Friday, 30 August 2013

Highlights from our Conscious Couture Craft Night

There's more to crafting than just having fun as we discovered the art of Craftivism....
You came in your dozens to show your support for a very special evening of activities with guests The Craftivists and War On Want. 

Mini protest banners with The Craftivists

Led by The Craftivists founder Sarah, participants sewed their own mini protest banners with their messages to support War On Wants 'Love Fashion Hate Sweatshops' campaign. These were to be hung somewhere poignant after the workshop and everyone who made one was asked to send in a photo of their banner in action - the photos will form part of a national  exhibition later in the year. 

Banner-making materials were very kindly donated by The Craftivists. If you missed the sessions don't worry. You can still stitch your own banner by buying a kit  directly from them, which we highly recommend and hope you will do. 

Sewing basics & making a tissue pocket holder with Alison Beadnall

Local textile artist, writer and baker Alison led a workshop on how to learn basic sewing skills - but it wasn't just a matter of mastering the stitches. Every participant put their new skills to use by sewing their own tissue pocket holder. 

It's amazing what you can achieve in one evening. This workshop was so popular that we hope to run it again later in the year. 

Hip headchains with Use It Up Wear It Out
Jo and Karen making chains trendy

The Use It Up girls are experts in up-cycling what looks like leftover materials into super stylish fashion items. We were very impressed with their latest project, designed just for us, to make head chains. Best of all they were far easier to make than they looked and were the perfect starter project for aspiring jewellery designers.

Is that Wonder Woman or Momtaz?

Doris made her's into a pendant!
All you needed was some chains, broken jewellery for decoration, jump rings and a pair of pliers. This really was craft at it's most trendsetting and easiest - a combo we love.

Knit & Knatter with The Knaughty Knitters
Don't forget every month we are joined by members of The Knaughty Knitters collective who will teach you how to knit, even if you've never picked up needles before. This month Becky helped them with their current mission to knit squares for charity blankets. Help on this is most welcome, so do join in next month whether you can knit or not.
Our doors are always open for you to bring along your own projects and make them in a friendly environment with other craft minded folk. It's part of our Open Craft Night ethos. This girl blew us away with her crochet skills...see this? It may look like a bee, but it's not any old bee. This is a bee costume (with wings) stitched for her pet tortoise. Pet fancy dress in crochet. It all happens at The Make Escape! We are eagerly awaiting the photo evidence of the outfit on its new owner.

Collage Corner

There was an impressive number of boys discovered collaging this month, our faves were a pair of royal elephants and this abandoned it yours? We saved it for you. It's far too good to be leave behind.

The Soundtrack
Finally our craft nights wouldn't be the same without Dan, Alice and Isobel aka The Spinning Yarns providing the sounds while you stitch, the grooves while you glitter and the tunes while you tinker with jewellery making things. 

Join us next month for:
Welcome To The Jungle
Unleash your animal side with some fierce crafts including masks and braid making (to help you swing from trees, obviously.)

Tuesday 24th September, Hackney Attic, 270 Mare Street, London. 
FREE entry 7.30-11pm.  

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