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

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Coming up - October 2016

Well, after a very successful Masterclass in September - Canberra Brown Owls is back to regular programming!

This month, we're starting to think of Christmas - yep already!  So I found this gorgeous little project: Scandinavian Fabric Stars.  They look fabulous!

Image source: https://craftingarainbow.wordpress.com/2015/12/06/scandinavian-fabric-stars/
This one has homework - so read on!! We don't have the room booked this month, to do the homework and preparation!

Four coordinating fabrics, cut 8cm x 30cm rectangles (about 12″ x 3 1/4″)
Coordinating embroidery floss & needle
General sewing supplies

Before you come along to Brown Owls - you need to follow these steps...

Step 1: Choose 4 fabrics that you like together.
Step 2: Cut 8cm x 30cm rectangles (about 12″ x 3 1/4″).
Step 3: Iron the stripes so they are like double-fold bias tape. (In half, then fold the edges in to the centre, and iron again.) - you can see what this looks like at: http://sofielegarth.blogspot.com.au/2010/11/diy-flettet-stjerne.html (and use google translate!!)

Don't forget to RSVP over at our Canberra Brown Owls FB page : https://www.facebook.com/events/1160035607387527/

Carolyn & Nic

Monday, September 5, 2016

Coming Up - September 2016

So Canberra Brown Owls, we got a special one for September.  It's our first Canberra Brown Owls Master Class.  Yep you read it right - a Master Class.

Since we ALL raved on so much about how LOVELY Nic's nifty handbag was, designed by Anna Graham of Noodlehead fame, we will be making Trail Totes together at the September meeting and Nic will be helping for those that are a bit rusty on sewing bags. 

 Check our FB event page for the pattern (free on Robert Kaufman website) which outlines all the materials required. There will be a charge for bag hardware (will advise cost before the date). You will need to supply your own fabrics, zippers, interfacing, thread and thin wadding (if you want the bag to be slightly padded). If you have a sewing machine, bring it too.

This is a fun bag that is easy to make. For those that are beginners, we will be there to help you work through the pattern.

We do have a limited workspace so please confirm your attendance!

It's going to be great fun!

Carolyn & Nic xx