IS010 Waffle Gray Cashmere Softened - 54% Linen / 46% Cotton Fabric - Medium (6.2 oz/yd2) - 2.00 Yards, Width 84"

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Contemporary Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugito draws us deep into his world of meditative calm, where softly diffused gray light like that of GRAY CASHMERE Linen expands across vast areas of empty space.
Sugito made his name in the 1990s as a leader in the Tokyo-pop movement alongside Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara, but his brand of the style was quieter and more contemplative, combining tranquil expanses of empty space with tiny, barely seen trees, furniture, or mystical kawaii creatures.

Fluffy, dimensional, and simply a joy to live with - you’ll feel like a sewing maestro when you pull this cloth out of its first dry cycle.

The fabric arrives 84 inches wide, flat and with a subtle basket-like weave. This weaving technique comes with a delightful surprise once it goes through its first wash and dry.

The threads that are woven to make the outside of the squares - they “lift up”.
The threads that are used to weave the inside of the squares - those “drop-down”.

You get a cloth that looks like squares of a freshly made waffle deliciousness. It is just that yummy!

This cloth is wider than our usual selection at 84" wide.  Once it is washed - the cloth will shrink to get that dimensional waffle surface.
Approximate shrinkage - the width of cloth shrinks 17% (weft of the fabric) and 28% on the length ( warp of the fabric). Shrinkage is based on a warm wash and low-heat dry.

Waffle weave cloth is great for:
- Bath towels
- Robes
- Throws
- Duvet covers
- Pillow shams
- Lounge garments
- Decorative pillows
- Curtains
- Beach towels
- Picnic blankets
- items that need to have dimension and softness

The cloth is Softened so we have added a softener to give it a silkier hand. The fabric has not been laundered so shrinkage will still have to be taken into consideration (shrinkage depends on fabric weave and laundering method).

Fabric specifications:

Article IS010 Waffle
Content 54% Linen / 46% Cotton
Width 84 inch
Weight 6.2 oz/yd2
Thread size warp 20
Thread size weft 17.9
Thread count warp 52
Thread count weft 49

Customer Questions and Answers


Where is this fabric manufactured?

Laerta • December 29, 2022
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You will find the information listed in our help center:

Maureen • December 29, 2022

What are good measurements for a throw. 84" wide by72" flip it 180 deg? Does that make sense?I made one last year but cannot remember the math? K

Kay • July 19, 2023
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Hello, to make a throw in this fabric, generally 2-3 yards will suffice and you just need to hem the edges.

Lauren • July 19, 2023

Just received my 4 yards of this fabric & I can,'t wait to try it. Please email directions on how to make the towels. Thank you.

Sarah • February 1, 2023
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Please take a look in your in-box I emailed you the instructions directly.

Maureen • February 1, 2023

someone mentioned that the material (grey cashmere) should not be washed before sewing it. Doesn't mention that in the description. So when is the best time to wash? Before or After?

Deva • October 26, 2022
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When using the IS010 there are certain items, such as towels, where you want to sew before you lander. I will email our towel tutorial to you for review.

Maureen • October 26, 2022

I can see how to figure the shrinkage for straightedged items like towels, but how do you cut for a garment pattern like a robe? With the different directional shrinkage don't the armhole seams pull or pucker after it's washed?

Nanette • June 11, 2023
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For garments in this fabric we recommend pre-washing and then cutting. We cover this in greater detail in our Help Center article:

Lauren • June 11, 2023

Would this fabric be suitable to make a jacket? I assume then it would need to be prewashed?

Barbara • February 13, 2023
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Hello, Some of our customers have used this fabric for jackets among many other projects like towels and throws. Yes, you will need to thoroughly pre-wash this fabric before cutting and sewing.

Lauren • February 13, 2023

I am looking for a gray with a warm tone.Is this more cool tone than warm?

Cheryl • February 15, 2023

This linen is a cooler tone than a warm tone.

Patricia • February 15, 2023

I see other people have asked the same question concerning the instructions for the towel dimensions when using the waffle weave fabric. Would you mind sending them to me as well? Thanks!

Elisabeth • February 21, 2023

I will email you directly with the instructions for the waffle towels.

Patricia • February 21, 2023

Could you email the instructions for the baby blanket made with the waffle linen? Thank you.

Pat • May 3, 2023
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I have sent you an email :)

Lauren • May 3, 2023
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Convert your family to these towels.

I made a single set of towels in a different color of this fabric. And won the rest of the family over to this fabric. I have been making oversized bath , hand towel and matching wash cloths for each family member for Christmas (6 couples). Each set took 6 yards. I made the 3 big burrito bath sheets the full width of the fabric by 52" long. Next came 3 hand towels 28" wide by 30" long. Then 4 wash cloths 21" wide by 24" long. This is the pre-washed measurements. I hemmed each towel with a 1 1/4" hem fold under. I'll let each couple wash it themselves for the first time so they can really see the amount it shrinks and enjoy how much they can wrap it around themselves. This grey cashmere will become my next project : a robe that can double as a Viking Style coat for a re-enacter. It will make a good extra layer of warmth for sitting around the campfire after the days events are done when it gets cooler.

Susan • December 3, 2022
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Amy profile image Versatile fabric

I really like using this fabric and have made a couple of projects using it now, the first was a throw blanket and the second was a baby receiving set that turned out fantastic. I really like working with fabric and how easy care items I make from it are. I purchased this in a different color to follow the towel set tutorial and they turned out fantastic. It is a little different getting used to not washing the fabric before doing my sewing project with this fabric but after using it for a few projects I completely understand why washing should happen after sewing and why it's important to read the description of the fabric and the shrinkage percentage of the warp and weft when working with this material, but one I got the hang of keeping that in mind using this material is no problem.

Amy • August 14, 2022
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Wonderful set

I was not sure if I would like a linen/cotton towels being accustomed to terry cloth, but wanted to give them a try as my terry cloth ones were not holding up well and quickly looked dingy from hard water despite having a water softener. I'm so glad I did. Each time I wash these towels they become more textured, get softer and the color has stayed true. The towels are larger than the ones I normally buy, but guests have mentioned they loved wrapping up in a larger towel. Next time I would make the hand towels a bit larger in order to serve as a head wrap since they are so absorbant. I have made two sets. the first set took a long time because I pulled out my ruler and iron and started to fold the edges perfectly. Luckily before I tackled the second set, I happened to read someone else reveiw that mentioned they finger press seams when sewing with linen. Simply finger pressing and using the woven grid as a guide made all the difference in terms of time and the finished towels look no different. These would definitely make a wonderful gift!

IRIS • September 28, 2021
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Love of linen.

I have made towels out of this material. I really love how soft they feel. I left the edges unsewn and I love the feathery edges. Love all the linen I have bought from Fabric-Store over the years and the patterns.

Vicki • August 29, 2021
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Loved this

This was made into a throw. I turned in the edges 1/2 inch then 1 inch and the edges were perfect. Very soft and cuddly. Would love to make a big bouncy sweater with this fabric.

Diane • August 25, 2021
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