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Stenciled Floor Cloths for All Levels with Michele Hollick

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.


Date(s): 06/11/2022 to 06/12/2022

Cost: $250



Sanborn Mills Farm
Loudon, New Hampshire United States