Everything Alice by Hannah Read-Baldrey and Christine Leech
What they say:
“Welcome to the magical world of Everything Alice, where nothing is quite as it seems. Alice’s fantastical adventures in Wonderland provide the inspiration for a charming and original collection of 50 craft makes, ranging from a Hand-Sewn White Rabbit Toy and Pompon-Decorated Slippers to Papercraft Tea Party Invitations and Cut-outand- keep Dress-up Dolls. Whilst this book captures the very essence of Lewis Carroll’s popular tales – which have been translated into 125 languages and made into numerous films – each of the 50 ‘Make Me’ projects stands alone as a gorgeous item to cherish. Who wouldn’t be seduced by a Red Polka Dot Frilly Pinny to wear whilst baking cupcakes fit for a king, or a Heart-shaped Pinboard to house precious keepsakes, or an exquisite Beaded Napkin Ring in the initials of each of your dinner guests? Decorate your home and garden with the supremely simple yet highly effective No-sew Fabriccovered Teapot Planters. Serve your partygoers from a china cake stand made from mix-and-match vintage crockery. And create wonderfully scented candles that fill oversized teacups to present as handmade gifts. Alice’s world was full of extraordinary characters and peculiar insights so interspersed between the projects are snippets of Wonderland lore and instructions for fun party games, such as How to Become a Queen, How to Run a Caucus Race and How to Play Musical Chairs, to keep your tea party guests entertained. With Everything Alice there will never be a dull moment in your own personal Wonderland”
What I think:
This is one of my favourite books. I’d honestly recommend it to anyone who considers themselves, quirky, stylish or crafty.
The book itself is beautiful and of the highest quality – it’s worth buying it simply for the illustrations! If you’re a fan of Alice in Wonderland, it’s a real pleasure to curl up with this book and just enjoy looking at the glorious pages.
The projects range from simple ideas which might only take a couple of hours, and using materials most crafters will have knocking around their sewing box, to larger projects for which you may need to source items.
Nothing in the book looks too perfect or mass-produced, the aesthetic is home-made and unique and I’m sure would really encourage the novice crafter to ‘give it a go’.
One of the best things about the book is how diverse the projects are. From sewing and embroidery, to recipes and simple cutting and sticking projects – whatever your crafty persuasion, there is something for you here.