|HOW DO YOU
PAINT A SISAL RUG?: Part 1
Chris Talty sent in a request for information on how to paint a sisal rug.
Here is what I learned from my research:
* GENERAL INFORMATION:
Sisal is hemp that is dried and spun. It is one of the strongest
natural fibers. Sisal is rougher than jute, but still supple and soft enough for
Sisal rugs are generally woven into herringbone, ribbed, or boucle patterns. Sisal has
become increasing popular in interiors, as homeowners return to natural fibers.
The methods used to paint sisal are similar to other floor cloths
materials, such as canvas. Yet, the final appearance differs. The more course the fabric,
the less smooth and precise the pattern. Painted sisal rugs, generally, have an appearance
similar to antique needlework.
The quality of sisal also plays a role in the appearance.
Therefore, for painting, high quality sisal should be selected.
* SITES WITH INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS: The sites, below, outline the "basic"
methods, and supplies for painting. Describing techniques and materials in detail would
make this newsletter lengthy. Therefore, I recommend purchasing or borrowing one of the
books, further on in this newsletter, for precise instructions and design ideas, etc.
(Note: Instructions for floor cloths, made from materials other than sisal, can be applied
a. Here is an excellent article on painting sisal. It is called "Home Décor, Painted
Sisal Rugs." It is on the "B. Smith with Style Site," (television show)
under the Home & Garden category. The three parts of the article include (a) sisal
rugs, (b) supplies, and (c) painting tips. (Note: I could not navigate from part
"a" to part "b" without clicking on the link to the second part,
instead of using the "continue" link.)
b. This article is about how to paint heavy canvas floor cloths.
It is very basic, although, it does have a pattern for a 3’ x 5’ rug that can be
printed out. It is on the Chatelaine (magazine) site. <a href="http://www.chatelaine.com/read/home+garden/rug.html">Link for AOL
Follow the links, below, to see other portions of this article.
Part 2: Books with Information and
Instructions for Painting Sisal
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Author: Catherine Foust McGivern, NCIDQ Certified, Principal