My history of canvas floor cloths started in Sedona. I became passionate about them – a very intensive, time consuming project, but totally a labor of love! I am preparing to return to them with renewed insights for design, incorporating the old classic designs as well as contemporary, in the near future.
Canvas floor cloths is an old art which has enjoyed revival over the years and I am amazed to find such wonderful creativity presented by crafts people and artists everywhere today. They are surprisingly durable and easy to maintain with soap and water. I’ve had one on my floor in an entrance hall for years with no sign of wear.
A couple of my favorite reference books for inspiration and how to’s are:
- Floorcloth Magic by Lisa Curry Mair – not only a fabulous collection of various artists, but easy to follow instructions for creating your own. www.canvasfloorcloths.com
- The Complete Book of Floorcloths by Kathy Cooper and Jan Hersey is another great book that also gives a history of floorcloths that started in the 1700s. www.kathycooperfloorcloths.com
My floorcloths incorporate both stenciled design and freehand painting. I experimented with a small one first, got bitten by “floorcloth magic”, and went on to bigger ones and some custom work for a few people. I hope this gallery inspires you to give it a try!
Above, is my first canvas floor cloth using some of my own stencil designs.
Kitchen – mixed design floorcloth for a friend’s home near Sedona – stenciled and freehand painted designs – 2006
The floorcloth below was custom designed for a neighbor to match pillows on her sofa; Great design inspiration for coordinating home decor–just look around you — fabric, rugs, nature – all can be inspirations for your rug. No limitations for your imagination!
This is my Indian Basket stencil designed floorcloth that sits in my entrance hall today – stenciled and hand painted free design. One of my favorites.
With fond memories of summers on Nantucket and a love of mermaids, I created this rug, which hangs on a wall vs. the floor. It needs a beach house entry way! It’s a playful piece, hand painted with stenciled border.
Another Small Canvas Floor Cloth that I created to match a chair; It now hangs on a wall in my Art Room. The flower stencil was designed from a rug pattern.
The Monarch Butterfly Floorcloth below was a gift to my daughter-in-law, Punam Thakran, for her store in Mill Valley, CA called Monarch. I especially loved painting the butterflies on this piece.
Maria Doglio © 2014