Mounting Canvas on Stretcher Bars
Stretcher bars greatly enhance not only the appearance of the needlework, but also the experience of creating it. Beginners, right along with old pros, find their stitches are much more even. When creating needlework on bars, you will be using the stabbing method. This allows your hands to also use a laying tool to correctly place stitches on the canvas.
The size of the stretcher bars depends upon the canvas size. If you canvas measures 20” X 18”, then you will need a pair of bars 20” and another pair 18”.
Stretcher bars comes in various weight, thickness and sizes. When purchasing, it is best to buy good quality ones. Bars with splinters or split wood should be avoided. Most bars are put together with tongue and groove.