Saturday, April 24, 2010

Planning a Party


Yesterday I spent a good five hours planning, drawing and illustrating the tea table to go on my block.

Using the picture above as inspiration, I decided to draw three table segments. I love the different color tablecloths with the different lace toppers.

I want to recreate that look but, realistically, I don't think I'll find lace that tiny or intricate for the scale of my tiny table. I plan to use whitework embroidery to give the lacy effect. Hopefully, that will work...

As part of this job, I have to have a pattern that DMC can give away. And since I don't want to get in trouble with Disney, I decided to create a generic tea party scene. So I worked on my first draft. The table illustrations below are slightly larger than what will fit on my block so I'll be editing as I stitch to see what will work and what won't.


And I'm not likely to stitch "It's Always Tea Time" on my block -- I just added that for fun. In Wonderland, the watches of the Mad Hare and Hatter are stuck at 6 o'clock. And in the Disney version, the Mad Hatter had to kill Time while he waited for Alice to come back. Time has been stuck ever since and so the Mad Hare, the Hatter and the Doormouse are left perpetually having tea.

The tea table on my Alice block will curve along the long seam treatment in the bottom right of the block.


I've been trying to use as many DMC threads as possible and this green variegated machine embroidery thread captivated me. So I tried it as background grass for my Mushroom Forest. And I really like how the color changes in this application.

After finishing the Tulgey Wood and some of the Mushroom Forest background grass...I decided I'd better put this piece on stretcher bars.


And now here is the block today, ready for the tea table. I want the table to stick out a bit so the table top will be about 1/4" wide -- I'm not sure how I'm going to do that yet.


The greatest news came yesterday when I was told I have an extra two weeks to finish. That was music to my ears since today we're gone all day at a family party.

Though I miss my trips around the blogosphere, I don't have much time for reading blogs and conversing just now. Thanks for all of the comments you've been leaving on the Alice posts! They make me feel pretty Wonderful!

18 comments:

Evelyn and Lise said...

This is such a hoot.... Can't wait to get to your blog each day and see the progress of your piece. Its looking great. You keep us all in anticipation and wonder. Lise

Nellie's Needles said...

It's wonderful! And you're a wonder!

Front Range Stitcher said...

Hey! I think there is genius at work here! No, I know there is a genius at work.

Loralynn said...

I love the way it is turning out! It's fun to see your progress!

Rachel said...

This is developing in such an interesting way - great work!

Catherine said...

You simply amaze me, no need to say more!

Fran├žoise said...

beautifull!!!!
fran├žoise

flyingbeader said...

Hey Susan, check out this place for some vintage lace & other things. I love this place & have bought many vintage sequins there. If the link doesn't work, it is called Accessories of Old. I bought from them when they were in South Africa & now they are in the US...and I believe close to where you live. You might be able to get to their physical store in Fredricksburg.
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http://www.accessoriesofold.com/store/index.asp?DEPARTMENT_ID=78

Carol said...

You are taking yourself to a higher level with this project. This is more of a story on quilt block than I have ever seen. Your thought process is pretty amazing. I can't help but wonder what this project is a stepping stone to.

Tell me again what DMC will do with your block when it is completed, I have forgotten.

I can't wait to see you create lace from stitches!!

Allison Ann Aller said...

I wish I could jump through the looking glass with you and go to this tea party!
Carol is right about this project being a stepping stone...you are in for some Wonderful adventures in your stitching life, Susan....we can all feel it coming....

Maureen said...

So much with so little space! I envy your creativeness.

Penny said...

Your creativity, inspiration and talents are awesome! Can't wait t see the finished piece and can't imagine even taking on something like this. I'm sure the extra two weeks was music to your ears.

Sheila said...

It's really fun to see what you're developing! I love the "It's time for a tea party!" Why can't you include the text. I love the script you chose too! You look like you are having a lot of fun...

Sheila said...

Oop! I meant "It's always tea time..." I think my memory was misplaced along with "Time".

Vicky~ stichr ~ said...

plum pudding...that is a plum pudding isn't it?
great ideas....i enjoy the process of you zeroing in on something!!

Elizabeth said...

I can't wait to see the tea Tables. Nellie is SOOO right, You ARE A Wonder!!!!!!!

Angela said...

As always your work is Wonderful. this is turning out so cool, no wonder DMC chose you. Great job, Angie

Balwearie said...

The tea tables are adorable! What if you backed them with a piece of foam core? Would that make the piece too stiff? I think that's usually what greeting card artists use to make things pop.

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