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Historic Floorcloths

Learn about 18th and 19th century floorcloths and create a historically accurate masterpiece of your own.

Join us to make historically accurate 18th and 19th century floorcloths. Floorcloths (also called painted canvas, oil cloths, and floor canvases) are utilitarian and beautiful, protecting your floors and accenting your rooms with patterns and colors. Discover the fascinating history of floorcloths and stenciled floors in Europe and the United States and create a masterpiece of your own.

You will be provided with a ready-to-stencil 2’ x 3’ canvas, edges turned, gessoed, and painted with a cream white background. Participants who desire a different background color, perhaps to match home décor, are invited to bring their own latex, non-gloss paint.
Everyone will have a choice of historic floor stencils and a historically accurate palette of colors. A non-skid rubber backing will finish the project. Only top-quality products are used. Polyurethane will be provided to participants for application at home after the paint has cured.

Registration deadline for the class is Friday, November 1 because advance stencil ordering is necessary. By that deadline, participants must:

1) register for the class through ArtisTree
2) contact Polly’s daughter, Vivian Bisbee, owner of MB Historic Décor

Vivian will assist you in selecting your stencil pattern online and will order it in time for the class. The price of a $35 stencil is included in the class fee, but should you choose a more expensive stencil, there will be an additional charge. See your choices at in the Floor Stencil Catalogue. Vivian can be reached at 978-464-0162, (cell) 978-273-1991, or Previous floorcloth workshop participants can also contact Polly at 802-295-8081 by November 1 to talk about options.

Bring a bag lunch and drink (or purchase food at the local general store) as we will be taking a break to eat. You may also wish to bring a quilter’s rule or 2’ T-square.

Polly Forcier has taught stenciling at the Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts, the League of NH Craftsmen in Hanover, Lebanon College, and in her home studio. She is a member of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration, where she has taken and given classes.