The doorstop pattern was the tipping point for me with Lotta Jansdotter's book: I liked, upon flip-through, quite a lot of what I saw (though at the same time, a lot of what I saw wasn't SO different than what I'm seeing in a lot of the new hip crop of sewing books, yes?), not to mention the book is a lovely object in its own right, but the doorstop (well, & I really love a couple of the pockety bags, too, but they look much harder to whip out) really sold me on the book, not least because the door to the kids' room is hinged the wrong way or whatever it is that causes it, in its natural state, to be either open or shut. Thus, the doorstop seemed the perfect solution for the desirable partially-open state, plus it seemed the perfect project for the half yard of lightweight elephant canvas I'd gotten from superbuzzy, which was wonderful but not very...practical for the kind of stuff I mostly do, in its half-yard canvasyness.
Also, the picture of the doorstop in the book? Cute, hard-working doorstop + saucy sauntering back end of a cat? Clearly, my house would be much improved with a doorstop like that. Also, in a bit of foreshadowing, please notice how jaunty & well-stuffed the doorstop looks, while at the same time managing to not look like it has the density of a small neutron star composed of fabric & dried beans.
Ok, so, perfect. I spent the evening a couple of nights ago cutting & sewing, all went smoothly, I had just enough elephant fabric, etc. The pattern is easy, the only tricky part is making sure the corners all match up. Which I did. The only thing, though, is that in the end, my doorstop looks like it ate the doorstop in the picture, & had room for the cat, too.
It's not that it's the wrong size (following the pattern got me a thing that's the advertised size), it's just that I didn't really think through what 7 x 8 inches would mean in real life (this is common for me; I'm regularly surprised at things being much larger/smaller than they looked in the picture). The directions call for filling it with five pounds of dried beans -- now, I realized that my mistake was picking up five pounds of dried lentils & not thinking about the weight/volume situation, but even so, after I raided my pantry & swapped out some bigger beans for the lentils, it still took approximately one million pounds of dried beans to fill the thing, & by fill I mean "fill," since I didn't have enough beans to stuff it/was scared of making it EVEN HEAVIER & it has since presumably stretched, so things are pretty saggy all over.
Then I thought that maybe the cat in the picture was a giant among cats, making the doorstop look dainty in comparison, so I tried bribing my own (not small) cat with food to strike a pose.
Are you kidding? Get that freakishly GIANT THING away from me, she says.
Anyway, as I was chasing the cat around with it, I noticed that the seams are starting to look dangerously stressed out (this is in part thanks to my kids, I'm sure, who cannot resist anything with a handle & so this doorstop is not exactly living the staid life of your average doorstop) so it looks like I've got some reconstructive doorstop surgery in my future. It's a fantastic concept, & I really love the shape & the handle, but the little elephants would like to carry a few fewer beans, I think.
*Points for getting reference to semi-obscure Dan Zanes song. We have tickets to his show on Saturday! I am as excited as the kids!