Often called "mattress ticking" (because it was primarily used to cover mattresses), ticking comes in several 2-color combinations. It feels almost like denim to the touch. The threads that are woven from side to side are called the “weft” and the threads that run the length of the fabric are called the “warp”. The weft threads are always white or natural in ticking with the warp threads alternating colors to create the stripe.
Ticking is often made from 100% cotton fibers but can be also found blended with polyester. You can use ticking for all kinds of projects, from clothing and bags to upholstery and bedspreads. It can also be used in place of canvas as a terrific background for painting or various dyeing techniques [Check out KMM ALL ABOUT DYE for interesting dying methods}. Ticking’s elegant stripes look exciting when they show thru a swirling tie-dye pattern or a hand painted design like our two projects today.
We explored two different painting styles using two different mediums. One method has sharp lines and realistic forms while the other has sketchy lines and abstracted forms. If your art is to be hung on a wall you can use acrylic paint. Use fabric paints if you may need to wash your painting.
- Acrylic or Fabric Paint
- Tape or T-Pins
- Foam Core (optional)
- Step 1:
Cut the ticking to the size you like. We cut 2 pieces 45” square which matched the width of the fabric measured between the selvages, the finished edges of the fabric.