Rethinking The Elephant Doorstop

Needs More Thought

Needs More Thought

I originally decided to use plain stranded cotton for the Elephant Doorstop, in colours chosen to match the curtains in the living room as closely as possible.

However, once I started stitching I rapidly came to the conclusion that that just wasn’t going to work.  We don’t want the Elephant to cover all my careful stencilling, but at the same time, he needs to show up. And he looks pretty hidden, here, as you can see. What’s more, I wasn’t enjoying it, and picking stitches was proving troublesome. I knew I wanted to stitch him – revisiting the original inspiration has been in the back of my mind for a while – but somehow, not like this.

There are two things I need to think about – the colours, and the weight of the thread. The creamy colours we chose are too light to show up well against the rather busy stencilled background, and although two threads of stranded cotton would be fine on this fabric, if it were a plain fabric, it is rather fine. Furthermore, one of the stitches I want to use is braid stitch, which is always a bit tricky in stranded cotton.

I’d already unpicked this section twice before I came to this conclusion, and I was beginning to feel rather anxious in case inspiration flagged completely. Then out of the blue, I was deafened by some triumphant trumpetings.

“I know what to do, I do!”, said he.

“What, then?” said I.

“Use some of those variegated silk perlés you’re always looking at. You can do any stitch that takes your fancy, the colours shading in and out will give you the lightness of effect you want, and – Ta-DA!”.

So now I’ve been told….!


  1. karen says:

    I actually enjoy when things don’t work and I keep trying…when it finally comes right the satisfaction is wonderful.

  2. Jan says:

    And he was soooo right too! The overdue perle would be perfect. I was thinking #8 perle before I even got to the elephant’s suggestion. Now I can’t wait to see how things turn out.

  3. Penny says:

    Isn’t it wonderful – just about the time we are giving up – inspiration gives us an answer. I can’t wait to see this beauty as it comes through your creative hands.

  4. Lady Fi says:

    Thank goodness for last-minute inspiration!

  5. Sometimes the best ideas come when things go wrong.

  6. Janice says:

    Elephants always know best what thread they would like to be stitched in!