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Plastic Canvas Count Sizes

Posted on: January 6, 2010

I was recently asked the question, “Does plastic canvas come in sizes like cross stitch material comes in? Like 14 count is 14 squares per every inch”

The pictures below are canvas counts. From left to right are 5count, 7count, 10count and 14count.

Plastic canvas “count” refers to the number of squares or holes per inch. For example, 7-count means that there are seven squares per inch.  Other plastic canvas counts are 10-count, 14-count, and 5-count.

The smaller the count, the larger the holes will be.   To my knowledge 5 count has the biggest holes and 14 count has the smallest holes.

When you use a smaller count canvas, like 14-count, you have the option to use materials other than yarn – things like thread, cotton floss, baby yarns, and even seed beads.  These wonderful alternatives add texture and uniqueness to your designs.

The most popular canvas size is 7-count.  To stitch on this count, you use regular 4-ply worsted weight yarn.   There are even yarns made specifically for plastic canvas stitching.  Needloft yarn by Uniek and Plastic Canvas yarn by J&P Coats are perfect for your plastic canvas crafts.

The clear plastic canvas in 7-count also has different “thicknesses.” There is “regular,” “soft,” and “stiff.” Regular is the normal type to stitch on. Soft can be used when your project will be curved or bent so that it will not break or crack. Stiff is good for projects that need to be extra firm like a picture backing or stand-alone design.

 10-count plastic canvas, which is smaller than 7-count, can be stitched with 3-ply sport weight yarns like Red Heart brand by Coats and Clark. DMC’s #3 Perle Cotton also works nicely; you can even use 12-plies of DMC Floss. DMC Floss has a large range of colors too, to brighten up any project!

 4-ply yarn split into 2-ply (by pulling the pieces apart) will fill in 10 count plastic canvas very well. Doing this gives you a wider variety of colors.

14-count plastic canvas, which is the smallest count, can be stitched with 6-plies of regular DMC Floss or DMC #5 Perle Cotton.

5-count plastic canvas, which is the largest count, can be stitched with two strands of 4-ply worsted weight yarn.  There are some thicker yarns, like “Grande” by Red Heart that can be used as a single strand. Fabric also is a wonderful substitute for yarn, with such large count canvas.

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8 Responses to "Plastic Canvas Count Sizes"

Thank you for your information. I have never worked with plastic canvas so I didn’t know all that. Hope you are having a great day.

Love ya,

Marie

in reference to the 10 count plastic mesh yarn alternatives… i cant seem to find any 12-pile dmc floss… am i missing something or is this just not a thing?

DMC floss is 6 strands. Don’t know about 12 pile DMC.

“10-count plastic canvas, which is smaller than 7-count, can be stitched with 3-ply sport weight yarns like Red Heart brand by Coats and Clark. DMC’s #3 Perle Cotton also works nicely; you can even use 12-plies of DMC Floss. DMC Floss has a large range of colors too, to brighten up any project!”

the above is what i meant by 12 piles…

What size needle use for 5 plastic canvas. I’m going to have special needs girls try this I need a larger hole but what needle can I use

You don’t need to buy any other needle. Just use plastic canvas needle size #16 will work fine.

so if I wanted to use a 14 count as a door in a jewelry box for my earrings would fish hook earrings go through that?

You’ll need to take the earrings and try it. I can’t say, with no way of knowing how big the fish hook is.

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