Handmade Gifts 2010: Alice in Wonderland Ornaments

The White Rabbit blew three blasts on the trumpet, and called out, ‘First witness!’

Alice tried the little golden key in the lock, and to her great delight it fitted!

The Dormouse slowly opened his eyes. ‘I wasn’t asleep,’ he said in a hoarse, feeble voice: `I heard every word you fellows were saying.’

These three ornaments were given to Robyn’s kids along with a copy of the classic book for Christmas. I tell you I had such fun making these! They were a challenge but I always like a crafting challenge, especially one that plays to my strengths: 1) tiny size and 2) made from felt.

The dormouse and rabbit are from two really cute patterns purchased from here. I did deviate a bit from her instructions in the way I made the limbs and some other details, but the main parts follow her patterns.

After I had made those two woodland cuties I definitely needed an Alice, but I didn’t have a pattern so I just kind of winged it for her. After a couple of false starts, I’m pretty happy with how she turned out. Her head is a large wooden bead and her hair was an experiment in folding and tacking felt.

I kept reminding myself to make notes and measurements as I went along on all the new pieces I was making for the animals and all the pieces for Alice, so that I can make another set for our own tree. We’ll see if that ever happens. I still need to make myself the partidge and pear from last year.

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