be our last class for 2014.

Our workshop will be making some felt Christmas decorations, so bring along some felt, sequins threads, etc, and I'll bring along the pattern book.

Don't forget to bring along anything you have finished to show off as well.

For our last class, bring along something vintage to show off and a small plate of something to share, I'll bring the champagne.

The details:

Where:  Gallery One, 1 Torrens Road, Mitcham.  Ph : 0431 297 258

When:  Saturday November 29th, from 1.30 to 4.00 pm.

Cost:  $7. pp room hire.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Southside Owls ~ Thursday 13th November @ Frankie & Swiss ~ Mirabel Softies

Southside Owls is on this Thursday! Join us for a very good cause – Softies for Mirabel!

Pip from Meet Me at Mikes has been running Softies for Mirabel for 8 years now – head over to Mikes for more information about this great cause.
Mirabel Foundation does important work, supporting kids who are affected by parental substance abuse. They also support family members who might be caring for those kids.
Did you know that lots of kids move from the care of their parents to grandparents or aunties and uncles? Mirabel provides support to these children and their extended family, making sure that they all know how special they are, and that they are not alone.
Each year we run Softies For Mirabel with The Mirabel Foundation. We encourage you to make a soft toy (a softie!) for a Mirabel child. We think that it's really important to show these kids that they are in our thoughts and that we care about them. A handmade buddy can be a loyal companion to a child who may have the weight of the world on their shoulders at times.”
(excerpt from Meet Me at Mikes)

Date: Thursday 13th November

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. 
There is also parking available underneath the building. You’ll need to call Shannon on 9826 4261 or 0411 012 297 to buzz you under:) 


 Fabric, sewing machine or hand sewing bits and pieces, trims and anything else to make sweet softies!

 We will have tea and sweet treats. 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.

See you all on Thursday night!

Shan xx

Monday, November 10, 2014

Brisbane: Paper Garlands

Just in time for the festive season; for a special upcoming event; to give as a gift; or simply to decorate a corner of your home. Enjoy an evening of coffee, tea and chatting and learn four different styles of paper garlands. Each style will be demonstrated and you can choose to make one or make a start on all four.

Date: Tuesday 11 November, 6-9pm
Venue: The Craft Nest, Fallon Cottage, 30 Fallon Street, Everton Park
Cost: $10
RSVP is essential to You must RSVP for a list of what to bring.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Brisbane: Upcycled Aluminium Cards

At Brown Owls we love upcycling so we're very excited to have Felicity from Bearly There Creations back this year to show us how to upcycle aluminium cans into fun and interesting Christmas cards and decorations! 
Felicity will show how to cut down cans safely, create your own designs by hand embossing and a little cheating by using commercial embossing plates to make decorations. Each participant should leave with at least 1 card and 1 decoration, or more, as it is highly addictive. 
If time allows Felicity will demonstrate colouring methods as well, using alcohol inks and pens.
When: Sunday 9 November, 10:30am-12:30pm
Where: Brisbane Square Library, Brisbane CBD
What to bring:
- Aluminium cans, they come  in interesting colours and shapes these days, bring some favourites along to play with!
- Old scissors (not your good dressmaking or fabric ones)
- An old ball point pen for embossing
Cost: $5
RSVP: is absolutely essential by emailing

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Hi Owlies,

Our last class saw another attack of the Mitcham yarn bombers with this result

With Christmas sneaking up so quickly, for our next class we will be making a Medieval pomander.  They make great gifts, or you can keep them and they will make your house smell like Christmas, cloves, citrus oil, spices....  bring along a medium sized orange and about 50 grams of whole cloves, and I'll supply the rest.

The details: 
Where;  Gallery One, 1 Torrens Road Mitcham Ph 0431 297 258
When: Saturday October 25th 1.30 pm to 4.00 pm
Cost $7. room hire

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Brisbane: MAD Craft Party

MAD Craft Party: Weaving 2.0 (Your better beWEAVE it!)

After the amazing time we had at the last MAD Craft Party: Weave it to me AND all the amazing wall art that has been produced since then, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to host another weaving workshop!


Weaving 2.0 – You better beWEAVE it
Friday 24 October, 7-10pm

The Buffalo Hall, 30 Seeney Street, Zillmere 

There are three different ticketing options this time around:
Curious Weavers
Places cost $50 per person which will include:
  • loom (value of $50) plus accessories for you to take home after the MAD Craft Party.  Beginners will receive a starter pack and advanced members will receive a new and bigger loom to develop their skills they learnt last 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
People who have attended the first weaving workshop with MAD Craft Party: Weave it to me have two other ticketing options:
Content Weavers
Places cost $25 per person and you BYO Simplicity Loom kit
Eager Weavers
Places cost $50 per person and you will receive a new and bigger loom to work on new projects.
Both of these tickets will include the rest of the goodies (materials, food, drinks, lucky door and goodie bag)

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.
Once you have "Reserved your spot" on Eventbrite HERE, we will email you a PayPal invoice to ensure we have reserved all your goodies for the night.
We will be also showcasing the wares of some of members 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.

Brisbane: Craft Lab 2

We're doing it again! Let's all take some time out to finish off our projects. Get out all of those half made craft projects from the year or catch up on a craft you've missed out on!

Come along for a demonstration or some extra help with these crafts:
Rag Rugs
Thread Wrapped Jewellery
T-shirt yarn

If you've missed out on these crafts during the year or you need a little extra help with one of them book in asap! Even if you're a pro at all of them you might like to take some time out to finish them off.

Tuesday 21 October, 6-9pm
The Craft Nest, 30 Fallon Cottage, Everton Park 
Cost: $10
RSVP: essential by emailing

Brisbane: Spring Weaving Session 2

Brisbane Brown Owls, edward & lilly and The Craft Nest are joining forces to bring you the second  basket weaving session over Spring. Each session will cover a different type of basket weaving stitch using upcycled textiles and materials.

The second session is Sunday 19 October, 1-5pm and will cover lazy squaw stitch (pictured above).

Session 2: Lazy Squaw Stitch
Date: Sunday 19 October, 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.

The third and final session is:

Navajo Stitch
Date: Sunday 30 November, 1-5pm

Book your spot now by emailing

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Brisbane: Craft Lab

Let's all take some time out to finish off our projects. Get out all of those half made craft projects from the year or catch up on a craft you've missed out on!

Come along for a demonstration or some extra help with these crafts:

Rag Rugs
Thread Wrapped Jewellery
T-shirt yarn

If you've missed out on these crafts during the year or you need a little extra help with one of them book in asap! Even if you're a pro at all of them you might like to take some time out to finish them off.

Sunday 12 October, 10:30am-12:30pm
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD  
RSVP: essential by emailing

Friday, October 3, 2014

Southside Owls ~ Thursday 9th October ~ BYO at Miss Jackson

Hello crafty ladies!!

I'm waiting for the lovely spring weather to return, so I can put away the yarn projects and turn to something more suited to the warmer weather, like embroidery. Come back sunshine!!

Come along and join us on Thursday night! It's a BYO night, so bring along anything you fancy to work on. Or not even, if you just want to come along for a chat, laughs, baked treats and tea.

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 9th October 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: BYO
Goodies: We will have tea a plenty and Matt is going to bake us a something delicious! 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

Looking forward to to seeing all you lovely ladies and getting my craft on!!
Shan x

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.