Thursday, 4 February 2016

Highlights from Go Green Craft Night

Crafty sounds as usual, were provided by DJs The SpinningYarns
Hands down one of our most creative craft nights yet. We challenged our three guest tutors Tree from Stitchless TV, Alison Beadnell and Purple Claire to come up with some nifty ideas to re-use, recycle and remake and they proved that anything is possible with a bit of imagination and some leftovers...



Knitting t-shirts into coasters using just a pair of pencils with Alison Beadnell


The T-shirt coasters project was designed by Alison who was modelling a sweater she made from her son's old t-shirts
Step 1: Cutting t-shirts into a long narrow strip to create yarn


Stage 2: Knitting the strip into a coaster using pencils


The finished items

Recycling maps into decorations with Purple Claire


Collage stash
A peek inside Claire's sketchbook showing just our lovely envelope liners are



One of the collages created on the evening - a combination of music paper and maps
Sewing bags & customising clothes with Tree using fabric offcuts


Tree brought along her mini sewing machines for this fabric recycling workshop
We were donated a sack of fabric offcuts and with help from Tree they were turned into patchwork tote bags


Neha's first attempt on a sewing machine and she made a purse with a zip
Nifty re-creation, this sweater was turned into a hat and wrist gloves

Getting down to the knitty gritty in our knitting corner




As usual we had special guest tutors on hand to guide newbies how to knit - this always results in happy faces
We were also visited by East London Lines who filmed a short report about our night which you can watch here.


In keeping with the theme The Make Escape's Momtaz and guest tutor Tree both wore homemade green dresses, Momtaz's used to be a curtain!


Join us for our next craft night just after the Easter Bank Holiday weekend - where we will be having a Super Hero themed craft night to celebrate the release of the movie Batman v Superman  - get your capes at the ready! (or perhaps make your own).

Full details coming to the blog nearer the time but pop March 29th in your diary now.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Coming up: Go Green! Craft Night Jan 26th 2016

Designed by Sal Hughson

Put your hands up if you've just got too much stuff lying round? Forget sales shopping, January is a time to reassess what you own, pile up the things you no longer want or need, and decide how to give them a new life, whether that's by giving them away to a charity shop, selling them or crafting with them!

We start 2016 with an eco-conscious craft night where we're emphasising on re-using and recycling, making stuff from unwanted materials like scrap fabrics and even old maps.

We have some amazing Craft Expert tutors lined up to show you how to and give you plenty of ideas and encouragement. So put Tuesday 26th January at The Hackney Attic in your diary now, this is going to be a fun night and we'd hate you to miss out on some making!

Workshops

Customising with fabric

Join Sewing & Customising Expert and You Tube Sensation Tree from Stitchless TV. Tree's channel is a wealth of sewing wisdom, suitable for beginners and has received over 3m views. 
She'll be assisting on two sessions with her handy pink sewing machine:

*Bring along an item of clothing to customise
*Make something using fabric offcuts recently donated to us by a local fabric manufacturer

Recycled map crafts
Ever since the invention of Sat Nav....maps have become redundant...but they are so pretty to look at. Artist Purple Claire Textiles shows you some novel ways to use up those unwanted maps on your bookshelf in this fun workshop as part of our Collage Corner. 

Turn t-shirts into coasters
The perfect craft for anyone who thinks they are uncrafty, join local Textile Artist Alison Beadnell in this fantastic session where she'll be showing you how to use old t-shirts to make coasters. This is a craft you'll master immediately and go home and want to try again.

Plus you can learn to knit or bring along your wn projects and knit with us in our Knit & Knatter corner or simply just come along, grab a drink from the bar and chill out while listening to the sounds of our resident DJs The Spinning Yarns. 

Doors open 7.30pm, entrance and workshops are free but you'll nee to collect a ticket from the cinema box office to get access. See you there!

Hackney Attic, 5th floor, Hackney Picturehouse Cinema, 270 Mare Street, Hackney. E8. 

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Highlights: Frost Fair Craft Night


We brought seasonal cheer to the Hackney Attic in November with our Frost Fair themes craft night where you tried your hand at making natural and paper decorations and Christmas cards.

Xmas Cards & d├ęcor 
Paper crafter and Scrapbooking Expert Shimelle Laine (who you may have seen on telly on the craft shopping channels!) was our VIP guest this month and not only did she run a workshop, she brought along her own unique papers and motifs, designed by herself, to use in the projects. Here are some of the masterpieces created on the night, some of which required some crafty cutting tech.






Paper decorations
These were made by cutting, rolling and manipulating scrap papers, wrapping paper and print outs and was led by Debbie Michener.






Twig decorations
These were made by tying together twig pieces which were cut to equal lengths, which were then decorated up with ferns, holly, pine, ribbons, berries and sparkly bits, led by guest tutor Karen Shand. There's a full tutorial on how to make them over here





Knit & Knatter
Every month we have knitting experts on hand to show you how to knit and we also welcome knitters to simply turn up with their projects and click their needles in a creative environment. Thanks to Larissa and Sheree for being on hand to show us how to make these cute Xmas knits, perfect for hanging on Christmas trees.








We're back in 2016. Join us on 26th January for our Go Green Eco themed craft night - focusing on reusing & recycling. Check the blog nearer the time for all the details. 





Tuesday, 10 November 2015

COMING UP: FROST FAIR CRAFT NIGHT 24th November 2015

Designed by Sally Hughson

Our last Craft Night of the year has a wintery theme - come join our Frost Fair! Workshops involve, wool, glitter and other seasonal themes...

Xmas Cards with Shimelle Laine
Make a start on your Xmas cards with help from Celebrity Craft Expert Shimelle Laine, using her own special brand of papers! WOW!

Eco decorations with Karen Shand
Try your hand at making Christmas decorations with natural and found objects including twigs and yummy smelling fern with recycling expert and one half of Use It Up Wear It Out, Karen Shand.

Paper decorations with Debbie Michener

Join local designer Debbie in this addictive workshop using collage materials and magazines.

Knit & knatter
Learn to knit or crochet or come and join us to work on your own projects. Help on hand from a number of knitting experts including Sheree Robinson

All workshops are drop in - no need to book, just turn up. See you there! We are very friendly so come on your own or bring people!

Frost Fair Craft Night, 24th November, 7.30pm til 11pm, Hackney Attic, 5th floor Hackney Picturehouse Cinema, 270 Mare Street, London, E8