Monday, 17 September 2018

SAVE THE DATE: 31st October 6th Birthday Halloween Party & Craft Night


After a few months off trying to find a new venue we're pleased to say we are teaming up with The Village Haberdashery, in West Hampstead for our 6th birthday party which we've decided to hold on Halloween!!

It's FREE, adults only from 7pm-10pm on Halloween Wednesday 31st October 2018.
Expect creepy crafting and ghoulish games as well as a scary soundtrack!


Wednesday, 18 April 2018

End of an Era - The Make Escape says good bye to Hackney Attic

Mia and Momtaz - The Make Escape Craft Queens 

So today's update is on the sad side. We were due to have our next free craft night next week but things have changed. After nearly six years of running London Craft Night The Make Escape at the wonderful venue, our home, Hackney Attic we will no longer be able to hold events there. The space is changing and they can no longer accommodate us.

We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge THANK YOU to Hackney Attic for hosting us for so long and to all the amazing staff who have supported the night from printing our fliers to helping us rearrange the furniture, to letting our DJs The Spinning Yarns loose of the decks. We are so grateful.

We are going to miss the venue and the event and all the regulars who have come along, again for nearly six years - we just missed out on celebrating our 6th birthday there.

And of course a very special thank you to all the tutors who have given up their time to volunteer and donate materials, to the press who have featured us, to the different team members who've helped run the night over the years, to our DJs Dan, Isobel and Alice and to everyone who has come along.


We aren't planning to get another permanent home for the night yet but we are keen to 'tour' The Make Escape Craft Night to different event spaces, preferably where there is a bar and we can have our DJs for the full experience. If you can suggest anywhere that fits with what we do (aka keeping it free entry so not charging for event space hire) then do drop us an email and let us know -

A huge amount of time goes into running, organising and marketing the event so we can't do them too regularly for free but we certainly will keep running free and accessible events that everyone can enjoy.

Aside from the free craft night we also run craft workshops that incur a fee which we hope you will continue to support. Coming up we have a Bollywood Crafts workshop at Watford Palace theatre Sat 5th May 1-3pm cost is £4 and an embroidery workshop on Sunday 13th May at Chiswick House. Details of these and all future workshops will be on our main website and on our social media - follow us on Twitter and Instagram

You'll find photos from all our craft nights in the archives of this blog, it's so nice to have them as a reminder of the incredibly fun nights we had and the awesome things everyone made. Have a dip through them to see what we got up to. 

We hope to craft with you again soon in the meantime keep making!

Momtaz & Mia 

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Highlights from Retro Revival Craft Night

The Make Escape team - Mia and Momtaz with guest tutor Daisy

Hello crafters! Yes it's still snowing here in London but thankfully not as much as it was when we held our last craft night when the Beast of the East was in full force. The blizzards however didn't put everyone off and while it was quieter than usual, we still had a lot of fun. Here's what we got up to! 

Shoe-clip making with Mia

Knitting corner

New knitter - these three had never knitted before! Now look at them!

Button jewellery

Button cocktail rings made on the night

Sewing workshop sponsored by Contrado UK

Fabric designed by Sally Hughson
Digital printing specialists Contrado printed us some bespoke The Make Escape fabric inspired by our flier for the night to use in our sewing session but we postponed it because of the snow. Head over to their site to get your own fabric designs printed onto different fabrics and products. 

Our next FREE event is on Tuesday 24th April and the theme is Secret Garden. But if you can't wait until then don't worry we have a host of craft workshops coming up across London for adults and families. More details of those over on our main website

Our DJs The Spinning Yarns - Alice, Isobel and Dan

Plus don't forget to follow us on social media:
Instagram & Twitter.

See you soon, keep crafting! 

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

COMING UP: Retro Revival Craft Night Wed 28 Feb 2018 (London)

Get ready for some seriously chic fifties inspired accessory making at this month's Free Craft Night, the first of 2018. We've opted for a fashionable vintage theme as suggested by one of our followers on Twitter and we've got a host of fun workshops for you to join. 

In case you've not been before then we can't wait to meet you! We're a friendly bunch and we have lots of lovely craft materials awaiting you. We're not like other events in London, there's nothing to feel intimidated about. You can simply turn up on your own or bring friends, family, colleagues, it doesn't matter you'll soon feel at home. Doors open 7.30pm and we craft until around 10.30pm. The earlier you come the more things you can make - yay!


Sew a 1950s accessory with Make Thrift Daisy (sponsored by Contrado)

We've teamed up with digital printing company Contrado to bring you this one-of-a-kind workshop using one-of-a-kind fabric. Our Special Guest Tutor Daisy will show you how to sew it into a stylish accessory. Plus you'll get a discount coupon to take away so you can save money on getting your own fabric printed. 

Recognise the fabric, it's inspired by our flier, made by Sally Hughson.

Make retro icons show clips

Join The Make Escape's Mia to make a set of retro icon themed accessories to jazz up, shoes, lapels, ties and anywhere else you want to add some charm to. 

Make a cocktail ring

Come and raid our button stash and make yourself a snazzy ring that you can wear instantly. 

Collage corner

The Make Escape is all about unleashing your creativity so in collage corner we encourage you to do whatever you like. We have glue, paper, scissors, glitter awaiting your imagination. 

Learn to knit or crochet

Knitting & crochet are crafty life skills, come and learn how to do then with help from our guest tutors. 

So that's all you need to know. Music as ever by The Spinning Yarns DJs, bar on site. 

See you there!

DJs The Spinning Yarns 

Wednesday 28th Feb
Hackney Attic, 5th floor Picturehouse Cinema, 270 Mare Street, London, E8

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Retro Revival- Save the Date! 28th February

Flier design: Sally Hughson

Craft and rock around the clock at our 1950s themed craft night! Join us on Wednesday 28th February at Hackney Attic.

We are making like Marilyn Monroe and Marlon Brando, and harnessing fifties chic with workshops on sewing your own chic headband, making a cocktail ring and collaging fifties icons. Plus learn to knit or crochet. 
For beginners and seasoned crafters!

More details soon, save the date!​

Free Entry, book your spot here.

Knit & natter, chat & crochet!

We will have our usual yarn corner, start the featured make of the night, or bring something you are already working on.

As usual all craft materials are provided, there's a bar on site, DJs The Spinning Yarns behind the decks and lots of fun to be had.

Workshops are run on a drop in basis and doors open 7.30pm. See you at Hackney Attic!

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we have some fantastic workshops coming up at the Urban Makers East pop-up shop!

Sunday 4th February:

Sew a Valentine Heart Brooch
Sunday 4th February 2018
@Urban Makers Pop-up shop, Shoreditch
Sew a unique fabric brooch to give as a heart-felt gift to a loved one, or to keep for yourself to wear your heart on your sleeve!
Perfect for Valentines.
2 Sessions to pick from,
12-2pm or 3-5pm.
£25 p/p.
Book here.

Saturday 24th February:

Cactus Statement Jewellery Making 
Saturday 24th February 2018
@Urban Makers Pop-up shop, Shoreditch 
Working with faux leather, you'll create modern statement jewellery pieces, that you can wear to show off your handi-work!
2 Sessions to pick from, 12-2pm or 3-5pm.
£25 p/p.
Book here.