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Gluing the Heavy Cloth
The cotton side should get glued to the wood with animal hide glue. Also, see note below for an alternative way to determine which side of the cloth is the cotton side and other tips.

Cotton Weave \\\\\\\
Cotton side is the inside.

Acrylic Weave ||||||
Acrylic side is the outside.

Another easy way to determine which side of the cloth is cotton is to put a drop of very hot water on a corner of the cloth. If the water soaks into the material, that's the cotton side. If the water beads and does not soak in, that's the acrylic side. Remember, when using a water soluble glue (animal hide glue), the cotton side gets glued to the wood. Also, refer to the diagram below for the recommended method to 'tack' the cloth at the overlap. Lastly, I recommend that tacks be used at all four corners to prevent leakage due to the material lifting at the bend.

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