IL019 All-purpose Spice Softened - 100% Linen Fabric - Medium (5.3 oz/yd2) - 20.00 Yards, Width 58"

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Fabric in the shade of SPICE Linen became billowing plumes of fire in the hands of Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens, bursting out of the darkness like sparks of light. Leader in the Baroque style, Rubens' canvases were charged with emotive, sensual energy and movement, as theatrically staged figures are engulfed in epic swathes of heavy, indulgent fabric.

Blazing shades of red, terracotta and burnt orange were strategically placed for dramatic effect, helping to tell seductive, tragic or terrifying stories by drawing our eye to the center of the action.

At a medium weight of 5.3 ounces this 58 inch wide 100% linen is versatile enough to be referred to as an All Purpose or Do it All linen. With its smooth look and tighter weave, this linen is neither sheer or heavy, but just the right in-between weight you will need for a variety of projects.

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 IL019 All-Purpose
Content 100% Linen
Width 58 inch
Weight 5.3 oz/yd2
Thread size warp 17.9
Thread size weft 17.9
Thread count warp 46
Thread count weft 37

Customer Questions and Answers


Can anyone point me to a matching thread? Much obliged!

Mary Ellen • April 25, 2023
Lauren profile image F|S Team

One of our customers has recommended Gutermann #4720 dark copper

Lauren • April 25, 2023

Do you plan to re-stock this?

Jennifer • February 21, 2024
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This is the most gorgeous color I've seen in a long time. I bought four yards to make an apron dress and when washed it's just amazing. This is quite literally the only place I buy linen. It's PHENOMENAL.

Laura • October 15, 2021
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Roxy profile image Linen for Tina Givens patterns

I love the color and hand of this linen. I bought because of the review Joanna gave, and may have to buy some more. The color seems to be one that is great for both warm and cool skin color, and the hand of the fabric is wonderful.

Roxy • August 30, 2021
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Gorgeous Red Ochre

Photographs cannot do justice to this gorgeous earthy red color. I bought Spice, Sand and Apricot for different projects but they made such a perfect ochre palette - like Australian Aboriginal artwork - that I am going to use them together with off white and black for a quilting project. If I had a wish for this site it would be a section that shows how colors go together in gradation, contrast and harmony. I have loved every color I have bought from this site, but I have always been surprised by the dimension, depth and possibilities. They have never been completely unlike what I expected, but always so much more.

Joanna • January 28, 2021
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Michelle profile image Love this fabric!

Used this fabric to make the Maria Paula dress. I couldn't be happier! Perfect color and material is so comfortable to wear!

Michelle • June 14, 2020
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Gurusurya profile image Lovely color!

I had originally wanted IL019 SEDONA Softened Linen and after learning it was sold out I found this color and fell in love! It is a perfect burnt orange/red. I made a top and skirt but could see this color for pants and even a jacket too!

Gurusurya • February 13, 2020
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A little girl's woodland pinafore with attached apron using the medium weight softened linens, Spice and Desert Sand. By Lyn Tayler Lee for 'E'ra Of Make Believe'.

Lyn • June 17, 2023

The first thing I noticed about my fabrics-store linen is the punch of color. The color is full of depth and light all of the same time. It is enthralling. Secondly, it is a breeze to sew with: taking steam well and sturdy enough to not warrant excessive pinning. These are all wins in my book! Third, the linen feels simultaneously luxurious and rustic, like you're in a French countryside mansion — a juxtaposition of indulgence and humility. I appreciate how I can wear the linen to all types of affairs! It is truly nothing short of addicting.

Fena • February 7, 2023

Linen for babies? 1000% yes. Bebe Osa Jumper made with FS SPICE Midweight Linen. This great pattern can be found here:

Alisha • November 25, 2021

Peppermint Maxi Dress in this beautiful spice linen. Beautiful drape and such a delight to sew.

Katerina • January 15, 2021

Maria Paula dress

Michelle • June 14, 2020
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