The Elephant Doorstop is Finished.

Finished Doorstop
Finished Doorstop

At last – after some months of puzlement, delay and confusion – and with considerable help from my mother, who was, after all the client, and knew what she wanted! – the Elephant Doorstop is finished!

We decided to make the dorstop vaguely teacosy-shaped, with a flat base, so that it wouldn’t fall over, and a loop to pick it up by so that no one is tempted to pick it up by the embroidery and abrade all that painstaking stitchery.

Pieces Laid Out
Pieces Laid Out

Once the pieces were cut out, my mother took a picture so you can see what we eventually decided upon. You will notice that there is a piece of buckram to flatten and stiffen the base, and it is being weighted with curtain-weights – small circles of lead held in their own fabric pocket. It’s easy to sew the fabric pocket into a curtain lining, or indeed, onto a piece of bukram, and it is less likely to catch and go astray than if the lead is sewn on like a button or a shisha mirror.

Elephant Finished
Elephant Finished

I’ve decided to call him “Kala Nag”, after the elephant in Rudyard Kiplings’s story “Toomai of the Elephants”, in “The Jungle Book”. He’s in ceremonial harness, rather than the working harness of the story, but I think he’s a very grand fellow, and I’m really very pleased with how the embroidery turned out. The variegated threads allow him to disappear slightly against the background in places, which makes for a more visually interesting piece than if he’d been stitched in the same tones throughout.

Side View
Side View

I propped the finished doorstop up on one of the living room chairs to take some more photos. This one gives you a better idea of the finished three-dimensional article, firmly stuffed with cotton linterfelt and ready to keep doors from swinging. He does a good job, too – those six small pieces of lead are just enough weight to keep him where he belongs.

 

And when he’s off duty, he sits on a bookshelf, conversing amicably with his older brother, The Elephant of Considerable Charm.

14 thoughts on “The Elephant Doorstop is Finished.

  1. He is wonderful!! I love it that you named him Kala Nag. The idea for putting the curtain weights inside was really good. He is wonderful and you should be quite pleased with him.

  2. He is just charming. I love his name, his loop on the top and the fact that he can talk to his older brother. Well done.

  3. He’s lovely and it’s nice that he has a name! Your mum is a lucky lady. I do like your Finnish table runner also – the design is so minimal and yet so effective and in my favourite mossy green and ochre colours. xCathy

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