Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Canberra Brown Owls - June 2017

It's a Canberra Brown Owls project special!  we've got the private dining room booked JUST FOR US and it's totally up to you!  We'll have room to spread out a bit more, so feel free to bring your sewing machine, your paper-crafting supplies, or whatever takes your fancy!!

Maybe catch up on all those Unfinished Projects (hexagons for example!).

Whatever you chose, BYO craft and supplies.  If you bring along your sewing machine - you may wish to bring a short extension cord!

So join on this Saturday at the Magpies Club in Kippax for an afternoon of crafting!

Below are a few links for inspiration:

  Gorgeous Homemade Silk Flower Cards

from http://shabbyartboutique.com/2017/06/diy-homemade-silk-flower-cards.html

 Beaded Bracelets

from https://oombawkadesigncrochet.com/2017/05/beaded-boho-cuff-bracelet-pattern.html?

 Crochet some cute little hand warmers

Click here for the pattern

from http://www.insidecrochet.co.uk/patterns/hand-hotties/ 

 Sew a cute bag

from https://www.craftsy.com/quilting/kits/daisy-delights-flower-bucket-bag/481866

Whatever you choose to make, whether a project that needs finishing or you're looking for something new,  go check out Pinterest. So much inspiration xx


May 2017 - It's a wrap

So if you joined us last month you would have seen some wonderful projects in action.  Especially Dream Catchers!

A few happy snaps from the day, 'scuse the lack of editing :( :

Gorgeous Dream Catchers of Maree & Lydia using kits xx

Obligatory group photo of lovely projects xx

Fabulous know work by Angela in sunshiney yellow xx

Angela's knot work is amazing xx

My crochet work to make the doily xx

The finished dream catcher xx

We hope you can join us this Saturday at Brown Owls.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Canberra Brown Owls - May 2017

It's a Dream Catcher special. BYO kits or supplies to make your own Dream Catchers (think hoops/rings, ribbons, lace, beads, feathers). Join on this Saturday at the Magpies Club in Kippax for an afternoon of Dream Catching.  Or feel free to bring your own project!

Below are a few links for inspiration:

 Crochet Dream Catchers: https://au.pinterest.com/pin/369365606928037439/

Easy Dream Catchers with tassels: https://au.pinterest.com/pin/369365606927801900/

Repurpose your doilies: http://mokkasin.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/du-vet-val-att-de-ar-mgaiska.html (use google translate) or this one: https://au.pinterest.com/pin/162833342757657954/

 or http://alldaychic.com/diy-dream-catcher-delight/ 

Or why not try making Dream Catcher cards - they're just stunning too! https://au.pinterest.com/pin/321163017153540045/

Maybe a mixed media Dream Catcher takes your fancy: http://mixedmediaplace.blogspot.com.au/2016/08/dream-catcher-by-sylwia-video.html.

Whatever you choose, go check out Pinterest and search on Dream Catcher. So much inspiration xx

Sunday, May 7, 2017

April 2017 - Wrap Up

Well, our Canberra meet up in April was another fabulous afternoon.  Faces, old and new, all joining in for the most-addictive crafting...... making hexagons!

A few happy snaps of the day - can you see yours?

Liberty Lawn hexagons, ready to be pieced.
Sandy's gorgeous hexagons with much admired fabric choices

Angela's gorgeous hexies using batik fabrics

Helen's gorgeous hexies with an amazing rainbow of colours

And a quick happy snap of the girls hard at work!

We hope you can join us next month at Brown Owls. 
We'll be trying Dream Catchers!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Canberra Brown Owls - April 2017

Join us this month for Canberra Brown Owls - and this month we're trying English Paper Piercing and Hexagons!

Now I'm no expert in these, so let's all learn together!

I've found a few helpful websites, so let's get started!

Hexagon Templates:

You'll need templates for cutting your hexagon pieces and templates.  You can print some off from the Willow Market website.  I recommend printing/cutting from thin cardstock if you can.  It's a little bit sturdier then the usual print paper!

Sewing Supplies:
* English Paper Piecing Templates printed on cardstock at actual size (full scale)
* Cotton fabric scraps or fat quarters, two contrasting prints or colors
* Hand quilting thread, a colour that will blend in with your fabrics
* Glue stick (optional)

* Fabric scissors
* Hand quilting needle
* Paper scissors

Sewing Hexagon/English Paper Piecing Instructions

I have found a great tutorial with lots of photos over at the 'Zen of Making' website.  Click on the link for all the instructions (Part 1) to make the individual hexagons and then over to Part 2 of the Tutorial for assembly into gorgeous Hexagon flowers!  There are heaps of instructions for making hexagons, including these ones from Pretty by Hand and Bee in my Bonnet.

So if you're wondering what you can do with these gorgeous hexagons, and trust me - it is rather addictive (and the perfect project to take anywhere with you), you can try these!

A Hexie Pincushion by Spoonful of Sugar
Hexie Cushion from Homelife
BYO all your sewing supplies and fabrics.

We will be using the room at Magpies Sports Club in Kippax.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Canberra Brown Owls - March 2017

Join us this month for Canberra Brown Owls - and this month we're trying Cardmaking (and not the one in the pic!! The cards we are going to make will be revealed on Saturday).

Image Source: http://www.kiwikoncepts.com/2016/07/mft-twice-wishes-card-kit-countdown-day-2/
Cardmaking will cost no more than $5 per person with all the bits you need to make 2 cards.

BYO paper crafting tools!

We will be using the room at Magpies Sports Club in Kippax.

 New to papercrafting and cardmaking?
Image : http://www.ebay.co.uk/gds/What-to-Consider-When-Buying-Card-Making-Supplies-/10000000178842658/g.html
New to card making and paper crafting? There are a few basic essential tools you'll need. Bring along a self-healing cutting mat (or something similar) to work on, sharp scissors, adhesives and bone folders. Click on this link with some great tips of what you can need if you decide cardmaking is for you!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Canberra Brown Owls - February

So - it's already the second month of 2017.  How did that sneak up so quick?? It's also my first Canberra Brown Owls this year!  So what have we got planned for you?

Well, according to one of my favourite websites for things stitch-y and craft-y .... February is the month of Embroidery.  Well, I always thought it was the month of Love.  So whether you celebrate all things Valentine's Day, Galentine's Day or you just love to craft - come along and be crafty with us.

This month, I'm combining love and embroidery and boy do I have some inspiring projects for you!

Starting with this gorgeous make from the Mollie Makes Magazine, issue 76.

But I really really have my eyes on this sweet little embroidery, I can't even describe how lovely I think it is!  And I love all the stitcheries from Lilipopo, adorably sweet!

New to embroidery?  Do head on over to Lilipopo - she has heaps of info and tutorials for beginners.

So bring along your hoops, embroidery makings (needles, thread and suitable fabrics) along to our meet up for the month of February.

If embroidery is not your thing - come along anyway with your favourite project to work on.

Carolyn x