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This Early American pattern set is from the Esther Brazer Stevens Collection at the Museum of American Folk Art.  Brazer Stevens recorded authentic stencil patterns, including this one from the Edward Durant House in Newton, MA, c. 1734.  The lovely diamond pattern is well complemented by the floral border. 


This poppy pattern is taken from Plate XXXVII in Christopher Dresser's "Studies in Design", c. 1875.  The description of the plate is "Sheet of powerdings, adapted for wall-ornaments."  Well, off to the dictionary to learn that powderings are (in this context) "Decoration by means of numerous small figures, usually the same figure often repeated."  We originally turned this motif into a stencil for a wall ornament for a client's kitchen.