Potholders with history

Children will be introduced to ticking stripe fabric, that sturdy material which was originally made to encase mattresses and pillows made of straw or feathers, when they make potholders at a workshop offered by the Wilton Historical Society on Saturday, April 22, from 11 to 12:30.

Museum educator Lola Chen will discuss textiles and the long history of ticking, which was woven with natural cotton thread and thread dyed with indigo blue. For many years, ticking was sold only with indigo blue stripes. As time progressed, different colors and patterns were developed and sold. The workshop includes a snack of warm biscuits with herbed butter, which the children will help prepare.

This program is suggested for ages 6 to 12. The cost is $10 per child, $25 per family for members; $15 per child, $35 per family for non-members. Register: at info@wiltonhistorical.org or call 203-762-7257. Wilton Historical Society is at 224 Danbury Road.