Today we're going to talk about one of our favorite fabrics- linen!
Derived from the stem of the flax plant, linen is one of the world’s oldest textiles. Linen is one of the most breathable and absorbent fabrics, ideal for hot temperatures.
Easy to sew with, linen is an ultra-versatile fabric that can be used in home décor, fashion and even quilting. Watch the video below to learn more!
Linen is one of the strongest and most durable natural fibers – the ancient Egyptians used linen for mummification, and the US uses it blended with cotton for dollar bills! Linen fabric is usually a low-thread count even-weave cloth or sometimes knit. It has a natural slub variation in the fiber refinement process, giving the fabric a classic textured look. Linen is notorious for wrinkling, so either have your iron handy or embrace the inevitable.
When blended with other fibers, characteristics of linen are then transformed to acquire some characteristics of the joining fiber:
- Linen/Rayon – Rayon blended with linen creates a substantially softer fabric with more fluid drape and a subtle sheen from the rayon.
- Linen/Cotton – Cotton softens linen but keeps the fullness of linen and reduces the wrinkles drastically, while keeping a crisp look.
- Linen/Polyester – Polyester helps linen to wash better, wrinkle less, and retain color-fastness. Depending on the type of fabric, polyester usually softens the feel of linen as well, but in a synthetic way.
Caring for Linen
You can machine wash 100% linen to soften it, or dry clean it to maintain a crisp hand.
The more it’s worn, used, or washed the softer it becomes!
- Very lightweight linen fabrics could be used for window sheers, a summer blouse, or a handkerchief.
- Light to medium weight linens could be made into a classic linen suit, bedding, draperies or tablecloths. Lightweight linen blended with cotton can even be used for quilting.
- Heavyweight linen is perfect for pillows or upholstery projects.