IL019 All-purpose Crimson Softened - 100% Linen Fabric - Medium (5.3 oz/yd2), Width 59"

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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 medium weight of 5.3 ounces this 59 inch wide 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 All-Purpose
Content 100% Linen
Width 59 inch
Weight 5.3 oz/yd2
Thread size warp 17.9
Thread size weft 17.9
Thread count warp 46
Thread count weft 37

Customer Questions and Answers

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Beautiful perfect red

IL019 Crimson washes well. Shrinkage, but I always half dry my linen, then iron when it's slightly damp, so my shrinkage is minimal. All linen I've bought from Fabric store does have a handful of lint after drying, but is less after 3rd washing.

Tonya • October 22, 2022
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Lyn profile image Great Color!

Love this color! So vibrant and the fabric was easy to work with!

Lyn • October 18, 2022
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Susan profile image I love this fabric!

I make embroidered throw pillows and the only fabric I used is IL019 softened. There are so many colors from which to choose and this Crimson is my favorite. Check out my work at

Susan • October 23, 2021
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Vlinder profile image Summer Set

First time making garment with FS linens. Crimson is an exquisite, rich cool red; the Softened fabric is lovely right from the start. Made a collarless, short sleeve shirt (from Seamwork patterns) and drawstring shorts (adapted from Helen's Closet and the FS blog). Very comfortable; originally meant it for a pyjama set, but love the shirt so much I wear it out instead. Shorts were my first venture with non-skirt bottoms: they're baggy, but so comfortable -- great for sleeping or working about the house. Very pleased with the fabric.

Vlinder • June 7, 2021
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Lora profile image Christmas crimson!

I made tons of stockings to sell this year. These are the last 8 I made. For my own family. They are lined in white.

Lora • December 11, 2020
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A girl's Christmas outfit using the wonderful medium weight 'crimson' linen and the 'bleached' 3.7oz white linen. Designed by Lyn Tayler Lee for 'Era Of Make Believe' Etsy store:

Lyn • October 25, 2022

I made this for Evolve's Resort Fashion show 2022. Crimson linen mini dress with red hand crocheted lace trim. Available st The Fitting Room, Mpls MN.

Tonya • October 22, 2022

I used the wonderful Moroccan Blue and vibrant crimson linen fabrics! My Christmas Gnome, Elf, Pixie costume/outfit for the little ones! A reversible hat pixie hat, a artist smock, and slim fitting pants with cuffs. Made by Lyn Tayler Lee for my Etsy store:

Lyn • October 18, 2022

Wonderful red! It is a true red. Very soft after a wash or two. Sturdy and breathable. Love it!

Elisa • April 13, 2022

A gorgeous velvety red that's not too bright and not too dark. Perfect at Christmas time. I've made table runners and tea towels for customers in my Etsy shop and here's one with one of my designs handprinted in gray.

Elizabeth • April 11, 2022
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