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As with any new craft, new developments occur during the growing process of Floorquilts. I am pleased to suggest the following additional products and techniques for our fabric decoupage crafting success story. 

ROC-LON Multi-Purpose Cloth   

is an alternative base fabric for floorquilts. It does not require gesso coating on either side and is widely available by the yard in a nice range of widths.

You may call or email the helpful people at Rockland Industries: 1 800 876 2566 for the store nearest you.

H & C SHARKGRIP                                 
is a great alternative slip-resistant additive for the face of floorquilts. It has a very fine texture and is barely visible due to its size and light color.

It is manufactured by H&C Decorative Stains & Concrete Products who are available at: 1 800 867 8246 and www.hcconcrete.com

Besides serving our purposes so nicely, Sharkgrip also serves our planet by being made of recycled plastic products. Yeah!

These two products work and play well together in a technique for adding colorful dimension to the surface of floorquilts. Together they create a translucent colored glaze that varies with the proportions of dye to Mod Podge.

After applying the first sealing coat of full strength Mod Podge, you can create an over-all translucent color for the second coat, or try interesting design elements like dots, splotches, squiggles, stripes or letters.  Take advantage of the new shades created by applying the glaze over a fabric’s original colors. 

Check out the Rit Blog to see this technique used over a colorful runner.

RIT DYE See the results on the Rit Blog and in our Floorquilt Gallery  www.ritdye.com

MOD PODGE/Plaid Industries – plaidonline.com

On the other hand, there are products to be avoided.

I have received a number of inquiries about my adamant warning against using a product whose name sounds just perfect: FLOORCLOTH CANVAS. It is specifically fabricated for painted or stenciled floorcloths.  At the factory both sides of this artist canvas have been so well primed that no imperfections or tiny bare spots are left behind.

For Floorquilts, these small random uncoated areas of hand-primed canvas provide necessary escape hatches for the small amounts of moisture that remain in the Mod Podge after it feels dry to the touch.  With hand-primed canvas, the moisture is absorbed into the canvas and slowly dries out. If it cannot escape into the canvas, it lurks in the Mod Podge and is then permanently sealed in by following layers of coating. The areas of trapped moisture prevent the subsequent coatings from adhering properly – thus creating the look of bubbles or blisters in the finished floorquilt.

By no means is this a bad product. It is just the wrong backing canvas for fabric decoupaged floorquilts. 

With proper care your handmade floorquilt will add durable happy color and design to your home for years.

Cleaning: Wash with products normally used on kitchen floors. If used in a normal location, clean well and apply a fresh coat of clear paste wax every six months.  High traffic locations may require more frequent care.

Storage and Shipping: Always store flat.  Floorquilts may be rolled for shipping and gently unrolled after reaching room temperature. This will avoid cracking protective coatings. 

Special Safety Features: The surface is embedded with a fine gritty substance to provide non-skid traction. The back is treated with a floor-friendly coating that keeps the floorquilt in placed.

I continue to rely on the following basics that won my loyalty out of all the products tested for the book.

Mod Podge [Matte] by Plaid Industries

Polycrylic by Minwax minwax.com
Butchers Wax by BWC Company bwccompany.com
Minwax Paste Wax by Minwax minwax.com
Saf-T-Bak RugBacking by MCG Textiles mcgtextiles.com
Dixie 123 Fredrix Artist Canvas by Tara Materials taramaterials.com  





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