Monday, 13 March 2017

Highlights: Fairytale Craft Night #OnceUponATime

So a few people mentioned we should do a craft night around stories and literature and after some 'umming' and 'aahing' about 'hmmm shall we make Shakespearian collars?' or do 'something historic?' the dressmaking pin finally dropped: FAIRYTALES...of course! So we looked up fairytales on wiki.....gosh there are sooooooo many!!! Literally 100s out there...but we honed in on the classics, for our first craft night of 2017 with our Once Upon A Time Craft Night and here's what you made:

KNIT & KNATTER...(turned into 'Crochet Quarter' for the night)

Knitting Expert Madelaine whipped up a pattern on how to crochet a princess crown and taught three happy ladies how to make one...


Taking inspiration from Sleeping Beauty and Peter Pan, Mia designed hand-stitched fabric collars and eye masks and visitors took their pick of which of these fabric goodies to make. 

We were particularly impressed that Clarissa recycled a shiny catsuit to make hers! 

And that wasn't the only shiny stitching going on....also made on the night: a glitzy collar.


And for those who simply wanted to do a bit of crafty freestyling, there was the option of making a bookmark inspired by your favourite tales. 

The tunes as usual were on point with story themed tracks by our DJs The Spinning Yarns...

...and we'd like like to say a very big thank you to Hobbycraft for stocking up our supplies where we've been running low so thanks to them we now have new glue, pens, felt etc to keep you all crafting. 



Our next event marks a very special occasion, The Make Escape Craft Night celebrates its 5th birthday on WEDNESDAY 31st MAY and we're looking forward to hosting a creative, crafty extravaganza to mark it. 

Craft workshops, music and special guest tutors coming your way. Hackney Attic, 270 Mare Street, London, E8. 

See you then! More details in May but save the date.  

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

FREE Fairytale CraftNight Wed 22nd February 2017 - Once Upon A Time

Poster design: Matt Ponting - Doodling Around

Hello and welcome to our first craft night of 2017!
ONCE UPON A TIME - WEDNESDAY 22nd FEBRUARY 7.30pm +Hackney Attic 
(sponsored by Hobbycraft

 Note the date! After 4.5 years of running on the last Tuesday of the month, we're now the last Wednesday! Hope you can still join us, we have some mega fun projects lined up along with a story themed soundtrack by our DJs the Spinning Yarn DJs

Enter a fantastical world at our fairytale themed craft night...
Sew your own Sleeping Beauty eye mask

In need of some beauty sleep? Hand-stitch your own fabric eyemask, perfect for when you're in need of a rejuvenating nap or simply trying to hide from the world in our sewing workshop run by Mia. OR how about...  

Make a Peter Pan collar

Update your wardrobe with this elegant accessory that will transform any outfit and may, just may even give you the power to fly. 
Collar designed by Jo Tubbs

Collage a story bookmark
Perfect for marking a page in your favourite Hans Christian Anderson tale, make a traditional bookmark that was made for storing inside a fairytale book.

Knit something!

We've got the needles & the yarn come along, join in or learn how to DIY. In fact this month we are delighted to have Knitting Expert Maddy back, she was our in-house knitting expert for over two years and she is the best teacher their is! She's making a special appearance this month. 

Sponsored by Hobbycraft? What does that mean?

We are very excited to be teaming up with the UK's biggest craft shop. Their stores are packed with materials, ideas, specialist craft supplies and loads of things that will inspire you. They will be supplying materials for us to use on the night which is amazing because it allows us to continue to run our night for FREE. So far we've relied on donations and crafts swaps from kind crafters who come to our night but stocks were running low so it's great Hobbycraft can help out. Thank you! (Oh and if you've never been check out their website it will wet your appetite!)

See you there!

Hackney Attic, 270 Mare Street (5th floor, Hackney Picturehouse Cinema) 
Wed 22nd February 2017

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Highlights Disco Fever Craft nIght

You came, you made sparkly stuff and you helped us raise £61.45 for mental health charity MIND, THANK YOU! 

Your Crafty Host Mumtaz with Special Guest Tutors Maria & Mia

Missed it, or want to rejoice in a recap of what we got up to? Here goes... 

Disco Ball Mania

Sal, who designs our amazing fliers donated us lots of lampshades & shimmering disco fabric which Mia miraculously turned into a disco ball workshop and wow, it was popular! 

Xmas cards

Super cute bears 

This project was one of the ideas you'll find on the MIND Crafternoon webpages. The charity is encouraging people to hold their own crafternoon events to raise money and to give you a helping hand, have designed some craft projects, including how to make a bear to show someone you are 'bearing them in mind'. 
Get the instructions here and make your own.

And lots of other awesome stuff too...

Star brooches 

Xmas embroidery

We also had our best soundtrack yet, courtesy of The Spinning Yarns DJs...

Alice, Dan & Isobel aka The Spinning Yarns

So that's it for 2016!
We're back WEDNESDAY 22nd FEBRUARY 2017 at The Hackney Attic. Yes! You read that right. After 4.5 years of being a 'last Tuesday' craft night we're now switching to last Wednesdays! 

We've still not decided on what the theme will be, if you have an idea, get in touch!

Merry Christmas and here's to a Crafty New Year!

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Tues 29th November FREE Disco Fever Craft Night in London

Poster design: Sal Hughson

We hope you're in the mood to sparkle! Our final Craft Night of 2016 is DISCO FEVER - yup it's got a disco theme and not just in the soundtrack!

Workshops include Making Your Own Disco Ball with Guest Tutor, Designer Mia Little Wolf...

and a chance to get a head start on making your Xmas cards.

All materials are provided but if you have something sparkly at home you'd like to bring along to craft with then do!

Learn to knit, collage to your hearts content, make friends, get creative and most of all have fun. 

This month we are once again supporting MIND Crafternoon (last time we raised £59.38p!) - let's top that! Bring a donation for the night and spread the word, everyone is welcome.

See you Hackney Attic. All details on the flier above!
If you've like to help out on the night, run a workshop or have a questions drop us an email.

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! )