Thursday, February 26, 2015

embroidery social club brisbane


Do you love stitching by hand, sharing ideas, having a chat and a cuppa and picking up tips and tricks for your embroidery and needlework projects? Or have you ever wanted to have a go at an embroidery style and not sure where to start?


On Sunday I'll be kicking off the first Embroidery Social Group meet up at The Nest. I'll have my lightbox, lots of inspiration and a few other bits and pieces with me. Bring along your unfinished stitching projects, something you might be stuck on or a totally new project for a catch up and a cuppa with like-minded stitch enthusiasts. It's for everyone no matter what your skill level to take some time out and unwind.

Embroidery Social Group
Sunday 1 March, 2-5pm at The Nest, 720 South Pine Road, Everton Park. Bookings essential, click here to book your spot.

Monday, February 23, 2015

On taking risks


This year I've been working with Roz Fenson and a group of amazing women we lovingly refer to as the 'Dream Team' on a new non-profit organisation called The Nest Community Inc.

The Nest is an accessible place for women and children of all generations and diverse backgrounds to learn, connect and nurture each other through artisan and craft practice. The program focuses on the value of sustainability and creativity and makes everyone feel really great about what they can achieve and make with their own two hands!

It's basically the women’s counterpart to the successful Men’s Shed concept, how great is that! 

Yesterday we moved The Nest into a beautiful heritage listed home at Everton Park and had our first crafty get together. 

It's been a roller coaster start to the year and we're taking a big risk but we believe it's important for every community to have a permanent home where women, teens and children can get together, feel safe, tell stories, make stuff, learn new things, have fun, be empowered and feel like they belong.  Yes, every community!

If you would like to take part, support us, come to a workshop, join a social group or you just want to know what's going on head here and sign up to the email list or book in to a workshop/event. We're dreaming BIG and we want to share the journey with you!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sashiko Stitching Workshop


I'm running a Sashiko stitching workshop at The Nest in March, it will cover everything you need to know about transferring or drafting patterns onto fabric, materials, stitch techniques and as always a little bit of history about this beautiful technique.




There will also be the option to have a go at Hitomezashi Sashiko which is one of my personal favourites (below).


It's on Sunday 1 March, for all of the details and to book in click here.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Mini loom weaving workshop


Learn basic weaving techniques on a small scale to make a necklace, lavender sachet, coaster or tiny wall hanging.

When: Sunday 8 February, 10:30am-12:30pm
Where: Brisbane Square Library, Brisbane CBD
What to bring:
- Yarn, wool, twine, any textile or fibre you would like to weave with
- Plastic needle (I will have some of these available to use on the day if you can't find one)
- A piece of sturdy cardboard, A5 size or smaller, cardboard from an old box works well
- Ruler
- Pencil or pen
- Scissors
- Sticky tape
- For a necklace or wall hanging you will need a little stick to attach it to
- For a lavender sachet some scrap fabric for backing, a needle and thread.
Cost: Free
RSVP: is absolutely essential by emailing brisbanebrownowls@gmail.com

cocktails & macramé


We're bringing macramé back to Jungle this Thursday night!

Come along and celebrate the new year with a drink and some crafting. It's loads of fun and it's free with any cocktail (or mocktail) purchase!

When: Thursday 5 February, 6:30pm sharp!
Where: Jungle Bar, 76 Vulture Street, West End
Cost: Free with purchase of a cocktail or mocktail, materials provided!

See you there!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

cocktails & weaving


We will be back at Jungle for loom weaving and cocktails this Thursday night!

Come along and celebrate the new year with a drink and learn to weave a small necklace or coaster. It's loads of fun and it's free with any cocktail (or mocktail) purchase!

When: Thursday 8 January, 6:30pm sharp!
Where: Jungle Bar, 76 Vulture Street, West End
Cost: Free with purchase of a cocktail or mocktail, materials provided!

See you there!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Woodford Folk Festival workshops

Wayne and I are taking the Brisbane chapter of Brown Owls to Woodford Folk Festival to spread the crafty love. If you're heading to Woodford join in or if you're looking for something fun to do over the next week book tickets here. We'll be in the Craft Oasis at Artisania sharing these crafts:


Kantha stitching

 Loom weaving

 Macramé
Rubber stamp making

All of the details for the festival can be found here.

Friday, December 12, 2014

crochet jar cosy pattern


Upcycle your jars into beautiful tea light holders, vases, pencil/tool/cutlery holders with basic crochet stitches.


After selling these for a few years now at markets I decided it was time to share the pattern. You can make jar cosies with any yarn you like, the one pictured is made with a 4 ply crochet cotton. Just choose your yarn and corresponding hook (check the year label) and get stitching!

If you live in Brisbane and you prefer to attend a workshop to learn this please sign up to my enews here.

Note: I love images with my crochet pattern but if you prefer to read it quickly scroll down for the text all together in one spot.

Crochet Jar Cosy Pattern

Yarn: Cotton – 4ply crochet cotton works well but you can experiment with any size or type of yarn depending on the look you are going for.
Hook: to suit your yarn (check the label for recommended hook size)
Stitches:
Slip Stitch = Ss
Chain = Ch
Half Treble = Htr (US HDC) (Click here for guidance)
Treble Crochet = Tr (US DC)

Foundation Row: Ch in multiples of 4, measuring around your chosen jar as you go, until you have the right length. [If it looks like it won't fit exactly (i.e. it's a little shorter or longer than the circumference of your jar) then go shorter as they do stretch a bit as you crochet.] Join to the first ch with a slip stitch [be careful not to twist your chain].


Round 1: Ch3 (counts as 1st tr), tr into the next chain, *Ch2, skip 2 chains, tr into the next 2 chains. Repeat from *. Join with a slip stitch into the top of the initial ch3.



Round 2 and subsequent rounds: Ss into the gap created by the two chains of the previous row. This will make sure your yarn is in the right position. Ch3 (counts as 1st tr), 1 tr into the gap created by the 2 ch of the previous row, *2 Ch, 2 Tr into the gap created by the 2 Ch of previous row. Repeat from *. Join with a slip stitch into the top of the initial ch3. Repeat Round 2.
 
 
Check that what you have crocheted so far fits nicely around your jar.

 
It’s a good idea to check this every 3 or 4 rows.


Once you have crocheted enough rows of Round 2 for the main section of the jar you will need to decrease for a snug fit around the smaller top section of your jar (the lip or where the lid would have once screwed on).

 
Decrease round 1: Chain 2, 1 Htr into the next Tr, *1 Htr into the gap created by the two chains of the previous row, 1 Htr into the next 2 Tr. Repeat from *. Join with a slip stitch into the top of the initial Ch 2. Check the fit is nice and snug on the jar at this stage.

 
Subsequent rounds: Chain 2, 1 Htr into each Htr, Join with a slip stitch into the top of the initial Ch 2. Check the fit on your jar after every few rows.

 
Once the lip is fully covered finish off and sew in your end with a wool needle.

 
For a secure fit around the bottom of the jar you can also use the wool needle and extra yarn to stitch through each gap in the bottom and pull in to gather. This will secure the bottom crochet stitches to fit nicely.

I would love to see your completed jars, tag me with @edwardandlilly on social media to share :)



Crochet Jar Cosy Pattern (text only)

Yarn: Cotton – 4ply crochet cotton works well but you can experiment with any size or type of yarn depending on the look you are going for.
Hook: to suit your yarn (check the label for recommended hook size)
Stitches:
Slip Stitch = Ss
Chain = Ch
Half Treble = Htr (US HDC) (Click here for guidance)
Treble Crochet = Tr (US DC)

Foundation Row: Ch in multiples of 4, measuring around your chosen jar as you go, until you have the right length. [If it looks like it won't fit exactly (i.e. it's a little shorter or longer than the circumference of your jar) then go shorter as they do stretch a bit as you crochet.] Join to the first ch with a slip stitch [be careful not to twist your chain].

Round 1: Ch3 (counts as 1st tr), tr into the next chain, *Ch2, skip 2 chains, tr into the next 2 chains. Repeat from *. Join with a slip stitch into the top of the initial ch3.

Round 2 and subsequent rounds: Ss into the gap created by the two chains of the previous row. This will make sure your yarn is in the right position. Ch3 (counts as 1st tr), 1 tr into the gap created by the 2 ch of the previous row, *2 Ch, 2 Tr into the gap created by the 2 Ch of previous row. Repeat from *. Join with a slip stitch into the top of the initial ch3. Repeat Round 2. Check that what you have crocheted so far fits nicely around your jar. It’s a good idea to check this every 3 or 4 rows. Once you have crocheted enough rows of Round 2 for the main section of the jar you will need to decrease for a snug fit around the smaller top section of your jar (the lip or where the lid would have once screwed on).

Decrease round 1: Chain 2, 1 Htr into the next Tr, *1 Htr into the gap created by the two chains of the previous row, 1 Htr into the next 2 Tr. Repeat from *. Join with a slip stitch into the top of the initial Ch 2. Check the fit is nice and snug on the jar at this stage.

Subsequent rounds: Chain 2, 1 Htr into each Htr, Join with a slip stitch into the top of the initial Ch 2. Check the fit on your jar after every few rows. Once the lip is fully covered finish off and sew in your end with a wool needle. For a secure fit around the bottom of the jar you can also use the wool needle and extra yarn to stitch through each gap in the bottom and pull in to gather. This will secure the bottom crochet stitches to fit nicely.

A very big thank you to Intune for a great and very patient photoshoot. 

© edward & lilly. Images courtesy Intune.

This is the first pattern I have written so if you have any suggestions please leave me a comment, happy stitching!

More patterns coming soon, sign up to my email list here for updates.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

quilling workshop


It's the last Brisbane Brown Owls meet up of the year! Come along for a lovely morning learning quilling with Jan & I, 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 brisbanebrownowls@gmail.com
Be quick, there are only a couple of spots left!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Brisbane Made Design Pop Up


When the fabulous ladies behind the Brisbane Made Design Pop Up told me they were creating an event that would have a huge emphasis on locally made, original design, 100% hand-crafted wares I couldn't resist accepting their invite to be part of it.

If you're looking for unique Christmas gifts (or treasures for yourself) and you love supporting original design come along and check out beautiful wares from Robyn Harding, Sharka Marvilla, Nancy Brown, Clare Poppi, Radmila Subotic, Paul Owen, Chantal Labbé and Corey Biever, Erin Hassall and more.

My new brooches, crochet pebble necklaces and a selection of my little critter range will be available to purchase at the Pop Up.

Brisbane Made Design Pop Up
Friday 12 December, 5-9pm (let's catch up for an after work drink!) 
Saturday 13 December, 9am-3pm
29A Smith Street (cnr of Raff Ave), Holland Park

See you there!