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Some possible materials to make floor cloths are:
-heavy canvas -hemp cloth
-industrial belting -fabric wallcovering
-unbleached twill or denium
- oil cloth
The cloth needs to be primed. You can use gesso or latex house
Now the fun begins! One idea was to use a design based on the
Once you have decided on a design you can use stamps, stencils,
free-hand painting, faux finishes, whatever you can think of. You can
use acrylics or other fabric paints. When the design is finished it
needs to be sealed. Use a varnish , polyurethane, or a water- based
varnish ( I think Delta makes one). Another finishing tip from someone
was to turn the edges over by gluing them with Elmer's ( my fav is
I'm going to experiment by ironing the edges down with heavy-duty
Wonderunder(at your local fabric store). Some said if the fabric is
heavy enough you do not need to turn edges under. I suppose you could
experiment with fringing.
I'm excited to try a sample of this project. I will be focusing
on shapes and symbolism in my lesson for the 7th graders. Also, I will
be covering the history of the floor cloth (hopefully my info. from
Winterthur will be here soon).
Again thanks to all those who sent me info.-Ann S., Joan K.
DFFerrigno, Gail1611, Joy & Don. Your information was very valuable to
me( and others). Couldn't of put it all together this quickly without
you. THANKS a million!
MaryB. in Wis.
PS. Don gave me a great website with a floor cloth lesson.