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

Price: $11.48 per yard
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EXCALIBUR Linen's silent grey hangs in the very air of Gwen John's paintings, hovering around her lonely interiors like a dark, muffling mist. Best known for her portraits of pensive women in close tones of grey, brown and beige, John masterfully grasped the power of understatement, capturing private moments of reflection in these sitters that are laced with undercurrents of anticipation.

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.

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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Perfect pjs
Reviewer: Wendy

This is such a beautiful color and then to work with it is a charm. The texture and feel is exactly what I want to make pajamas. So soft and the drape is perfect. I'm so in love with your linen it's the first email I open each morning to see what's featured on sale that day. I will continue to be a customer.

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Love the IL019 softened linen
Reviewer: Loretta

This is the most wonderful fabric to work with, very little shrinkage, smooth, the perfect all purpose linen, like a dream to work with, and never disappointed in the quality of my labor(s) of love. The color is not a true grey which reflects my 4 stars. After washing and light drying, the blue in this color became very prominent. I still used it for my project, and was quite happy with it, not withstanding the blue tone of this linen, the quality and amazing feel of this linen made it beautiful. I love F/S linen, the price, great quality, and fast shipping.

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Wonderful sheets & pillowcases
Reviewer: Linda

I bought 17 yards to make a set of queen sheets as well as 4 or more pillowcases. My husband was a bit uncertain about linen sheets, but after I finally got around to making them (using the pattern found on the fabrics-store website) he had me buy more linen for a couple more sets. The best part is that the top sheet is large enough to have an 18 inch drop on each side so we're both covered all night! It's cold here now & the sheets keep us warmer than the old flannel sheets ever did. I use a pillowcase pattern that I have used with my cotton fabrics. Since I had purchased a second color that coordinated, I used that color for the flange between the body & the cuff of the pillowcase. I think it's called the burrito method of sewing the case & I like that all seams are enclosed while sewing the 3 pieces together, then I use a french seam along the side & bottom so those seams are also enclosed. I have ordered from fabrics-store for over 13 years now & so far everything has been garments until these sheets. I'll never go back to cotton sheets again.

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Reviewer: Cindy

This beautiful fabric has soft purple undertones, giving a lovely new look to the grey colourway. Unlike a blue based grey, the purple hues create a warmer tone. It's the first time I've run across this shade, and it is truly stunning! It's definitely not an "in your face" obvious purple, but rather the purple is a subtle undertone. I think I may need more!

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Workhorse color...
Reviewer: Janet

...that seems to go with everything. I made double thickness towels, bathmats and travel wash cloths. I love this linen!

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Maria profile image Gorgeous color!
Reviewer: Maria

This is my favorite gray so far, it reminds me of gun metal, changing color from cool deep steel to delicate lavender hinted silver depending on light. Love it!

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Not gray!
Reviewer: Erin

I ordered this and was a little confused because, though it was beautiful fabric, it was definitely BLUE and not gray. I didn't realize it fully until I had washed it. It was nice so I still sewed some stuff up with it :) definitely a lighter blue that looks close to "blue bayou" or "blue heaven." Just a warning, because this is absolutely NOT a gray.

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Beautiful linen
Reviewer: Eva

I used this to make an apron. This fabric was easy to work with and becomes so soft after washing.

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Vickie profile image A great color!
Reviewer: Vickie

I love all the linen I've purchased here, and there have been many! But this is my favorite gray of them all, rich, deep and can have a very formal or casual look, depending on the pattern used. I made a wide legged pant with a cuff, but can really imagine this as a casual menswear jacket. just beautiful! As always the il019 never disappoints and this linen seemed to be a particularly smooth and finished product, with very little slubs, a truly refined linen. Sewed like a dream and again I cannot say enough about this color. If you are a lover of linen and gray, you have to give this color a try!

My mission? To make a custom tablecloth for my grandma's mid-century modern kitchen table that now sits in my apartment. Being selective about what I choose to bring into my four walls has helped narrow my style, focusing on the colors, textures, and materials I truly love. Neutral linen has emerged as a favorite. For the full article go here:

Posted by Morgann

The sheets & the one pillowcase are excalibur, the second pillowcase is blue bayou. The contrasting flange on each pillowcase is the opposite color

Posted by Linda

Simple tunic with freehand pintucks in IL019 EXCALIBUR. Love this color!

Posted by Maria
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