John England Leaflet Information

  • Samples, Swatches
  • Minimum Order Quantity
  • Sustainable Irish Linen
  • Laundering
  • Other bits of Handy Info

Sample and Swatches:

Free of charges Swatches:

  • The first five fabric swatches are free of charge.*
  • The first two colour cards (plains) are free of charge.*

Paid for Fabric Swatches:

  • If you need 6 to 10 fabric swatches there will be a one off charge of £5.00 plus ( postage and packaging)*
  • If you need 10 to 15 fabric swatches, there will be a one off charge of £10.00 plus (postage and packaging)*
  • For up to total 10 hunger  (approx. A4), there will be a charge of £3.00 each (plus postage and packaging)*

*These will be sent by standard mail, if you wish for them to be sent next day delivery, there will be a charge of approx. £10.00 depending on the quantity ordered.

Yarn Cards:

Yarn cards are available, but it should be noted that they do not give a proper indication of the actual cololur once it has been woven, combined with the warp colour and other weft colours. To see how a yarn looks when woven we would suggest you request a swatch of JE815 from the colour range shown in the presentation on line. 

Yarn cards are vary and are individually produced. £10 each for 10 colours, per fiber( plus postage and packaging).

Metred Samples:

Minimum Order Quantity

The minimum order quantity is:

  • 6 metres for piece dyed plain fabrics 
  • 12 metres for woven designs

Any quantity under MOQ’S will be charged at minimum retail prices (+100% plus20%), however woven designs in particular are subject to availability.

Bespoke Colourways in Existing Woven Designs

This is best discussed with our sales staff, but as a general rule of thumb; 

One repeat of design, in stock colours (bespoke yarn colour +£800 each colour/8-10 weeks)

Cost £40.00 for 1 metre max/ production sample.

*All prices are excluding vat , P&P prices based on UK rates in GBP£. Rates vary worldwide.

Samples are prepaid for via Pro-forma invoice. Invoices are not issued automatically but available on request.

Sustainable Irish Linen

Irish Linen is one of the most stylish future friendly fabrics in fashion. Having long fibres mean Irish linen fabric is very strong. It is also naturally moth resistant, and naturally antibacterial.

Irish Linen is made from European ethically sourced, flax plant fibres, which are fully biodegradable, in fact it’s probably the most biodegradable of all fashion fabrics. Irish Linen’s reputation as an Eco-chic fabric is increasing as we search for sustainable clothing and furnishings.

Linen performs well and withstands high temperatures- which is why it is the fabric of choice for globe trotters, explores and adventurers’.

Irish Linen wicks moisture(perspiration) away from skin, in exactly the same way as high performance sportswear does, with one major difference, it does so without holding bacteria. So, great news, without retraining stale body smells! In fact Irish Linen is stronger when wet than dry.

Irish Linen improves with age, as it becomes softer and softer, and more pliable the more it is washed. Used by Eco-designers worldwide, it just gets better and better.

Flax takes just 100 days from the seed being planted to the flax being ready to pull( it’s not cut). Flax takes 13 times less pesticide to grow that potatoes. It is retted in the fields and needs far less water than cotton to grow. It is earth friendly and nothing is wasted.

It’s no wonder that with these characteristics many European traditionally reuse and recycle linen, by handling down linen bed-sheets, table linens and even garments as heirlooms. Putting cotton into the shade, linen that’s been well cared for can last for decades. It should come as no surprise that linen has been popular since Ancient Mesopotamian times.

Irish Linen is tremendously versatile. It can be woven so that it’s sturdiness makes it ideal for upholstery and well as fine and floaty Irish Linen for eco-savvy designers in the film and fashion trades.

The Irish Linen is a sustainable product:

  • Eco & future friendly
  • Renewable and recyclable
  • Biodegradable
  • Naturally anti bacterial
  • Naturally moth resistant
  • Naturally wicking
  • Ethically produced
  • Planet friendly and Natural
  • Eco chic and em-pathetically  designed
  • Environment friendly

LAUNDERING (John England Linen- Soft Wash Finish)

With a minimum amount of proper care, the natural beauty of linen is easily maintained. Linen is the strongest natural fibre known to man, and of all textile fibres is the one which is washes best. The more linen is washed the softer it becomes.  Linen increase in strength when wet, which is why it stands up to the rough and tumble of repeated laundering so well.


  1. White linen articles without special finishes may be washed at 95°
  2. Follow the detergent manufacture’s instructions. Heavy stains may require rubbing and soaking with stain removers. (follow manufactures instructions.)
  3. Avoid using bleach as a cleansing agent. (This is any natural fibres worst enemy. Misuse can significantly degrade and weaken the fibre. 
  4. Avoid detergents which contains Optical Brightening Agents ( O.B.A.) as they may cause colour to alter slightly. O.B.A. is particularly damaging to natural unbleached linens.
  5. Do not exceed 40° wash cycle, otherwise the higher temperature will set the stains rather than remove them, and may also cause damage to the garments themselves.
  6. Do not overfill the washing machine with garments, if the ration of detergent and water to garments is too low, dirt can be redeposited.
  7. Fabric conditioners are recommended, but not for stained fabrics as fabric softeners can build up a film on the fibre and can prevent the washing process from penetrating filaments and dislodging dirt.
  8. Coll tumble drying is recommended for a soft finish.


Tumble-dry John England linen on a cool setting. Over-drying the fibres makes ironing more difficult. Linen naturally dries quickly on the line but will not be as soft.


For a structured/ formal finish always iron linen when damp, first on the wrong side to eliminate creases and then on the right side if you wish to enhance the fabric’s natural sheen. There is no need to use starch except perhaps for the finest linens, for linen has built-in crispness. If the linen has already dried out before ironing, use a water spray to re-dampen it. A good stream iron will work best on linen.


There is no real need to go to the trouble of dry cleaning John England Irish linen as it launders well unless it has linings sequins or embellishment. However, dry cleaning does not use water and as a result shrinkage is kept to a minimum on unwashed fabric.

When dry cleaning the standard process should be used. Ask your dry cleaner for advice beforehand. 

Dry Cleaning Symbol for Linen

For clothes that are dry clean only, the circle has a letter , “p” inside it.

Additional info: Laundering John England Linen – Wool, Alpaca and Delicates:

With a minimum amount of proper care, John England’s wool, alapaca, silk and delicates weaves can retain their fabulous look, feel and drape. Do not exceed 30 degrees and select a short wash cycle, otherwise the higher temperature will set stains rather than remove them, will over felt wool and alpaca, and may also cause damage to the garments themselves. For example select a wool wash at 20 degrees C cool tumble drying is recommended.  Linen fibre combination fabrics naturally dry quickly anyway on the line.

More from the John England Info Leaflet – Other Bits of Handy info

  • If you haven’t a clue how, but you ‘d love to design your own fabric to give your range a unique look. And without spending a fortune, just ask!
  • Our loom vary in width size up to 300 cm+, so our fabrics can vary in width, generally they are around 138/150 cm, but they can be up to 305 m wide.
  • John England linens are Irish Linen- the very best quality, they are woven in Northern Ireland, so they are also UK made.
  • There are price breaks at 13m, 50m, &100m.
  • If you want over 150m always get in touch and ask for a special quote. If you have a large quantity of fabric you need to be woven and it is in a quiet period, the saving could be substantial.
  • Linen is natural antibacterial, Linen is naturally wicking and anti-moth.
  • All John England and Ferguson linen fabrics are Irish linen Guild and European Masters of Linen Certified. On request  we will send out F.O.C. one woven label per metre of fabric purchased from John England.
  • The MOQ for your own design fabric is 12m, if you don’t wish us to sell a design to recoup set up charges you just have to order a total of 50m- 38m more. It’s a great way to order when you get your orders in- cut down on wastage and capital just sitting on shelves. Doing nothing.
  • Sorry, but we can’t take fabrics back if they have been cut or treated in anyway. In the unlikely event you need to return something, please get in touch first for a return number to ease the way.
  • Linen is a natural fibre. The colour natural, is just that.. natural.. If there has been a wet summer, the natural fibre will be a good few shades darker than that which has been sun bleached in a hot sunny summer. 
  • Whilst every effort is made to avoid it, piece dyed linen fabrics will vary slightly in tone. As long as you do not attempt to use two different batches in the same garment/drape/ upholstery, you shouldn’t have a problem.
  • Custome dying of both fabrics and yarn take time, usually around 6 to 8 weeks after submit approval. However volume of business will effect the lead times, as will holiday closings. Try to start your project early.
  • All new customers  pay via proforma invoice prior to shipping. If a credit account may be requested after a year or the business is in excess of £ 5000.
  • If you have a question but it just seems downright sily, don’t worry ask anyway we will do our best to answer or explain.
  • If you are buying a 6m sample length and want cheeper carriage, you can opt for fabric to be folded and boxed.

We hope the John England info leaflet helped.