Irish Linens / Irish Linen
Delicate Stitches by Sylvia carries some of the finest quality of Irish Linen. Ulster linen comes in white or ecru and is the finest handkerchief weight quality. Belfast Irish Linen is also a quality handkerchief weight linen. The Belfast Linen comes in white, pale pink and light blue. Delicate Stitches by Sylvia also carries Ulster Linen checks, a tone on tone fabric with a wonderful check grid making up the weave of the fabric. The Linen Check comes in white, khaki and light blue.
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Irish linen is the brand name given to linen produced in Ireland. It is made from the flax fiber, which was grown in Ireland for many years before advanced agricultural methods and more suitable climate led to the concentration of flax cultivation in northern Europe (Most of the world crop of quality flax is now grown in Northern France, Belgium and the Netherlands). Today flax for the yarn is imported from France, Belgium and the Netherlands. It is bought by spinners who produce yarn and thus, in turn, is sold to weavers (or knitters) who produce fabric. Irish linen spinning has now virtually ceased, yarns being imported from places such as Eastern Europe and China.
Irish Linen yarn is defined as yarn which is spun in Ireland from 100% flax fibers. Irish Linen fabric is defined as fabric which is woven in Ireland from 100% linen yarns. The yarns do not necessarily have to come from an Irish spinner. Finished garments, or household textile items can be labeled Irish linen, although they may have been made up in another country. Irish linen does not refer to the making up process, i.e. cutting and sewing. It refers to where the fabric was woven or knitted.
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