Friday, April 24, 2015

Brisbane Brown Owls Market Stall to raise money for The Leukaemia Foundation

Just in time for Mother's Day!
The Brisbane Brown Owls market stall to raise money for The Leukaemia Foundation is this Sunday!

It's time for our first market stall to help raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation, specifically for the Myleoproliferative Neoplasms (MPN) trust fund within the Research Trust of the Foundation, an important area of research on a rare group of diseases.

So many wonderful Brown Owls members have created beautiful items for the stall. Please read on for all of the details, you can still help out by coming along to volunteer on the day or even better helping to spread the word so we can sell as much as possible to raise money.

26 April, 6:30-12noon (we will be setting up from 5am)
at Hilder Road State School, 104 Kaloma Road, The Gap
Market details here.

There will be beautiful handmade wares for sale at very affordable prices plus many, many pre-loved books and magazines for the book lovers out there!

PLUS keep an eye out for the fabulous raffle on the day for your chance to win two beautiful hampers from Gloria Jeans.

If there is any way you can help out by volunteering on the day please email


Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Navajo Basket Weaving

I'm so pleased to be bringing this workshop back to The Nest. It's one of my favourite weaves for upcycling textiles and using up yarn scraps.

Sunday 29 March, 2-5pm. Materials provided or bring your own along to suit your style.

Bookings are absolutely essential, click here to book in or email if you have trouble with the website.

Friday, March 6, 2015

macaroon purse workshop

Do you love using up fabric scraps? Come along to Brown Owls on Tuesday night, 100% hand-sewn, these little purses are ultra cute gifts, perfect for storing little treasures.
Tuesday 10 March, 6:30-9pm
The Nest, 720 South Pine Road, Everton Park
Cost: $10 Bookings here
A materials list will be provided when you book!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

macramé class

Spend a Sunday afternoon learning macramé at The Nest, I'll be going through the basic principles of macramé including the square knot.

Macramé Basics
Sunday 8 March, 2-3pm
$20 bookings here

you can stay on for extra help with:
Macrame Club
Sunday 8 March 2-5pm
$10 bookings here

The Nest is at 720 South Pine Road, Everton Park. See you there!

basket weaving workshops brisbane

Basket weaving workshops are back! I'll be running 2 workshops this weekend at The Nest. Upcycle your fabric stash, old clothes or old sheets into beautiful and functional bowls and baskets. All materials are provided or bring along your own to suit your style.

Exposed Core Basket Weaving
Saturday 7 March, 9:30am-12:30pm
Book here

Lazy Stitch Basket Weaving
Saturday 7 March, 2-5pm
Book here

See you there!

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

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!