Book Review: Everything Alice by Hannah Read Baldrey and Christine Leech
I first came across this book at an Alice in Wonderland themed birthday party, where the host had strung up her own version of the playing card bunting. My boyfriend and I had been instructed to come as the King and Queen of Hearts; we applied a little poetic licence and came as “the King and Queen of ‘Arts” instead. My boyfriend went as “the King”, Andy Warhol, and myself as “the Queen”, Grayson Perry’s alter-ego Claire (who has more than a touch of Wonderland glorious ridiculousness about her!)
I’m a sucker for anything heart-print (I’m wearing a heart-print skirt as I type!), and so both the opportunity to dress up as the Queen of Hearts, and this book of Alice in Wonderland-themed crafts were very appealing to me. The Queen of Hearts apron on page 83 of Everything Alice is so pretty it almost warrants wearing outside of the kitchen.
The imagery in the original Alice in Wonderland stories is so rich it provides a seemingly endless source of inspiration for crafters, and Hannah Read-Baldrey and Christine Leech have crammed an impressive amount of that inspiration into this book. Flicking through Everything Alice is a brilliant starting point for creating your own Alice-themed party (complete with nibbles and drink-me drinks!), or perfect fodder for a rainy day with the kids (although you may have to give them a big helping hand!)
Enchanting quotations from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass are scattered throughout the book, although my favourite quote is not from Lewis Carroll but the book’s authors; “A good craft kit is like a magpie’s nest; full of little scraps of fabric, paper and sparkly things that may be useful one day.” I think there’s a little bit of the magpie in every crafter, don’t you? Certainly the projects in Everything Alice provide the perfect excuse to get out your scraps and sparkly things!
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