Everything Alice, by Hannah Read-Baldrey and Christine Leech.
I added this book to my Amazon wishlist after stumbling across it one day (and no, I can’t remember what I was looking for originally!), and was delighted to receive it as a Yule gift from my sister-in-sin.
The book starts off well, with a couple of lists of things which you’ll find useful. Experienced crafters (and those who cook) will have these things anyway but everyone likes a good list, don’t they?
There’s a good range of projects, from simple sewing projects like the little lavender stuffed dormice pictured above to more complex things like the white rabbit pictured below.
I’m particularly tempted to make these gorgeous envelope cushions…
It’s not just sewing either. There are papercraft projects too, including Mad Hatter cupcake boxes and this pretty tea time themed stationery
There are also edible treats in this book, cakes, confits, cookies and cordials…
… and if you want to make these beautiful cookies, don’t worry because there’s also a tutorial on how to make your own cookie cutters out of aluminium takeaway containers. Brilliant!
As well as being packed to the brim with tutorials this book is also packed with gorgeous photography and imaginative illustrations.
I’d definitely recommend this book, even to those who aren’t especial fans of Alice in Wonderland. It’s a great read, there’s lots of inspiration to be had and, unlike some, the writers don’t assume that you have access to unlimited funds and supplies. Many of the projects are ideal for beginners, but the range of projects means that those who like to challenge themselves won’t be disappointed as there are more complex patterns to follow too. There’s fun to be had with paint, glue, paper, fabric, beads and food – and the whimsical themes will appeal to children of all ages.
I’ve already tried my hand at one project (the Red King Slippers) and will no doubt be dipping back into this book very soon.