Choosing The Right Type Of Canvas For Your Project

Mono/Single De Lux 'Royal' Canvas:

Mono/single canvas is a needlepoint canvas with mesh of single vertical and horizontal threads. This allows the stitches to move, making mono/single canvas the perfect choice for projects that will be subjected to uneven pressure, such as pillows and chair cushions. Projects using mono/single canvas are normally worked in a frame, as the canvas has a tendency to distort while being stitched. Mono/single canvas is available in a wide variety of counts / gauges / holes per inch (hpi). This is the more expensive of the two mono canvases we have available.

Mono Interlock Canvas:

Mono interlock canvas is needlepoint canvas with a single horizontal thread wrapped by two vertical threads, 'locking' the mesh at intersections. Projects using this type of canvas have less distortion due to the locked mesh, making it more stable. Unlike mono canvas, stitches tend to stay put because the intersections are 'interlocked'. Interlocked canvas is what you would expect to get in a needlepoint kit and comes in white or antique brown. This is less expensive than mono/single canvas.

Double/Duo or Penelope Canvas:

Instead of the single thread that makes up mono or single canvas, double/duo or Penelope canvas has a double thread mesh (two vertical and horizontal threads woven together). This makes it very durable to work with and comes in a wide variety of counts / gauges / holes per inch (hpi). A single stitch can be made over two threads decreasing the number of stitches needed to fill in the canvas, but also allowing for greater detail in some areas (faces in particular), by stitching over one thread. Double/duo canvas can sometimes have a count listed as two numbers separated by a slash, e.g. 5/10. The first, smaller number refers to the number of double mesh per inch. The second, larger number refers to the number of mesh per inch if the threads are worked individually.

Rug Canvas:

Rug canvas is made up of a large mesh of strong cotton threads. This mesh is formed by twisting two threads around each other lengthwise and locking them around a twisted crosswise thread (the threads cannot be separated). Rug Canvas is available in two different gauges - 3.3 mesh and 5 mesh per inch (5 mesh is better for more detailed work).