IL019 ASPHALT Softened - 100% Linen - Middle (5.3 oz/yd2)

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Our best selling Grey for many years, this slightly faded version brings a vintage vibe to a tried and true color.  ASPHALT linen mimics the tone of Vicken Parson's cool, mid-grey shadows, a color suggesting the concrete pavements, rain soaked bricks and hardened metal of the urban jungle.

At a medium weight of 5.3 ounces, this 100% linen is versatile enough to be referred to as an All Purpose or Do it All linen. With its smooth look and tighter weave, this linen is neither sheer or heavy, but just the right in-between weight you will need for a variety of projects.

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 : IL019 Multi Purpose
Content : 100% Linen
Type : BASIC
Thread size warp : 17.9
Thread size weft : 17.9
Thread count warp : 46
Thread count weft : 37
Color : ASPHALT
Weight : 5.3 oz/yd2
Width : 59 inch
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KM
Perfect
Reviewer: Kelly

Five Stars

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RW
Hope you love it too!
Reviewer: Roberta

I learned from other reviews that it's so important to zigzag stitch the cut edges before washing linen. You'll be amazed to find NO threads tangled up and fabric stretched out of shape. I love this asphalt softened for the color, feel and ease of handling. I made a couple tops, a shift and many bath/kitchen scrubbies. You can see my garments and artwork on Instagram robertawallaceart.com

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CD
Quilter
Reviewer: Cynthia

Love this color however it it a shade lighter than the picture.

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King Bed Sheets and Pillow Shams IL019 Asphalt Softened
Reviewer: Susan

I love this fabric which was the best investment for a quality, custom-made sheet set. I live in southern Mexico where tropical heat and moisture make it difficult to have comfortable bed clothes. This linen is perfect bedding material. I purchased a bolt of IL019 Asphalt Softened Middle and cut into manageable lengths for the preshrunk process. I recommend washing and drying 3 cycles. This will ensure fabric is shrunken, the weave is tight and the lint is removed. To make two flat sheets, I cut 2 equal lengths for each sheet, cut one length in half so to stitch vertical seams along each selvage edge versus a center seam. I allowed sufficient drape so sheet can be used as coverlet or tucked in. All edges were flat-felled and outer edges are 1 inch mitered. I also stitched up 4 pillow shams. To complete this project, I hand stamped foilage from an orchidea tree in acrylic paint along 1 edge of top sheet and 1 side of the pillow shams. Note: it may take a few washings to soften the painted fabric. I flip shams to unpainted side for sleeping and warm wash and line dry the bedding, which becomes softer and more comfortable with each washing. I am excited to start planning my next set of bed clothes, and have made a pair of matching drawstring pants for my husband. Can't say enough good about this fabric.

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Gwen profile image What a joy!
Reviewer: Gwen

What a joy to find fabrics-store and order beautiful colors of linens to create hand-stitched items for my home! The extravagance of everyday items like kitchen towels in beautiful fabric feeds my soul. My 3 yards of IL019 softened asphalt color arrived today and I can't wait to make dinner napkins in this medium gray. The weight and color is perfect for my project. After washing, I'll skip the ironing and enjoy the luxurious bouncy density of them on my dinner table for holidays or any occasion!

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JC
Crisp Linen Skirt
Reviewer: Jan

The color of this linen is absolutely perfect! It looks especially good with a bright white blouse, but also with a number of others in my closet. I've already ordered more of this linen in a variety of other colors and cannot wait to brighten up my wardrobe! I may never sew with anything else. In fact, my husband has accused me of developing another addiction!

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Perfect Medium Weight Linen
Reviewer: Mary

I used this linen to finish the slipcovers for a sleeper couch. The weight was heavy enough for the back cushions. It's a lovely grey and not very nubby.

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JB
Beautiful
Reviewer: Janet

Very soft. Beautiful color, a neutral so the dress I made will look great with a variety of accessories. This was not my first purchase from here for linen. So happy with all the linen I have gotten.

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MF
Lovely color
Reviewer: Mary

One of my favorite colors. It's so easy to pair with other colors.

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Katrin profile image Love this color
Reviewer: Katrin

Beautiful linen and love this color as well. Can not wait to use!

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Love this linen!
Reviewer: Nancy

I absolutely love this linen. The weight and feel of the fabric is so beautiful and it is wonderful to sew. Even my husband commented how nice the fabric is. The color is a wonderful shade of gray. Highly recommend fabrics-store for all your linen needs!

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MR
Beautiful Linen - better with washing
Reviewer: Anonymous

made the no tie apron pictured... will make more!

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Shae profile image Perfect for linen clothing
Reviewer: Shae

I love this linen. It does not wrinkle like most other linens I have owned. It is easy to sew with and makes great tops, pants, dresses, just about anything you could want. It also washes beautifully.

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Reviewer: Anonymous

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Asphalt basic
Reviewer: Kim

First time order...love it! I used it for some journal covers I make. I love to pair linen with other fabrics- mostly quilting cottons and this was the perfect weight. I think the covers look fab.

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Perfect linen
Reviewer: Paul

The weight , the color, great product, I cut the pieces washed them and complete my design, the results amazing.

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Barbara profile image Printed towels, pillow cases and purses
Reviewer: Barbara

I've used this fabric to make so many items and it looks beautiful in all of them. I screen printed it, for towels, and it looks great. All items have just improved with repeated use and laundering. Another great fabric!! Thank you.... what a great place to buy linen.

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True Love!
Reviewer: Sophie

Absolutely adore this fabric! The gray is a perfect shade and the drape is heavenly. There are a few slubs and the first few washings shed lint enough to fill the dryer vent, but that is to be expected with linen and it stops eventually. If you can't deal with that then reconsider purchasing linen. This fabric in no way disappointed me and I've already ordered more for towels. My first project with it was a full length bathrobe. I want to just wear it all day. Pure comfort. Hubby loved it so much I ordered the Strong Blue for a robe for him too! Thank you for a fabbo product and I will be ordering again. Saved to my favorites! :D

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gorgeous
Reviewer: Peri

This is the first time I have purchased fabric from this site. The fabric is gorgeous. The color jumped off the page and begged me to buy some. I am so glad I did. I will be making a pair of pants.

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sofa upholstery
Reviewer: Marta

just perfect. I used for making a new upholstery for a sofa.

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Heidi profile image Making dinner napkins
Reviewer: Heidi

A true cool medium gray, more like cement than asphalt. No nubs to speak of. Very nice fluid drape after washing.

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MF
beautiful material
Reviewer: Mary

This was my first order at Fabrics-Store.com. The linen was beautiful and easy to work with. I will definitely order more in the future.

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JS
True Grey
Reviewer: Jill

I had been looking for a real grey linen, most I ordered were more brown? This is nice and if deeper grey is desired the monument is perfect.

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KV
Luxury linen duna cover
Reviewer: K

I made a duna cover and two pillowcases with ashphalt linen and it's incredible to sleep in. Easy to sew, I want them in every colour now! The only reason gave it 4 stars, not 5, is because it's not wide enough without having to add material.

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MK
It is such high quality
Reviewer: Michelle

I ordered your IL019 Linen for the first time. It is such high quality and amazing to work with. I am begging you to add more colors to your Linen/Cotton blend, I would love to work with it in Asphalt!

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CW
perfect for dresses, great drape
Reviewer: Cynthia

I wish the fabric had been the blue-gray linen that the thumbnail showed, but I still love it even as a true gray. sadly, this website won\'t let pictures be uploaded right now, here is a photo

My nephew is getting married and I decided to dress up for the occasion, here's what I did with your linen... Peter

Posted by Peter

Thank you for the asphalt linen. It is absolutely perfect for the Box Pleats dress No. 34 in Patternie on Etsy, an independent pattern maker in Japan. I just finished it and it looks and feels amazing. Love how your linen shows off the darling details on this pattern.

Posted by Kelly

Hand Painted Leaf Design on IL019 ASPHALT Softened. Fabric is lovely to work with and is super comfortable. My partner loves his shirt.

Posted by Susan

I love this skirt! I can wear it every day with a different blouse and it always looks crisp and cool. And it feels so good next to my skin,.

Posted by Jan

Project bag screen printed with original design on IL019 Asphalt linen. perfectlynice.com

Posted by Colleen

I sewed slipcovers for an old Ikea sleeper couch that had seen better days (cats and children can really wear things out). The original sofa did not come with a slipcover option. I actually used the heavier weight 4C22 ASPHALT Softened for most of the couch. I had some left over from a couple of years ago for a larger living room couch. As that was sold out, I purchased this medium weight to finish the back cushions which is fine as they don't get as much wear and tear. The color is a very good match and it is easy to unzip and throw in the washer and dryer to clean. Remember to always preshrink your fabric before sewing.

Posted by Mary

A great darker grey! Not a warm toned grey and with just the slightest blue undertone. Not the best lighting in my picture. I will try to get a better photo.

Posted by Kari

A great darker grey! Not a warm toned grey and with just the slightest blue undertone. Not the best lighting in my picture. I will try to get a better photo.

Posted by Kari

tank dress in softened asphalt with a bias plaid trim

Posted by William

I saw a blouse on Pinterest - no pattern available. So I drafted my own and used this lovely asphalt gray linen. It drapes beautifully and sews like a charm. I got a ton of compliments.

Posted by Carol

I make a lot of Linen smocks for therndshop.com . This has become one of my clients favourite colours. Absolutely lovely to work with.

Posted by Laura

I'm addicted to this linen! It feels so good and it is easy to work with. I made these boot deodorizers/boot shapers, with the wonderful asphalt color, and filled the bottom with fresh lavender. etsy.com/listing/474602075/lavender-boot-deodorizers-boot-shapers

Posted by Mary

Close up of curtains lined with printed fabric

Posted by Stephanie

I made some curtains with this asphalt medium weight linen. It was a bit sheer for our liking so I my husband and I came up with a fun way to add some interest to the curtains. I lined them with a printed fabric so when the sun shines in the window you get a glimpse of the print. A simple project but the linen was easy to work with and I really like the color!

Posted by Stephanie

Dust ruffle out of IL019, asphalt. Took 7 yards of linen and took a day to make it. I recently got some of those risers to put under the bed legs and the bed needed a dust ruffle after that (to hide the junk stored under there)! Made the quilt last winter out of cotton. Now waiting for more linen to arrive today to make curtains out of. Sewing this linen IS addicting...be warned!

Posted by Pat

Linen slipcover in gray. I love the look and the feel... sort of a modern shabby chic!

Posted by Sonya

and the front...

Posted by Marjolijn

Lovely color and fabric for this apron. forgiving, easy to sew. This is a cross in the back no tie apron.

Posted by Marjolijn

Made this Ruffled Euro pillow! Love asphalt! It's a gorgeous grey.

Posted by Kate

tunic made from a Bootstrap Fashions custom pattern. I embroidered the sleeves with a sashiko style embroidery and trimmed the tunic in a hankerchief weight black linen.

Posted by Shae

Great linen! Soft and easy to work with. This and more at etsy.com/shop/Luggabug

Posted by Jessica

I made this simple sleeveless shift dress then did a black gradient dye on the bottom. So comfortable and easy to wear. Casual but just a little dressy too. Fabric is heavy enough for cooler weather when layered with a long sleeve shirt. I prewashed in warm water and dried completely in the dryer. Plenty of lint. Shrinkage as expected. Soft with a nice drape.

Posted by Kristi

I also made a summer cover (an oversized sheet) for when it's way too hot to function. I cut two lengths of 84"x54" (my fabric width after pre-shrinking), then cut the second piece in thirds. Then, I just used French seams to sew a small panel to either side of the large panel (with one 84"x18" panel left over for other projects), then hemmed. Super easy!

Posted by Mary

Duvet cover and euro shams with IL019 in Asphalt. It was a dream to work with and, clearly, dog approved!

Posted by Mary

Journal covers from Asphalt basic linen and cotton fabric.

Posted by Kim

Love my new duvet cover that I made. I pinched and sewed on the back, creating a nice pattern on top. Mandy

Posted by Mandy

Ruffled pillow case

Posted by Paul

etsy.com/listing/212569707/grey-dinner-napkins-set-of-4?

Posted by Laura

So far this is my favorite color and fabric on fabrics-store.com. Absolutely beautiful beautiful grey color! I used it to make napkins for my etsy site.

Posted by Laura

Reclaim Humanity is a upcycle Gallery located in Encinitas, Ca and one of specialties is upcycling unwanted furniture. This ungodly sofa was covered with a green fabric and dark wood trim stain one it's way to the dump. After a little with a beautiful linen and white wash wood trim, this was the result! reclaimhumanity.net

Posted by Michelle

The asphalt color (a beautiful light grey) and the weight of this fabric is perfect for embroidery! This is an embroidered pillow that is available on my shop on Etsy at HollyCreekHome.

Posted by Linda

My first set of king size pillowcases and I love them! The cuff is the bleached/softened and the accent band is the sea green/softened. Both of those were doggie bag purchases to see if I liked them and of course I do. The sea green is what I'd call a true Teal and it's gorgeous. Just something else to add to my must-have-more-of list! Thank you for such a lovely product.

Posted by Sophie

I recently used this linen to make an elastic waist skirt. It turned out fantasticly! Its soft and comfortable to wear, even in the hot hot desert. The color representation for this one is remarkably accurate. A great product at a great price!

Posted by Summer

Using royal purple also in the IL019 weight, I created this embroidered, lines vest with Vogue 8713. It turned out just lovely.

Posted by Belinda

A rich, neutral pewter gray! I love this color! Rebecca at lilpeeperkeepers.etsy.com

Posted by Rebecca

Three pairs of pillowcases made of ILO19 linen in aluminum, pepple and fog with optic white trim. These are wonderful in summer, because they always feel cool.

Posted by Sandra l

I love the blue-gray color of the asphalt. It was the perfect background for the accent panel on my husband's blue camp shirt.

Posted by Amelia
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