Went to therapy this morning
before work at 6am...and the process
of un-thawing my frozen shoulder continues.
One good thing I keep hearing about my shoulder,
is everyone has seen worse.
Today I am feeling a bit tired,
so before I grab my own pillow and lay down,
I want to discuss some pillow talk with you all.
(feathers in this pillow came from my gramma B's)
Did you know that Ticking fabric is used to make
both featherbeds and pillows because it is closely woven
so that the feathers cannot come out of it?
Featherbeds and pillows were only for the rich
between the 14th century and up until the 19th century.
Ordinary folks could not afford them,
unless you owned your own farm where you raised
ducks and geese.
Servant girls were sometimes allowed
to take the feathers which
were plucked for their master's suppers
to save for their own beds and pillows
for when they were married. It was one of the perks
of being a servant to certain rich households.
Featherbeds and pillows were so valuable,
that many families added these items into their wills.
(my mom has my gramma's, but it was not in her will)
Did you know it takes approximately 50 lbs
of feathers to make a featherbed....and that was before
a queen or king bed came into fashion.
Chicken feathers are too sharp to use and they do not
have enough down (belly feathers)
Since down feathers are smaller and softer,
they are primarily used for pillows.
Ducks and geese feathers are used.
Early pioneer settlers used featherbeds as insulation
in the Winter. They would sandwich themselves in bed,
and have one on the bottom and one on top.
(gramma B did this for my sister and I in her farmhouse)
Feather beds and pillows would need
to be re-arranged each day,
or fluffed out as Gramma H would say.
Even though both my gramma's had many beds and pillows,
they continued to save feathers to add more feathers
to the ones they had every 2 or 3 years.
My mom re-ticked my gramma B's pillow
and gifted it to me a few years back.
The old blue tick was getting to many holes,
and my mom could not save it any longer.
She did complain that the new ticking fabric is not
like the old kind, so I will be on the hunt now for
some of the older fabric.
Do you have feather pillows or beds in your home?
If so, how do you like them?
I prefer feather pillows over the foam ones.
Pillow Talk Blessings To All!