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 [...]Continue reading "Screen Printing on Cotton Canvas: What Weight Works Best"
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 [...]Continue reading "Simple Dyeing Technique : Paint With Dye Video"
When it comes to slipcovers, light and natural are still top choices. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a sofa with a busy dated print transformed by a custom slipcover into a clean modern look! Most of our upholstery fabrics are suitable for a slip cover, but there are a few that always stand [...]Continue reading "All About Slipcovers: Top 5 Fabrics with Video Tutorial"
The majority of our fabrics are perfect for slipcovers. Our 10oz fabrics are very popular, our new USA-made fabrics are great, and our 12oz options are becoming more and more popular too. All great options with equally-great results. One fabric that tends to get overlooked for slipcover use is Army Duck. It's an amazing quality [...]Continue reading "Use Cotton Army Duck for Slipcovers and Upholstery?"
Follow my blog with Bloglovin It is one thing to love to paint and make art, it is another to actually be doing it. One of the biggest obstacles creative people have is the proper setup and materials on hand when there is time and inspiration to create something. I am all about improvising [...]Continue reading "Build Your Own Artist Canvas – Video Guide"
Just like many of our customers I like to use cotton webbing or a cotton binding tape to trim #4 floor cloths. For most Etsy sellers or independent designers it doesn't make financial since to buy thousands of yards in all the colors you need. A good solution is to buy bulk in natural and [...]Continue reading "Dyeing Cotton Binding Tape or Webbing at Home"
One of the most enjoyable things to do with natural cotton canvas is the dye it! My personal favorite type of dye for cotton is MX Fiber Reactive Dye. Companies like Prochemical (east coast) and Dharma Trading (west coast) carry it. My favorite thing about this dye is that it does not have to be heat activated, [...]Continue reading "Fiber Reactive Dyes are PERFECT for Cotton!"
I love this sewing project because these simple steps can be used to make a simple market shopper for a high end carryall that you might see featured in a style magazine or pinned a gazillion times. These steps are also easily built upon to add a zipper, add hardware, add pockets, trims, or any [...]Continue reading "Sewing Basics: How To Sew a Simple Tote Bag"
A few months ago we made a fun video tutorial for a Play Tipi. The kind of Tipi you would set up for kids or use as party decor. I used our Sunforger®Army Duck, so it can even battle the elements outside! Anyway, for those of you who just want some dimensions to get started I listed them out above. It's important [...]Continue reading "Play Tipi Video Tutorial and Dimensions"
When making slip covers or re-upholstering furniture, you might need an idea of how much fabric will be required for the project. Use our "Slip Cover and Upholstery Yardage Estimator" to get a rough idea of the amount you'll need.Continue reading "How many Yards? A Visual Yardage Guide for Slipcovers."