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

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Coloring flowers, ribbons, veins and pulsing hearts, the iridescent crimson in BIKING RED Linen is the lifeblood of Frida Kahlo's paintings. Echoing the tinge of red in the Mexican flag, this shade came to represent many forces in Frida Kahlo's deeply introspective paintings, but a unifying theme was a love for her native Mexico, which she bound tight into the core of her art.

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
Weight : 5.3 oz/yd2
Width : 59 inch
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Susan profile image Renaissance Faire Royalty
Reviewer: Susan

I made two costumes for the 2021 season of the Kentucky Highland Renaissance Faire out of the Biking Red IL019 and the rose jacquard that is no longer available. It washed and ironed like a dream.

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Kirsten profile image my husband's favorite red
Reviewer: Kirsten

i wear mostly cool tones and red is often a bit much on me- my husband and i compromised with Biking Red. coordinates well with rich browns, Eggplant, Evergreen, and most rich blues. it has a slight blue tone, and a slightly dulled/brown tone, but is still definitely in the red group.

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Great fabric
Reviewer: Alvine

I have always loved linen and your fabric is awesome. This is my third or fourth order and I am never disappointed. This red is gorgeous and I can't wait to start on a new project.

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Susan profile image My new red sheets.
Reviewer: Susan

I ordered 25 yards of this wonderful red and am getting it ready to turn into sheets for our extra long twin adjustable beds. The first sheets I made are from the bleached white linen and we have a little dog who likes to wake us up in the morning by jumping up on the bed after going outside to do his business. We live in Georgia where out dirt is red and his foot prints make our white sheets look dirty really fast. So my solution is red sheets. I cut the 25 yard in half and washed and dried the first half 3 times to get it ready to sew. I'm hoping to get them cut out today. When I first made linen sheets, my husband didn't want them so I made mine and when he saw how much I enjoyed mine, he wanted his own. He loves them now as much as I do. We may never sleep on anything else.

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Color not so red
Reviewer: Carla

I love the fabric but the color is a bit tough for me. Instead of Biking Red I see it as oxblood red which kind of grosses me out. My intended use was for valentine dresses for my grand daughter but it's a bit harsh maybe. It's an adult color.

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Beautiful fabric
Reviewer: Anonymous

This is my favorite color of red, to bad my camera can't catch the red that it is. I love linen and this fabric has all the reason why I love it. It made a beautiful Valentine's dress for my little girl.

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Elizabeth profile image Gorgeous, rich red linen
Reviewer: Elizabeth

What can I say?! I was torn between Biking Red, Claret, and Crimson. I wanted a truly saturated, rich, almost brick red. I sent a photo to the company and Maureen immediately sent me 3 pictures of the reds I was looking at. I ended up ordering a swatch of Biking Red and knew it was right for the blouse I was designing. I'm ecstatic with the results. Have to say, I'm always thrilled with your linen. Have a closet full of dreamy dresses and tunics I've made for work ( teaching) and always get compliments. Easy sewing, glorious results, easy care, and amazing value. Thank you! Will send photo soon.

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Similar to other colors, but very flattering
Reviewer: Sara

Though it's hard to tell this from Redwood and sometimes even English Rose, it is a very nice, neutral red.

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Designs From Time
Reviewer: Christine

Simply put, this linen fabric is divine! I use exclusively in my historical costuming business. WASHING INSTRUCTIONS: The biggest faux pas I see my clients committing is in laundering their linen. I highly recommend you ALWAYS hand wash linen, never use hot water, or bleach (on white linens) and never tumble dry. Soak in a mild laundry soap like Woolite for about 45 minutes in a temp no warmer than 70 degrees. Agitate it but don't rub together, lay it on a large towel and roll it up to remove the excess water, unroll it, and dry the linen garment flat. Linen has a natural glue that is created when it is woven. This glue protects the fibers and gives it that lovely sheen you see when it is brand new. When you use an iron that is too hot, or wash it in hot water or wash in a washing machine, or wring out the water by twisting, it can and does remove this natural glue and breaks down the fibers so that they become fuzzy and the linen loses that sheen. Once this happens, you can never, ever, restore it. Iron your linen when it is slightly damp, or spritz it with a water bottle and let it soak in before you apply the iron. If washed properly, linen will last a long, long time.

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Reviewer: Candy

This linen is perfect in every way; texture,quality,price,and color! I am making a timeless vintage dress out of it and the fabric couldn't be better for it.

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Biking Red linen
Reviewer: Deanna

It's a nice brick red. I was going for burgundy so I dyed it in some purple and it turned out a perfect burgundy. Lovely weight.

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Lovely Shade of Red
Reviewer: Anna

I purchased this fabric for Renaissance Faire Garb and I couldn't have been happier with this shade of red. Unfortunately, it was too thin for the bodice of my dress, even when lined. No loss, because I plan to re-purpose the skirt for a petticoat layer for this year's garb. It's true, your fabric is nothing short of addicting.

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Rich color
Reviewer: Marlene

I bought this fabric to make pillowcases to go with softened aluminum sheets I made. This fabric is absolutely beautiful. Very impressed with your quality fabric.

Hoping this photo posts right side up! Charlie sleeveless blouse in Biking Red

Posted by Lisa

Here is the sleeveless blouse from the Charlie pattern collection in the Biking Red middle weight linen. Loved making it so much that I immediately made it again using some Royal Blue middle weight linen I had on hand! Also pictured are the Cass wide legged culottes (free download pattern!) In bleached signature finish middle weight linen. Great patterns, excellently written with superb instructions.

Posted by Lisa

Nice fabric, no, fabulous fabric it's just not the cherry red I was hoping for. Intended use was valentine dresses for grand daughters so, I made a shift for me.

Posted by Carla

The perfect gift...6 beautiful dinner napkins in Biking Red.

Posted by Lindsey

Perfect fabric for a perfect Valentine's dress for my little girl. And 4th of July dress.

Posted by Ranae

IL019 BIKING RED Softened - 100% Linen - Middle Weight (5.3 oz/yd2) is the perfect color and weight for my 18th century skirt. I really like the way it looks and feels.

Posted by Martina

Happy with the weight and quality of IL019 as always - tunic in Redwood

Posted by Sara

This is what most of 67 Yards of linen can turn into in about 3 months time.

Posted by April

16th Century Elizabethan kirtle in Biking Red. I am a professional costumer and use for all my client's linen needs! - from kirtles, bodices, waistcoats, skirts, smocks and chemises. I can depend on their consistency in quality and in the color pallet. - Christine Helman

Posted by Christine

Viking era tunic in Biking Red and Chocolate. Topstitched by hand in waxed linen thread.

Posted by Angela

This fabric made a beautiful petticoat with a natural apron. Sold 15 minutes after I posted on Facebook.

Posted by Barbara

A close up of my Medieval style dress. Biking red. Wonderful to work with. A red that is both vibrant and at the same time not *too* rich.

Posted by Jennifer

Finished my very first dress in the SCA. Off to Lilies war. Long live Calontir!

Posted by Jessica

With 1.5 to 2 yard selections from the doggie bag sales, I have made myself a rainbow of linen pillow case sets. Best regards, Rosemary

Posted by Rosemary
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