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

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Cold, luminescent shades of silvery grey like PERFECTLY PALE ripple through British painter Paul Nash’s surrealist art, creating the ethereal atmosphere of a dream.  He created a series of mystical, imaginary places where curious and uncanny stories unfold, painted in his trademark palette of pale, airy colors. Looking back in his later years, he said, “Imaginatively in a pictorial sense I was airborne.

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


Is the perfectly Pale colour a white?

Tara • August 25, 2023
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This is a creamy color.

Lauren • August 25, 2023

Is this linen see thru? I want to make a pair of PJs.

Gail • April 18, 2023
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This is a lighter shade so you will have some tranparancy - please see some of the items posted under this color to get a better idea of how it looks made into a garment.

Maureen • April 18, 2023

Does this have a grayish tone or more to a cream/off white?

Winnie • August 11, 2022
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Has more of a grey undertone not a clear cream tone.

Maureen • August 11, 2022

Can I order a sample? Where is your linen made?

Sally • August 10, 2022
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We have stock on this color but we have not received the sample chip yet. If you are ordering additional items or samples, please add a note in the box provided at checkout for us to include a sample of this item for you. If you are not ordering anything else, please email us at with your address so we can send you a sample. Our linen is grown and processed throughout Eastern Europe.

Maureen • August 10, 2022
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Lovely to sew

Bought as a Doggie Bag so yardage was limited, this is beautiful fabric, lovely drape, light and breezy for summer. Made with pattern "Maia", cut on straight of grain in one size bigger and it used all I had. I want to use this for an embroidered nightgown.

Beverly • June 29, 2023
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A Perfectly Pale Hana top!

I am approaching 80 and am always searching for becoming clothes that are modest yet shapely for my very casual mountain lifestyle with frequent forays into the big city. I selected Perfectly Pale because it matches my hair! And it goes with everything! I love this lightweight handkerchief linen for executing all of the details in the Hana top. It is a challenging sewing project but so worth it! The top is interesting in its detail and so light and airy for warm weather.

Gail • March 18, 2023
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Laura profile image Perfectly perfect!

So soft and easy to work with! A lovely color as well.

Laura • February 6, 2023

Picture of My Perfectly Pale Hanna Top

Gail • March 19, 2023

I made this Christening gown for my newest granddaughter using 2 yards, with some left over. It was beautiful to work with! I used Coats&Clark poly thread color 256, with Sulky white 60 wt bobbin thread and a 120/19 wing needle for the picot topstitch. The pattern was a very old 25 cent Simplicity 2342 pattern with no instructions. Planning to add minimal embroidery at the bodice using DMC #453 and #3865.

Laura • February 6, 2023

IL020 Perfectly Pale. Armistice Blouse (Folkwear Patterns) Fabric is easy to work with and the perfect color. Blouse will work well with my 1910 Walking Skirts

Lynn • September 5, 2022
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