Soon I will be redecorating the arts and crafts style dining room at Stocksfield Hall. At the moment I use the room as a venue for stencil classes and as a painting studio more than I do for hosting dinner parties but I will re-decorate and re-stencil with entertaining in mind a rather than creating a purely functional space.
Three of the walls carry the stencil design DE76 it is a repeating pattern of birds and bamboo, we used a combination of household paint and copper leaf to colour the stencil. Panels of copper transfer leaf were stencilled onto the lower half of the room and I stencilled DE155 a lily flower onto it. If the paint does not adhere properly it may be that oil from your skin is present on the metal leaf. Simply add a tiny bit of soap or dish detergent to the paint and try again.
The pattern on the fireplace wall is DE83 and I stencilled the same pattern onto the velvet of the table runner. I used a handful of colours on the wall and blended them in a fairly haphazard way for a soft and informal look. A post published on DesignInspiration in 2007 showed and described how to stencil the walls, floors and fabrics to create an Arts & Crafts look similar to the one at Stocksfield. Inspiration for our stencilled room included The Morris Room at the V&A Museum cafe.
I have bought furniture from the local charity shop to house the stencil supplies for our classes as well as dinner plates and glasses. I will be sad to paint over the decoration in the dining room but excited to create a new interior.
The floors were affected by a flood six years ago and that is the main reason for the re-do because the paint is chipping away in areas.
The main thoroughfare through the room is traversed many times because it is the route from the kitchen to our office. Originally more layers of varnish were applied to that area of floor and as a result it has held up better than the less trodden places. Chips and I are discussing plans for the new decoration, nothing is formalised yet but I think that I'll make stencilled mirror to set into the window surrounds which should boost the light from both sun and candles. I have employed this stencil and gilding technique in other rooms.
I would like another richly patterned, stencilled floor or an ornate, painted ceiling....maybe both!
The new dates for our stencil classes are now on The Stencil Library website. We start with the 7th and 8th of March. The subject on Saturday is stencilling techniques for various surfaces including fabric and the Sunday class concerns itself with stencil techniques for decorating furniture and smaller scale projects. Both days are suitable for beginners and those that have experience. To book places phone or email us.
Recently I taught a new class covering stencil techniques for decorating furniture and small scale projects.
I demonstrated finishes that resembled Lapis Lazuli and Malachite along with decoupage techniques. The students learned how to fit corner pieces, coach lines, borders and repeat pattern together. Handy tips for measuring surfaces and placing motifs were explained and undertaken. We completed two painted sample boards using all the knowledge that we had accrued. Although we all enjoyed the classes it was a lot to achieve in four hours so I have adapted the class to be a full day with lunch. I am very excited to offer the longer class as it will offer the opportunity to extend the techniques and complete another sample board.
The new Stencil Techniques for Furniture workshops will take place on Sundays to follow our Stencil Day; This offers better value for those that have to travel far. A student does not need to have completed our Stencil Day class before booking the furniture class but if an entire weekend can be spared it is well worth doing both together.
What can we expect from the STENCIL TECHNIQUES FOR FURNITURE day? To gain the skills and confidence to allow you to customise pieces or furniture and other small scale projects. Using paint, metal leaf and acrylic glaze students will experiment with a collection of corner, border, repeat and spot motif stencils to create panels, circlets and overall pattern. Special attention is given to corners, symmetry and contrast panels. Simple fantasy finishes and decoupage will be demonstrated. Most of the skills learned will apply to larger projects too. Three samples will be created after experimentation on paper.
Do we get anything to take home? Yes, you will take home more than £50.00 worth of stencils and completed samples of your work along with knowledge, confidence and notes to accompany the class.
What can we expect on the STENCIL DAY? Students will experiment with different techniques, media and surfaces.The stencil day covers techniques for larger scale projects such as walls, floors and fabrics. Students will learn how to cut a stencil. Paints for walls and fabrics will be employed along with oil sticks, metal foils and powders. A tour of stencilled rooms at Stocksfield Hall forms part of our day, the class aims to be busy, fun and give a good foundation for building stencil skills.
Do we get anything to take home? Yes, students should leave with their completed samples, knowledge, experience, confidence and a starter kit worth approx £30.00 which includes brushes
INFORMATION FOR BOTH DAYS
Who are the classes suitable for? Total beginners and those with previous stencilling experience should benefit from either class. Also, they may be useful for those that are already teaching paint related workshops and want to add some extra skills to their repetoire. We will start with the basic stencil skills then build. Once the techiques have been demonstrated the students will work and experiment to their own level
Is there accomodation nearby? Yes, We are a short train ride or a longer bus ride from the City of Newcastle Upon Tyne and the historic market towns of Hexham and Corbridge. You will find accommodation to suit various budgets and public transport in those places. There is B&B accommodation in Stocksfield village too, but you will need to walk or drive from them. The Stencil Library has a car park. Newcastle upon Tyne, is 17 miles away and has an airport, train, bus and coach station.
What do we need to bring to class? Bring a note book, tape measure and an overall/apron.
Note The workshops take place in my home, there are uneven floors and stairs. The house can be cold, even in summer...wear layers! Both classes are limited to a maximum of six students.
How do I book? Phone, postal and email details for The Stencil Library can be found here Alternatively, contact our Twitter or Facebook page or leave a comment on this blog and we will contact you.
The cost of the Stencil Techniques for Furniture day is £95.00 and the Stencil Day class is £75.00 Refreshments, lunch and materials are provided. We offer a price reduction of £5.00 per class when both classes are attended on the same weekend. See, there is such a thing as a free lunch!
Students may take advantage of a 10% discount when ordering stencils and equipment on the day.
Stencil days are hosted on Saturdays and furniture classes on Sundays. The dates for 2015 are Jan 17/18, March 7/8, April 4/5 and May 2/3
I am happy to run private classes for small groups on other dates.
Refreshments are served at 09.45 we start stencilling at 10.00 and finish at 17.00 Fancy it? Contact us.
This past weekend, Mr Egglestone and I flew to Brussels to stay with friends for a few days. It was Mr E's first visit, but I used to live and went to high school there many years ago and have popped back regularly since. I have always thought Brussels a very underrated capital city overshadowed by places like Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and Rome. But I cannot enthuse about it enough and Mr E thoroughly loved his time there and cannot wait to go back. I could wax lyrical about all sorts of places in Brussels, but today I shall write about the Hotel Metropole on the Place de Brouckère. The hotel was opened in 1894 and as soon as you walk into the foyer, you are in no doubt that this is a grand old hotel from the Belle Epoque.
photo: Hotel Metropole
Our flight from Newcastle left at 6:30am meaning that with the time difference you were in Brussels by 9am. The 3am start was worth it to have a full day to start the trip. We headed straight into central Brussels and wandered around for several hours. At about 2pm we decided to go for lunch and I suggested the cafe at the Hotel Metropole.
"Cafe" is perhaps a bit of an understatement.
It is as beautiful and elaborate as the rest of the hotel. Decorative painters take note of the marble walls, stencilled columns and gilded ceiling.
We had an excellent omelette avec frites (bien entendu) and Mr E sampled his first Belgian beer (in Belgium). Belgium is famous for its beers and quite rightly so. Drink beer there and it will never taste the same again anywhere else. Despite sampling many varieties over the weekend, Mr E decided that Chimay was his favourite (so far)
whereas I was rather fond of the Zinnebir, and not because of the art deco label.
It was a beautiful setting to take a break after all the walking (it was a warm and sunny day). It wasn't deliberate, but it was also a trip down memory lane. Back in 1985 my friend Jill and I organised our schools autumn formal "homecoming" dance and chose the Hotel Metropole as our venue. Not much changes. There was a convention taking place in the basement room where our dance had been held and I went to the very same washroom I had stood in almost 30 years ago reapplying blue eyeliner and frosted lipstick whilst checking on the permed hairdo and making sure my taffeta skirt was still pouffed out (it was 1985 afterall - sadly I couldn't find a photo to share of that fashion ensemble). If you are ever in the european capital, it is well worth popping in for a drink or meal or even a stay at the Metropole. Brussels is famous for it's art nouveau architecture so the whole city is a visual and inspirational feast if you are interested in the decorative arts and architecture (the shopping, restaurants, bars, beer and chocolate aren't bad either). À toute à l'heure!
Once upon a time in an attic room at Stocksfield Hall there lived a right hand corner. When we first arrived Rachel chose the corner and the room that surrounded it for her own. She created a champagne and cream coloured bedroom. The walls were stencilled with a diamond pattern. In the corner a chaise lounge nestled under skylight and lamp to make a perfect reading nook.
The room was featured in a couple of home interest magazines and in the book The Stencilled Home.
The chaise was repositioned and Rachel redecorated with hot pink walls and a monogram stencil, the corner along with the rest of her rooms was featured in several international editions of Elle Deco Magazine.
and then came deep blue walls and turquoise stencilling.
The gothic patterned walls stayed the same for years and her furnishings and collections changed around it. This is why I am calling the post Four and a Half Looks rather than 'One Wall,Five Looks' .
This is the half look, it's one of my favourite pictures of the room.
Rachel got married and moved away. The chaise went with her. The room is now decorated for guests and features a Japanese style pattern of waves stencilled under a giant golden carp.
Once again the right hand corner has become a reading nook. Do you have a favourite amongst the four and a half looks?
So this is it, the end, it’s over! I can’t believe the Willow Pattern Room is finally finished and my internship at The Stencil Library is almost complete.
The room seems to have fallen nicely into place after the larger items were decorated and it looks absolutely fab-dab, I’m so so pleased with it.
We’ve kept you up to date during previous posts about various projects and chapters of the willow pattern story and I’m ever so glad because overall it’s been such a large project that I couldn’t possibly tell you about it all in one post (I think the blog would quite possibly overload and suffer a heart attack)!
It feels like completing the attic room has taken forever but if we'd had a lump of time devoted to get it decorated all in one go I don’t think it would’ve taken very long to do at all. Of course we were working on several projects not just the Willow Pattern Room.
In previous posts when I showed the table,
and various other things that I stencilled. I wrote that they each took about a day to do. Helen and I stencilled items that didn't make it into the final edit such as the peony border floral bedcovers, although they looked great.
It’s amazing what fantastic results you can achieve in a small amount of time.
I think our willow pattern wall stencils might might look a little daunting to a novice stenciller beacuse they are so large; however they were outstandingly tame when it came to staying on the walls. The only reason they were a little tricky occasionally was because Helen and I were working on uneven, lumpy walls and stencilling over ourselves. We applied a light spray of adhesive and some low tack tape to the stencils to hold them. The stencil designs were adapted from a repeating willow pattern design in our range of Chinese Style Stencils.
On a typical flat wall it wouldn’t be an unrealistic goal for one person to complete the stencilling in a day.
Now that it’s done and looks so amazing, I think that I'll be sprucing up furniture that I already have rather than buying new.
Adding stencilled pattern to the furniture means you have completely unique decoration, it takes so little time and it gives a really satisfying outcome.
So, the room is finished and I am really happy with the result and knowing that I had a large part in decorating all the various surfaces.
I took a quick snap to show you the black, leopard, floor that Emma stencilled last week in the attic at Stocksfield Hall.
Then I started tweaking the colour balance on the picture.
I could be very tempted to have a turquoise and yellow scheme
I rather like the next one too!
Hhhmmmm. I'm a bit spoilt for choice now and rather like the vintagey, celadon colour, ceiling in this one. I need to step away from the PhotoShop gadgetry before I end up repainting. I you want to recreate the stencilled floors in your own colours the code numbers are VN52 Vintage Leopard and DE314 Art Deco repeat
I've just been flicking though all the photo folders I now have clogging up Helen's computer. They contain all of the things I've been getting up too during my time with The Stencil Library and I came across a few "before and after" pictures from a couple of projects, and I just couldn't believe how much some of them have transformed... and all from a little lick of paint and some good old tlc.
This was once our office manager Rachel's living room up in the attic, and granted, it took a fair amount of time to change but then again we left no part of it untouched! I think this is quite possibly my favourite room in the whole of Stocksfield Hall, I may be a little biased cause it's the only room in which I've played a major part, but the amount of self satisfaction, knowing that I helped put this wonderful room together makes me immensely proud, and I love it! I may try and move in on the sly, hopefully Helen won't notice.
This is a sneak peak for another blog post that I am writing. This is another attic room that I have been working on with Helen. She started the wall decoration and I completed it. I chose the JA52 Wave stencil for the door; something not too bright or flashy to take attention from the wall, it was an absolute demon in certain places however it was totally worth it and looks fab!
I didn't really think or know much about stencils before I came here but it really has opened my eyes to just how versatile they are and what completely amazing things you can do with them. The posibilities really are endless! You can radically change the look of the most simple things and make them look like they've been professionally done, in a relatively short space of time and with a much smaller hole in your purse. What more could you want?