Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Highlights from our Art Of Africa Charity Craft Night

WOW! There was some serious creativity going down at our Art Of Africa Craft Night. Thank you to everyone who came, hope you are enjoying wearing and showing off your creations. Here's some pics from the night - we're so impressed with everyone's work!
And what's more, we raised £59.38 for mental health charity MIND
Read more about our night below...


Why So Shiny aka Elizabeth Joseph is a London based Graphic Designer & Jewellery Designer who specialises in running acrylic jewellery workshops. These run regularly around the capital and they really are fantastic sessions. As a taster of what you can do at one of her classes (which we highly recommend!), Elizabeth ran a pendant making workshop with wooden printed and acrylic shapes. Each one made was a masterpiece. We could open a Make Escape shop with them! Head to her website to find out when her next workshops are! 


Karen runs Reddskin Bespoke Womenswear where she makes you the dress or outfit of your dreams. An expert sewer her creations are made from gorgeous, colourful African print fabrics. There's always some scrap fabrics left over when you're clothesmaking and Karen kindly brought her remnants stash along for a special African fabric earring workshop. 
It was great to see you all wearing your original designs.


The wonderful textiles tutor and baker Alison Beadnell has run several workshops at our craft night before and this month she took on the knit & natter corner where three new people learnt how to knit having never picked up the needles before! WOW!
We were especially thrilled to see regular attendee Arnold who has also learnt to sew by coming to The Make Escape, now learn knitting too. 
Well done everyone. 


Our craft night has always been free and there are no plans to start charging but this month and at our next event we decided to support a fundraising initiative by mental health charity MIND who launched Mind Crafternoons. They are encouraging people to get together and craft - whether that's at home with friends, family, at a local community centre or even at work... and made a donation. 

At The Make Escape we are firm believers is the benefits of crafting, it's an instant de-stresser and we have encountered so many people will depression who have told us crafting and making has made them feel better. Supporting Mind therefore was an obvious decision. 


Be a craft avenger like our Founder Momtaz and the ladies from Mind
Anyone can hold a Mind Crafternoon, all you need is some materials and projects to make, a venue and some participants. If you're not sure what you could make head to the Mind Crafternoon website where there are ideas forprojects to make which are great in the lead up to Christmas. 


Our next craft night is Disco Fever on Tuesday 29th November. As usual it takes place at The Hackney Attic 7.30pm onwards. The event is free to attend but we will be supporting MIND CRAFTERNOON again so please bring a donation.

More details about the night to follow. Keep an eye on our Twitter account! 

See you there!


(and if you have any questions or want to get involved in helping run the night or run a workshop get in touch - email me any time! )

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.