Batting

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Quilt Batting
Generation Quilt Patterns

Description

A soft cushion of loosely matted fibers. Batting is used for padding and insulation in upholstered furniture, cushions, packing, and quilts. It is usually made from Cotton, or polyester, and occasionally Wool. For museum applications, 100% heat-bonded polyester batting is recommended. Some battings that are resin bonded may include materials that off-gas or attract pests.

Synonyms and Related Terms

batt; stuffing; wadding; padding, Pellon

Polyester Batting
Credit: University Products

Applications

  • Cushioning and fill in cavities around stored or packed artifacts
  • Incorporated in padded textile hangars or stockinette tubes

Collection Risks

Batting fibers can easily snag on small object parts. Additionally, polyester fibers may be abrasive. This may be mitigated by separating batting from the object with a fabric or non-woven layer.

Phisical and Chemical Properties

Cotton fibers are hygroscopic and may provide some humidity buffering, but the batting tends to flatten with time. Polyester is non-absorbent, pest resistant, and provides cushioning 'memory' (PACCIN)

Forms/Sizes

Roll lengths vary and widths typically 40” or 45” up to 90”. Thickness (referred to as "loft") ranges from .007” to 1”. Can easily be stacked to achieve more substantial thicknesses. Some versions provide easily separable layers.

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Rachael Perkins Arenstein, Lisa Goldberg, and Eugenie Milroy, ‘Support and Rehousing for Collection Storage’ In ‘Preventive Conservation: Collection Storage’ Lisa Elkin and Christopher A. Norris (eds.), Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, New York. 2019.
  • Preparation, Art Handling, Collections Care Information Network (PACCIN)
  • Marjorie Shelley, The Care and Handling of Art Objects, The Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1987
  • Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Dictionary of Fiber & Textile Technology (older version called Man-made Fiber and Textile Dictionary, 1965), Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Charlotte NC, 1990
  • Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles, Phyllis G.Tortora, Robert S. Merkel (eds.), Fairchild Publications, New York City, 7th edition, 1996
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1.998

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