Posted October 17th, 2015
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Category Archives: quilting

What Are You Sleeping On? The Ingredients List for Mattress Recipes

What Are You Sleeping on? The Ingredients List for Mattress Recipes  What are you sleeping on? A few of the readers of this article may sleep in a sleeping bag or on folded blankets or quilts on a sleeping mat or an air mattress, especially if they are camping at the time and using a smart phone or tablet. Most of us, however, sleep on beds of one sort or another, also including sofas, futons, semi sleepers, and built-in beds. The most common configuration for a bed in North America is a...

Polyester

[caption id="attachment_565" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Polyester Fiber (Wikipedia Commons [PD]), from photo by Edward Dowlman, taken at Strathclyde University[/caption]  Polyester Polyester, sometimes just called “poly,” is a long-chain polymer.  According to the Federal Trade Commission, a polymer has to be at least 85% esters to be classified as polyester.  There are several kinds of polyester, but the kind abbreviated PET is made into fabrics.  PET is also the substance of...

Wool

[caption id="attachment_471" align="aligncenter" width="640"] "Flock of sheep". Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.[/caption] Wool The simplest definition of wool is hair grown by sheep.  It now includes hair from several types of goats as well as llamas.  Wool is one of the oldest fibers used by humans, and sheep are among the earliest domesticated animals.  From the many breeds of sheep come many varieties of wool, offering many choices to mattress manufacturers and their...

Latex

Latex  is used in several ways in mattresses and bedding. It is commonly used in pillows and mattress pads/toppers.  It can be found in cover quilting and comfort layers on innerspring mattresses.  Even memory foam mattresses may have a latex layer.  Then there are latex mattresses, usually a latex comfort section over a base foam support core.  Some latex models also have a latex support core, either (mostly) a high-density and high resiliency latex foam or (seldom) a solid block of...

The Great Mattress Cover-up

By Wesley Vaughn [caption id="attachment_270" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Cover of WJ Southard Archetype mattress[/caption] Ever since the transition from woven sleeping mats, mattresses have been covered. Whether filled with sawdust, straw, or feathers, a cover—also called ticking—defined the shapes and dimensions of the earliest mattresses. The role of the cover was to hold the loose materials in place. The first cover materials were whatever was available where the mattresses...


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