Thursday, 6 July 2017

FREE Summer of Love Craft Night in Hackney, 31st July

It's The Summer of Love baby!

This month it's good vibes all round as we take inspiration from the Summer Season of Festivals for our own 'Craftstock' or 'Craftonbury'! 
It will also be a night of conscious crafting, as we have three very special guests joining us for the evening.....    

The Line-up:

Become a Craftivist!
Special guests Craftivist Collective in collaboration with charity Mind will be inspiring you to change the world, one stitch at a time. Embroider a powerful slogan, or sew a message to you MP, and become a crafting change-maker.

Mindful making: Flower Power

Bryony Acketts from Blooming Barnets  will be running a special Mind Crafternoon where you can create fabulous flower crowns, to ensure you have a beautiful blooming barnet. An essential festival accessory, and a great way to boost your mental wellbeing. There's nothing quite like a spot of crafting to make you feel better.

Peace Out Pair

Adorn yourself further and make a pair of 'peace out' earrings with Mia.
Use simple materials to make a effortless set of drop earrings. You can even go green and use recycled magazines!

Knit & Knatter

Our usual corner of yarn will be there for you to knit and crochet. Free your inner hippie chick (or chap!) by creating something groovy, man. There's always someone on hand to help you so beginners are always welcome. 

Performing on the main stage will be our Resident DJs The Spinning Yarns, playing funky tracks and soulful songs.

***& of course we have our own Private bar*** 

Whether you're a regular, haven't been to our night in a while or have never heard of us until now, come along and join the fun. It's unlike any other night out in London and you'll leave with something awesome you've made. Yay!

Please share the details of our night with friends/family/colleagues who you think will enjoy it. 
The more the merrier!

Look forward to seeing you there.

DATE: Monday 31st July 2017
TIME: From 7.30pm
WHO: Adults only
ENTRY: FREE (materials supplied)
VENUE: The Hackney Attic, 270 Mare Street London, E8
Nearest public transport:
London Overground: Hackney Central
National Rail: London Fields/Hackney Downs
& various buses

Oh yeah and we're also now on Instagram so please follow us there. #TheMakeEscape

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Highlights: 5th Birthday #Makerversary

The last Make Escape night at the Hackney Attic was our fifth Birthday Makerversary!

31st May was a night of fun and frolics, with the only theme of the night being celebration!

It was great to meet so many new crafting faces, as well as welcome back our familiar creative friends, some who have been attending since the very first session!


Hygge guru Tone Ward helped crafters create crochet granny squares, teddy bears, and even crocheted bags.  

And the knitting corner was a strong as ever, with yarn and conversation aplenty.


Tonertex Foils brought the sparkle and shine to the evening! Michelle actually created this unique embellishing material, and on the night helped our crafters to create dazzling effects on fabric and card.


No party outfit is complete without a statement accessory, and Momtaz was showing everyone how to make fabulous Pompom earrings using clever speedy pompom makers, kindly loaned by Fabrications for the evening.


Resident tutor Mia designed hand-stitched felt coasters, with a foodie theme, perfect  for party! The most popular designs for the attendee makers were the watermelon and the citrus slice. Fruity!

The felt for this workshop was kindly donated by Hobbycraft, Thank you!


As ever we had an array of papers and card for craft
 freestyling, including Birthday cake colouring-in.


To help celebrate the wonderful items made on the evening we had a mini photo booth for your makes, complete with pop up signs featuring the social media tags for the evening.

We saw lots of you pose with a big grin and the 'I made this!' sign, so please do share them, we'd love to see! Tag us on Twitter and Instagram @themakeescape #TheMakeEscape #Makerversary 

And no party would be complete without our fabulous DJs The Spinning Yarns, there with a wealth of celebration themed tracks.

They even played 'Happy Birthday' as a cake, featuring the awesome Birthday Flier design by Sally Hughson, was presented!

Its been such a fantastic five years of crafting with you all, here's to the next five!

Our next free event is on 31st July, and the night will be themed on the 'Summer of Love'!

Craft workshops, music and special guest tutors coming your way. Hackney Attic, 270 Mare Street, London, E8. 

More details will follow, for now, save the date!

Monday, 1 May 2017

FREE 5th Birthday Craft Night in Hackney, London #Makerversary

(Flier design: Sal Hughson)

We are turning 5!!

This month marks FIVE YEARS of The Make Escape FREE CRAFT NIGHT and we are so excited to invite you to join us for an evening of crafting & celebrating. But first can we just take a moment to appreciate our Birthday Flier? It's been designed by Sally Hughson, how awesome is the Paper Yarn she made? 


Sew fruity coasters with Mia sponsored by Hobbycraft

Well you can't have a party without the food! Sew these yummy coasters with our resident Craft Designer and Tutor Mia Vilcins. Make just one, or a set. Our felt stash for this workshop has been kindly donated by Hobbycraft who have all kinds of felt in store, even animal print. 

Make pompom earrings with Momtaz
After her recent travels to India where Make Escape Founder Momtaz bought five pairs of pom pom earrings she's got a bit obsessed with them and will be showing you how to make your own pair to brighten up your summer wardrobe. Or if you're not a big of earrings, you can make a bag charm or pom-pom keyring instead.

Learn to crochet with Tone - suitable for beginners
 (or join our knit & knatter!)

Crochet is one of the coolest crafts there are. You barely need any materials (just a hook and a ball of yarn) and off you go, you can make blankets, cute creatures, clothes, jewellery and bags which is exactly what our Special Guest Tutor Tone Ward, a specialist in Norwegian Hygge, will be teaching. She'll show you how to crochet circles or a classic granny square which you can patch together to make a bag or use as a coaster, or why not frame it as wall art? 

Or if you need help with a knitting or crochet project you are working on, bring it along and Tone will help you!

Design birthday cards or DIY your own projects in our Collage Corner with Michelle Huberman, star of craft TV and Founder of Tonertex

This workshop might just revolutionalise your life! Tonertex make glitters and foils which you can use in all your crafts projects. The results are incredible you get really professional super shiny results, it's a bit like magic! Come along to the night to try out foil crafting and glitter crafting for yourself. If there's an occasion coming up that you need to send someone a card for, then you defo need to be there.

Music & tunes provided by Resident DJs The Spinning Yarns

& a 

Private bar 

Whether you're a regular, haven't been to our night in a while or have never heard of us until now, come along and join the fun. It's unlike any other night out in London and you'll leave with something awesome you've made. Yay!

Please share the details of our night (you can take the flier from this page) with friends/family/colleagues who you think will enjoy it. Or email us and we can email you a copy of it. 

Look forward to seeing you there. 

DATE: Wed 31st May 2017
TIME: From 7.30pm
WHO: Adults only!
ENTRY: FREE (materials supplied)
VENUE: The Hackney Attic, 270 Mare Street London, E8
Nearest public transport:
London Overground: Hackney Central
National Rail: London Fields/Hackney Downs
& various buses

Monday, 13 March 2017

Highlights: Fairytale Craft Night #OnceUponATime

So a few people mentioned we should do a craft night around stories and literature and after some 'umming' and 'aahing' about 'hmmm shall we make Shakespearian collars?' or do 'something historic?' the dressmaking pin finally dropped: FAIRYTALES...of course! So we looked up fairytales on wiki.....gosh there are sooooooo many!!! Literally 100s out there...but we honed in on the classics, for our first craft night of 2017 with our Once Upon A Time Craft Night and here's what you made:

KNIT & KNATTER...(turned into 'Crochet Quarter' for the night)

Knitting Expert Madelaine whipped up a pattern on how to crochet a princess crown and taught three happy ladies how to make one...


Taking inspiration from Sleeping Beauty and Peter Pan, Mia designed hand-stitched fabric collars and eye masks and visitors took their pick of which of these fabric goodies to make. 

We were particularly impressed that Clarissa recycled a shiny catsuit to make hers! 

And that wasn't the only shiny stitching going on....also made on the night: a glitzy collar.


And for those who simply wanted to do a bit of crafty freestyling, there was the option of making a bookmark inspired by your favourite tales. 

The tunes as usual were on point with story themed tracks by our DJs The Spinning Yarns...

...and we'd like like to say a very big thank you to Hobbycraft for stocking up our supplies where we've been running low so thanks to them we now have new glue, pens, felt etc to keep you all crafting. 



Our next event marks a very special occasion, The Make Escape Craft Night celebrates its 5th birthday on WEDNESDAY 31st MAY and we're looking forward to hosting a creative, crafty extravaganza to mark it. 

Craft workshops, music and special guest tutors coming your way. Hackney Attic, 270 Mare Street, London, E8. 

See you then! More details in May but save the date.  

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

FREE Fairytale CraftNight Wed 22nd February 2017 - Once Upon A Time

Poster design: Matt Ponting - Doodling Around

Hello and welcome to our first craft night of 2017!
ONCE UPON A TIME - WEDNESDAY 22nd FEBRUARY 7.30pm +Hackney Attic 
(sponsored by Hobbycraft

 Note the date! After 4.5 years of running on the last Tuesday of the month, we're now the last Wednesday! Hope you can still join us, we have some mega fun projects lined up along with a story themed soundtrack by our DJs the Spinning Yarn DJs

Enter a fantastical world at our fairytale themed craft night...
Sew your own Sleeping Beauty eye mask

In need of some beauty sleep? Hand-stitch your own fabric eyemask, perfect for when you're in need of a rejuvenating nap or simply trying to hide from the world in our sewing workshop run by Mia. OR how about...  

Make a Peter Pan collar

Update your wardrobe with this elegant accessory that will transform any outfit and may, just may even give you the power to fly. 
Collar designed by Jo Tubbs

Collage a story bookmark
Perfect for marking a page in your favourite Hans Christian Anderson tale, make a traditional bookmark that was made for storing inside a fairytale book.

Knit something!

We've got the needles & the yarn come along, join in or learn how to DIY. In fact this month we are delighted to have Knitting Expert Maddy back, she was our in-house knitting expert for over two years and she is the best teacher their is! She's making a special appearance this month. 

Sponsored by Hobbycraft? What does that mean?

We are very excited to be teaming up with the UK's biggest craft shop. Their stores are packed with materials, ideas, specialist craft supplies and loads of things that will inspire you. They will be supplying materials for us to use on the night which is amazing because it allows us to continue to run our night for FREE. So far we've relied on donations and crafts swaps from kind crafters who come to our night but stocks were running low so it's great Hobbycraft can help out. Thank you! (Oh and if you've never been check out their website it will wet your appetite!)

See you there!

Hackney Attic, 270 Mare Street (5th floor, Hackney Picturehouse Cinema) 
Wed 22nd February 2017

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Highlights Disco Fever Craft nIght

You came, you made sparkly stuff and you helped us raise £61.45 for mental health charity MIND, THANK YOU! 

Your Crafty Host Mumtaz with Special Guest Tutors Maria & Mia

Missed it, or want to rejoice in a recap of what we got up to? Here goes... 

Disco Ball Mania

Sal, who designs our amazing fliers donated us lots of lampshades & shimmering disco fabric which Mia miraculously turned into a disco ball workshop and wow, it was popular! 

Xmas cards

Super cute bears 

This project was one of the ideas you'll find on the MIND Crafternoon webpages. The charity is encouraging people to hold their own crafternoon events to raise money and to give you a helping hand, have designed some craft projects, including how to make a bear to show someone you are 'bearing them in mind'. 
Get the instructions here and make your own.

And lots of other awesome stuff too...

Star brooches 

Xmas embroidery

We also had our best soundtrack yet, courtesy of The Spinning Yarns DJs...

Alice, Dan & Isobel aka The Spinning Yarns

So that's it for 2016!
We're back WEDNESDAY 22nd FEBRUARY 2017 at The Hackney Attic. Yes! You read that right. After 4.5 years of being a 'last Tuesday' craft night we're now switching to last Wednesdays! 

We've still not decided on what the theme will be, if you have an idea, get in touch!

Merry Christmas and here's to a Crafty New Year!