FABRIC: Canvas comes in a
wonderful variety of weights, colors,
and even prints. Many of the projects we
make use lightweight canvas from the
home decorating department of our local
Another type of canvas you might
encounter is duck -- a tightly woven
fabric. There's also outdoor canvas,
which is treated to withstand the
elements better than ordinary fabric.
Keep it in mind for indoor projects, too
- there are lots of cheery colors and
prints to be found!
All types of canvas are known for their
sturdiness and strength, made from a
plain, simple weave. While modern canvas
is usually made of cotton, in the past
it's been made out of other fibers like
hemp and linen. In fact, "duck" comes
from the Dutch word for linen canvas -
not the aquatic birds!
Make sure to thoroughly pre-shrink your
canvas before embroidering it. Since
it's cotton, it might shrink quite a bit
-- and you want to make sure your design
stays flat and pretty even after it's
DESIGN: You can embroider pretty
much any designs you want on canvas -
it's sturdy enough to carry even heavy
designs well, and its flat surface means
even light designs like redwork will
appear bright and beautiful. Have fun
NEEDLE: Use a 75/11 sharp needle
to get a crisp design.
STABILIZER: Use a medium-weight
cutaway stabilizer, attached to the back
of your canvas with spray adhesive.
Canvas may be sturdy, but it wasn't made
specifically for embroidery, so a good
stabilizer will help you get the best
results you can.