4C22 CRIMSON Softened - 100% Linen - Heavy (7.1 oz/yd2)

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Vibrant, seductive and indulgent, crimson linen's entrancing hue brought pulsing lifeblood into Jan Van Eyck's iconic paintings. Red dye was rare and exotic in 15th century Europe, making it a potent symbol of luxury, wealth and prominence. In his real life portraits Van Eyck draped figures and interiors in this decadent red hue to signify their high society status, while his religious commissions tapped into red's ancient significance with spiritual characters bathed in glowing cardinal reds.

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 - Bortovka
Content : 100% Linen
Type : BASIC
Thread size warp : 11.6
Thread size weft : 11.6
Thread count warp : 38
Thread count weft : 32
Weight : 7.1 oz/yd2
Width : 57 inch
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Lovely Fabric
Reviewer: Rhonda

This fabric is absolutely beautiful! The color is a brilliant crimson. Softer than most linen fabric. My order arrived quickly, in fact sooner than I expected. I do historical cosplay and try to avoid using synthetic fabrics in my builds. So glad I found your company! Thank you for your efforts to provide a product that is environmentally friendly and sustainable.

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Pretty Good for Counted Work
Reviewer: Jessica

I bought this to see if it would be suitable for nyzynka (darning stitch) embroidery. Evenweave linen is very expensive, and I doubt it was historically common to have completely evenweave fabric anyway. It works for me! I'm making clothes with this, so I washed and dried it 3 times on hot. After that, I counted the threads of the fabric. It shrank to 43 x 38 threads per inch. I've posted a photo as well. (I used my scanner.) Will definitely buy again!

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Beautiful vibrant red
Reviewer: Melissa

I used this linen to make Christmas stockings for my family this year. I love the color and feel of the fabric, and the stockings hang beautifully. I draped some fabric around the base of the tree as well, and it made for such a terrific, no effort tree skirt,

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Gorgeous color
Reviewer: Jenny

I received this gorgeous linen a few days ago, and haven't yet had the opportunity to sew with it, but I'm certain it will make up beautifully. The color, and weight are so rich. Looking forward to seeing a new top for myself.

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Wonderful to work with
Reviewer: Tina

I made the loveliest dress I have ever owned from this heavily crimson linen. It is closely tailored & I had to redo several seams to get it just right, but the fabric held up just fine to all the manipulation I put it through.

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Reviewer: Barbara

This is an absolutely gorgeous shade of red, a true crimson as the name indicates. With monitors not always accurately conveying colours and with dye lots varying slightly, I am never truly certain of exact colour nuances until I receive an order. This magnificent shade exceeded my expectations. I have washed and dried the yardage twice and there is no noticeable colour fade. Oddly enough, I was expecting (hoping?) for some fading because I am putting a border on an existing table cloth and want the reds to match. However, in truth, I am very happy the fabric hasn't faded, and I don't think anyone but myself will notice the slight difference in shades. This is just a lovely piece of linen in every way.

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The color!
Reviewer: Dorann

I have not sewn this yet (still deciding how to best use it), but I must say the color is absolutely beautiful. Unlike many colors in our lives that are just "there", this crimson speaks to the heart and soul.

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Peggy profile image Irresistible color and texture
Reviewer: Peggy

This gorgeous 4C22 Crimson has a nice flowy hand in spite of its weight; and the texture feels great against the skin. Super easy to shape and stitch. Will be back for more!

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Gorgeous Color, Nice Hand
Reviewer: Anonymous

I made the Kaftan Dress from your free patterns out of this and added large patch pockets on the front. I purposely chose the heavier weight because I wanted to wear it as a tunic over long sleeved t-shirts and pants in the spring and fall. It turned out beautifully. And oh, that color! It is such a beautiful, rich red. I get a lot of compliments on it.

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Heavenly Fabric
Reviewer: Enid

I bought 10 yards of 4C22 in Crimson to make a casual throw-type slipcover for our sofa during the holiday season. It arrived a brilliant, rich red with slight blue tones, so it appears a dark red rather than a bright crayon red. I cut it into two 5-yard lengths, serged the raw ends, and washed in very hot water twice and dried twice. Lots of lint in the dryer (this is always the case with new linen), so I checked frequently to remove the lint during the drying cycle. The fabric came out really soft and pliable--heavenly to touch. The linen faded a bit, most noticeably on the deeper wrinkles but not enough to be a problem at all. There is a slight loss of color and depth after washing, but the remaining color is beautiful and still very rich and elegant. I pressed the selvages (which did not shrink disproportionately but remained flat and smooth with the regularly woven linen), sewed the two pieces together with a wide french seam, hemmed up the short raw edges, and it was good to go. The hemming was very easy--this fabric takes a steam press beautifully, and I was happy at how quickly nice, even hemming was accomplished. This is really wonderful fabric to sew...so much so that it practically sews itself. I love it, and will be back for more. I am a huge fan of Fashion-Fabrics. Their linens--of all kinds--never disappoint.

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Solid linen--wash it before sewing
Reviewer: Chris

I like rich reds in my attire. This fabric fits that bill very nicely. It is a heavier weight, so I advise washing it (cold water!) before cutting. The color does fade slightly after the wash, but only slightly. I'm making a rapier fighter's tunic from it--a stylish one!

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Great weight, rich color
Reviewer: Nicole

The rustic linen is my favorite weight, and this crimson is an especially beautiful red. As a blanket (see description and photo on right), it has held up well to daily use and abuse over the past several months.

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great heavy linen
Reviewer: Anonymous

I use fabrics-store.com linen for many medieval re-enactment and household projects. The consistent quality and color selection are great. The 4C22 is ideal for items that need a sturdy, substantial material. I use it for horse caparisons, banners, pourpoints (a padded jacket-like garment), and interfacing for garments that need structure.

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Happy Sewist
Reviewer: Judi

This fabric is the second purchase I have made from Fabric-Store. It will be used for table linens which I intend to machine embroider for the Christmas holidays. The color is a wonderful rich red and will be a beautiful base for my holiday china. The fabric is the perfect weight for a tablecloth, yet soft enough to use for napkins. I can't wait to get started on the project!

Crimson heavy weight is my go to for chasuble fabric. It drapes well, feels good, and is a beautiful red. Linen is so easy to use and sew and, as a bonus, is historically accurate and is a natural fiber that will disintegrate when the time comes.

Posted by Jenny

I washed and dried the fabric 3 times before making this sample. The thread count is now 43 x 38 threads. I made two samples: one with 2 strands of floss, and one with 3. Each sample has a darning-stitched diamond. On evenweave fabric, the diamonds have 90-degree angles (like a square turned on point). This isn't evenweave, so the diamonds are a little distorted. I'm fine with this level of distortion, personally. Below each diamond is a one-over-one cross stitch, along with 4 two-over-two cross stitches. (I don't really cross stitch, so sorry if that part is wonky.) Hope that helps my fellow stitchers! P.S. The red is brighter than in my picture.

Posted by Jessica

I made the Loren pattern with this linen and I'm quite pleased. The color on my screen reminded me of MAC lipstick in Russian Red, and it is very much like that in person, imo. I'm new to sewing so i don't know how to describe the drape of it exactly. The summery cut of the Loren pattern combined with the "sturdiness" of the fabric make an interesting dress, I anticipate getting a lot of wear out of it, as it can be easily winterized with some warm tights and thick soled boots.

Posted by K

A Doggie Bag creation... Everything but the shirred section is made of heavy-weight Crimson (4C22); the shirred portion of the bodice is made of mid-weight Crimson (IL-019), and was my first attempt at shirring, using the F-S tutorial, except I did 1-inch wide rows vice the half-inch recommended in the tutorial. It turned out pretty good! The shirring adds stretch where needed, and allows for a more fitted finished look overall. The "base" pattern used, in case anyone is wondering, is my own adaptation of Simplicity S0654 (a Patty Reed Design). I've done bedding and towels with Linen... this is my first foray into clothing, and I'm already hooked. :)

Posted by Peggy

The weight of this linen is perfect for fighter tunics as they will get bashed around, and this linen can take a beating! Color is a deep red and lightens up just slightly after being washed and dried several times.

Posted by Josie

Captain of the Guard at Oxford Renaissance Festival. Red Tunic using Crimson Linen, Pants out of Graphite.

Posted by Sharlene

This is what a chunk of 160 yards of Crimson and 130 yards of Black 4C22 Linen will get you... 35 very spiffy looking folks! Love the way this stuff drapes!!!

Posted by Michelle

My 10-year old son requested linen blankets for his room, so I ordered 5 yards of this heavyweight, rustic 4C22 Crimson Softened fabric. Here is the first blanket draped sideways over the queen sized bed in my room. He loves it, the cats try to get on it, and even the rabbit makes a beeline for it. It is a beautiful, rich red. I pretreated the fabric by zigzagging the raw edges together to prevent them from fraying in the wash, then washed it on hot and dried it on high twice. Before cutting it, I also ironed and squared it (by pulling threads across the ends for cutting lines). Since then, it's been washed on warm, dried on low until damp, then gently shaken out, lightly stretched, and hung to dry the rest of the way. Even after a few night's sleep, it's only lightly rumpled looking.

Posted by Nicole

This is a mid-to late 1600's Justacorps jacket made of the Rustic Crimson linen and lined with the soften Asphalt grey linen. All button holes and shank holes hand sewn, with the period correct buttons attached with cording.

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