Friday, July 18, 2014

GOMA Winter Design Market 2014


I'm so excited to be part of the QAGOMA Store Winter Design Market! I'll have some lovely new pieces available at this market.


QAGOMA Winter Design Market
Saturday 19 July, 9am-4pm
at the Gallery of Modern Art, Cultural Centre, South Brisbane.

See you there!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Crochet in the round workshop


Crocheting in the round is easier than it looks and you can make loads of things from beanies to bowls and baskets, rugs or once you’re on a roll you can cover pebbles, stool covers, beads, anything round!


Learn the basics of increasing to achieve a circle, the base of many projects as well as little pitfalls along the way like what to do when your crochet circle curls up at the edges or goes wavy!

Sunday 13 July, 10:30am-12:30pm
Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane CBD
RSVP essential email brisbanebrownowls@gmail.com

Friday, July 11, 2014

a marathon of craft


I can't believe it's been one week since the absolute crafty marathon of a week began. I've met so many lovely, amazing and talented people in the last week, had so many laughs and expelled so much energy (don't worry there's loads more in the tank).


We kicked it off with a bandana fabric printing workshop at the Brisbane City Council Laneway Festival for 4th July. Theme: hoedown! It was so much fun and so entertaining.


The next day was the Brisbane Finders Keepers market. Held over the weekend we had a great time on my little stall, meeting lots of lovely people and making money to help fund the edward & lilly mission of sharing creative skills development!


This was my first market of the year and it was great to re-connect with a lot of my lovely regular customers, thank you to everyone who stopped by! My next market is the GOMA Winter Design Market on Saturday 19 July, details are here.



Tuesday night was spent at the beautiful Craft Nest where I shared my crochet tea light pattern with a lovely group of ladies. It was a great evening and everyone did an awesome job!



I squeezed in a few custom orders this week too!


And finally back at Jungle Bar last night for a macramé workshop on World Pina Colada Day ;)
So fun!






Thank you to everyone who came along to a creative event in the last week, stay tuned for more!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

crochet tea light holder workshop


Upcycle your old jars edward & lilly style with beautiful crochet designs. I will be back at The Craft Nest for another gorgeous evening of chatting and hooking. This meet up is not a learn to crochet class but for those who already know how to chain and either single, double or treble crochet. Start your crochet jar cosy and go home with the pattern.

Date: Tuesday 8 July, 6-9pm
Venue: The Craft Nest, 30 Fallon Cottage, Fallon Street, Everton Park
Cost: $5 payable at the door.
RSVP is essential to brisbanebrownowls@gmail.com

See you then!

Friday, July 4, 2014

brisbane finders keepers


I will be at The Finders Keepers Brisbane this weekend with some new work including tiny woven basket necklaces and kantha fabric beads with macramé details as well as some embroidered crochet bangles.

All one of a kind, all hand-stitched by me, very limited edition.






Details for The Finders Keepers Market can be found here.

There will be a small range in the shop from August.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

brisbane laneway festival workshop


In between prep for Finders Keepers this weekend I've also been whipping up some stamps and stencils for a fabric printing workshop at the 4 July Laneway Festival this Friday night!


If you're in Brisbane come along and celebrate this 4th July with a country hoedown on George St!

Wayne and I will be running a bandana making workshop including fabric stenciling, stamping, painting and drawing.

Bring your picnic blanket, cowboy hats and dancing boots for a country music shindig. Make your own bandanna (free and materials supplied) and hit the dance floor with Australian Bluegrass legends THE COMPANY.

This is a FREE event (food & drinks for sale).

Friday 4 July, 5-9pm
George Street Laneway (QUT/Parliamentary Annex)

Map and more information can be found here.


See you there!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

taking a moment


Everything is moving at such a fast pace and I keep making promises to myself that I will document all of the amazing workshops and events that flit by as well as my own creative practice.

So here is June which kicked off with our usual macramé workshop at Jungle Bar in West End, we are loving these fun little get togethers and have met loads of new people over cocktails and knotting!




Then the most amazing creative collaboration between myself, Jules & Jon and Trudy as we kicked off the month with the Etsy craft party which you can read about here and watch here.


Soon after we had Maryann Talia Pau along to Brown Owls to teach us star weaving for the one million stars to end violence against women project. It was a beautiful and memorable morning.


Our stars above and I've been trying to make a star a day since...



Our first evening meet up at The Nest was so much fun, lots of treats to eat and giggles. I ran a little cosy crochet cowl workshop and everyone did an amazing job especially the beginners.

Another beautiful day spent teaching macramé at the World Refugee Day Community Festival in the Brisbane City Council intercultural tent. I've been tutoring a refugee family for over 3 years now so it was great to be able to contribute to the community in a super creative way.


I became Enews Editor/Publicity Officer (and joined the committee) of the Australian Textile Arts and Surface Design Association (ATASDA Qld). Joanne Borgatti, a truly inspiring fashion designer gave a talk at our social meet up and I got to shop up a storm directly with Prudence Mapstone.


And to end the month Dyani of Little Deer Studio taught us all how to make paper beads from junk mail at Brown Owls which was loads of fun and so good to end the month with a catch up with Dyani.


And these two of course who make my heart sing, wearing their cosy crochet cowls from our meet up earlier in the month!


In between all of that I've been prepping for Finders Keepers which is on this weekend, details are here.

Another beautiful month passes and another one begins, I treasure all of these creative moments and couldn't do it without the support of Wayne (aka Country Boy) who is building me a new market stall display for this weekend as I type ;)

Back to it!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Brisbane Etsy Craft Party 2014: The Pics


Just popping in to share some pics from our Etsy Craft Party, a global event where everyone gets together to craft. The video, if you missed it sums everything up and can be viewed here. The amazing cake above was made by Cake Tart.


The theme for the night was Recapture: Bring new life to your old photographs.


The stitching table above was my zone for the night and everyone did an amazing job of adding detailed stitches to their pics.



Zombified parents, love this one!


The paper cutting, illustrating, calligraphy, collage table.


Our make-shift photo booth :)


The gals behind the scenes, I loved working with Jules (and Jon) of Sconnie and Jam and Trudy of Trudy Florence on this amazing event.


Everyone received a super crafty goodie bag at the end!

Here's a few photographs I worked on in the lead up to the event as examples, I really enjoyed creating these, it's always nice to stitch in a different medium:


That's my Pop on the right.


 I thought I'd have a go at creating a loom weaving on this one, a little trickier than stitching but I like the results, this one is still a work in progress... and that's my Pop on the right again :)


Country Boy strawberry picking in Stanthorpe.


And I'm super happy with this one of my nieces (well 4 of them), I think it definitely inspired some rainbow stitching after doing the rounds on Etsy in the lead up. I think I'll be gifting it to rainbow niece in front for her birthday and I have plans for variations on this pic for the other three too.

If you're in Brisbane you do not want to miss the next MAD craft party, you can keep updated here. I can't wait!!