I think this picture is my version of springwatch. I'm not a nature-nut but you can't help noticing that the garden is awash with daffodils. It's a rather good part of being in the country; there are snowdrops and then daffodils, especially after a bleak winter. I'm looking forward to the bluebells.
So here are my doorstops which look rather like a couple of eggs just laid:
I have a sack of bits of fabric that Neil, my tailor, has kept for me. I can't bear the idea of throwing away any of this beautiful tweed. Alex at Ardalanish told me that they could buy it off me at a miniscule price and it gets recycled. However, I felt like seeing what I could do with it. I have a friend who has a beautifully embroidered doorstop which is effectively a brick covered with tapestry. I tried this first (the one below):
I covered it with some domette (a kind of fluffy interlining you use for curtain-making) and played around with the stitching. I can't find the picture I took but my lining fabric arrives in a box from India and they cover the box with fabric, which they then sew together. It's beautiful. I saw this all over Indian railway stations, all the boxes are covered in fabric and seams sewn by hand. I wanted to play around with this idea.
I'm not too sure about the brick. It's pretty heavy and hard. My focus group of 'whoever was around for Sunday lunch' perceptively said it would be quite a good weapon. Now, that's quite an original re-use idea.
I looked on the net and found earnest discussions on how to fill doorstops. It appeared sand is frequently used as is rice. These are not sensible if you ask me. Rice will attract vermin and sand is unbearably difficult to use without it getting everywhere. I can't bear the idea. In the end I used some gravel from my dad's driveway. It worked so I now have a bag of it. It's got some movement and fills the space well, and is heavy enough to keep a sturdy door in it's place. So, here is the final design:
There is a slight curve on the side, to give it a baggy feel. The handle is sturdy and the base has felt on it to give it strength. I make an inner container out of calico and then cover the inner bag with the tweed. They look great at home and a bit of wear and tear simply give them character. Mum and Dad seem delighted with this new addition to their house so they are looking good for the upcoming show. I'm going to make up a few and sell them at my open studio event on 15 March.