IL020 BLACK Softened - 100% Linen - Light (3.7 oz/yd2)

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Price: $15.87 per yard
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Darkness pervades Tacita Dean's artworks, falling over craggy rocks and epic mountains into inky, bottomless wells. BLACK Linen shares Dean's endless black, a colour that intensifies mystery and drama, cloaking and concealing everything it touches.

At a lighter weight of 3.5 ounces this 100% linen is woven with finer threads to give it a smoother appearance. Referred to as lightweight or handkerchief linen, this fine, but surprisingly sturdy linen brings new meaning to the term "sheer elegance".

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 : IL020 Handkerchief
Content : 100% Linen
Type : BASIC
Thread size warp : 33.3
Thread size weft : 33.3
Thread count warp : 57
Thread count weft : 44
Color : BLACK
Weight : 3.7 oz/yd2
Width : 58 inch
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Faded and softened significantly after one wash
Reviewer: R

I bought 9 yards of this for many projects. It started with a densely pressed feel and sheen with a deep black color. I followed all washing instructions carefully. It came out utterly softened and at least 2 shades lighter- a dark ish gray. I expect linen to gradually softened over time, part of why we love it, but this made me think the fabric will disintegrate far too quickly over time. I am hesitant to order again.

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I am sorry to hear that the linen is not as expected. I will email you directly to discuss how we might be able to find a solution to this issue.

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Amazing to sew
Reviewer: Hilary

I made the closet core patterns pietra shorts and this fabric is perfect. I was apprehensive that is would be see through but it isn't when the garnet is on. The fabric is delicate yet very strong. I am planning on making the linen tank top with the fabric-store pattern.

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Lovely Fabric
Reviewer: Bonnie

Am just discovering the joy of hand-stitching and wearing 100% linen garments. I'm collecting Fabrics-store patterns and lightweight lined - haven't enjoyed sewing this much in forever - both Fabrics-store patterns and linen fabric are excellent quality.

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The perfect summer fabric
Reviewer: Kate

I bought both black and white version of this linen, stabilized the edges, and preached it (separately.) Both fabrics tightened up some, yielding a surprisingly strong yet thin fabric. Not quite sheer, but thin enough for muggy summer days. The linen dried all wrinkled, and we know how that goes... a pain to iron. I had a number of doggie-bag items, so I waited until they were all prewashed and dried. Then I used my grandmother's old-world trick: set the linen out and sprinkle it with water, using your hand and not fussing much about it. Work up layers of nicely sprinkled linen, 2-4 layers at at time depending on thickness. Roll it up, wrap in a towel to prevent evaporation, and let rest overnight. The moisture will penetrate the fiber evenly, at which point the fabrics are all a breeze to iron. (I hang my ironed linen, either in trouser clips or draped over coat hangers.) Don't sprinkle more than you're willing to iron all at once. I'm looking forward to using this fabric for summer blouses and dresses, decorated with touches of lace or embroidered.

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Pure Love
Reviewer: Lydia

I cannot state enough how much I love this fabric. The black doesn't fade, nor does it bleed, after washing. The longer staple gives it a beautiful finished texture without a ton of lint. So wonderfully light and yet not sheer. It is so soft that when I pulled it out of the box to finish the edges and wash it, I ended up just wrapping myself in it for a while. It did stiffen up a bit after the first wash but that was what I wanted for the finished garment I was making. Once it was pressed and worked a bit it quickly regained it's remarkable texture. If I had to pick one fabric to use for the rest of my life, this would be it.

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Soft and Easy to sew
Reviewer: Lisa

Loved the feel of this fabric. Sewed well and fraying was not a problem. Made the Mona Trapeze dress for my daughter and it looks great.

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Beautiful fabric, great customer service
Reviewer: Linda

I pre-washed and dried as recommended and it came out beautifully. Great customer service, it was shipped within hours after I placed the order. I just ordered more fabric. I am now a staunch customer of F/S.

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Reviewer: Shari

I adore handkercheif linen. I have a stash of colours, I often wear. I have made tops, and dresses, and am always happy with the wear and drape of the fabric. It is consistent every time I order it, so I know, before ordering, I will be happy. The black always makes me happy!

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Black lightweight linen
Reviewer: Sherry

I ordered several colors of the same weight the texture is perfect and it sews light a dream. This company is spot on! I got my order right away and the quality was just what I was looking for. I will be ordering more in the future. I highly recommend them and all their wonderful linen.

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Summer blouse
Reviewer: Jane

This handkerchief linen is perfect for a summer blouse. It sews easily, so much so that I bought two other colors to work with! I've already started the second one and really enjoy working with this fabric.

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Reviewer: Donna

I bought 2 yards of this fabric to make a long sleeve blouse. It took the entire 2 yards; long sleeves, no collar, self-faced. I have to add extra length to the sleeves and bodice because I am 5'10". The fabric feels fabulous. I also stitched the raw edges before washing as I wash and dry before cutting, and find the fabric washes better this way. When I am finished, I will wash and line dry until slightly damp and then iron. This is what I do with my robe that I made out of the medium weight linen, and it looks and feels great. Linen is great to sew on and gives excellent results. Plus, it is durable. I have ten dogs, and the fur brushes right off the linen and it holds up to their paws. Unlike synthetic material where lint and fur actually start to weave into the material so a lint roller is useless. This linen looks and wears great, endures abuse. However, it looks best when ironed damp. I do not like the look out of the dryer. I prefer a crisp look. Hope this information is useful.

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Go for it.
Reviewer: Linda

I recently began sewing again after many years away. I bought three yards several years ago and finally made it up into a dress. This weight is easy to press, cut, pin, and sew. I then proceeded to stock up on colors I love that aren't carried all the time! The gorgeous mineral yellow and the turquoise (my idea of the perfect yellow and my favorite blue). It's true, you'll be addicted to sewing with this linen.

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beautiful fabric
Reviewer: Mary

One yard of this was purchased along with the same weight in the unbleached color. The fabrics were sewn into two head scarves. The weave is fine and even enough that I could easily draw threads for marking a 32 inch square without tugging on too many slubbs. I have seen other linens vendors offering finer weights, but at more than twice the price. This weight is just what I want, and will be purchasing more for blouses. Thank you.

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Quality fabric
Reviewer: Cindy

I had bought this for 2 reasons, first for a repair to a lining of a Pea Coat, and second to cover a featherweight case!! so glad I did, it worked perfectly, soft, yet held its shape. Now I can see what others have said about linen, I may have to try to do other things with it!!

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Very nice soft fabric
Reviewer: Anonymous

I have not sewn this yet but have washed and dried it and it came out of the dryer looking like it will need very little if any ironing. Fabric is very soft and I can't wait to stitch it up.

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Black Handkerchief Linen IL020
Reviewer: Tresa

As a fairly new customer I recently bought this lovely linen in black after buying it in the optic white color. It is a dream to handle and sew on and presses up very nicely. It feels wonderful next to the skin and perfect for children or adult garments I always wash and dry my linen before using it. I would highly recommend this product and will most likely buy more in the near future. Thanks for your wonderful service and product!

Used the bit I got from the Doggie Bag for a display backgrounds for my artisan jewelry at our new art gallery.

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Posted by Beth

dress I made out of IL020. love the feel and weight of this linen and so easy to sew.

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Posted by Jane

I made a sideless surcoat (black) and an underdress that has double sleeves. The over sleeves are made to have lacing on them, but I like them free falling. And I also made a hennin with black on the outside and lined with green. The green was representation of her skin and the black her clothing. The outfit was made for (SCA) Atlantian Kingdom's Spring Coronation 2013 and the theme was Villains, needless to say, I was Elphaba, Wicked Witch of the West. And yes, I Did have a broom.

Posted by Wanda

Optic white linen (IL020) toddler dress for my youngest grand-daughter. This fabric was dream to sew on. I washed and dried it before making the dress. I think I am addicted to this fabric! Thank you

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