These are samples of some of the floor cloths I have painted. I was fascinated by their origins and the inventive form and function.
Floor cloths date to 14th century France and were first used in this country during the 1700's when homemakers needed a way to cover dirt floors. Sailcloth canvas was used because it is extremely durable and for those living near a harbor, recycling sailcloth was a practical solution. They were found in the homes of famous early Americans such as Washington and Jefferson as well as the common folks. Colonial women were known to sweep patterns in the dirt until itinerant painters began producing the colorful floor cloths that both added to the décor of a simple colonial home and helped keep it warm in winter and bug-free in summer.
These are samples of dolls that I have made, from patterns and my own design. They are all "antiqued" and full of character. They all come with their own decorative name tag.
My favorite sources for Primitve Folk Art.
The Cinnamon Stick is just about the best store you would ever want to visit, It is located off of Rt 78 in PA. Take a look around the store through the website, but you must go there if you can. It is magical!