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Modern canvas work done in wool using petit point stitch
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Modern canvas work done in wool using petit point stitch

Canvas work is embroidery on canvas.

Several types of canvas is available: single thread, double thread, Aida cloth (evenweave) or Hardanger.

Canvas is measured by the number of squares per inch or centimetre.

In Canvas work the stitches may completely cover the canvas. Newer methods will use the canvas as part of the pattern.

For each type of canvas there is the correct type of yarn.

Yarns vary from knitting yarns and tapestry wools to pure silk, synthetic or metallic threads. Fine ribbons, plastic thread, raffia and string can also be used in Canvas work.

In the past needlepoint was an accomplished form of continental or basketweave - each stitch covering one canvas intersection. Bargello, first developed in Europe, uses colors and stitches to create motion and patters. Modern methods have incorporated crewel and embroidery stitches to add depth and differences not only by shading but by texture.

A famous example of a large carpet worked in canvas work is the Bradford carpet which is on display in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

See: Needlepoint, Berlin wool work

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