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Lesson Plans

Re: floor cloths

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Tue, 7 Jul 1998 15:07:44 EDT

As far as I have learned,floor clothes originated in colonial times as a
substitute for imported rugs. Sail cloth was used. (Early linoleum was
developed as a manufactured version of a floorcloth.)
I have made floor clothes out of both artists canvas and an unbleached
demin/twill . The fabric can be primed with either gesso or cheap flat latex.
You can use acrylics, latex or even craft paint to create your pattern which
can be stenciled, freehanded, faux finished... the possibilities are endless.
I turn and glue a one inch or so hem, then protect with a clear acrylic.
I have a 3' x 7' floor cloth that looks like a huge weaving complete with
fringe and hanging rod. I use it on my screen porch in the summer as a floor
cloth, and hang it above my Friendly Loom in the classroom as a teaching tool
the rest of the year. Students have to simply look at it and see what I mean
when I say" over one, under one, over one etc."!
If I can answer any questions, let me know.
Ann in Georgia