JANUARY: a by-word for abstinence. The alcohol is banished and you get night sweats from chocolate withdrawal.
For those looking to keep away from frivolous spending in the metaphorically longest month too, a craft night at Hackney Attic offers a fun, sociable and – crucially - free way to while away an evening.
Each month The Make Escape provides the tools and space for visitors to create a host of gifts, accessories and homeware. Nifty New Year is the title of the 29 January event; artist and popular blogger Mr X Stitch – known on official documents as Jamie Chalmers - will introduce tips on hand embroidery and needlecraft.
Also attending on the night is Material World: The Modern Craft Bible author Perri Lewis, running a workshop on making keyrings from recycled scrap fabrics.
Knitting experts will be showing beginners how to ‘pearl’, ‘frog’, ‘bind off’ and other knit skills plus for those working on their own projects there will be the opportunity to get some help. There’s even a collage table (pictured) for some ad hoc creations made with paper, card, glue and sequins.
Music on the night is provided by the Spinning Yards DJs. Entry and materials are free.
For more, visit themakeescape.blogspot.com
Crafty cut outs at The Make Escape in Hackney Attic