Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Highlights: Spooktacular Halloween Craft Night

Natasha, Mia, Tone & Momtaz
Last month saw a packed Hackney Attic of costume clad creatives, ready for a night of creepy crafting at our free Halloween craft night. 

There was a record number of newbie crocheters who got hooked on hooking, oodles of sparkly glitter for accessory making and we turned coffee jars into clever lanterns. As ever we were joined by The Spinning Yarns DJs behind the decks who treated Make Escapers to eerie sounds and terrifying tunes throughout the night.

The Spinning Yarns DJs aka Isabel, Dan and Alice
If you attended the shenanigans we'd love to see your pics, tag us on social media @TheMakeEscape (Twitter & Instagram). Here's our own pics from the night. 
Thanks to everyone who came. 


When our in-house Crochet Queen Tone Ward suggested running a glow-in-the-dark session we were like wooooaaaah! Really?! Yup! it actually happened! Tone taught a record number of newbies who had never crocheted before to make crochet ghosts with glow sticks inside. Huge congratulations to everyone! 



Natasha Steer is the creative brains behind Creatabot where she regularly teaches community craft workshops in Kent. Her ethos is the same as ours to make crafts accessible to all and she always values the contribution craft and creativity plays in mental wellbeing. Natasha designed a fun glittery session making spooky but sparkly brooches of bats, spiders and skeletons. 


A London cabbie called Sian messaged us recently and said she had collected lots of glass coffee jars and would we like them? We accepted them instantly! We love receiving donations of craft supplies. Mia designed a clever paper shadow lantern workshop which was our most popular craft session of the night. Thanks Sian!


And finally in our free-form collage corner there were some kooky cat masks being conjured up.

Well done crafters! 

The Make Escape's Momtaz & Mia
See you next month for more free crafting (Dec 12th Xmas spesh) - we also run workshops across London and have several other Christmas sessions lined up which we will be shouting about on social media or head to our main website for more details. 

Momtaz & Mia 

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Free Spookacular Craft Night Monday 30th October

Halloween and crafts have long gone hand in hand. This year rather than being one of those people who proclaim ‘nah I’m not doing anything for Halloween’, come along to our free craft night and immerse yourself in crafty fun! We’ve got you covered with workshops from making your own spooky lanterns (as designed by Mia) to crocheting a Glow-In-The dark ghost (yes you read that correctly!) with guest tutor Tone Ward or make bejewelled spider brooches with Natasha Steer. 

No experience needed, our guest tutors will help you.
All materials provided (though you are always welcome to bring donations for our crafty stash.) Come alone or with friends, it doesn’t matter, everyone is welcome…especially those in costume! We’d love to see themed outfits to enhance our fright night which has a spooky soundtrack provided by DJs The Spinning Yarns.

There’s a bar on site and as usual all workshops work via drop in – doors open at 7.30 and we craft through until 10.30. Just collect your free entry ticket from the Picturehouse Cinema box office when you arrive.

Time: 7.30-10.30pm
Date: Monday 30th October 2017
Venue: HackneyAttic, 270 Mare Street, London, E8
Nearest stations Overground: Hackney Central, Hackney Downs or London Fields
Entry: FREE

See you there!

P.s. we have a brand spanking new website: - here you’ll find details of all our new services which include running private craft parties, corporate events, birthdays, activities for hen-dos etc. We’d love to bring some craftiness to any events you are planning! Get in touch – contact details on the site.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Highlights: #SummerOfLove Craft Night featuring Craftivist Collective and Mind

Summer wouldn't be summer without a festival so we invited Londoners to join us for a special Summer of Love festival themed craft night featuring mindful stitching with the Craftivist Collective, flower power crowns and some seriously groovy recycled earrings. Thanks to everyone who came; it was our busiest night of 2017 so far! 
Here's a look at what we got up to...

Introducing the new Craftivists kit...

Craftivist Collective were our special guests for the night. They launched their new craftivism kit, supporting charity Mind. The kit has been created for you to stitch a message to your MP reminding them that they need to keep fighting for mental health support and provisions to be on a par with other health investments. The kits officially launch on September 4th and will cost £12. £7.20 from each kit goes to fund Mind and the vital services they provide, inside is everything you need, so purchase one then and become a crafting change-maker! 

Mindful making: Flower Power

Guest tutor for the evening, Bryony Acketts from Blooming Barnets dazzled us with her giant paper of which is bigger than her cat! Crafty lasses flocked to her workshop to make festive floral crowns, here's some of the fabulous creations made on the night. 

Recycle and Wear

Mia held a session recycling magazines into jewellery. Everyone loved this project as it was so quick and simple, so gave a sense of craft satisfaction, which is what we like at The Make Escape. The hardest part was deciding which pictures to cut out; we were particularly impressed by the Trainspotting earrings!

Knit & Knatter

Madeline was on hand in our yarn corner, helping to develop your knitting and crochet projects. As ever we had a host of colourful yarns and wool available, and some newbie knitters trying their hand at yarn crafts for the first time.

Sarah Corbett, Founder of Craftivist Collective and volunteers with the Mind team
The lovely ladies from Mind were with us throughout the evening, encouraging you to hold your own #Crafternoon where you can craft with friends, family or colleagues while raising money for Mind. Find more about Crafternoon here.

A big thanks as always to The Spinning Yarns, our Resident DJs who provided the groovy soundtrack. 

Momtaz with Make Escape first-timer Natasha who travelled all the way from Kent to come to our night

Don't forget to follow us on social media, we are @TheMakeEscape on Twitter and Instagram.
If you took photos of your wonderful makes share them on social media, tag us and use the hashtags #TheMakeEscape and #SummerOfLove

Our next FREE craft night at The Hackney Attic will be on Monday 30th October, a fright night special and the best Halloween craft night you'll find in London.  
From 7:30pm as always, see you then!

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!