Whilst I have a few minutes I just thought I'd write a little about a painted floor cloth that I made for the stencilled Willow Pattern room that I have been working on.
I started by cutting a rectangular piece of cotton canvas 4ft by 5ft with an inch or 2 on every side in order to fold later on, a seam allowance if you will. This was then sectioned off into coach line stripes of various widths, the great thing about coach lines is as long as you have masking tape you can make them as thick or thin as you like. I painted the floorcloth in colours that are featured elsewhere in the room. All 3 coach lines were painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (I told you I liked it in many previous posts!). The largest of the 3 coach lines was painted in Aubusson, a dark blue, the smallest of the coach lines uses Emporer's Silk, a rich red and the final coach line was Paris Grey.
Once the paint was dry the edges of the cloth were scored with a metal rule and blunt scissors to facilitate the folding, the corners were then cut to create a neat fold.
PVA Glue was applied between the folded egdes on the underside of the floorcloth then pressed together to make a hem. I will stress that heavy objects are useful for this part in order to hold own the folded hem once the glue has been applied, just leave them there until the glue is dry.
So that's it, dead easy, took a day to do and it looks really smart, again so simple but so effective!