Ticking Stripe Potholder Workshop for Kids


Humble ticking stripe fabric, that sturdy material which was originally made to encase mattresses and pillows made of straw or feathers, will be utilized to make potholders in this workshop for children.. Museum Educator Lola Chen will be discussing textiles, and will talk about the long history of ticking, which was woven with natural cotton thread and thread dyed with indigo blue. For many years, ticking was sold only with indigo blue stripes. As time progressed, different colors and patterns were developed and sold. The workshop includes a snack of warm biscuits with herbed butter, which the children will help prepare.

Suggested for ages 6 – 12. Wilton Historical Society members $10 per child, maximum $25 per family; Non-members $15 per child, maximum $35 per family. Please register: info@wiltonhistorical.org or call 203-762-7257.

Did You Know?
Ticking, a durable denim-like canvas twill, has a 1000-year history. “Theka” (ticking) is a Greek word meaning case or covering. Ticking is synonymous with the first mattresses, covering straw or feathers beneath. Ticking fabrics were very tightly woven linen or cotton to prevent any quills from poking through. The textile was often waxed or starched to seal the fabric even more tightly. A quick quality test involved holding it up to the light – if any passed through, the weave wasn’t tight enough. Ticking was not only used in the manufacturing of mattresses. The tough fabric was also used for heavy duty aprons (for distillers, butchers etc.). Even army tents where made of the same fabric, as well as the classic train man’s cap.
The most classic design and color is the blue and white woven stripe, but was also available in muted taupes, greens, black and occasionally reds or multi-colored. The stripe pattern has varied designs from thick to very narrow stripes which is then repeated to form a pattern, or in its classic form, a very thin stripe. Source: New York Times.com