Thursday, 11 February 2010

ticking

I stripped my bed this morning and decided it was time to turn the mattress. As I looked at row upon row of stripes, I was reminded just how much I like ticking. It's a simple, utility fabric that is probably best known for covering mattresses and pillows.


I love it for it's clean, modern lines - even though it's a centuries-old fabric, it seems bang up-to-date. Pared down, simple and under-stated.


Ian Mankin is probably the king of ticking, and as I've mentioned before, the samples are generous. This gave me the excuse to have a rummage and get mine out, just for a peep. I know, I know, I should make something else with them.

ocean :: mist :: blueberry

I particularly like these ticking stripes - part of the organic range. I've always fancied having an armchair upholstered in ticking.

One day.

17 comments:

ginny said...

i love ticking too!
and thank you for your lovely message dear diana x

Simone said...

I love tickcking too. It looks so crisp and fresh and familiar. I bet Walter would like a big ticking cushion! x

Gina said...

Lovely stripes!

silverpebble said...

I share your love of it Diana. Thanks for showing us your gorgeous little stash.

Floss said...

Gorgeous! My mum used to hate the ticking clothes that were popular in the 80s, but I secretly wished I could have some... Really, though, it's best in furnishing I think.

Petit Filoux said...

That fabric is gorgeous, I love it too now! My mattress doesn't look like that :-(

The Curious Cat said...

I never knew it was called ticking...the stuff you learn! xxx

kristina said...

Oh I adore ticking (you know me!). And I agree Walter would look so handsome on a big ticking floor cushion. K x

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

Such a enduring fabric with an appeal that has lasted down through the centuries.
So what are you planning on making with yours... such a shame to tuck it away and not enjoy its beauty everyday.
Susan

Pomona said...

I have been dreaming of armchairs covered in red striped ticking for many years now - I have always loved Ian Mankin's fabrics - red check is quite tempting, too!

Pomona x

Fiona said...

I wonder why it's called ticking?

dottycookie said...

Oh blimey, you've reminded me just how long it's been since I turned our mattress. Not my favourite job as I always think I'm going to do myself an injury. Lovely ticking though!

Kate said...

Ooh yes, there is definitely something about ticking. I am mad about Ian Mankin too and am very lucky the shop is not too far away from us. Actually I say we're lucky but my husband probably wouldn't put it that way!

Julia said...

Its lovely isnt it, it does remind me of the coast though - perhaps its the muted colour schemes of blues and watery greys!

Have a lovlely weekend,
Julia x x x

Liz said...

I'm with you all - it's the clean homeliness of it, I love that red and white fabric they make glass cloths out of too - the one where it says 'glasscloth' in the stripe...

Ticking stripes said...

I had to comment this one! Can't afford to cover an armchair but have covered a couple of dining chairs in black and white ticking. And I particularly like the reverse side which can be a litle softer interms of shade.And Floss's comment has just reminded me of a pair of ticking trousers I had in the 80s!

Wipso said...

Hi, I'm just popping round to the other members of the 20 minuters to give them the opportunity to join in the Gift draw in our blog shop. It is partly down to the encouragement of MarmaladeRose that I am still really enjoying doing my 20 minutes of crafting every day and this is stocking the shelves in our shop. I hope you will pop over and join in the fun. The draw will be made on Mon 22nd Feb so this is the last week. If you choose to join in Good Luck. :-)
http://sisterscraftycreations.blogspot.com/
Many thanks,
A x