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Re: floor cloths

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Wed, 8 Jul 1998 06:34:31 EDT

Mary B, I think floor cloths originated during Colonial Days. If my memory
serves correctly, poorer settlers used canvas from old sails to paint and
stencil designs on and used to cover floors since they could not afford the
expensive rugs and tapestries like the wealthy. I have tried small floor
cloths (2' X 3') or even placemat size may be easier to start with. Use the
heaviest canvas available--check with your fabric store, craft stores, craft
magazines and I found that tent and awning companies have a wide range of
canvas weights. Prime the canvas well with gesso or a white latex house
paint, coating the edges well so they won't unravel. Using acrylic or house
paints, paint or stencil on designs. When dry paint on a couple heavy coats
of a water base clear varnish again coating the edges well. If canvas is
thick enough, you don't have to turn under a hem. Otherwise, using
doublesided carpet tape, turn under the edges for a cleaner look. When
transporting the rugs roll them with the design side out and the corners will
curl "down" instead of "up". Good luck.

Judie J