IL020 Handkerchief Emerald Softened - 100% Linen Fabric - Light (3.7 oz/yd2), Width 58"

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Dense networks of green unfurl across Henri Rousseau's tropical paradise, coloring grasses, plants and leaves with the juicy vibrancy of life. But with the richly enigmatic jewel tone of EMERALD Linen he creates mysterious pockets of darkness, where magic and danger lurk in the shadows.

Rousseau never left France, so his mystical jungle scenes are entirely imagined, but he made frequent visits to the Parisian hothouses, the natural history museum and the zoo, places that lit up his imagination with visions of another time and place. Describing the transformative power of the Parisian gardens he wrote, "When I step into the hothouses and see the plants from exotic lands, it seems to me that I am in a dream."

At a lighter weight of 3.5 ounces this 58 inch wide 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
Width 58 inch
Weight 3.7 oz/yd2
Thread size warp 33.3
Thread size weft 33.3
Thread count warp 57
Thread count weft 44

Customer Questions and Answers


I plan to wash this fabric before I cut my pattern pieces; how much width shrinkage should I expect? (Cool water wash, medium iron)

Lily • May 4, 2024
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We have tested our fabrics in a warm water wash and low heat dry and achieve approximately 7% shrinkage. If you have a High efficiency machine, we recommend two washes or increasing the water level to ensure your fabric is completely submerged in water while washing to ensure complete shrinkage.

Lauren • May 4, 2024

How sheer is this fabric? Is it suitable to use for clothing without a lining?

Anna • April 23, 2024
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This fabric is a little sheer in the white and light tones. The mid to darker tones are opaque.

Lauren • April 23, 2024

In reply to the question about the lovely green dress pattern, it might be 1950s McCalls Sewing Pattern 9189. However, I'm just guessing.

Kathy • February 1, 2023
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Thank you for sharing that with us it will be very helpful to those wanting this pattern or one that is similar.

Maureen • February 1, 2023
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Love the beautiful green dress Emma made! What is the vintage pattern brand and number? Thank you very much! Lisa

Lisa • January 26, 2023

It is a lovely dress our customer used her own pattern and she did not share the pattern with us.

Patricia • January 26, 2023
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Livia profile image Lovely fabric, but needs a change in plans

Beware that this green has a strong blue undertone. I had been planning to match it with yellows and browns. Then I pre-washed the fabric (with hot water) and a lot of the green muted and the bluer tones came out. I also bought Blue Apatite, and they are just a few shades different after washing. So now I'm thinking of using it with the Coral color.

Livia • November 15, 2023
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So soft and special

The first thing I do when I receive my fabric is wash and dry it. At that point I make the decision what I will make. I am going to use this for a summer dress (pattern #1) and highlight with embroidery. I am in love with this weight linen. Wrinkles, no problem! They fall right out. Great way to get through this heat.

Janice • June 29, 2021
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Love of linen.

I just completed a top out of this linen. I have yet to wear it, but it turned out beautifully. can't wait to wear it. Love the comfort of wearing linen. Have bought linen from fabrics-Store for years.

Vicki • June 29, 2021

Catriona Pattern Collection - Top, Blouse, Short Dress, and Long Dress Sewing Pattern (Premium Paper) Emerald green

Laura • January 21, 2024

I made a self-drafted gathered skirt with a lining and it is so comfy and elegant. I also made the Phoebe tank with this fabric and it is fantastic for spring and summer days. The blouse in this picture was made with the IL019 Bleached linen as well.

Emily • April 18, 2023

I used this fabric to make a 1950s dress for a summer backyard wedding. It is beautifully light and floaty while still being easy enough to work with. Can't wait to get some more for other projects!

Emma • August 5, 2021
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