Tuesday, 30 August 2016

FREE African Charity Craft Night Tuesday 27th September

Come and make African fabric earrings with Karen Arthur

YAY! After a summer break we're back with an Autumn, African themed Craft Night AND it's also our FIRST EVER CHARITY event. We're supporting a new fundraising project by mental health charity MIND who are encouraging people to hold Mind Crafternoons, events where you can get together, craft and make a small charity donation. So this month while entry, workshops & craft materials remain FREE we ask you to bring a donation (around £3) to donate directly to MIND.

Never been to our Craft Night before? Here's a recap...

The Make Escape is a voluntary run, London based Craft Night which takes place bi-monthly at The Hackney Attic. It's aimed at adults (making stuff isn't just for kids) and it's a chance to take a break from normal life, work stress etc and have some chill out time using your hands whether that's for knitting, sewing, drawing, collaging or doodling. 

But don't worry, it's nothing formal or like going to school. 
We have a fully stocked bar and DJs and all the craft materials you need, all you're required to do is bring yourself. 

We usually have 2-3 tutor-led workshops, a knitting area where you can learn to knit (this month it's led by Alison Beadnell) and a collage corner where you can do what you like. 

For our Art Of Africa night we're planning sessions in jewellery making, mask making and instruments and we're super excited that we have Special Guest Tutor Karen Arthur from Reddskin lined up to run a fabric earring workshop.

We're also delighted to be joined by Jewellery Designer Elizabeth Joseph who'll be showing you how to make an African pendant necklace. 

The night and workshops are drop in so turn up when you can, but we recommend coming by 8.30 in order to be able to finish something that you can take home with you. 

The Essentials:

Date: Tuesday 27th September
Time: 7.30pm-10.30pm
Location: Hackney Attic, 5th floor Hackney Picturehouse Cinema, 270 Mare Street, London, E8
Entry: FREE but collect a ticket from the box office when you arrive to get in and don't forget you donation for MIND - hopefully you'll get inspired to maybe even run your own Crafternoon too!

See you there! Come alone or with friends!


Monday, 16 May 2016

COMING UP: Our 4th Birthday Makerversary Tues 31st May 2016

Designed by Sal Hughson 

Would you Adam & Eve it? This month see's our 4th BIRTHDAY! 

That's 4 years of running  our FREE Craft Night in The Capital. In that time hundreds of you have come through the doors empty handed and left with amazing handmade items, new skills and new friends. We've been supported by some amazing people, giving up their time voluntarily to run workshops, been donated so many awesome craft supplies, and been given a wonderful venue in which to transform into a crafty hub - The Hackney Attic.

This month is no different, you can pop in, collage, knit, sew - whatever you fancy doing - we have the materials and people to help and inspire you. Come alone or with friends it doesn't matter. 

See you there!

Date: Tuesday 31st May 2016
Time: 7.30pm til around 10.30pm

Entry: FREE but collect a ticket from the Box Office
Address: Hackney Attic, 5th Floor, Hackney Picture House Cinema, 270 Mare Street. Hackney, London, E8
Nearest stations: Hackney Central or London Fields

Sunday, 21 February 2016

COMING UP: Super Hero Themed Craft Night Tues 29th March 2016

Flier design by Sal Hughson

Prepare to put your craftiness to the test with our Superheroes themed craft night. 

Our March Craft Night is called 'Craft Heroes'.

Save the world with creativity! Become a craft avenger in our 

of super hero themed workshops to celebrate the 

release of Batman V Superman. Design characters, stitch 

patches and ward off villains with glittering costume 


Use your powers on:

DATE: Tues 29th March 2016
TIME: 7.30pm-11pm (for adults)
ENTRY: FREE (materials provided)
VENUE: The Hackney Attic, 270 Mare Street, London, E8

As usual you can also learn to knit in our knitting corner, get messy in our Collage Corner, come with friends or on your own - everyone is welcome!

Check back nearer the time to see who's running our workshops!

See you there 


Thursday, 4 February 2016

Highlights from Go Green Craft Night

Crafty sounds as usual, were provided by DJs The SpinningYarns
Hands down one of our most creative craft nights yet. We challenged our three guest tutors Tree from Stitchless TV, Alison Beadnell and Purple Claire to come up with some nifty ideas to re-use, recycle and remake and they proved that anything is possible with a bit of imagination and some leftovers...

Knitting t-shirts into coasters using just a pair of pencils with Alison Beadnell

The T-shirt coasters project was designed by Alison who was modelling a sweater she made from her son's old t-shirts
Step 1: Cutting t-shirts into a long narrow strip to create yarn

Stage 2: Knitting the strip into a coaster using pencils

The finished items

Recycling maps into decorations with Purple Claire

Collage stash
A peek inside Claire's sketchbook showing just our lovely envelope liners are

One of the collages created on the evening - a combination of music paper and maps
Sewing bags & customising clothes with Tree using fabric offcuts

Tree brought along her mini sewing machines for this fabric recycling workshop
We were donated a sack of fabric offcuts and with help from Tree they were turned into patchwork tote bags

Neha's first attempt on a sewing machine and she made a purse with a zip
Nifty re-creation, this sweater was turned into a hat and wrist gloves

Getting down to the knitty gritty in our knitting corner

As usual we had special guest tutors on hand to guide newbies how to knit - this always results in happy faces
We were also visited by East London Lines who filmed a short report about our night which you can watch here.

In keeping with the theme The Make Escape's Momtaz and guest tutor Tree both wore homemade green dresses, Momtaz's used to be a curtain!

Join us for our next craft night just after the Easter Bank Holiday weekend - where we will be having a Super Hero themed craft night to celebrate the release of the movie Batman v Superman  - get your capes at the ready! (or perhaps make your own).

Full details coming to the blog nearer the time but pop March 29th in your diary now.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Coming up: Go Green! Craft Night Jan 26th 2016

Designed by Sal Hughson

Put your hands up if you've just got too much stuff lying round? Forget sales shopping, January is a time to reassess what you own, pile up the things you no longer want or need, and decide how to give them a new life, whether that's by giving them away to a charity shop, selling them or crafting with them!

We start 2016 with an eco-conscious craft night where we're emphasising on re-using and recycling, making stuff from unwanted materials like scrap fabrics and even old maps.

We have some amazing Craft Expert tutors lined up to show you how to and give you plenty of ideas and encouragement. So put Tuesday 26th January at The Hackney Attic in your diary now, this is going to be a fun night and we'd hate you to miss out on some making!


Customising with fabric

Join Sewing & Customising Expert and You Tube Sensation Tree from Stitchless TV. Tree's channel is a wealth of sewing wisdom, suitable for beginners and has received over 3m views. 
She'll be assisting on two sessions with her handy pink sewing machine:

*Bring along an item of clothing to customise
*Make something using fabric offcuts recently donated to us by a local fabric manufacturer

Recycled map crafts
Ever since the invention of Sat Nav....maps have become redundant...but they are so pretty to look at. Artist Purple Claire Textiles shows you some novel ways to use up those unwanted maps on your bookshelf in this fun workshop as part of our Collage Corner. 

Turn t-shirts into coasters
The perfect craft for anyone who thinks they are uncrafty, join local Textile Artist Alison Beadnell in this fantastic session where she'll be showing you how to use old t-shirts to make coasters. This is a craft you'll master immediately and go home and want to try again.

Plus you can learn to knit or bring along your wn projects and knit with us in our Knit & Knatter corner or simply just come along, grab a drink from the bar and chill out while listening to the sounds of our resident DJs The Spinning Yarns. 

Doors open 7.30pm, entrance and workshops are free but you'll nee to collect a ticket from the cinema box office to get access. See you there!

Hackney Attic, 5th floor, Hackney Picturehouse Cinema, 270 Mare Street, Hackney. E8. 

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Highlights: Frost Fair Craft Night

We brought seasonal cheer to the Hackney Attic in November with our Frost Fair themes craft night where you tried your hand at making natural and paper decorations and Christmas cards.

Xmas Cards & d├ęcor 
Paper crafter and Scrapbooking Expert Shimelle Laine (who you may have seen on telly on the craft shopping channels!) was our VIP guest this month and not only did she run a workshop, she brought along her own unique papers and motifs, designed by herself, to use in the projects. Here are some of the masterpieces created on the night, some of which required some crafty cutting tech.

Paper decorations
These were made by cutting, rolling and manipulating scrap papers, wrapping paper and print outs and was led by Debbie Michener.

Twig decorations
These were made by tying together twig pieces which were cut to equal lengths, which were then decorated up with ferns, holly, pine, ribbons, berries and sparkly bits, led by guest tutor Karen Shand. There's a full tutorial on how to make them over here

Knit & Knatter
Every month we have knitting experts on hand to show you how to knit and we also welcome knitters to simply turn up with their projects and click their needles in a creative environment. Thanks to Larissa and Sheree for being on hand to show us how to make these cute Xmas knits, perfect for hanging on Christmas trees.

We're back in 2016. Join us on 26th January for our Go Green Eco themed craft night - focusing on reusing & recycling. Check the blog nearer the time for all the details.