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Stenciled Floor Cloth for All Levels 

June 11 @ 9:00 am - June 12 @ 3:00 pm


Stenciled Floor Cloth for All Levels 

Michele Hollick

Saturday, June 11th – Sunday, June 12th

9:00 am-3:00 pm


Workshop Overview

In this two-day workshop, students will create two 2 ft x 3 ft floor cloths with designs that date from the late 1700s to early 1800s. Paints will be modern, non-toxic, and water-based.

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. Floor clothes added beauty and color to a room and kept drafts from coming up through floor boards during long cold winters.

The first floor cloth will feature a diamond pattern using either a marbled “Diamond” design or an antiqued “Diamond” design. The second floor cloth will be a traditional colonial stenciled designs. The historic stencils are based on those from New England and New York State. Canvas blanks will be prepared beforehand so participants can jump right into creating their designs. In order to accomplish both floor cloths, the course will move at a rapid pace. Please keep this in mind!

Participants will need to confirm their design choices with instructor Hollick at least two weeks prior to class so she can prepare the appropriate materials. Programs Manager Molly Bolick will contact students as the workshop draws closer. The final hemming of the floor cloths and application of a sealant will need to be done at home after the floor cloths have had time to dry and cure. But don’t worry, detailed instruction and demonstrations will be provided at the workshop and students will have a chance to practice the folded “hemming” technique.

Instructor Hollick will have a custom mixed water-based sealing product and a selection of historic stencils for optional purchase if students want to create more floor cloths at home. Costs may range from $30.00 and up.

Skills + Techniques

Students will learn:

  • How to load a brush and apply paint effectively to surface
  • Create a crisp border that will surround your stenciling. ( yes there is a trick to this)
  • Center design
  • Create an “aging” look on the surface (if applicable )
  • Learn how to apply a finish (top coat) that students will complete later at home when pieces are completely dry



Michele Hollick

Tools + Materials

Students should bring:

  • All materials will be provided

Material Fee:

  • Registration fee includes prepared canvas blanks, paints, and use of stencils and brushes


  • Please read our COVID-19 Policy prior to registering
  • We are honoring each instructor’s specific COVID-19 safety requests. For this workshop, your instructor reserves the right to require additional safety requirements depending on the state of the pandemic at the time of the workshop

Housing + Meals

  • Housing and meals will be available on-site in 2022. We will let all registered students know when housing registration is open. Spots will be first-come, first serve. The option to choose meals will be open to all students. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

$250.00 / per student

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7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, New Hampshire 03307

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(603) 435-7314


June 11 @ 9:00 am
June 12 @ 3:00 pm
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Sanborn Mills Farm
7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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