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The Book

Canvas for Cruisers is a fully comprehensive and detailed book on sewing canvas for boats.
Are you frustrated because those other books just don’t give you the details on materials and construction?
This is the book for you!

Learn the techniques the professionals use to produce quality products – strong, practical and beautiful.

Canvas for Cruisers walks you through the fitting and fabrication of every interior and exterior project you are ever likely to need. And how to make quality repairs to keep your boat looking great.

The only Canvas Book you will ever need..

The Author

Julie Gifford retired in 1999 at the age of 42 and went sailing! She and her husband Ed Kettyle jumped on their 44′ sailboat Free Radical and spent the next 7 years sailing – completing a circumnavigation of the planet in 2006. After her circumnavigation Julie worked for a period of time at the North sail loft in St Martin in the eastern Caribbean. Her professional training at the sail loft combined with her personal experience living full time on a boat and a lifelong love of sewing, have inspired her to write this very thorough and practical book.

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Great book for the persone who wants to learn

Rated 5 out of 5
June 3, 2014

If you are needing to do a project or if you are new to the upholstery / canvas business there is a ton of great info in this book !

jason

Peftect Book For Cruisers

Rated 5 out of 5
March 30, 2014

I was recommended this book by a fellow cruiser. This book has surpassed my expectations. It is everything I need to help me plan projects from the patterns, the list of materials, and the description of how to get the project done. Great illustrations as well. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Marylynn Silvestri

Finally - a book that does it all!

Rated 5 out of 5
September 24, 2013

This really is the only canvas book you will ever need. There are great ideas here for all kinds of projects inside and outside the boat. There is good, detailed information for doing the actual sewing – seams, topstitching, hems – and most important, why to use different techniques for different areas. And construction techniques like patches, reinforcing and pattern-making that is not covered in other books. Starting with simpler exterior project, it goes on all the on to the big jobs like dodgers and sail covers. Then there is a good section on interior upholstery, again describing patterning, design considerations and materials with good illustrations and photos. A section on repairs completes the book. Everything you need to know!

Barb S

Great book for the persone who wants to learn

Rated 5 out of 5
June 3, 2014

If you are needing to do a project or if you are new to the upholstery / canvas business there is a ton of great info in this book !

jason

Peftect Book For Cruisers

Rated 5 out of 5
March 30, 2014

I was recommended this book by a fellow cruiser. This book has surpassed my expectations. It is everything I need to help me plan projects from the patterns, the list of materials, and the description of how to get the project done. Great illustrations as well. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Marylynn Silvestri

Finally - a book that does it all!

Rated 5 out of 5
September 24, 2013

This really is the only canvas book you will ever need. There are great ideas here for all kinds of projects inside and outside the boat. There is good, detailed information for doing the actual sewing – seams, topstitching, hems – and most important, why to use different techniques for different areas. And construction techniques like patches, reinforcing and pattern-making that is not covered in other books. Starting with simpler exterior project, it goes on all the on to the big jobs like dodgers and sail covers. Then there is a good section on interior upholstery, again describing patterning, design considerations and materials with good illustrations and photos. A section on repairs completes the book. Everything you need to know!

Barb S

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