Monday, May 10, 2010

Inspired by Alice

Look at these beautiful buttons painted by Gerry Krueger! Aren't they fabulous??


I absolutely love them and all the work and care that went into them. If you don't know about it already, you must visit Gerry's blog -- Older Rose-- not only is she a painter but she is a needle artist and a master gardener! I always enjoy her perspective on life, her sense of humor and her amazing talent with needle and thread. To see more of her painted buttons you can go here...and Gerry said she's thinking about making some to sell on Ebay...As far as I'm concerned, she can't do it fast enough. Thank you Gerry!

Another friend, Carol-Ann Conway of Threads Across the Web, lives in Oxford -- home to Christ Church where Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland. She recently blogged about her trip to Christ Church and what she discovered about the author and his life. You can read the post yourself here and have a look at some of the beautiful Japanese embroideries that she creates with her skilled hands while visiting her blog.

I also found these free day-of-the-week embroidery patterns courtesy of amommy22 on Flickr and found that a very talented poster De Sade's Kitten has been stitching them after first painting her muslin with watercolor pencils and then wetting it. Check them out, they are beautiful.

And I found this company, Sumptuousity, who makes a whole series of Alice brooches. Love them too!


Photograph from Sumptuosity

And last but not least is my friend from Pinks and Needles...who has created a limited edition pin set of Alice in Wonderland. I love all of her pins...she is forever coming up with something new...and they make great gifts for anyone that owns a pincushion.

Photograph from Pinks and Needles

As for me, I'm working on a tea party and painting little itty bitty cups for the table...


But I wanted to show you this close up picture of the embroidery on Alice's dress that inspired my embroidery in the last post...


And I had completely forgotten to share this picture of Mallymkin yesterday!!! Yes, you guessed it! That little dormouse performs her own version of enucleation on the Bandersnatch when she removes his eyeball with her hatpin/sword...she then carries the eyeball around in a net on her waist as a talisman throughout the movie...Isn't a bit coincidental that I performed one on Alice? hmmm....


Have a great night/morning and I'll pop in again when it's time for tea!

11 comments:

Judy S. said...

While you're roaming around the Internet, since I know you're too busy at the moment to hop over to the British Library in London, check out this link http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/ttp/alice/accessible/introduction.html for the original Alice. It is something to behold, and I'd forgottem all about it till your newest post. (They also have Handel's Messiah among other gems!) Enjoy!

Carol said...

Mean Mouse.

When this project is done, I'm going to tell you a secret.
xx, Carol

Robin said...

I love all the pictures in this post, especially Gerry's buttons! Thanks for posting them.

Robin said...

To Carol ~ I hope you tell the secret in a comment so we'll get to know what it is too.

To Susan ~ Fun to look forward to a revealed secret, huh?!

Allison Ann Aller said...

Fabulous buttons by Gerry.
What a fun post...you have definitely stepped through the looking glass!

Marty52 said...

Gerry does beautiful work, doesn't she? These are wonderful and so are all the other lovelies you have found. The pins are fabulous! So many things to see and use and so little time... gah!

Loralynn said...

Wow! Lots of great links to spend time at! Thanks!

Balwearie said...

The itty bitty cups look fabulous and I think you did a wonderful job with Alice. Her hair looks fantastic!

Createology said...

Oh My! Your work is wonderful. Happy creating...

Ingrid Mida said...

Every post you write is like a drink of sunshine. Thanks for brightening my day Susan!

FredaB said...

Hi Susan

Just got on the computer since I packed it up Fri. and couldn't wait to see what you have done. You have done wonderful. I LOVE the Mad Hatter and Alice is as perfect as she needs to be for her adventure.

Gerry's buttons are gorgeous. We will be lining up for her etsy shop.

Hugs and glad to be home

FredaB

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