Ideas for using burlap in crafty, country decor have taken over my Pinterest feed lately. My own decor is a mix of contemporary and mid-century modern with a generous application of contemporary art. Burlap just doesn’t seem to fit with that mix. But wait… just tell me something doesn’t work, and I am on a journey to prove otherwise.
So let’s explore the question.
I like burlap because it …
- has texture;
- is a natural fibre from the jute plant;
- is a renewable product because of its source;
- is available in several neutral colours and can be dyed;
- is relatively inexpensive;
- can be used without sewing;
- accepts paint well;
- comes in a variety of widths and qualities;
- has an open weave for introducing different materials into design.
On the other side are several drawbacks…
- it is smelly;
- cheaper varieties are very coarse;
- it is usually stiff and doesn’t gather well;
- the weave is uneven