Plastic Canvas - Types, Counts, Weights, and More
canvas is a craft material of lightweight plastic with a grid
of holes, much like embroidery canvas (
Aida cloth). It is also called vinyl weave or vinyl Aida.
Plastic canvas is available with different sized holes (indicated
by the count listed on the packaging), to accomodate different
thicknesses or yarn. You can also find plastic canvas in multiple
colors (white or clear are the most common though), as well as
shapes, such as
Types of Plastic Canvas
Ultra-stiff plastic canvas is best for projects need to be a
little more sturdy, such as boxes or coasters. Any projects that
will need to stay flat should use an ultra-stiff plastic
plastic canvas works well for projects that will be bent or curved.
They are more easily shaped and will hold a curve much easier than
the Ultra-stiff variety.
What a Count is and How to Choose the Right One for Your
The count tells the number of holes per linear inch. Use a
higher count for designs with a thinner yarn and more detail, or a
lower count for thicker yarn and faster coverage.
plastic canvas is the most common variety. It is best suited with
worsted weight yarn and a tapestry needle. The holes are large
enough to finish a project quickly, but small enough to add detail
to your plastic canvas.
#10 plastic canvas is smaller than #7, so you will need a
lighter weight yarn and a smaller needle.
plastic canvas is the smallest available. It typically uses
multiple strands of thread to tied together.
Popular Plastic Canvas Brand
Plastic Canvas Project Information and
Use plastic canvas as a sturdy foundation for:
- Needlepoint projects
- Sun catchers
- Tissue box covers
- Jewelry box covers
- Book covers
- Votive cover
- Mouse pad
- Wall hanging
For patterns and more, head over to the plastic canvas section
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