Monday, 17 June 2013

Coming up: June 25 - The Summer Of Love Craft Night

No tickets for Glastonbury?
Don't worry, that's £500+ saved AND you don't need to worry about your tent being washed away in a mudslide.
This month we're celebrating British music festivals with a full on festive craft fest, live music and a real tent. 


String lovebeads into a hippy chic necklace or bracelet with the wonderful Sheridan from Ever and Ava, a local jewellery designer who will let you raid her stash of beautiful wooden beads .....we always like to spread some love and generosity. If you have any beads lying around at home, you are very welcome to bring them in and donate them too.

We're going on a conscious eco tip with some weaving. Purple Claire (who has previously joined us for peglooms and finger knitted jewellery) shows you that weaving can be done on almost any surface.
Combine ribbons, yarns, fabric scraps and card ton try your hand at this most satisfying of textile crafts. (Image from Pinterest).


We are delighted to be hosting some live music, a special set from Hackney duet The Something Sisters (they're the photo at the top of the blog!)
Vintage, folk melodies and sweet harmonies ensure the delicate vocals of Clarissa and Clare are the perfect backdrop to some gentle crafting. On stage 9PM.
Our in-house DJs The Spinning Yarns will be in the decks in between. 


Step inside our woolley wonderland. Settle down on comfy cushions inside our knitting tent and take pleasure in the purses, or learn how to knit for the first time ever with our knitting tutor Madelaine who'll be showing you how to knit a bag to carry your festival essentials in.

Sorting out your festive fashion is an important aspect of your festival experience. And nothing says chic and carefree more than your own hippy headband. (as modelled here by Misha Barton).

More music

Wanna' bang your own drums, strum your own ukelele or shake your thang?
You need a musical instrument - any not any old kind. Something made by your fair hands in our 'instrument' workshop. (Image Tip Junkie).

All this plus cutting, sticking and colouring in at our famous Collage Corner... for free!

There's no reason to miss it!

Hope to see you there,

The Make Escape present:

Summer of Love Craft Night,
Hackney Attic (middle floor bar)*
Tuesday 25th June 2013. 

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Highlights from our Birthday 'Makerversary' Craft Night

Team Make Escape: Becky, Momtaz & Suzi
Last month we celebrated our amazing milestone craft night with an arty party filled with extra special fun crafty activities...

Matt Ponting joined us at February's 'Drop In & Draw' and returned to the stage where he ran his fun 'Sketch The Song' session where people were asked to draw what they was all a bit like Catchphrase.
See all the amazing illustrations over on Matt's blog...can you spot yours?!

Katie from West London based craft haven Artyard Handmade got us all in the party mood with some really fun accessories and decorations to dress up your drinks, including beaded tags and pimped up straws. We noticed that everyone around the table was smiling permanently.

The amazing Rosie Martin aka DIY Couture who helped us launch The Make Escape last May brought along piles of yummy fabric and showed eager fashionistas how to sew their own detachable collar. The queue had already formed before she arrived, we can see why, the project was amazing!

We were also very chuffed to be joined by Karen and Jo from Use.It.Up.Wear.It.Out who showed us how to turn scraps of paper and ribbon into stylish party hats.

Everyone who joined our night was given a raffle ticket as our birthday gift to say thanks for coming. 
We were donated some amazing prizes by some very generous people which included a box of Make Escape themed cookies by Rebecca Wood (she even iced Momtaz!)
The lovely Hackney Picturehouse donated a pair of cinema tickets.
We also received a huge goody bag from Sew Magazine, won by Obie, our photographer for the night, a pile of magazines from Cloth Magazine, lots of books from Laurence King Publishing, craft queen Perri Lewis' book Material World book, And Sew To Bed by local author Alison Beadnell, a swag bag of crafty materials from Josy Rose, a huge parcel of yarn from Fabrications, a knitting kit from The Craft Closet, a sewing pattern from The Great British Sewing Bee contestant Tilly Walnes...
and this very, very stunning necklace by Max's World. (We all want one!)

At The Make Escape we like to be known as the craft night boys like coming to and sure enough as usual, we had lots of boys doing their crafty thing.

Lucky aka Farcreazy Farid is one of our favourite workshop tutors and not just because he always looking gorgeous but because his sessions are so interactive...his participants are always cheering!

It wouldn't be the same without some cutting and sticking and over in the collage corner were was some serious cake action going on!

We were thrilled that Save The Children set up their #I'mAPiece exhibition for the night in conjunction with The Craftivists who joined us last July and will be returning to raise more awareness of how craft and saving the work go hand in hand this August.
After they were kidnapped by pirates in April, our resident DJs The Spinning Yarns returned to the decks...though only 2/3s of them. Next month we're hoping to see all three back!

Our in-house knitting guru Madelaine had her hands full all night teaching newbies how to knit, while others sat back and relaxed with their own projects.

Finally we like to support Maker/Designers by letting them have a stall to showcase and sell their work and for May we were joined by Annie Martin. Her fabric pouches and cases are beautiful. If you missed out, you can also purchase them online.

To everyone who came along to help us celebrate.
The whole night was magical!

SEE YOU ON JUNE 25th for our Summer of Love Festival themed Craft Night at the 
Hackney Attic (Middle Floor Bar) *

*We've been booted out of our usual room for one month to make way for a celeb who needs the Attic but fear not, we'll still be there armed with supplies, workshops & music.

Photographer on this blogpost: Obie Matin