The Make Escape

Had a wonderful evening at The Make Escape on Tuesday in the Hackney Picturehouse Attic with some truly inspiring recycling makes and amazing craft teachers.

Alison Beadnell from Barmy Cakes and co-author of ‘Sew to Bed’ was teaching people to turn old t-shirts into wonderful things such as coasters, napkin rings, and even wearing an amazing top she had knitted herself. Fingers crossed I can get a fact sheet from her so I can practice myself at home.

Spinning Yarns were on the decks providing us with endless eighties throw back tunes which had everyone singing along as they crafted.

Purple Claire took my daughters fancy and she had a fantastic few hours making collage designs from old maps with her mate. This disappeared into their sketch books at the end of the evening to be used for art and photography A level designs – just goes to show craft is educational and not just for fun!

I also met the wonderful Tree from Stitchless TV whom I will be catching up with at The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show 3-6th March. Tree is a master at teaching people whom have never sewn before to have the confidence to get behind a sewing machine and just create. Can’t wait to see what ideas she has for March.

All of this was co-ordinated by the ever colourful Momtaz from Craft Cafe whom will be on this Saturday 9am speaking about how crafting can help postnatal depression.

I was there teaching knitting which I adore – love knitting and love teaching so a perfect few hours. Everyone managed to grasp the basics and whilst they didn’t leave with a knitted piece they all felt confident enough and inspired enough to grab some wool themselves and get stuck in making a scarf or hat.

If you have a Tuesday evening free and want to mix with some lovely people, enjoy great music and learn a new craft then come to the next Make Escape! it’s going to be Superhero themed…. can’t wait.


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