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How to Make a Floorcloth

Making a Creative Canvas floorcloth is an eight-step process. It begins with priming the canvas.  This shrinks the canvas which strengthens it. Then it is sanded to remove unwanted texture and primed again. Next it is cut to the desired size, hemmed at the edges, and backed so it won't slip. The design is then painted on. Finally to protect the design, several coats of a urethane finish are applied followed by a coat of finish wax.
The finished floorcloth has the feel and suppleness of fine leather.

Floorcloths are tough and long-lasting, standing up to the punishment of everyday wear. As a testament to the durability of a Creative Canvas floorcloth you can refer to the piece contributed to Designer's Show House in Detroit in 1994. There were 35,000 visitors to the show and each of them had to walk across the floorcloth. After the show, the floorcloth was wiped off and sold, good as new.

Each Creative Canvas floorcloth is meticulously designed and created. Every step is done with great care, ensuring its beauty will last for as long as you own it.

History of Floorcloths

Floorcloths are simply area rugs made of canvas. yes, you really can walk on them, provided they are on a hard surface. Originally, floorcloths were sections of torn sail that were hemmed. As the story goes, sailors would take them home to cover their dirt floors. Over time, they evolved and stenciling them became popular.The first patent for a decorative floorcloth was granted in 1578. They were produced in floorcloth factories in England and the New England states, but with the advent of linoleum, floorcloths died out.

Creating a Floorcloth