I’m so excited to finally unveil my Alice in Wonderland embroidery patterns, featuring Alice, the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat. So far I’ve only had time to stitch up a sample of Alice but I’m itching to stitch them all.
I wanted my versions of these well-known characters to be recognisable, but also a little different to how you’ve seen them before. In my copy of Through the looking-glass Alice has short hair, and looks like a little war-time evacuee. The illustrations in my copy are by Harry Rountree and I’ve no idea why they are not more famous than they are, his work is absolutely beautiful. I like his much better than the ubiquitous John Tenniel illustrations.
I also wanted my Alice to have dark hair, like American McGee’s gothic Alice. Her curled up pose is inspired by her shrinking and growing episodes, I wanted her to look like she was cramped inside or ready to burst out of the embroidery hoop!
I wanted the characters personalities to show through as much as they could. So the Cat I made creepy cute (as he often is), and the Rabbit is sweet but has the worried look of someone being chased ! My friend managed to convince me to share my preliminary sketches for these designs here so you could see what they looked like before I digitally inked them to create the pattern for sale. Also you might notice the rabbit has changed a bit in the final design, as I wanted him in a pose that worked better within the circular frame of the embroidery hoop.