IS010 Waffle Nine Iron Softened - 54% Linen / 46% Cotton - Medium (6.2 oz/yd2)

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NINE IRON linen's steely, dramatic grey with just a hint of crimson became great swathes of deep shadow in the hands of the painter Thomas Cole, sweeping across America's epic mountain ranges and forming wild, turbulent skies laden with thunderstorms.

His momentous landscapes are a celebration of America's sublime wilderness during the mid-19th century, before industrialization took over, invoking the unstoppable force of this overwhelmingly vast terrain.

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
Thread size warp 20
Thread size weft 17.9
Thread count warp 52
Thread count weft 49
Weight 6.2 oz/yd2
Width 84 inch

Customer Questions and Answers


What size should I make, before shrinkage for a standard size finished towel. I don't understand how to figure the shrinkage. I see that it is preferred to hem before washing.

Ann • January 24, 2023
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Hello! We have a tutorial with cutting layouts for this on our blog. Here is the link:

Lauren • January 24, 2023

Can I cut it into different colors large squares for a patchwork effect? Or will the shrinkage be too uneven, making the blanket wonky?

Karen • September 6, 2022

Make sure the warp and weft are the same on each color square you cut. In fact, since the shrinkage differs depending on the warp or weft, you might want to do the math to figure out the finished size after shrinkage and adjust the size of your pieces accordingly. Make sure you keep them oriented in the same direction all the way through the construction process. Don't forget the seams will also bulk up after washing and any unfinished seams will ravel. This might work if you are going for the "fringed" patchwork that was popular a few years ago. It will be a rustic look.

Susan • September 6, 2022
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This makes a great towel

As a bath towel, this fabric has a lot going for it. 1). Easy to work with. I measured out for each towel, allowing for shrinkage. Cut and sewed a narrow ham all around and then washed. I found it easier to postpone the shrinking until after the hemming was done. 2). The 3 dimensional effect makes this fabric nicely absorbent and it softens up after repeated laundering. 3). It's not overly space-hogging in the cupboard and even my oversized bath sheet fits nicely when put away. 4) I used a 3 yard length of fabric, hemmed the two raw edges and made a twin sized blanket that has been in use now for months. It gets laundered weekly and is very soft. I also made a linen flat sheet with 1C64 and together it's all that's needed for a cozy bed. Back to towel fabric. I ordered the fabric in 5 different colors, 6 yards each, to make bath towel sets for Christmas presents for family members who have seen and used my towels and loved the feel. I can size up or down based on each persons preference. Some like a standard size. Others want to wrap up like a burrito in their towels, so theirs will be super-sized.

Susan • September 10, 2022
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Love it!

The color is outstanding, classy and deep. I washed first before sewing. It would have been better to sew first, and assume 30% shrinkage with the measurement. We love the look and touch. I made a queen size bedspread, a large and medium size bath towel with the 4 yards I got. It feels so good to sleep bedspread. The Bath towels are a good alternative in the summer.

Carrot • July 30, 2022
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Solution for scratchy

The novelty of this fabric alone piqued my interest. I had to try it. Upon receiving the fabric, I washed it twice in hot water. It was not soft. Several other reviewers mentioned that the fabric was just too scratchy for them to use as a bath towel and I had to agree with them. The third time I washed with Milsoft, from Dharma Trading. This softened the fibers beautifully. Now this will be my favorite towel for the summer.

Leslie • May 17, 2022
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Wonderful Waffle!

What a fun fabric! I only purchased one yard in Nine Iron to try it first - love the magic that happens from washing. Great thick thirsty texture. This will make some great kitchen towels.

Patricia • October 7, 2021
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My Honest Review

I purchased two yards (one yard each of two different colors) to make bath sheets. I did a double hem 3/4" and they are the perfect size for a tall, big person. Then I received an email this linen was on sale so I bought more and followed their pattern for the bath sheet, hand towel, and wash cloths. I will say if you are petit or even average size the pattern for the bath sheet is HUGE!! Don't get me wrong I LOVE bath sheets and hate having a towel that doesn't have full easy coverage, for me one yard of material makes the perfect size. Some people say it's scratchy; it is slightly rough, but I like it as I look at is as the final buff after all the exfoliating I just did in the shower!! The towels are light and so absorbent! My hair loves them too!! I can wrap my hair up in it, get ready for work and by the time I'm ready to do my hair it's almost dry with no damage. I will ONLY use linen for my bath towels from here on out and a lot of my family will be receiving bath towel sets for Christmas!

Christine • August 16, 2021
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Made a set of bath and hand towels for a housewarming gift. Lovely!

Anne • June 16, 2022

Etsy MitchsSister Please check out my waffle towels, best fabric ever!

Marina • April 24, 2022
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