Ticking in the 17th and 18th centuries was made of linen and could be either striped or white (natural). When striped it was sometimes red and white (or natural). This ticking is unusual in that it has a herringbone weave although this is very subtle. Certain Hessian regiments during the American Revolution wore red stripe ticking gaitered trousers. Ticking was used to make bed ticks, bolsters and pillows but was also used to make men’s breeches, trousers, waistcoats and jackets and women’s pockets and stays. Ticking was also sometimes used as a lining. In the 1772 The Providence Gazette, an ad included “RAN away . . . a Negro Man Servant . . . had on and carried away with him . . . one Pair new striped Ticken Trowsers”. Unbleached 35/2 linen thread will work well for hand sewing.
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