4C22 Rustic Black Softened - 100% Linen Fabric - Heavy (7.1 oz/yd2) - 2.00 Yards, Width 57"

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Darkness pervades Tacita Dean's artworks, falling over craggy rocks and epic mountains into inky, bottomless wells. BLACK Linen shares Dean's endless black, a colour that intensifies mystery and drama, cloaking and concealing everything it touches.

At a heavier weight of 7.1 ounces this 100% linen is referred to as Rustic due to its more textured look and feel. Durable and perfect for projects that require just a bit more substance.

The cloth is Softened so we have added a softener to give it a silkier hand. The fabric has not been laundered so shrinkage will still have to be taken into consideration (shrinkage depends on fabric weave and laundering method).

Fabric specifications:

Article 4C22 Rustic
Content 100% Linen
Width 57 inch
Weight 7.1 oz/yd2
Thread size warp 11.6
Thread size weft 11.6
Thread count warp 38
Thread count weft 32

Customer Questions and Answers


Will the color on this fabric discharge with Out White Brite or is bleach required? Interested in using it for a reverse dyeing project. Thanks!

Erica • November 19, 2023
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Hello, We haven't tested this fabric with The out-white-bright product, so you will have to do an experiment and let us know. When bleaching this fabric, it will discharge the dye to a degree, but of course, bright whites can only be achieved with optical brighteners and can be tricky.

Lauren • November 19, 2023

How much % extra should I order to compensate for shrinkage? I plan to machine launder the linen in cold water before making into clothing.

Elizabeth • May 22, 2023
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For this fabric with the softened finish, we approximate 7% shrinkage when washing on a warm gentle cycle, and dryng on low.

Lauren • May 22, 2023

Do we choose the yardage or is it in the description?

Tamara • May 25, 2023
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For my the yard fabric, you can select your yardage in the "QTY" section above the add to cart button.

Lauren • May 25, 2023

Is this a good weight for tea towels?

Alice • December 7, 2023
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Yes, this is our recommended weight linen for tea towels. It has a lovely hand and absorbency. We loved our kitchen towels in this weight so much we offer it in a narrow width version IL084, which is 20" wide and all you need to do is cut your preferred length, then hem and you're ready to go!

Lauren • December 7, 2023

Will the black linen fade a lot over time with washing? There's no window that has light that will fade them. I'm just wondering about the washing? It's going to be used as Spa cushion covers for a business which washes them often.

Robyn • March 20, 2024
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Linen holds it color well with regular washing, but black will fade a little especially if washed very often. This is just the same as other natural fibers.

Lauren • March 20, 2024

Ian making an embroidered purse that calls for black linen. what should i use. the soft or heavy linen.

Elaine • March 31, 2023
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We have customers that use both for this type pf project . The choice comes down to the construction of the bag you are making and the look and feel that you are wanting. Please take a look at the customer posts under the IL019 black signature finish and the 4C22 Black softened to see how their bags turned out.

Maureen • March 31, 2023

Do I need to consider the need to have all patern pieces go in one direction when sewing on linen?

Sandra • October 11, 2022
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Like with all fabrics, you will need to lay your pattern pieces on your fabric according to their grain line. Since this fabric doesn't have any prints, you won't need to worry about cutting some pieces 'upside down' since you won't have to match anything up.

Lauren • October 11, 2022
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I need to make 2 curtains; 31" wide X 48" long. I'm going to do a simple farmhouse type tie up valance with a pocket for the rod along the top. Do you think this heavy weight would be too heavy for that use? I don't want to line them but I do want them to provide some privacy for the windows.

Gigi • January 14, 2024
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The heavyweight can be used for this, but if you would like a fabric that will gather on the rod a little better while also providing privacy and light filtering, our IL019 medium weight is a lovely option as well.

Lauren • January 14, 2024

Would this be a good fabric for a pair of coveralls?

Lucy • October 17, 2023
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Yes, this is our go-to for linen coveralls which need a little extra durability than everyday linen fabrics.

Lauren • October 17, 2023

If the rustic linen is soften with the softer you sell is this a permanent softening like the presofted heavy weight linen?

G woodward • October 17, 2023
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Yes, this is a permanent softening.

Lauren • October 17, 2023

How wide is this fabric?

Mary • October 27, 2023
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57" wide as stated in the specifications section on this page :)

Lauren • October 27, 2023
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LOVE the rustic linen!!

I made loose overalls in the natural and love them! So, when I saw the black, I had to buy it!! Beautiful fabric, easy to work on, and so comfortable to wear. My goal is to change out my wardrobe to only comfortable garments, that look great, make me feel great and have all the pieces go together! This rustic black fabric certainly fits into that need!! LOVE IT!!!!

Barb • December 19, 2023
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4C22 Heavy Black Linen

I've bought this before for sewing pants. I plan to make a full length narrow leg version on the Pietra pants.

Greta • December 24, 2022
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4C22 Heavy Black Linen

This is the absolute best! I made dress out of this linen several years ago just to try the weight. Unlike lighter weights, it doesn't wrinkle much. I wore it on an 8 hr. flight and arrived still feeling neat and pulled together. Worth every penny!

Rose • August 25, 2022
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Sofa cover

I bought 10 yards of this heavy black linen to cover my sofa. It's the first thing I've purchased and am quite pleased with the fabric. I washed and dried it and it has a lovely soft but slightly crinkled surface. It has been quite easy to work with and drapes quite nicely.

Sue • March 19, 2022
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Sun bleach/wear line down the center.

I ordered 15 yards of this to make a duvet and pillow cases, which I've completed. It wasn't until it was on the bed that I noticed the sun bleached line straight down the center and there's nothing I can do about it now. The top of the bolts must be exposed to sunlight somewhere. It's unfortunate, I've bought quite a bit from here but this was the first disappointing purchase.

Jennifer • December 2, 2021
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I am sorry to hear that the linen you purchased was not as it should have been. I will email you directly to discuss some options we can work out for you.

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Posting on Behalf of Glenda: Just finished this jacket from the free "Mariana" pattern. Made in heavy weight linen and I lined it following the tutorial instructions on the blog.

Lauren • November 1, 2023

I used this beautiful, crisp fabric to back and border my quilt. I love the contrast in color. It was a breeze to work with this fabric. And my quilt is cozy and breathable at the same time! Oh the wonders of Fabric-Store llinens! I am hooked!!!

Paula • December 11, 2021

just thought you might like to see that your fabric is useful for things other than sewing projects and clothes.This is your heavyweight black being used as a spine lining in a book repair.Shown is an 1866 Yale yearbook - Middlesex Bindery middlesexbindery.com

Todd • September 26, 2021

This is the Cass pant (free pattern with directions in blog). Loved working with this weight linen.

Priscilla • July 24, 2021

This bag is made of heavy natural linen and heavy softened black linen. It's available on my ETSY shop: etsy.com/shop/JustLinenShop

Anne • February 1, 2021
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