Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

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It’s busy, busy, busy in the sewing room.  My current project is an Alice in Wonderland linen tea set and I’m loving every minute of it.  The new Alice designs at Brother’s iBroidery.com got me so excited that I had to make this.  Soon there will be a tutorial for the project which includes a 30″ tablecloth, and 4 napkins.

Baby tatting edges the Madeira applique’ on each corner of the tablecloth which features a Brother My Custom Stitch zig zag feather stitch.   The same corner embellishes each napkin.  All four sides are pinstitched.

Along with Alice, the tea party guests include the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts,  three different Alices, TweedleDum and his twin TweedleDee.

 

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I love having tea parties with my grandchildren.  It’s a great situation for talking about manners and etiquette, proper table linens and more.   There’s nothing like cookies to motivate a child to hang around the tea table and chat.

Laurel started partying when she was very small.  As she grew older and we had a little tea time break during the 3 years I homeschooled her and her brother.  I even managed to work the Boston Tea Party into the conversation.  It was just too good an opportunity to miss giving a little history lesson.

 

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We often tea partied on the back porch. Apple juice and cookies were always served.  For more photos and info about this set click here.

This was the first set I made as I dreamed of sharing a cup of tea with a grandchild.  And that dream came true!

 

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With the help, loving support and delicious refreshments provided by her mother, Laurel hosted several tea parties at her home.  At one event, she invited guests to bring their favorite dolls which were seated and served separately.  The dolls were given party hats for the occasion.

 

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Now we have another little granddaughter, 3 yo Vivian Rose, and I hope to party with her soon.  I made this set while I was hoping that one day our daughter would bless us with yet another grandchild-girl or boy, because I can and have had great tea times with my first grandson (now 11), whose name is withheld at his request.

 

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It’s back to the sewing room for me.  What is your current sewing project?

12 responses to “Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

  1. from Martha Pullen forum: Those will make wonderful tea parties!

  2. from Martha Pullen forum: How delightful. Must put that on my “todo” list. The three grand girls have fairy tea sets and the two boys have Peter rabbit sets. Can’t you tell, I’m a Brit. I have my Mom’s children’s tea set. My grandad was in the states working in 1911 and my mother wanted the set she had seen in a shop window, for her birthday. He sent the money. It is a circus theme. When we came in 1948, it came with us, was passed down to me and I have now asked my youngest daughter if she would like it. Perhaps, a circus themed tablecloth and napkins will be added. Love your informative blogs, thanks.

  3. What a wonderful story! For generations, children have enjoyed tea parties and child sized tea sets. Tea parties are timeless. I’d LOVE to see pictures when you make a set of circus linens to match your precious tea set.

  4. from Martha Pullen forum: Lovely as always, Janice!! I’d love to do something similar for my DGD!! Can anyone give some tips for those of us (okay, for me!) who have no imagination when it comes to these things??

  5. from Martha Pullen forum: Very pretty! I love tea sets myself…bought a beautiful Bunnies by the Bay tea set, but it sits in the box. Interesting that your boys have tea sets too Gillie! I feared for the well being of my cute tea set and never considered giving it to the boys to play with. I also have a nice set for my American Girl doll, Samantha. I’m not sure it was “her” set, but it’s hers here! And I have a few more, including one really tiny one, in my living room. I don’t like tea, but I do love tea sets!

  6. Shirley Boyken

    I’ve always LOVED tea parties! I trust you will keep us informed as to where and when we can find the tutorial? Thanks again…….

  7. Shirley, of course I will let you know when the tutorial is posted. Wouldn’t it be fun if all Janice Ferguson Sews readers could attend one together and get to know one another better?

  8. Love this, since Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass were books I read and reread numerous times while growing up. So wonderful you can have those parties. They will make lovely memories for the grands. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Janine, Alice in Wonderland is truly a classic. After reading it to my Rebecca several time, I bought her a Madame Alexander Alice in Wonderland doll when she was 5. But she always called her Allison Wonderland. I loved it and always referred to the doll as Allison.

  10. Shirley Boyken

    I LOVE your idea of a Janice Ferguson Sews reader’s get-together. Of course we would have to invite Mimi Turner too! Wouldn’t that be fun????

  11. Shirley, that would be so over-the-top fun! I’d love to meet readers face to face and to see Mildred again would be beyond fabulous.

  12. from Sew Forum: How adorable! Perfect for a tea party.

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