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

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The inky depths of INSIGNIA BLUE linen seeped dark stains into Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai's evocative landscapes, lending them deep bass tones that hum with melodic resonance.
The color, known today as Prussian, or Berlin blue, swept across Europe in the 18th century, causing what some called a "blue fever", as it infiltrated painting, wallpaper prints, stamps and even the Army Uniform for the Prussian military.

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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Lisa profile image Perfect Blue
Reviewer: Lisa

Expectations were definitely met. Wonderful fabric and color. Texture and weave worked wonderful for my home project. Great quality!

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Medieval tunic
Reviewer: Steve

Excellent color and weight for medieval tunic

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Just discovered linen!
Reviewer: Mary Lou

So far - after discovering you & your incredible linen fabrics - I've been spending all of my time & money just collecting a variety of pieces! They are all beautiful & I look forward to sewing with them. But I have no garments or items yet to show.

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I Have Plans for This Beautiful Fabric
Reviewer: Stephanie

I LOVE this linen. I will be making an artist's smock and a dress from this lovely blue color. The feel of this fabric is amazing and inspirational.

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Reviewer: Amy

Always check the pictures that people post of their washed linen, because it does get lighter as you wash it. This is why I bought it, however. I will try to post a photo of my linen which was washed on warm and tumble dried on medium.

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Love the shade
Reviewer: Allison

Love the hue of this fabric It's strong but still has the gorgeous lightness I love the way it allows light through

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Glenis profile image Very nice
Reviewer: Glenis

I made this linen into a dress with short sleeves and a roll neck cut on the bias, very happy with the quality and the colour.

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Very soft
Reviewer: Polly

I'm so happy with my purchase, the color is beautiful and I can't believe how soft this linen is.

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Love it
Reviewer: susan

Love the color of this and the feel, look forward to sewing with it

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Love it
Reviewer: susan

Very nice and light weight, but feels very nice, made a great pair of pants!

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samples ordered vs samples received
Reviewer: Anonymous

not a big thing......but....why when ordering two samples of each color, I only received one sample of each? the colors are close and I wanted to makesure I could see the difference by ordering two samples of each.l Clarification will help ordering in the future. thanks

FS Team profile image F|S Team

Hi! I think that was a packing error with the warehouse - they should always send duplicates if the order was for duplicates. I am going to create a replacement order for you ( free of charge of course). No action is required from you, call me if you have questions 866-620-2008

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Beautiful fabric!
Reviewer: Kimberley

This linen has a lovely hand and the color is more than navy blue - it has a depth and beauty to it that sets it apart.

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Lovely and long wearing
Reviewer: Kathryn

I love this color! It's a step away from my beloved purples but it's time to try something different. It's elegant, cool to wear, and will last for years. I'm excited to make a 14th century cotehardie with it!

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Michael profile image Beautiful and Tough
Reviewer: Michael

This fabric has a beautiful hand, great go-with color, and is durable when worn. I use this, and the other linen like it, to make 18th century petticoats and aprons for our ladies at a history museum. They like it because it drapes well, is easy to keep wash and is comfortable indoors and out. Prewash fabric and dry hot, then iron before cutting out and sewing.

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Lovely, Soft Hand
Reviewer: Rose

I am a beginner sewer and I found this linen to be very easy to work with. I made this beautiful dress in an afternoon, and it is so comfortable!

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Vickie profile image Classic color!
Reviewer: Vickie

I purchased this color linen when it was on sale and I LOVE it! I feel that it's a classic color that would never go out of style. I used it to made curtains and pillowcases for the bedroom of my son's first apartment and they turned out great! Thanks for all your beautiful linens and for offering them at a price that is affordable. I'm hooked on your linens and don't want to sew with anything else!

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wonderful all purpose fabric
Reviewer: Julie

This linen is one of the most versatile fabrics available! It washes beautifully and can be used for everything from clothing to home textiles and bed linens. I love the deep blue color and will use the insignia blue for summer weight clothing, table napkins and kitchen dish towels, and bento bags. Some of these will be gifts for family members. Thank you for making all this possible

Insignia Blue medium weight linen worked wonderfully for this iteration of Vogue 1745 without the ties that I made for a client whose long, thick mane of silvery hair and golden highlights we wanted to play up. She loves her new tunic.

Posted by Kelly

This is a tunic pattern cut on the bias. This linen is perfect for it. I ordered the IL019 INSIGNIA BLUE Softened. I love the structure that this fabric gives the finished tunic. It is a dream to cut and sew and I love the way it drape and the color. . In the Florida climate, it is just right.

Posted by Kathie

This linen is perfect for Sashiko stitching. First, its opacity conceals the stitching on the reverse side. Second, it is sturdy enough to withstand the constant handling required with the embroidery work. Its best feature is its soft and buttery feel, which provides little resistance as the needle travels back and forth through the fabric. It was simple tactile pleasure holding it in my hands while stitching, and this greatly increased the meditative effect that comes with embroidery.

Posted by Geri

Not a completed garment, but this is the rolled up fabric after washing on warm and tumble drying on medium.

Posted by Amy

Rows of Sashiko stitches are secured by beginning and ending with knots, or with the no-knot method. For the traditional no-knot method, several back-stitches are used to secure the stitches. This works really well with Sashiko thread, and has the added bonus of making both sides of the fabric neat and presentable. You can learn more about Sashiko here:

Posted by Geri

I decided to sew the PAOLA Jacket in Midweight INSIGNIA BLUE linen with contrasting white buttons. The fabric color reminded me of a favorite pair of worn-in denim blue jeans, but in a lighter weight and softer drape. Since I have wide shoulders and a straight body type, I chose to include only the bottom two pockets, omitting the top pockets for a less boxy style. You can read more about this project here:

Posted by Morgann

Dining room curtains.

Posted by Allison

This blue linen was perfect for a romper I made for my baby boy's 1st birthday. He ended up wearing it for my brothers wedding and received so many compliments on how adorable he looked in it. The color had a beautiful tone to it - not too bright, but definitely not dark either. Absolutely adored it.

Posted by Karina

In today's tutorial we are going to show you how to make and sew fabric belt loops, sometimes called belt carriers. It's one of those construction details that you never think about making until you sew a pair of pants or a dress with a detachable belt and realize that it could really do with something to keep the belt in place. Belt loops are not only functional, they can also be decorative. They can be different widths, topstitched or not, all depending on your sewing projects. Belt loops are usually made of the same fabric as the garment they are placed on, but could also add a touch of color and some interesting detailing if sewn in a contrasting fabric.

Posted by Masha

This is a Byzantine Viking era inspired dress. I used IL019 Insignia. It is trimmed with Dupioni silk I woodblock stamped by hand. utlanderclothing

Posted by Angela

I made these napkins with an edging made of quilting cotton as a gift. This linen worked wonderfully for the project and the color is just stunning. I love this blue!

Posted by Kimberley

Long 'Meg' dress done in Insignia blue. I call the color Indigo.

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StyleArc Adeline Dress

Posted by Lauren

Viking age inspired feasting tunic in Insignia blue IL019. Embroidery in silk. Design based on Rus/Slavic Viking iconography.

Posted by Angela

Tunic from my pattern using insignia blue middle weight linen. This is a 1x size made yesterday for a customer. She loved it and wants more of the same thing in different colors! Sewing with linen is such a joy.

Posted by Pat

Absolutely in love with this color blue. To get an idea - this photo was taken around 4pm in the snowy mountains of Frazier Park, CA. It is a bit brighter in the sun - but is the perfect mix of royal and navy blue. I buy all my linen from fabrics-store for making all of my SCA Viking garb. The linen is the most amazing quality for the price I have been able to find and is always very true to color swatch. I love that you can order swatches as well. It is very soft yet sturdy and durable and does not fade after many washes. Also, if you have an account you can rack up credit points and if you wait for a sale it's definitely a bonus! To see more of my Viking garb, check out my shop called Midgaarb! Instagram - Midgaarb

Posted by Brittany

Really nice linen to work with!! Breathable and strong, perfect for a baby carrier!

Posted by Jessica

This softened linen is very easy to work with, and SO comfortable to wear!

Posted by Rose

Wrap-around top made from Insignia Blue IL019

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