Canvas Wraps

What is Canvas Wrapping? 

Canvas wrapping is the technique of applying and stretching an image using dye sublimation on fabric to a frame, including the sides. So when it’s hung on a wall, only your image is seen and no part of the frame is displayed.

This process is similar to all over printing on a t-shirt.  After the artwork is prepared, Rankin Textile readies the canvas by pre-heating. Preheating the canvas material ensures its completely flat and ready to receive the image. This step drives out any moisture and effectively “sets” the canvas in-place which helps to maintain image proportions. The canvas is removed from the heat and inspected to see that the surface is clean, flat and free of debris.

After the canvas has been allowed to cool-down, it’s time to apply your artwork. The transfer image is positioned and inserted into the press. Pressure and heat (approximately 400°) is applied to the canvas using a process called sublimation printing.  Once removed from press and allowed time to cool, the canvas is gently hand stretched and anchored to the frame. The frame is constructed based on the customer’s order.

 Things to Know About Canvas Wraps 

  • Because the image “wraps” the entire frame, part of the image will continue to the canvas “back”. The Rankin Textile Tech performs this placement to be certain a complete “wrap around” has been achieved.
  • The wrapping process will show fold lines at the frame corners. These are inspected, matched and secured to the back.
  • The most common method of hanging a canvas is eye hook and wire. These are attached to the interior edges of the wooden frame. This method works with the style of “wrap-around”, causing the framed image to rest with minimal gap, directly against the wall.
  • Size limits are based on available canvas materials and frame to which they’re stretched. Should you desire a larger cover area, multiple canvases can be created to achieve a tiling effect.


Canvas brings a lot of character to your images thanks to its inherent texture and the addition of images that continue around an edge adds unique dimension to any display.