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.
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.
This was the first set I made as I dreamed of sharing a cup of tea with a grandchild. And that dream came true!
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.
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.
It’s back to the sewing room for me. What is your current sewing project?