Fancy learning a new skill and enjoying a creative day with us?
Here are new dates for courses and tours at The Stencil Library from now until early September 2018. Today, there are places on all of them but some classes and tours are limited to just four or six people. For full details please visit our website below you'll find dates and some information. Pre-booking and payment are required for all tours and classes. You can phone, email or reply to our social media pages. We can schedule private classes and tours too.
Next week we are hosting: An evening tour of The Stencilled Home, a full-day class on creating Chinoiserie murals with stencils, a half-day class on stencilling fabrics and a new 'make & take' social event where we take a look around the house, eat cakes and then stencil a fabric project to take home. So, let me know soon if you want to book one of the imminent events! Prices and more details are on our website along with important info about the venue, where to stay and how to get here.
TOUR OF THE STENCILLED HOME; Let me show you around my place, we can talk about the various painted finishes and how all the different stencil techniques were achieved. We'll visit twelve of the rooms and there's a lot to see in them. After coffee and biscuits, I will demonstrate some of the applications. Expect to be here between two and three hours. Some of the rooms are featured in the ' Tour our Home' section of this blog. DATES: Fri, May 25 2018 7pm, June 24 2018 10am, June 27 2018 7pm, July 7 2018 10am, Sept 7 2018 7pm
CHINESE FAKE-AWAY; We will give you an amazing set of stencils which are a starting point for creating your own stencilled mural decoration in the style of the 18th Chinese wallpapers. Then we will experiment with various ways of using those stencils. They include peonies, roses, birds and butterflies, all classic elements of the hand-painted Chinoiserie wallpapers. The class should give you the tools and the confidence to create your own decoration onto walls, fabrics, furniture.... or wallpaper. Together we will make a monochrome stencilled panel, everyone will work at their own pace.
Don't worry if you work at a slower pace than others, the panel rolls up for easy transportation and can be finished at your leisure.
You will learn to create a fabric effect background with glazes and I will demonstrate some simple gilding effects for you. DATES: Saturday 26th May 2018 or Saturday 8th September 2018. 9.15am to 5.30pm.
HOW TO STENCIL FABRIC SUCCESSFULLY
This class gives you knowledge, experience and technique to successfully stencil fabrics for soft furnishings, curtains and clothing. Using an elaborately patterned square stencil and matching borders we will decorate a length of material. During the class you will learn how to apply colour, repeat the patterns, how to measure for symmetry and connect corners in your project. The stencil set and decorated fabric is yours to take home and is a perfect size for wall, floor and furniture decoration as well as fabric. The class lasts 4 hours approx refreshments and all materials needed during the class are provided. Suitable for beginners and improvers. DATES: Monday 27th May. Sunday 9th September 9am - 1pm
BREAKING NEWS of ANOTHER NEW EVENT! I will be hosting a rehearsal class for our MOROCCAN STYLE FLOORCLOTH class at some point in August or September. Rehearsals classes have a discounted price and in return, you have to be nice if the timings and the project goes a little wonky. That's what rehearsals are for.
This is the intended project. You will complete it during the class apart from the varnishing. You will take your floorcloth home along with the full set of stencils, along with the knowledge and confidence needed to create your next one.
I will demonstrate the technique for the smaller panel, it is not intended that we stencil this one during the class unless we finish too early. Again, this is what rehearsals are for.
Floorcloths are not that common in the UK. They are moppable, scrubbable and sit nicely on wooden or concrete floors. They were popular before linoleum was invented. In those days the floor cloths were oiled with linseed oil, now we use quick drying varnish. Decorative floor cloths can be stylish and useful. I have a couple of them that I drag to the lawn to lounge upon if I have guests and a sunny day. I have one in a bedroom too.
Fancy it? Let me know if you are interested in and give a preferred month, August or September. I will see what month suits the majority.