IL020 Handkerchief Optic White Softened - 100% Linen - Light (3.7 oz/yd2) - 20.00 Yards

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At a lighter weight of 3.5 ounces this 58 inch wide 100% linen is woven with finer threads to give it a smoother appearance. Referred to as lightweight or handkerchief linen, this fine, but surprisingly sturdy linen brings new meaning to the term "sheer elegance".

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 IL020 Handkerchief
Content 100% Linen
Thread size warp 33.3
Thread size weft 33.3
Thread count warp 57
Thread count weft 44
Weight 3.7 oz/yd2
Width 58 inch

Customer Questions and Answers


Is this fabric suitable for altar linens.

Pat • March 6, 2023

Yes this linen is often used for altar linens.

Patricia • March 6, 2023

I'm hunting for the right fabric to make lots of white pillowcases. Is this the #1 best choice? --> IL020 Handkerchief Optic White Softened - What is your recommendation for softness on the skin?

Deborah • January 12, 2023
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Although some customers have used the lightweight IL020 for pillow cases, most will use the middleweight IL019 which also comes in Optic White. If you have time purchasing a sample of each may help with your decision.

Maureen • January 12, 2023

In what country is this linen made? What's the country of origin?

Susan • September 22, 2022
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This information is located in our help center found here

Maureen • September 22, 2022

I want to use this for brides handkerchiefs

Deborah • February 7, 2023

The Il020 is used by several customers for handkerchiefs.

Patricia • February 7, 2023

I love the asymmetrical black white top Lesey sewed using the 1L029 optic white and black linen. Is there anyway Lesley can provide the pattern information so that I may buy it. BTW I have just started buying linen from you 3 different times and absolutely love the fabric you sell.

C/O Kay • February 20, 2023

She used our linen to create this. Unfortunately she did not share her pattern with us.

Patricia • February 20, 2023

Wondering about using this in place of silk crepe if it's washed a couple times? Would that work out?

Rachel • April 20, 2023
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Silk Crepe and Linen share many of the same qualities and are used for many of the same items so it would depend on the item you are making . We have samples for purchase, this would be the best way to make sure it will work for the project you have in mind.

Maureen • April 20, 2023

Before I purchase the IL020 I need to know is this optic white and softened version dyeable? Thanks

Gail • April 29, 2023
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We have had some customers due off of the optic with success but it depends on the dye method you are using as the optic can react adversely to some dyes. It is best to test this first with the method you will use to make sure you will not have any issues.

Maureen • April 29, 2023

How wide is your linen?

Linda • November 29, 2022
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This particular linen is 58" wide. Our widths may vary from item to item so please refer to the specification area located on each articles description page.

Maureen • November 29, 2022
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Beautiful weight for curtain

I used one yard of this to make a simple curtain for my bathroom window. It is sheer enough to let in light but allows for plenty of privacy too. And I love seeing the sunlight showing off the weave of the fabric.

Robin • August 15, 2022
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Great fabric to work with!

Not too light and not too heavy! Perfect for making children's linen shirts for any event.

Lyn • January 25, 2022
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Love this softened weight linen. Will make a summer weight blouse with it.

Mary • September 12, 2021
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IL020 OPTIC Linen

Love this linen! Made a cover sheet for our 8 month old grandson and it turned out perfect! Right weight for warmer days and when the AC is on. Love the clean white color too. Definitely will order more after I finish making pillowcases. What a great store to buy linen from!!!! You all are wonderful!

Cynthia • August 2, 2021
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The BEST linen fabric ever!!!! Will definitely buy again. A very happy customer!

Melinda • July 13, 2021
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Simple raglan tee made with one yard (size 4). Some adaptations to neckline and hem. Will definitely make the pattern again

Robin • August 15, 2022

Made a peasant blouse out of the white linen

Cheryl • March 3, 2022

Softened Optic White 100% Linen 3.7oz per sq/yd

Lyn • January 25, 2022

Used the 3.5oz Optic White with some Grey Whisper and Asphalt to make two pair of lovely semi sheer bedroom curtains. All seams are flat felled. This linen is heavenly to work with.

JoAnn • December 21, 2021

Used the optic white softened lightweight line to make this Regency shirt for my husband. It was a beautiful fabric to work with and produced a fantastic finished product. Can't wait to make a shirt for my son with the same linen!

Elizabeth • June 30, 2021
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