Sunday, 11 May 2014

Birthday Craft Party! Tues May 27th is our 2nd Makerversary

Image: Alison Beadnell
Would you Adam & Eve it? Our craft night is celebrating its second birthday. That's 2 whole years of spectacular free craft nights that we've curated & you've come along to and enjoyed. When we say you...we estimate that around 2000 people have come through our doors so far. AMAZING.

Our ethos at The Make Escape has always been to make crafts accessible and to show that you don't need money to be creative. So we'de like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has donated their time to run workshops and given us materials for everyone to enjoy (including felt, fabric, card, yarn, beads etc.) Also thank you to our volunteers who help set up & tidy up the night (that's Team Make Escape's Becky & Suzie) and our amazing DJs The Spinning Yarns who without fail provide an amazing soundtrack at every event (and of course our 2nd DJs All Hands On Decks) and all the friendly peeps at The Attic (esp Kate!) who gives us the space to run the night.



Local textile artist & baker Alison is combining her two passions - sewing & cake making by running our tastiest workshop yet....sewing your own cake! Beginners are welcome - you don't need any sewing ability and if you do possess some skills, then you can really go to town with the icing!
You can't have a birthday party without decorations! Sheree who ran our popular Aslan lion pom pom session at our Narnia Night last year is returning with a session making fruity/floral pom poms. The word WOW springs to mind.
PAPER JEWELLERY with Clarissa Giles

We've got some gorgeous, patterned origami papers that need using up and what what better way than to show them off as party accessories. Make beaded bracelets & hair accessories with local jewellery designer Clarissa who runs Chrysalis Designs. 


We love celebrating the handmade so please bring along something you've made to display in our special exhibition for the night. 


Whenever we have an extra special night at The Make Escape we love having raffles! Everyone gets a free ticket & prizes up for grabs tonight include a biscuit icing workshop at The Biscuiteers Biscuit Icing Boutique, cinema tickets to use at the Hackney Picturehouse, a peg-weaving loom donated by Purple Claire and lots of amazing craft books, including this lovely set donated by Laurence King Publishing:

PLUS as usual you can learn to knit & go collage crazy and we are also planning some birthday games. It's going to be a fun night!

So, if you've never been to The Make Escape before but keep saying to yourself that you keep meaning to go, if you've only been once before but wish you could go again or in deed are a regular, we hope to see you there. 

Date: Tuesday 27th May 2014
Place: Hackney Attic, Picturehouse Cinema, 270 Make Street, London, E8
Time: 7.30pm-11pm


Do you fancy joining Team Make Escape? Help run London's favourite craft night. We're looking for help to set up the night, marketing & PR & for volunteers to run workshops. Drop us an email at: 

Monday, 5 May 2014

Coming up: Free Summer & Autumn Craft Nights

BIG NEWS at The Make Escape HQ! We are about to turn 2! That means we've been running our amazing craft night for a two whole years!!
We've loved every single one of the events we've held but there are also some changes afoot. After May we are going bi-monthly - which means we'll be on every other month. Still on the last Tuesday,still at the Hackney Attic and still FREE. Get your diaries out & pop these dates in so you don't forget.
Thanks for your continued support & hope to see you soon! : )

Friday, 2 May 2014

Highlights: It's A London Thing Craft Night

Maybe it's because we're Londoners? Or maybe it's because we all love craft? When our It's A London Thing craft night was threatened by a tube strike we were worried no one would turn up but we were so wrong! You made an effort to come and support us and in return we offered you FIVE incredible free workshops led by some very special guests.

Sewing Oystercard holders with Crafternoon Cabaret

The amazing Hannah who runs a monthly craft event at the swanky Hospital Club joined us to run a stitching your own oyster card holder session. Crafternoon Cabaret have just turned 1! Check them out as they have some very fun workshops AND live cabaret guests. Momtaz went along to its old home in an Islington pub. See what she made here.

And here's what you got up to. WOW!

Probably the most glamorous oyster card holder in London!

Making 3D Cityscapes with City Pop Outs

Matt from City Pop Outs is a regular Make Escaper & had previously run our live stage drawing sessions but this was his first workshop and it was so much fun!

Participants made their own incredible London landscapes inspired by Matt's own artwork...which was also on sale at our Maker's Market.

Designing peg dolls with Use It Up Wear It Out

How sweet is this little chappie?

Karen and Jo who are experts in up-cycling showed us what to do with our left over red and black fabric scraps...turn them into queen's guards or course! These ones smile more than the real thing!

Embroidering buildings with Purple Claire

Claire brought along pieces of coffee sack which made the ideal base to embroidery London's finest landmarks. It was the most popular workshop of the night!

Bridges were especially popular!

Knit & Knatter

Resident knitting guru Beryl was on hand to teach newbies how to knit and as ever we had some people pick up needles for the first time.

Collage Corner

We also plied you with inspiration to do your own London themed collaging and modelling.


Finally we'd like to say a huge thank you to our ever fabulous DJs - we were joined by 2/3 of The Spinning Yarns and the city soundtrack was spectacular - they thought of everything!

Join us on May 27th for our 2nd BIRTHDAY! Woop! Woop!

Our humble little craft night is turning 2 and we have a mega prized filled event planned. Same time, same place, same free entry, lots of fun new workshops! Full event details coming soon!