European laundered linen. Dark charcoal, almost black. 143cm wide, 185gsm. Wash at 40 degrees.
The fabric will continue to soften and distress over time. Scuttle Black is dyed with a wash out dye, this means the colour will fade over time. Suitable for tumble drying on a normal heat setting. A great match for all Merchant & mills patterns as well as home furnishings.
We also have a cotton rib dyed to match this colour for making up the Fielder and Tee Shirt patterns, you can find it here.
Scuttle Black is suitable for the all of the patterns in The Merchant & Mills Workbook.
More about linen:
Linen is naturally stain resistant, does not pile, and is moth repellent. It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, hypo allergenic and thermoregulating, it will also absorb up 20% moisture before feeling damp.
As the linen fibres have low elasticity (which causes it to crease) it will wear in any areas that are repeatedly folded in the same place for a long time, however it does have much better abrasion resistance than say cotton.
Flax is a strong plant best grown in northern Europe. It needs little or no fertilisers and due to the local climate, little extra water. It doesn’t really require many pesticides either as it can grow in poor quality soil. The Advisory Commission Report to the European Parliament stated that flax cultivation has positive effects on eco-system diversity as it allows for an “environmental pause”. One hectare of flax can retain 3.7 tonnes of CO2. Every part of the plant is used, what isn’t used to produce linen can be used to make linseed oil, paper, cattle feed or even soap.
Linen is therefore almost naturally organic. It is completely biodegradable, recyclable and due to its natural absorbency, it requires less dye than cotton. Linen therefore scores high on the ecological chart.