What is the difference between twill and canvas fabric?
The main difference between these two fabrics is the weave construction. Canvas is made with a simple plainweave pattern of “over one, under one”. Double filled canvas uses two yarns in the over under instead of one, but it is still a plainweave.
Twill farics are made by going over one yarn and under two yarns or even under three yarns. The weave is shifted over in each row creating a diagonal line in the pattern. The diagonal line makes a twill easy to identify.
The diagonal line also makes twills harder to tear than canvas. Have you ever done the easy hand tearing of canvas right down the middle? It makes a nice clean tear. Just try and do a nice clean tear on a twill. It doesn’t work to good. The diagonal weave makes a clean tear pretty impossible.
Our lightweight 8oz Poly Cotton twill is going to be stronger than our 7oz cotton duck. If you are looking for a really strong, but also lightweight material a twill could be better than a canvas if tearing is a concern in the application.
The Bull Denims we carry also are classified as twills. They are also constructed with the twill weave. Fabrics that are woven with the twill construction that are heavyweight, commonly 12oz or more, are often called Bull Denims to set them apart from a standard twill.
Twills are more frequently used in apparel than cotton canvas. Most people are familiar with seeing the diagonal weave line in their pants and blue jeans. The applications of twills in apparel are commonly seen in pants, skirts, jackets, uniforms and vests. Bull Denims and cotton canvas are used for more rugged type work apparel.
Both materials have endless uses in home decor applications. Let us know if you would like to get some samples to check out the differences for yourself.
The newest innovations in Marine & Awning Canvas are here! SeaDuck Fabric Marine & Awning Textile Solutions sold exclusively by Big Duck Canvas. The 100% Solution dyed acrylic yarns are sourced from Dolan, the leading manufacturer in the world of acrylic yarns. Dolan is well known in the industry for producing the most vibrant long lasting colors available. SeaDuck Fabric comes with all the features you would expect from a top performing outdoor fabric plus a ten year warranty. This fabric is the best option for awnings, umbrellas, beach lounge chairs, sling back chairs, Bimini tops, boat covers, banners and more! Get your samples today!
Check out the technical specifications of SeaDuck in the PDF below:
Seaduck Fabric Technical Features
Clear Vinyl comes in handy in so many outdoor applications. 20 gauge is the perfect weight to sew yet outdoor projects. Our clear vinyl is double polished for the best clarity available! It is also fire retardant and mildew proof. Check out our quick little video to take a closer look at the material. Let us know if you would like to try and sample.
We have been having a lot of fun hearing about all the great projects coming out of our wholesale Preshrunk Linen Blend Collections! The weights and textures are just beautiful and we are thrilled to offer them. Take a closer look at our Stripe Linen in a very quick video! Let us know if you would like to get some samples. As I quickly mention in the video although we primarily sale this fabric for home decor use, it is also perfect to source for bag linings in higher end totes and handbags. It is the perfect weight, so there is no need for stabilizers. How amazing would these stripes look lining the inside of a brown leather tote? I want one!
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If you’re hooked on waxed canvas like we are then you will be happy to hear we are bringing in some heavier waxed canvas options. #10 Waxed is a 15oz Double Filled Cotton Canvas that is coated with the same high quality wax formula as our current waxed canvas fabrics. We have been happy with the performance of this coating and are excited to offer some new fabrics!
Check out our #10 Waxed Canvas in Nutmeg and Black coming soon! Purchase by the yard and factory direct wholesale prices and take advantage of great bulk pricing!
Linen Fabrics brand new this week! Over 30 new Made in the USA Linen Fabrics Blends in great shades for a wide range of Home Decor uses. Linen fabrics are also a popular choice for interior bag linings for totes, weekenders, and purses. They are all prewashed and eco friendly! Come check them out and request samples! You will also find a new wide selection of Stripe Linens that are easy to care for and maintain.
If this is your first time hearing about 12oz Oatmeal Basecloth you’re going to want to get a sample of this beautiful fabric. The subtle blend of natural fibers creates a perfect neutral shade & texture for home decor applications. We are thrilled to have it back in stock.
In a recent video we used Outdura Marine & Awning Canvas to recover a chair for outdoor use. This approach will work on any sling back beach chair. Outdura fabric has 10 year warranty, so it was our first choice for long lasting results!
Outdura Marine & Awning Canvas (I used 4.5 yds, but this number will vary depending on the chair, so always measure!)
Antique Brass Eyelets (21 used per chair)
Hot Knife for cutting the Outdura Solution Dyed Acrylic to prevent fraying on the exposed edge
What makes the perfect Canvas? Depending on your application this could be a wide range of answers. If you want the heaviest our#1 is perfect; for the most colors our 10oz is it; the smoothest texture check out army duck. The best marine canvas, its Outdura. So, why do I say #12 is perfect?
#12 is extremely versatile with its 11.5oz easy to work with & manage weight. It is double filled, so it is going to be a bit stronger than a 12oz single fill. The weave is extremely dense similar to an army duck, but with a bit more texture. The width selection is incredible from 36″ all the way to 144″. It also comes primed as an Artist Canvas in widths from 60″-96″. The weight of this canvas is appropriate for so many project applications and it is easy to dye. Big Duck Canvas prices on #12 canvas are the most impressive with generous wholesale bulk discounts. Check it out or request a sample.
We get questions everyday about dyeing our cotton canvas. Painting with a thick dye paste is one of my favorite dyeing techniques. A dye paste allows you to control where the dye goes unlike a liquid dye. It only requires few supplies and is simple to do. The dyes and paste I use can be used on any of our cotton canvas fabrics. (not Sunforger, Waxed Canvas or Canvak) In the video I experiment on our #12 Cotton Duck and #4. Dye paste can be used to screen print with dye as well! You can get crisp detail without the dye bleeding or running. There is so much fun stuff to do with it! We hope you like this quick video. Check out the links below for specific materials used.
Here are the links to the materials I use in the video:
PRO PRINT PASTE SH (Dye Thickener)
MY FAVORITE BRUSH