I've only made one quilt using linen. That's my On the Edge quilt that you can see here. I used cotton selvedges and a cotton fabric for the border, and sand-coloured linen for the background. It was wonderful to hand stitch through the linen background so I can understand why it's so popular for cross-stitch and embroidery.
Here are a few basic facts about linen:
- it is made from the stems of flax plants (botanical name: linum usitatissimum)
- fragments of flax strings have been found in middle Europe in remains dated about 8000 years
- woven linen has been in use since Ancient Egyptian times for clothing, sail cloth and furnishings
- linen absorbs moisture, launders well and is comfortable to wear.
- Die Leinenweber, Inc.
A wealth of information about linen from a seller of the product.
- A history of linen (pdf) from Timeless Creations website by Janis M. James and HL. Sine Gunnsdottir.
- A history of Irish linen from Thomas Ferguson Irish Linen.
- Irish Linen - the Fabric of Ireland. Masses of information about flax, the process of production, and products
- A strip of decorated linen from Egypt New Kingdom or later, after 1550 BC. From the collection of the British Museum.