Canvas Information

For the most part, our canvas is made by the Zweigart Company.  It is cotton unless otherwise noted.


A mesh is one thread of a canvas.  A 10 mesh canvas has 10 threads per inch each way.  Mesh indicates the number of stitches which can be worked per inch in one of the tent type stitches.


This is the best quality, strongest type of canvas.  It has an over and under weave; the intersections are flexible.


The intersections of this type of canvas are intertwined.  The warp and weft threads pierce each other.  It is lighter weight than mono canvas.


Double mesh canvas, the intersections are over two threads each way.  The count is determined by the larger holes, which is the usual use.  This canvas can be worked over one thread, the count is then double the "big hole" count.  Sometimes the count is given as two numbers.  For example, a count of 10/20 is 10 big holes per inch, 20 small holes per inch.

Linen Canvas

Made from linen thread rather than cotton.  It is a mono type canvas and the threads are more irregular than cotton.  It is very strong.

How we measure the pieces we sell.

Determining the Size of Piece Needed

If you are working from a chart, divide the total number of stitches each way by the count per inch of the canvas.  If your chart is 120 stitches across and you decide to use a 10 count canvas (120 divided by 10), the finished project will be 12 inches wide.  Allow a minumum of 2 inches on each side of the design.  A 12 inch wide design demands at least a 16 inch piece of canvas.


A yard of canvas will measure 36” long and the width will be the bolt measurement for the canvas chosen.

Half Yard

A half yard of canvas will measure 18” long and the width will be the bolt measurement of the canvas chosen.

Fat Quarter

One fourth of a yard, it is cut across the bolt at 18 inches then cut in half.  A fat quarter from a 40 wide inch wide bolt will measure 18" x 20".