Spirograph (Wild Gears) Floor Cloths
This project is officially done! Completing this project has a completion satisfaction rating right up there with The Great Wall. It was not easy, I had a ton of allergy issues with the Sharpie markers and it took a long time but it was worth all the pain and suffering in the end. Drawing the designs was great fun; it was the other elements that were kind of a drag.
There are 2 cloths that are about 7 feet long in front of the sink and stove and one that's less than 3 feet long in front of the fridge. In case you are wondering, yes, we still have white appliances. Black or stainless will replace them when they die. I expect that because we want to replace them that they will never die and I'm fine with that too.
These started with plain artist canvas bought on a large roll. They were primed on both sides with gesso and then I painted one side with satin wall paint in three shades of a brown to blend with the floor. If you look close you can see that I painted them with grain line directions to match the wood planks.
Here's the smaller one that's in front of the refrigerator. We had fabric covered floor clothes here before that had to be at least 10 years old. They did a great job of protecting the floor and they are still in fine shape. They will go into the guest house.
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Here's a gallery with close ups of the designs. All of the designs were done with Wild Gears. Wild Gears are an ingenious upgrade of our childhood Spirograph. You know that Spirograph was brilliant because it's just as popular as ever. It was one of my favorite toys and Wild Gears is one of my favorite grown up toys. (I was going to say "adult toys" but it really doesn't fit in that general category.)
I used Super Sharpie markers to get a really bold line and I probably went through a dozen or more on this project. As soon as I noticed any fading in the mark I got out a new marker. The designs that appear to be "on top" were the first drawn. To draw a layered design I had to be careful to stop and start lines at the edge of the design on top. There were mistakes and I did have to do some "erasing" with paint.
Chris and I finished them by folding under a hem and using the glue gun to stick it in place. He coated the underside with one coat of polyurethane and 3 coats on top. The have rug pads under them to keep them from slipping on the floor. I hope these will last as long as the last ones or until we leave this house because making a 7 foot floor cloth is a pain.
If you are interested the Wild Gear Sets that I used in this project are:
3-Way Modular Connectors
2/25/2021 10:44:34 am
These are wonderful!
2/25/2021 11:10:16 am
The floor cloths look fantastic - what fun! Wild Gears is a good name for the product because that is what you have here - maybe you should send the company some of these pictures.
Your floor cloths are amazing! I am so impressed/astounded/etc. by the placement of everything. I would have certainly crossed lines too many times and given up!
2/25/2021 11:41:54 am
WOW - these are amazing now that they are finished. I hope you share photos with the Wild Gears folks to let them see what you made using their product. (like you do with your customer quilts from your gradients and hand dyes). Congratulations on the finish!!!
2/25/2021 07:13:06 pm
They are too nice to walk on! I have all white appliances and love them. I hate stainless and would only get black if no other choice was available. Trends dictate what we have more than personal taste unfortunately.
2/26/2021 08:04:47 am
The floor cloths look great!
2/26/2021 08:13:55 am
I doubt that you will ever get tired of looking at these. I love that you have art on the floors.
Becky in VA
2/26/2021 09:10:02 am
2/26/2021 10:07:44 am
Absolutely spectacular!!! You have outdone yourself with these Vicki. I would be absolutely terrified I'd spill something on them (even tho' I know they're obviously sealed and wipeable)....with my luck it would be something awful like beet juice!
Vicki in MN
2/26/2021 10:30:45 am
OMG all the hours you put into making these is mind boggling, but they are so very sweet!! I too have white appliances with some black facing, they keep on ticking so I keep on using them, LOL
2/26/2021 11:05:58 am
Wow... these turned out great!
2/26/2021 11:28:40 am
These are so absolutely awesome, that if you were making them to sell, I would buy some. I love, love, love them.
2/26/2021 11:49:27 am
I would too.
2/26/2021 01:02:05 pm
Your floor mats look great! They are very striking. What a lot of painstaking work. For some reason, when I read the Great Wall, I thought of the Great Wall of China. LOL. But I had fun revisiting YOUR Great Wall!
2/26/2021 09:24:10 pm
Wow! Your floor cloths turned out great! And they look great in your kitchen. Vicki you certainly don’t take on any small projects. I admire your ability to stick with such a big project until it’s finished.
2/27/2021 10:44:16 am
These turned out so well! Glad you could power through the Sharpie fumes. Some of them remind me of thread crochet doilies.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.