Tag Archives: Floor cloths

Lizard Floor Cloth

Painted Floor Cloths

Floor cloths originated in France in the 1400s and were introduced to the American colonies in the early 1700s. Originally made from recycled ships’ sails, they were used to cover dirt or wooden floors in early American homes. Patterns including diamonds, squares and cubes were hand painted or stenciled, frequently by the lady of the house.

These cloths became known as “crumb cloths” when used under tables, but their use was not limited to dining areas. Because of their bright colors and interesting patterns, floor cloths were used as art in parlors, bedrooms and hallways.

Here’s a few Floor cloths that I’ve made…

Lizard Floor Cloth

Lizard Floor Cloth

Family Floor Cloth

Family Sunflower Floor Cloth

Floral Floor Cloth

Floral Floor Cloth