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We love our fabric collection, and we would like you to be happy with your purchases. Please take some time to read through the information below for our fabrics and our Terms & Conditions. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to ask and we will do our utmost to help
Characteristics of Linen
Linen is a natural fibre, harvested and spun from the cultivated flax plant, an herbaceous annual plant. Flax is a cellulosic plant fibre, which forms the fibrous bundles in the inner bark of the flax plant stems. The plant grows to a height of around one metre and the fibres run the entire length of the stem, to help support the plant and hold it upright.
Within flax yarn and linen fabrics, you may see small slubs, knots or slight imperfections, which can sometimes occur. These are not imperfections in the fabric, they are an inherent part of the natural characteristics and charm of pure linen, its sense of nature’s texture. Colours may vary slightly from roll to roll, due to the nature of natural fibres, the crop and its harvest and growing conditions.
Linen is characteristically soft while also being strong and durable. The more it is used, the softer and stronger it becomes. It can absorb up to 20% of its weight in moisture before it feels damp, and releases moisture into the air to remain cool and dry to the touch, and is non-allergenic.
We are all becoming increasingly aware of the impact our purchase decisions have on the environment. Linen is known for its beautiful properties and for its low carbon footprint on the planet.
Linen requires considerably fewer pesticides and fertilizers than many other crops, and the fibres are by nature, recyclable and biodegradable. Every part of the flax plant is used in some form, from flour, to dyes, to the use of its by-products processed into a pulp for fibreboards.
The flax for our linens is grown in Belgium and woven in Belgium and Northern Ireland. Climatic conditions are perfect for the flax plant in these regions. The growing cycle is short at only 100 days from seed to harvest. The plant ripens a golden yellow before it flowers briefly in to the smallest blue flower, fondly known as ‘the wee blue blossom’ in Ireland.
The flax is then exposed to various processes before it becomes flax yarn. The Retting process requires moisture to break down the pectin that binds the fibres together, and the flax is spread out in fields and exposed to rain, dew and sunshine for several weeks. The flax is stripped and combed, and the fibres are separated from the straw and sorted into the shorter fibres, known as tow, and longer fibres, known as line. ‘Carding is the spinning process where the fibres are drawn out into ‘ribbons’ which are then spun together on looms. Finer ribbons are wet spun which gives a smoother appearance. The tow ribbons are dry spun giving a more rustic yarn.
Once woven, the linen fabric is described as ‘loomstate’, which can be quite rough in feel and appearance. The loomstate linen can now be finished and dyed.
Please do ensure that the fabric you are ordering from us is fit for its intended purpose before you place an order. We do not recommend our fabrics for upholstery, however some linens are suitable for light, occasional use upholstery.
Each product will have details of the Martindale rub test and suitability, which you should check to ensure it is suitable for the project you have in mind.
Most furnishings fabrics will fade after lengthy periods of exposure to strong sunlight, some fabric treatments and carbon monoxide. We always recommended that any window furnishings are lined with a suitable lining and if you prefer, a cotton interlining, to help to reduce or prevent fading.
However, please bear in mind that natural fabrics are prone to fading, and we do not take any responsibility for this.
All our fabrics are available on the website, sold by the metre.
However if you are looking for a specific partial meterage, please contact us and we can send you a separate invoice by email.
We strongly advise that you obtain a sample before placing your fabric order. Samples are a representation of the colour and texture of the fabric. We recommend looking at your sample in the room you are planning to use it, as you may notice the colours and tones can change in different lights.
Changes To Your Order & Cancellations
Cut lengths of fabric cannot be exchanged or refunded unless faulty.
All our fabrics are carefully checked before despatch, however in the unusual event that the fabric is faulty, please advise us in writing within 24 hours of receipt.
Please do not return the fabric to us without prior discussion and agreement. Fabrics should then be returned in the original length they were ordered and in the original packaging, unless the packaging was damaged in transit.
If when the fabric has been returned, it is evident that it has been cut or in a damaged condition, we are unable to accept responsibility or to refund and we will contact you to discuss returning the fabric to you. Any courier or postage fees incurred will remain your responsibility in this instance.