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Stenciled Floor Cloth Level I

June 20, 2020 @ 9:00 am - June 21, 2020 @ 4:00 pm


Instructor: Michele Hollick
Length: 2 days
Skill Level: All
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Material Cost: Registration includes prepared canvas blanks, paints, and use of stencils and brushes


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

In this two-day workshop, students will to 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 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 course 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 up.

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June 20, 2020 @ 9:00 am
June 21, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
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