Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Highlights from our Christmas Carnival Craft Night

Mia & Momtaz from The Make Escape
Last week we got the sparkles out and invited you to join us for our Christmas Craft Night at Hackney Attic. We were so impressed by your creations and we hope everyone who came loves their handmade masterpieces. 
Here's our highlights from the night...


We were joined be Madelaine and Dee who inspired us with their woolly wonders and showed newbie and old knitters who needed refreshing, how to knit. 


Beading is a specialist skill and Jewellery Designer Louise Reed ran a fascinating session on how to make an intricate beaded decoration for your Christmas Tree. 


We were so excited to be joined by the amazing MYO London a new creative craft workshop space near London Bridge. They came with so many ideas for how to make your own Christmas cards.


Finally, we love our sewing bee sessions here at The Make Escape so we gathered our most sparkliest fabrics and sequins to show you how to make tree-rific felt decorations. 

To make our night complete we also had top seasonal tunage from our DJs The Spinning Yarns.

to everyone who has come to our Craft Night this year. We are currently planning for 2018 dates and look forward to seeing you there.

Don't forget we also run private craft workshops and parties too so if you'd like us to organise an event for you get in touch.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and very Happy Crafty New Year!

Mia & Momtaz 
The Make Escape

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Free Christmas Carnival Craft night! 12th December

Flier design: Sally Hughson 
December is officially the season of glitter & sparkles so extra reasons to get your craft on. Come along to our final FREE Craft night of 2017 for festive fun crafting! 

Make Your Own Christmas Cards

MYO will be in the house crafting up a Christmas card storm, including these Reindeer beauties.

Christmas crochet

We will have our usual yarn corner ago with festive inspiration, including this wonderful decoration with regular tutor Tone.

Or if you are knitting Christmas gifts bring along your works in progress, and get advice from our knitting expert Madeline.

Mini Wreaths

Wreaths are a key decoration this festive season, and you can create an adorable mini version AND master the art of beading with our special guest tutor Louise.

Needle- Felted puddings

Mia and Momtaz will showing you the craft of needle felting, where you can create a pocket sized pudding!

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 this fantastic workshop on
Sew a Christmas Flag Decoration @ Fabrications 
The Fabrications shop will also be open late for some last minute Christmas gift shopping!

Friday, 1 December 2017

Save the date! Christmas Carnival free craft night

Flier design: Sally Hughson 

YAY! It's December, officially the season of glitter & sparkles so extra reasons to get your craft on. Come along to our final FREE Craft night of 2017 and make Christmas cards, needle felted Christmas puddings, learn to knit or crochet and master the art of beading with our special guest tutor Louise Reed who will be showing you how to make beaded wreath decorations. 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!


Don't worry we've got two other craft workshops you can attend:

SUNDAY 17th DECEMBER: Make Christmas Film Quote Banners @ Drink Shop Do

WEDNESDAY 20th DECEMBER: Sew a Christmas Flag Decoration @ Fabrications 

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and here's hoping Santa re-stocks your craft supplies!

Momtaz & Mia xx

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Highlights: Spooktacular Halloween Craft Night

Natasha, Mia, Tone & Momtaz
Last month saw a packed Hackney Attic of costume clad creatives, ready for a night of creepy crafting at our free Halloween craft night. 

There was a record number of newbie crocheters who got hooked on hooking, oodles of sparkly glitter for accessory making and we turned coffee jars into clever lanterns. As ever we were joined by The Spinning Yarns DJs behind the decks who treated Make Escapers to eerie sounds and terrifying tunes throughout the night.

The Spinning Yarns DJs aka Isabel, Dan and Alice
If you attended the shenanigans we'd love to see your pics, tag us on social media @TheMakeEscape (Twitter & Instagram). Here's our own pics from the night. 
Thanks to everyone who came. 


When our in-house Crochet Queen Tone Ward suggested running a glow-in-the-dark session we were like wooooaaaah! Really?! Yup! it actually happened! Tone taught a record number of newbies who had never crocheted before to make crochet ghosts with glow sticks inside. Huge congratulations to everyone! 



Natasha Steer is the creative brains behind Creatabot where she regularly teaches community craft workshops in Kent. Her ethos is the same as ours to make crafts accessible to all and she always values the contribution craft and creativity plays in mental wellbeing. Natasha designed a fun glittery session making spooky but sparkly brooches of bats, spiders and skeletons. 


A London cabbie called Sian messaged us recently and said she had collected lots of glass coffee jars and would we like them? We accepted them instantly! We love receiving donations of craft supplies. Mia designed a clever paper shadow lantern workshop which was our most popular craft session of the night. Thanks Sian!


And finally in our free-form collage corner there were some kooky cat masks being conjured up.

Well done crafters! 

The Make Escape's Momtaz & Mia
See you next month for more free crafting (Dec 12th Xmas spesh) - we also run workshops across London and have several other Christmas sessions lined up which we will be shouting about on social media or head to our main website for more details. 

Momtaz & Mia 

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Free Spookacular Craft Night Monday 30th October

Halloween and crafts have long gone hand in hand. This year rather than being one of those people who proclaim ‘nah I’m not doing anything for Halloween’, come along to our free craft night and immerse yourself in crafty fun! We’ve got you covered with workshops from making your own spooky lanterns (as designed by Mia) to crocheting a Glow-In-The dark ghost (yes you read that correctly!) with guest tutor Tone Ward or make bejewelled spider brooches with Natasha Steer. 

No experience needed, our guest tutors will help you.
All materials provided (though you are always welcome to bring donations for our crafty stash.) Come alone or with friends, it doesn’t matter, everyone is welcome…especially those in costume! We’d love to see themed outfits to enhance our fright night which has a spooky soundtrack provided by DJs The Spinning Yarns.

There’s a bar on site and as usual all workshops work via drop in – doors open at 7.30 and we craft through until 10.30. Just collect your free entry ticket from the Picturehouse Cinema box office when you arrive.

Time: 7.30-10.30pm
Date: Monday 30th October 2017
Venue: HackneyAttic, 270 Mare Street, London, E8
Nearest stations Overground: Hackney Central, Hackney Downs or London Fields
Entry: FREE

See you there!

P.s. we have a brand spanking new website: - here you’ll find details of all our new services which include running private craft parties, corporate events, birthdays, activities for hen-dos etc. We’d love to bring some craftiness to any events you are planning! Get in touch – contact details on the site.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Highlights: #SummerOfLove Craft Night featuring Craftivist Collective and Mind

Summer wouldn't be summer without a festival so we invited Londoners to join us for a special Summer of Love festival themed craft night featuring mindful stitching with the Craftivist Collective, flower power crowns and some seriously groovy recycled earrings. Thanks to everyone who came; it was our busiest night of 2017 so far! 
Here's a look at what we got up to...

Introducing the new Craftivists kit...

Craftivist Collective were our special guests for the night. They launched their new craftivism kit, supporting charity Mind. The kit has been created for you to stitch a message to your MP reminding them that they need to keep fighting for mental health support and provisions to be on a par with other health investments. The kits officially launch on September 4th and will cost £12. £7.20 from each kit goes to fund Mind and the vital services they provide, inside is everything you need, so purchase one then and become a crafting change-maker! 

Mindful making: Flower Power

Guest tutor for the evening, Bryony Acketts from Blooming Barnets dazzled us with her giant paper of which is bigger than her cat! Crafty lasses flocked to her workshop to make festive floral crowns, here's some of the fabulous creations made on the night. 

Recycle and Wear

Mia held a session recycling magazines into jewellery. Everyone loved this project as it was so quick and simple, so gave a sense of craft satisfaction, which is what we like at The Make Escape. The hardest part was deciding which pictures to cut out; we were particularly impressed by the Trainspotting earrings!

Knit & Knatter

Madeline was on hand in our yarn corner, helping to develop your knitting and crochet projects. As ever we had a host of colourful yarns and wool available, and some newbie knitters trying their hand at yarn crafts for the first time.

Sarah Corbett, Founder of Craftivist Collective and volunteers with the Mind team
The lovely ladies from Mind were with us throughout the evening, encouraging you to hold your own #Crafternoon where you can craft with friends, family or colleagues while raising money for Mind. Find more about Crafternoon here.

A big thanks as always to The Spinning Yarns, our Resident DJs who provided the groovy soundtrack. 

Momtaz with Make Escape first-timer Natasha who travelled all the way from Kent to come to our night

Don't forget to follow us on social media, we are @TheMakeEscape on Twitter and Instagram.
If you took photos of your wonderful makes share them on social media, tag us and use the hashtags #TheMakeEscape and #SummerOfLove

Our next FREE craft night at The Hackney Attic will be on Monday 30th October, a fright night special and the best Halloween craft night you'll find in London.  
From 7:30pm as always, see you then!