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Traditional Painted Floor Cloths – FULL

July 8 @ 9:00 am - July 9 @ 4:00 pm


Time: 9 am to 4 pm each day
Materials/studio fee:  Included in the tuition cost (* Sealant can be purchased from instructor)
Meals: Lunch featuring our farm grown food is included
Instructor: Michele HollickOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


The tradition of painted floor cloths has its origins in 18th century England. Making beautiful and durable floor coverings on canvas was an economical substitute for more expensive marble, tile or wood parquet floors. During Colonial times in America, they became a popular floor covering. They added beauty and color to a room and kept drafts from coming up through floor boards during long cold winters.


This year, we are expanding the workshop to two days which will enable participants to create two 2’x3’ painted floor cloths with designs that date from the late 1700s to early 1800s.


antique diamond

Antique Diamond Design

The first floor cloth will feature a diamond pattern using either a Marbled Diamond pattern or Antiqued Diamond.


Moses Eaton Thistle

Moses Eaton Thistle Stencil Design

The second floor cloth will a stenciled designs (primarily from New England and New York State)


Participants will need to confirm their design choices with instructor Hollick at least 3 weeks prior to class so she can prepare the appropriate materials.


Canvas blanks will be prepared with coats of gesso and paint beforehand so participants can jump right into creating their designs. While the designs and techniques will be traditional, the paints will be non-toxic water-based.



Sealant will be applied at home after the design has had time to dry and cure. Detailed instruction on types of sealant, how to apply it, and how to turn the “hem” edge of the floor cloth will be given at the workshop.




The workshop fee includes the prepared canvas blank, paints, and use of stencils and brushes.  Instructor Hollick will have a water-based sealing product and stencils for creating more floor cloths at home for optional purchase. Costs may range from $30 up.

Edward Durant House

Edward Durant House Stencil Design


For more on the history of floor cloths:





  • This workshop can accommodate up to 8 students and needs a minimum of 6 to be held.
  • We urge students to register at least one month before the workshop start date.
  • A one-day deposit is required with your registration.
  • If you need to cancel your registration, you must do so two weeks before the start date of the workshop in order to receive a refund.
  • Classes without a minimum number of students may be cancelled and a full refund will be provided.




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July 8 @ 9:00 am
July 9 @ 4:00 pm
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Sanborn Mills Farm
(603) 435-7314


Sanborn Mills Farm Red House
7154 Sanborn Road
Loudon, 03307 United States
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(603) 435-7314