Screen Printing on Cotton Canvas: What Weight Works Best

How does screen printing look on canvas (duck cloth)?

Many Big Duck customers regularly screen print on our cotton canvas duck, and we were curious which canvas looks best when screen printed. So we conducted a test to find out!

We chose a simple feather design with fine lines to print on the different weights of canvas, and printed the same image using the same ink and the same screen on our 7 ounce, 10 ounce, #12, #10, #8, #4, Army Duck and our Preshrunk Organic 10 ounce canvas. See links below to buy these online.

(Note: This is an older post. We’re republishing it as it’s a question that we’re frequently asked!)

We have to admit it, we were pleasantly surprised with the results. All of the various weights of canvas look good, although some do a better job of maintaining fine detail. For example, the screen printed image on the Army Duck produced a really crisp, finely-detailed image. (We love Army Duck for so many projects!) Yet screen printing even on a really heavy material like our #4 (24 ounce) canvas is not out of the question. Nice bold text or images would look great!

The image below, magnified to show detail, shows the test results.

If you’re sourcing your canvas for screen printed goods, its nice to know which canvas is going to best suit your needs and we hope this test helps you in your decision making process.

Screen Print On Canvas Test Results:

Screen Printing on Canvas--Appearance on Different Weights of Duck Cloth at BigDuckCanvas.com

Canvas for Screen Printing—Buy Online:

2018 Pantone Color of the Year is Ultraviolet. So … Purple Fabric?

And the 2018 PANTONE® color of the year is…

PANTONE®
18-3838
Ultra Violet

That’s a nice color, and we’re seeing lots of interest in it already. To answer the question: Yes, we have purple fabric available online!

A customer favorite is our 12oz 67″ heavyweight cotton duck in Purple Haze, which is a factory second, though typically you’ll be hard pressed to find much in the way of defects or flaws. It sews great and is ideal for many home decor applications; its ‘sister products’ are used in everything from workwear to tactical gear. Check out our Purple Haze heavyweight cotton duck fabric … right now, it’s just $4.99/yd!

Custom Purple Fabric 2018 Color of Year

Need Color-Matched Fabric?

But what if you want to go all in on the official Pantone color of the year? Big Duck Canvas can help! We are experts on custom dye lots/color matching for fabrics. Call us today at 1-800-704-6138 for more information on color-matching fabric orders.

Year End Inventory Blowout

Year End Inventory Blowout at Big Duck Canvas Warehouse

Big Duck Canvas Warehouse is super excited to announce our first ever year end INVENTORY BLOWOUT!

The end of the year is fast approaching, and we don’t want to count—and pay taxes on—excess inventory. To clean out the warehouse quickly, we’ve slashed prices up to 70% off on a great selection of canvas, fabrics and accessories. Yes, you read that right, up to 70% off.

Share this deal with a friend, and shop now for best selection. Seriously, once these deals are gone, they’re gone.

Only through the end of the year, only while supplies last. (Which they won’t.)

Thank you for a phenomenal 2017!
Your friends at Big Duck Canvas Warehouse

Shop our Inventory Blowout Now

Twill vs Canvas Fabric

What is the difference between twill and canvas fabric?

what is the difference between twill and canvas

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.

 

In with the NEW! SeaDuck Marine & Awning Fabric

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!

SeaDuck Marine and Awning Shop Now

Check out the technical specifications of SeaDuck in the PDF below:

Seaduck Fabric Technical Features

Clear Vinyl for Boats & Tents!

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.

Preshrunk Linen Blend + STRIPES

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 sell 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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Heavyweight Waxed Canvas!

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!

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NEW Linen Fabrics! Buy Wholesale!

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.

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12oz Oatmeal Basecloth is BACK!

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.

Oatmeal Basecloth