Sunday, 12 May 2013

Coming up: Happy Birthday Us! Craft Night May 28th - Our 1st Makerversary!!!!!


We can't believe it's been 1 year since we started our crafty event at The Hackney Attic - the 1st one was held May 29th 2012!

In stats that means:
  • 12 action packed craft events
  • 70+ people learning how to knit
  • 40+ special guests
  • 50+ workshops and a staggering 
  • 1000+ people coming though the doors and making things.
Thank you soooo much to every single person who has come to the night, told people about us, written about us, tweeted us, left messages on our blog and volunteered to run our amazing workshops.

To celebrate we're invited back some of the incredible people who have helped us over the last year to return to run workshops again!

Rosie joined us at our first ever event where we celebrated the launch of her book
She'll be showing you how to sew your own stylish collar
We love Karen & Jo's philosophy of making things new things from old...which look bang on trend! The girls joined us for our Stitched Not Stirred James Bond evening, our summer Club Tropicana session and for spooky mask making. They'll be running a hatmaking session...cos you can't have a party without one!

Turned February Comic Crazy with his drawing workshop which he'll be repeating  again for those who missed it!

Who joined us in October at our Day of The Dead craft night and showed us how to stitch skull brooches, for our birthday they'll be running a decoration workshop.
And that's not all there's also a raffle, live drawing, our infamous Collage Corner, Knit & Knatter, where you can learn to knit, music from our resident DJs The Spinning Yarns AND a special birthday raffle. 

Tuesday 28th May, 7.30-11pm.
The Hackney Attic, 5th floor Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, London, E8 1HE

Look forward to seeing you there!

The Make Escape Team

Friday, 3 May 2013

Highlights from our Treasure Island Craft Night

What a swashbuckling night! At April's Make Escape we had a parrot, treasure maps, pirate eye-patch making, oodles of treasure to make stuff with and three pirate VJs aka Chester Copperpot, Matt Overboard and Captain Morgan, as featured in the Londonist!
Being listed on this most finest of websites meant we had lots of new attendees. Yay!
Purple Claire kicked off the workshops with finger knitted necklaces, one of the easiest and fastest craft techniques we've ever seen and tried out!
It was a particular hit with visiting workshoppers the Shoreditch Sisters aka the local WI who can't normally come as their own meetings clash with our night. We hope to see them again in July when we have another 'five Tuesday' month!
In our popular knit & knatter corner run by Madelaine, two newbie men learnt how to knit. Craig, pictured here, recently went on a yarn shopping spree without trying out knitting, so now he knows what to do with his stash.
While Jo was very proud of her first ever cable knit in the form of a gorgeous woolly bangle.
Every pirate needs a patch so we also ran a 'make a patch' workshop from lovely soft faux leather and a comfy felt backing.
Modelled here beautifully by one of our workshoppers.
Elsewhere Becky demonstrated how to make paper beads from a surprise ssupply of origami paper that was mysteriously donated to us.
They went down very well in the collage corner.
Local jewellery designer Sheridan from Ever and Ava brought along a trunk of jewels to make gorgeous memory wire bracelets... these stunning creations:
Meanwhile the pirates were hard at work ensuring we could get creative to salty sounds. The visuals some of which you can see here, consisted of dancing pirates, giant octopuses, fish and extracts of sea themed films like Muppet Treasure Island.
The set list included:
What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor?
Fish by Mr Scruff
Rock The Boat by Hues Corporation
Fisherman's Blues by The Waterboys
Tabitha's Island by Me Me Me
£1 Fish by One Pound Fish Man
Liberty Ship by The La's
Under The Sea from The Little Mermaid
And here are the folk who put the Treasure Island craft night together - Becky, Momtaz, Heather and Suzi aka Team Make Escape.

The Make Escape turns 1 on May 28th and we are organising the most spectacular craft night that has ever been hosted in the whole of Londinium!!

Mark it in your diaries now - details coming very soon!

All the images this month were taken by Greg McKinney aka Chester Copperpot