Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Curiouser and curiouser...

I was really excited when I heard about the "Almost Alice" blog event over at Mirriam's blog. I just love Alice in Wonderland...the book(s) and the movies. I wanted to post the finished product of my Alice embroidery. I hadn't worked on it in forever, but I finished it last week *.

"The chief difficulty Alice found at first was in managing her flamingo: she succeeded in getting its body tucked away, comfortably enough, under her arm, with its legs hanging down, but generally, just as she had got its neck nicely straightened out, and was going to give the hedgehog a blow with its head, it would twist itself round and look up in her face, with such a puzzled expression that she could not help bursting out laughing: and when she had got its head down, and was going to begin again, it was very provoking to find that the hedgehog had unrolled itself, and was in the act of crawling away: besides all this, there was generally a ridge or furrow in the way wherever she wanted to send the hedgehog to, and, as the doubled-up soldiers were always getting up and walking off to other parts of the ground, Alice soon came to the conclusion that it was a very difficult game indeed." -Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, chapter 8

*It technically may not be finished. I still have to hide the edges of the fabric somehow (most likely by gluing them to the back of the hoop). Also, you see those faint black marks amongst the grass? Those are pen marks, because I, the genius and beginner embroiderer, used an ink pen to sketch out the picture. So either I have to leave the marks, try to wash them out, or cover them with more grass. Hm.

It seems to be lacking something...maybe more background of grass and whatever the brown lines behind her are. :)

I have also decided to repost this little bit that I first posted sometime in the beginning of June, right after I watched the 1933 version of "Alice in Wonderland."

Last weekend, my mom found me a DVD of the 1933 version of "Alice in Wonderland." It was just released in March of this year, because of publicity from the new movie. I was really excited about seeing it, and I watched it the other night.

I liked it. It was weird and bizarre, but isn't that what the story is all about? The sets, costumes, and special effects weren't very good (especially when compared to films that came out just years later, like "The Wizard of Oz"). Still, this version includes a lot of obscure bits of the book that other movie versions leave out...even though it doesn't follow the book in order and sort of mixes those parts in. But I was skimming through the book last night (I need to read it again), and some of the lines were word for word.

It has Cary Grant and Gary Cooper. That, in itself, is reason enough to watch. They are covered in makeup/costumes and unrecognizable, but that is beside the point. You see the turtle in the picture below, that has the head of an angry, deranged cow? That is tall, suave, hunky Cary Grant. Gary Cooper is disguised as the sweet, endearing, elderly White Knight. The two are pretty much only recognizable through their voices. Edward Everett Horton (a man who I have seen in countless old movies) plays the Mad Hatter perfectly.

Until next time,


  1. I LOVE the embroidery! The colors are perfect, and Alice's face especially turned out very nice. :)

  2. It turned out great! Who cares about pen lines! =)
    I love it!

  3. lovely! How did you do Alice's face so well?

    I thought you'd be interested in my post for Almost Alice:

  4. I think your embroidery project turned out beautifully! And I cannot believe Cary Grant and Gary Cooper were in a 1933 version of Alice...I'm going to have to find a copy to check this out!


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