Updated Aril 2, 2021.
I got an email from Karen, who asked about the Madiera canvas listed for the projects in Beautiful Bargello. The book was written in England, and many of the materials are challenging to find in the US.
For us, Madiera is a thread company, not a canvas company, so what is this stuff?
I suspect that “Madeira” in this context is a brand name, used the way we’d use “Zweigart.”
If you look at the instructions, it will say”18 holes” or “13 holes” — that’s the mesh size.
Now to the color. She is calling for “antique” canvas, which we would call “ercu.” This tan canvas works better for Bargello because the darker color melds in better with the thread colors so that needlepoint dandruff (flecks of white canvas showing) is not as apparent. When buying canvas for Bargello, you want to do is pick your canvas color in this order of preference:
- color similar to the main color of the canvas, so pink for a mainly pink or red canvas, sage green for green, and so on
- non-white neutral color, either ecru, tan, sandstone, or ivory
If you can only find white, don’t despair. You can lightly color the canvas with COPIC markers, fabric markers, or acrylic paints. Then the dandruff is less apparent. Also, you can stitch it in such a way that dandruff is minimized.