Saturday, 13 September 2014

Coming up: Indian Summer Craft Night 30 September

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The sun is still shining and we're still in summer mode! Join us for an evening of South Asian inspired craft projects at our Indian Summer craft night. Try your hand at weaving, stitching and collaging and create a sparkling masterpiece with our stash of sequins, glitter yarns shimmering scraps.

Rickshaw art

This month's Collage Corner is being taken over by artist/illustrator Matt Ponting in this colourful & creative workshop where you can design your own modern, rickshaw style art. 

Peg-loom weaving

Learn how to use a peg loom and weave a sample of fabric using shimmering yarns guided by the creative and colourful Purple Claire Textiles

Bollywood brooches
A long, long time ago (when craft wasn't that cool) our founder Momtaz Begum-Hossain wrote a booked called Bollywood Crafts about her two big passions: craft and Bollywood. This month she's running a workshop which takes inspiration from her book - sew yourself a Bollywood brooch. You can also buy signed copies of her book for £5 which are now limited edition.

Kuhmihimo braiding

Jewellery designer Louise Reed will be running her popular braidmaking session which this time features some shimmering yarns. Learn a new skill by mastering this traditional technique.

Plus join our knitting nook where we teach beginners the art of using needles, sending them off on their first adventures in yarn, or bring along a project you're working on at home and knit, crochet or make in a friendly environment. Soundtrack as ever provided by The Spinning Yarns and we've got a bar. Food served on the ground floor which you can order to be delivered to you. 

Doors open: 7.30pm. FREE ENTRY. All workshops are drop-in. 
Collect a ticket from the box office upon arrival to gain entry: Hackney Attic, 5th floor Hackney Picturehouse Cinema, 270 Mare Street, Hackney, London. E8. 

Come alone with friend, family, work colleagues, dates, random strangers - all welcome! 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Love crafts? Pop to The Handmade Fair

If you like coming to The Make Escape you'll probably enjoy popping to this rather wonderful craft event. Hampton Court Palace will be taken over for three days from Friday September 19th to Sunday 21st September 2014 with a crafty extravaganza under the guidance of TV's Kirsty Allsop. The Handmade Fair includes daily workshops, market stalls, talks and live demonstrations from expert crafters including our founder Momtaz
She'll be taking to the stage on Sunday 21st at 4pm in a live Craft Mash Up opposite textile artist Ellie Jarvis. They'll both be showing you easy ways to use up 1m of fabric, Ready Steady Cook style in just 45 minutes. Be there to cheer Momtaz on! 

Tickets for The Handmade Fair cost between £12.50 (entry only) and £29 (includes activities like watching the Mash Up) and go up to £95 for VIPs!

Find out more at Hope to see you there!