100% Hemp, 16 oz, 59" wide
Russia-sheeting & Russia-canvas were both plain weave hemp linens. Fabric made of finer weight threads was called sheeting & heavier weights canvas. Russia duck was hemp sheeting with a glazed finish to help shed water. Glazed hemps are not commercially available today.
Very strong Russia canvas was used to make sturdy knapsacks, spatterdashes, haversacks, drop cloths, bags, market wallets, chair seats, and clothing. Negro slaves were given shirts made of canvas. Sometimes used for coarsely made waistcoats and breeches, and for sailor's trousers. Women's stays were often made of canvas since the rubbing of the boning will wear through weaker fabrics. In Virginia Gazette in 1772, "RUN away from the Ship POLLY . . . [a] Seamen WILLIAM STEVENS . . . he had on when he went away . . . short Canvas Trousers." If you will be hand sewing your project try our 35/2 or 16/2 unbleached or off white linen thread.
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 22 August, 2019.