Monday, September 29, 2014

Tangled Weaves - handwoven and gorgeous

Aussie weavers are awesome.
Well, this one is. Tanya of Tangled Weaves was introduced to me by another babywearing mama. She has a sparkly, irrepressible personality, tells it like it is and doesn't beat around the bush. Somehow all these qualities are imparted to her wraps. 


She's also a meticulous weaver with incredible selvedges and an eye for detail. Start stalking now.


We hosted a gorgeous tester twill - purple zigzag, in bubblegum tones and with contrasting teal tails.

 Out of the package I was impressed. Amazing tension, a lovely crumple in the hand, promises of cush and bounce whispered seductively... Guess what our favorite wrap became. 
Yeah. 


I could rave about the loveliness of a wrap that lets you ruck a 14kg two-year-old effortlessly, the weave that locks into place and holds a half-knot under bum without skipping a centimeter, or the fabulous, endless cush and textile intricacy of a high-contrast twill.

I'm just going to tell you I've experienced the comfort of this wrap myself... And to stalk Tangled Weaves ;) 



Please note that I have not been paid to write this review. Any and all opinions expressed are my own. 


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fidella HAPPY woven wrap review and giveaway!

If you've been around here a while, you might remember that I've reviewed and given away a Fidella wrap before ;) 
Just like Shiva spirit, Happy arrived in it's own dust bag, smelling delicious and in loom state. After a quick wash, it fluffed out a little and proved itself to be another lovely mouldable thin jacquard. 




 It's totally whimsical and entirely sweet - we all feel happy carrying our babes, and in a rainbow? Well, that's perfect! 





Measuring 80 cms wide, this wrap is particularly suited to toddlers. Like shiva spirit, I don't think I would love this as a shortie, but it's going to be a gorgeous summer wrap.


I love stripy wraps for beginning wrappers and rainbows are top of the pile for ease of distinguishing rails and encouraging good technique - strand by strand tightening? Easy! just pull each band of color! The suppleness of this wrap makes it easy to snug, and starting with a thin wrap really reminds you to work the fabric to tension evenly and without digging.



The verdict? Brilliant baby wrap, good with toddlers. Very soft, floppy and thin for new babes, will win at summer (feels quite similar to Vatanai Koira), has a tiny knot and is just so damn HAPPY! 

The best part? Thanks to the generosity of the lovely people at Fidella, I have one to GIVE AWAY!




Please note that I have not been paid to write this review. Any and all opinions expressed are my own. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Bloomylooms woven wrap review

Hungarian company  Bloomylooms certainly have their graphics under control and on trend! 

This cute all-cotton owl wrap came to me in a size 4 that's perfect for FWCC tied in front, half FWCC, a quick ruck or a tight DH. 


Owls is quite light in hand, around 230gsm, and will be a nice summery wrap as the weather warms. Washing lifted the pattern and gave the weave a little more texture, but I found it to glide and knot quite easily. You can see how mouldable this was and and how nicely it pleats in a pass! 

While this felt quite comfortable in a multi-pass carry with Audrey (2yo, 12kgs), I would call it more of a baby wrap than a toddler wrap. In a ruck this needed some careful tightening to remain  evenly spread and doesn't have a lot of cush to mask a sloppy wrap job. Of course, this means you can coax it into wrapping like a second skin, so this is very much about your personal preferences as a wrapper."


I do love the cool color palette and retro styling of the pattern- the owls are top-and-tailed, so there's no such thing as upside-down, and wrong side out looks just as lovely as right. 


Please note that I have not been paid to write this review. Any and all opinions expressed are my own.