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The Complete Book of Floorcloths: Designs and Techniques for Painting Great-looking Canvas Rugs Hardcover – Oct 1997


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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books,U.S. (Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1887374191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1887374194
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 22.5 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,737,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rather a lost art these days, floorcloths originated as a cheap floor covering in the 1700s, later mimicking the more expensive floorings such as marquetry and marble. Exported to the US from England they soon became a gentle lady's pastime, enabling them to express their artistry at the same time as ending up with something pretty and practical. Dying out with the advent of linoleum and carpets in the 1920s, it was not until a few decades ago that they were resurrected by artists as a new medium with which to showcase their skills. This fascinating how-to book starts with the floorcloths' history, proceeds to styles and techniques and then explains the basics needed to emulate them. From chequerboard to florals, abstracts to bold, a huge range of different styles are shown accompanied by in-depth instructions on how to create your own heirloom piece. No longer regarded as a poor man's carpet or crumbcatcher, they are now highly regarded, easy-to-make ornamental additions with which to adorn your home. An interesting book for any hobbyist looking for something new. - Lucy Watson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Kathy Cooper has done a great job with step by step instructions on how to measure, sew and prepare the surface for a floor cloth. Very helpful! However; I was a little disapointed in the design examples. They were good designs, but I was looking for something a little more traditional.
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This was may 1st purchase with Amazon! I loved the book! I took a class on floorclothes and this book was recommended. I learned things that were never taught in the class. I thought that I knew all that there was to know about the craft!I recommend trying this book!
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By A Customer on 4 Aug. 1999
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Good detail on the craft and a great source of inspiration if you like contemporary designs. If you do not, you will probably be disappointed.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Terrific book 22 Jan. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. In the first place, it's just a beautiful publication--very well written and designed, and loaded with examples of gorgeous floorcloths by many artists. I borrowed it from the library just to look at the pictures, then decided I had to buy a copy for myself! Secondly, the instructions are wonderfully clear and precise (I've written and edited instructional manuals, so I know good instructions when I see them.)
I've made one floorcloth and have started a second. This is practically the first time in my 49 years that I have actually completed a craft project, and I'm thrilled with myself, with my new floorcloth (now on my bathroom floor) and with this book. Anyone who is interested in floorcloths surely would want a copy.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Inspirational 29 Aug. 2000
By Jude Lobe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I borrowed this book from a friend and had to buy a copy for myself. It gets your right-brain in high gear. If you're looking for the cutesy, folksy arts & crafts flowing out of China these days, forget this one. But if you like to create and like the unique, this is it. Even if you've never did a cloth before, this book will show you step by step and lead you to create a work of art!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
It has helped tremendously in constructing a floor cloth! 8 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Kathy Cooper has done a great job with step by step instructions on how to measure, sew and prepare the surface for a floor cloth. Very helpful! However; I was a little disapointed in the design examples. They were good designs, but I was looking for something a little more traditional.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This book will help beginners to advanced floorcloth makers! 31 Jan. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This was may 1st purchase with Amazon! I loved the book! I took a class on floorclothes and this book was recommended. I learned things that were never taught in the class. I thought that I knew all that there was to know about the craft!I recommend trying this book!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic! Clearly written, beautifully illustrated. . . 14 Jan. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book on a whim. After reading it cover to cover, I mustered up the nerve to purchase materials for my first floorcloth. This book took me step-by step through the process and I now have a wonderful custom floorcloth which enhances my home at a fraction of what I would have spent had I purchased it at an interior design retailer. I can't wait to do one for my dining room.
The illustrations are beautiful and varied. There is a huge variety of floorcloths represented here, truely something for everyone's decorating style. I found the book to be inspirational not just for making floorcloths but also for decorative floor painting ideas--I adapted one design to an ugly, odd shaped plywood floor in my home, transforming the room.
This book also has appeal for those who merely wish to peruse different art forms. I brought it to work one day and as it was being passed around "ooh's and aah's" came from most who studied it. My friends loved it, and though they wouldn't dream of picking up a paintbrush, they got lots of ideas...
But, for those of us who enjoy the creative process, this book is loaded with straight forward instructions, many beautiful illustrations and tons of inspiration making it easy to dive in and have some fun.
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