My friend, Lee, is the daughter of the great needlepoint teacher and author Hope Hanley (find her books here).
Lee inherited lots of canvases from her mother and really knows her stuff when it comes to dealing with vintage canvases. She shares a couple of tips with us.
If the canvas is accompanied by wool threads, check it for little moths and fading. Do this before you put that wool near other threads you have.
Be sure that the canvas is still in shape that it does not have dry rot. The test is to take a short piece of canvas and try pull it apart. If doesn’t pull in to 2 pieces go ahead and stitch it.
Every once in while someone bought wonderful canvas and they would bring it into the
shop to get threads. Before I start getting threads I would check for dry rot. If it falls apart that means it you can’t stitch it.
With so many vintage canvases out there, this is great to know.