Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Highlights: It's Show Time Craft Night

Good Witch Bad Witch
It was a case of lights, sparkly stuff and sing-a-long soundtracks at our most glamorous craft night yet!

Showbiz Dolls
Karen and Jo from Use It Up Wear It Out led a workshop on making mini versions of famous characters. 
Here are some of our faves...
Dress made for the Oscar's
Purple Prince

It's not just about who's centre stage, these backing singers are just as important!


Guys & Dolls
Rocky Horror Picture Show extra
Inspiration for next month!

Beer, craft & boys

Perfecting the final stitch

The girls are joining us in again in April  - hurruh!

Sexy Chicago Accessories

We're not jealous of Jemma's new choker....ok. We are!
Lovely Jemma took on the role of inspiring crafters to make their own Chicago accessories:

Black & pink, loving this combo
Hard (or should that be happily) at work

Someone's chuffed with her cuffs!

Pretty plaiting

Phantom Masks

Hope these two have a ball to go to!

Yep....that's our Suzi

A wardrobe of you're talking

So much less scarier than the real thing, you showed us the more stylish side of The Phantom of The Opera

Knit & Knatter

Madelaine and Beryl our in-house knitting divas introduced the world of needles to a group of newbies...

Ta Da! 

...and inspired us with their show biz themed knits.
There's no business like show business

Collage Corner
Elsewhere there was the usual cutting, sticking & pasting

Music To Our Ears
This month our DJS Spinning Yarns spun some seriously sing-a-long tracks with tunes from Hairspray, Chicago and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, it was enough to make us want to have the theme again! Set list link coming soon!

Missed it? Don't worry it's already less than a month until our next craft night.
Join us on March 25th for our first ever historical themed activity fest.....Craft Like An Egyptian
Construct pyramids, sew golden Pharaoh collars and make sacred cat crafts.

FREE ENTRY. Hackney Attic, 270 Mare Street, London, E8
See you there x

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

It's Show Time Craft Night : Tue 25th February 2014

Image: Use It Up Wear It Out

Get ready for some razzle dazzle! This month we're warming up the winter blues with an evening of West End/Broadway inspired craft activities accompanied by some of your fave sing-a-long tunes courtesy of our DJs The Spinning Yarns.

Cute Costumes
The super stylish Karen & Jo from Use It Up Wear It Out will help you make pen dolls of your favourite West End characters. Whether you fancy making a mini Willy Wonka, a human Simba from The Lion King or a member of Abba to commemorate Mamma Mia!, they've got pegs, you just need to dress them!

Phantom Of The Opera Masks

A little bit on the eerie side, The Phantom is one of the scariest shows in the world, perhaps because it's still going strong over 25 years! Celebrate it's success by making a mask that The Voice himself would be jealous of.
(Image: Momtaz Begum-Hossain)

All That Jazz
Glamorous, gorgeous and glitzy, we couldn't not add in a touch of Chicago. We'll be joined by a special guest jewellery designer who'll be helping you sparkle in your own Roxy Hart inspired accessories. 

We're Off To See The Wizard
Wicked is the untold story of the Witches Of Oz. Join in our Oz themed paper crafts workshops inspired by one of our favourite books Everything Oz. 

If you can't wait until the 25th then how about trying this project at home? To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl's Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, now a West End Show, The Guardian came up with how to make your own lickable wallpaper

Knaughty Knitting
Don't forget we also have our regular Knit & Knatter area where you can relax on the sofas with your needles, borrow some of ours, work on your own projects OR learn to knit with our experts. Beginners welcome. 

It's Show Time Craft Night: 25 Feb 
Curtain call: 7.30pm* 
Curtains close: 11pm
Theatre: Hackney Attic, 5th floor Picturehouse Cinema, 270 Mare Street, London
Entry: FREE

*As ever it's drop-in so come along when you can!

Nearest transport: Hackney Central, London Fields, Hackney Downs plus various buses 

Friday, 7 February 2014

FREE Craft Nights In London! Spring 2014

Get our future craft nights in your diaries now!
They all take place at The Hackney Attic, Picturehouse Cinema, 270 Mare Street, Hackney, London.
Time: 7.30pm-11pm Drop in anytime!

Monday, 3 February 2014

Highlights: Chinese New Year Craft Night

Kung Hei Fat Choy!
We celebrated Chinese New Year in style with a room packed with crafty folk making horses, dragons, masks, lanterns and fortune cookies. Here are some of our favourite snaps from the night.
Fortune Favours
As well as handing out the real deal, we had you constructing your own felt cookies...
Led by our Becky, the idea was to make your own fortunes...however some folk got carried away and made a whole set. In fact one guest made 12 for a dinner party she's hosting (bet you haven't seen felt fortune cookies on Come Dine With Me before?)

Horsing around

Local crafter and baker Alison Beadnell joined us for another workshop, this time she showed us how to construct origami horses to celebrate the Year Of The Horse
In amongst the herd we discovered a show horse...
And a show-wearing stallion!
It was popular choice for our boy crafters
In fact it was busy all evening!

Chinese Lanterns
Carrying on with the paper craft theme, the gorgeous Clarissa Giles (what a dress!) led a fab session on making lanterns...
By the end of the night we had enough lanterns for our own parade!
And here are some of the proud makers and owners...

Knit & Knatter
Beryl and Madelaine from London's Knaughty Knitters headed up our knitting corner as usual where they taught newbies how to knit
Those with some knitting and crochet experience were challenged to make some themed creations
You can also bring your own projects along, we can't wait to see how this crochet blanket progresses...

Collage Corner
This month we gave you everything you needed to make your own Chinese New Year essentials
Masks of course are obligatory

Love was also in the air!
With it being so close to Valentine's Day we also lined up romantic projects like constructing your own cards...
...and crochet hearts
We also enlisted the help of crafter Benedita Rangel who showed us how to make origami paper heart accessories including jewellery...

and bookmarks
Benedita also sold some of her gorgeous eco flowers in our Maker's Market

We all know The Spinning Yarns are the bestest DJs ever...
...but they surpassed themselves this month with another fab soundtrack

But that wasn't all. We were joined by two film crews, keen to find out what we were up to (both were amazed we were celebrating Chinese New Year)

Team Make Escape: Momtaz, Suzi & Becky
What a welcome back after our month off. 
We were particularly impressed with this woman and her swag bag of hand-made crafts from the evening!

The good news is we aren't going anywhere, we have plenty more craft nights up our sleeves starting with It's Show Time on February 25th.

See you there!