We tried and we like it!
How can use linen fabric?
Our customers who embroider like to use it for the background of a block and so do our customers who do wool applique. It has a great texture to show off your stitching!
Most people are familiar with linen garments and that's an option, too! The more you wash it the softer it gets. Start with a simple top or jacket to get the "feel" of it.
Or try in quilting!
Make a bag or cut it into pieces and make a quilt! Or use it on the back of a quilt. Cheryl likes to mix it with other quilting cottons when making a scrappy project.
Here are some guidelines for sewing with linen!
1. Buy a litle extra to allow for shringage.
2. Prewash in warm water and dry in dryer to pre-shrink
3. Press according to fabric care directions and use a press cloth to prevent shine.
4. Use a slightly smaller stitch to allow for the looser weave.
We carry Essex Linen from Robert Kaufman which is a 55% linen/45% cotton blend and we carry Mochi Linen from Moda which is 70% cotton/30% linen. You can tell the difference in the weight, weave, and feel of all these fabrics. We have these blends in several different canvas prints which are a great option for bags, totes, and wallets. You can follow quilt designer Elizabeth Hartman who often uses Essex Linen for the background of her pieced quilts featuring animals or plant life.
Here are some of the examples of what we have on hand.
Sew Long for Now,
Mary and Cheryl