Painted canvas rugs had their beginnings as cloth game boards, playing cards, and table covers as far back as the 1400s. Until the 1700s textiles were considered too precious to be used on floors. Indeed, most homes had floors of either tamped earth or unvarnished wood and were generally left bare. In the 18th century, “floorcloth” was a generic term that referred to a carpet substitute of wool, flax linen, or cotton and went by many names. By the middle of the 19th century, floorcloths were referred to as oil cloths. Linoleum and a growing taste for area rugs caused floorcloths to fall from favor. In the 1920s they were advertised as stove oil cloths for use where ashes and grease could damage other floor coverings.
I’ve had a floorcloth at the entrance to my home for several years with no maintenance except for vacuuming. With three large dogs who rush the door multiple times a day, it has held up surprisingly well. Although it could now use a replacement if only I could decide upon the design I'd like to use LOL
Yesterday we had a class here and had so much fun! We took the size back down to the table and completed a small rug that may be used as a placemat, table mat for the center of a table, or game board. The key to a floorcloth is thinking layers and thinking from the bottom up.
Here are Laura, Jennie, and Kristen trying to decide on the background color for their rugs. So many colors - which one shall I pick?
And Jennie hard at work trying to figure out her new camera.
Jennie’s beautiful basket floorcloth before she finished antiquing it.
Kristen looking well satisfied with her fabulous mod design.
Laura antiquing her wonderful birdie in a nest folkart floorcloth.
And here is mine – it hasn’t told me yet that it is finished…and yes, of course it’s out of the box – I don’t know how to do IN the box LOLOLOL
What a fun day!