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A Wall Stencil Sampler From New England

In presenting this new collection of stencils from New England and New York, I owe a debt of gratitude to Jessica Bond who sent me my first historic wall stencil in 1968. It was through her invitation to record stenciled walls together in Vermont, her tutelage and encouragement, that my own work was fully realized. I especially acknowledge Gina Martin, the original recorder of many of the patterns and the late Esther Stevens Brazer, a researcher of many aspects of early American decoration in the 1920s, 30s and 40s, whose collection was available to me. Further, I wish to recognize Kenneth Jewett, who first became interested in stenciling in 1924 and who, until he passed away at age 100, continued to be so. He shared much valuable information with me. I quote liberally from Early American Stencils on Walls and Furniture by Janet Waring, available on our site for $17.95.

It is my hope that homeowners in selecting stencils for their own walls will use patterns from a specific homestead or collection thereby keeping the original artists and their work intact. The best occasion of all, is when the homeowner sees fit to reproduce an entire room exactly as it was originally stenciled.

In this entire collection only a few adjustments have been made to straighten edging or adjust an axis of a stencil to make it acceptable to the public. Otherwise the small variations within the stencils create the handmade appearance we seek.

Stenciling will be much more effective on your walls than it appears in our illustrations. See our Gallery for photographs of selected examples sent in by our clients (like you!).

Jo Sonja paints and quality stencil brushes can be purchased through MB Historic Décor, as well as our 5 other catalogues of stencils.

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