Design area measures 16″ x 6″ , stitch painted on 14 count mono canvas. Original design by Treglown now carried by The Meredith Collection. Design is standard with a black background, I have these painted without the background since stitching black on black is a real turn-off. This allows you to stitch the background in other colors, if you use a thick thread such as DMC pearl 3, Planet Earth Silk or Trio you could stitch the background in black and receive adequate coverage. White offers a more contemporary look than black IMO.