Cotton has higher elasticity and flexibility compared to linen, which allows it to be stretched over a canvas stretcher frame. Linen on the other hand is more durable and rigid. Both fabrics are plant-based: cotton is a more fluffy, shorter, and softer type of fibre, whereas linen is a longer and more rigid fibre type.
Cotton stretching vs stretched linen
The biggest difference between stretching cotton canvas and the Babylonstoren linen fabric is that you do not stretch it. When “mounting” the linen, Art of Print follows a completely different process compared to its cotton canvas stretching.
Firstly we use medium-density fibreboard (MDF) as our backing for the linen cloth to keep it as flat as possible. We then proceed by building a 35mm stretcher support structure at the back of the MDF to keep it from bending.
After the support has been built and the MDF is in place, we proceed with securing the linen cloth to the support bar. We do not stretch it; we simply fold the fabric over the edges and staple it to the 35mm Obeche wood. By pulling the linen ever so slightly, we remove creases and folds that might show once stapled.