In this DIY natural upholstery video, I’m
going to tell you two reasons why you need a ticking fabric around your wool
wrapped latex cushion. Then I’ll tell you two ways you can sew your ticking
fabric. First of all why do we need to use ticking fabric with wool batting?
The first reason is to prevent pilling. So what causes pilling? The answer lies
in this microscope image of a wool fiber. Once this fiber makes its way
between two threads of a woven fabric these scales or barbs cause it to
migrate in one direction, out to the surface of your upholstery fabric. So you
can end up with this unsightly pilling that just keeps coming out no matter how
much you shave it off. The second reason is to provide an additional layer of
protection for your latex foam from UV damage and drying out.
Granted, it does take decades for latex to reach this crusty condition, but I
like to ensure the best possible longevity for my natural latex cushions.
So what does the best ticking fabric look like? It should be a tight enough
weave so that when you hold it up to the light
it looks opaque and you can’t see any hint of what’s behind it. There are two
different ways you can apply ticking fabric in your upholstery project. The
first way is to cut and stitch your ticking and upholstery cover fabric
together, treating the two layers as one, eliminating the extra step of making a
separate cover. The second way is to stitch a separate cushion cover. In the
next video I’ll be answering some of your questions about using ticking
fabric with different battings and backings. If this video has been helpful
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