This is my primitive Bird in Willow design. Also used in the border from the historic May House. The colors used are Valspar's "Leather Satchel" (a warm graham cracker color) for the base color and black for the stenciled detail and the solid border. Its finished with a chocolate colored aging medium which gives it a great antiqued appearance! Okay, so here's the deal.
Or if you have, you are seeing the new version made of vinyl. They are pretty cool, but not really a floorcloth. My husband is an engineer. This is not an option for me.
So really, "floorcloth" has become a pretty relative term. I'll tell you about what I make. My process is a compromise between the real deal that originated way back in fourteenth century France and the newest version that is vinyl fed through a printer.
Here begins many, many layers of paint. The first layer "shrinks" the canvas, so that when I cut it to size, I can be fairly accurate about the size of your finished floorcloth. When I know for sure there will be no more shrinkage, I cut the floorcloth, give it a solid two-inch hem to ensure it will lay flat, and begin adding more layers of paint. Then comes the fun part: stenciling! The sky is the limit here.
I do everything from Early American designs to Modern Farmhouse to Victorian Gothic to Cottage Core. I don't like limiting myself to one style. I live in Colorado where everyone is a transplant, so you see a little bit of everything here.
So, in nutshell, what makes my floorcloths different is that every step from beginning to end is done with my own two nail bitten hands. For thirteen years I've been honing my process and have had my floorcloths both in many, many private homes and also in many a shop including Colonial Williamsburg! Being the anti-Millennial (I still don't really understand what Ticktock is), my tools are nothing more sophisticated than a roller, a thousand different kinds of paint brushes, and a fifty-year-old iron I use for the hemming (seriously, they just don't make'em like they used to). And what you end up with is something that has personality and character and that only grows on you over time. It has weight and substance.It becomes something more than a rug. It becomes part of your home. It warms up the atmosphere in a way that nothing from a big box store ever could. I'm not just blowing smoke here! Just try a placemat for starters. Put it on an end table somewhere in your home and see if you can stop staring at it (spoiler alert: you can't). What it comes down to is this: if your home just feels like it's still missing something. I almost forgot to tell you about one of the best parts! There is nothing like watching your four-year-old son (I have three young boys btw, so I know what I'm talking about here) dump a bowl full of red sauce-soaked spaghetti on the floorcloth beneath your table.
Your serene smile will not waver. Not even as he jumps from his chair, his mud caked sneakers landing right in the tomatoey disaster, and jets across the rest of your beautifully handcrafted work of art.
You might even finish your meal before leisurely erasing the whole catastrophe away with a swipe or two of a mop. It's a beautiful thing. And I wasn't sure I was going to share this with you. Each floorcloth rug has secret. I'm not going to tell you the secret.I'm just going to tell you that it's there. When I'm hemming my floorcloths I either slip a tiny piece of paper with something written on it into the hem, or I use a pencil and write directly on the hidden part of the canvas. It varies what I write, but the theme is the same. The secret of what it is I will take to my grave. And don't go ripping up the hem of your floorcloth!
The paper/written words would never be readable as it is encased in a heat sensitive adhesive, and you'll be left with a ruined floorcloth and your curiosity unsated. Just know that it's a little extra something to bring your home warmth and goodness. This item is in the category "Antiques\Primitives". The seller is "summersongdecor" and is located in this country: US.This item can be shipped to United States, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Wallis and Futuna, Gambia, Malaysia, Taiwan, Poland, Oman, Suriname, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Argentina, Guinea-Bissau, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Bhutan, Senegal, Togo, Ireland, Qatar, Burundi, Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Equatorial Guinea, Thailand, Aruba, Sweden, Iceland, Macedonia, Belgium, Israel, Liechtenstein, Kuwait, Benin, Algeria, Antigua and Barbuda, Swaziland, Italy, Tanzania, Pakistan, Burkina Faso, Panama, Singapore, Kyrgyzstan, Switzerland, Djibouti, Chile, China, Mali, Botswana, Republic of Croatia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Portugal, Tajikistan, Vietnam, Malta, Cayman Islands, Paraguay, Saint Helena, Cyprus, Seychelles, Rwanda, Bangladesh, Australia, Austria, Sri Lanka, Gabon Republic, Zimbabwe, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Norway, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Kiribati, Turkmenistan, Grenada, Greece, Haiti, Greenland, Yemen, Afghanistan, Montenegro, Mongolia, Nepal, Bahamas, Bahrain, United Kingdom, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Angola, Western Samoa, France, Mozambique, Namibia, Peru, Denmark, Guatemala, Solomon Islands, Vatican City State, Sierra Leone, Nauru, Anguilla, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Cameroon, Guyana, Azerbaijan Republic, Macau, Georgia, Tonga, San Marino, Eritrea, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Morocco, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Mauritania, Belize, Philippines, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Colombia, Spain, Estonia, Bermuda, Montserrat, Zambia, South Korea, Vanuatu, Ecuador, Albania, Ethiopia, Monaco, Niger, Laos, Ghana, Cape Verde Islands, Moldova, Madagascar, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Lebanon, Liberia, Bolivia, Maldives, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Central African Republic, Lesotho, Nigeria, Mauritius, Saint Lucia, Jordan, Guinea, Canada, Turks and Caicos Islands, Chad, Andorra, Romania, Costa Rica, India, Mexico, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Lithuania, Trinidad and Tobago, Malawi, Nicaragua, Finland, Tunisia, Uganda, Luxembourg, Brazil, Turkey, Germany, Egypt, Latvia, Jamaica, South Africa, Brunei Darussalam, Honduras.