It's slightly embarrassing to admit it, but I begged to have the chance to test these tiles. The blend caught my eye when Sarah posted a photo of it in the CoL twelve days build-up. We all know Woven Wings merino and flax blends are fantastic, so surely this had the potential to be The Wrap To End All Wraps?
The design intrigued me. My first thought was of London Transport seats. This is honestly a compliment - the design of London's tube and bus upholstery has (almost) always been stunning, contemporary geometric patterns that incorporate the colours of that line. But I wasn't sure it would work as a wrap. Wouldn't all those little squares just end up looking too busy?
I should have had a bit more faith in the talented WW ladies. After all I'd had this thought before. The triangular design of the fairies, when seen flat, didn't really excite me. But when I saw Ali's first action shots of Titania, it came to life. Titania is now my longest owned wrap, it will *probably* never leave. Wrapping brings the pattern to life, melds the colours, adds that all-important third dimension.
Tiles, for me, are the same. I was able to try a silk tiles at a sling meet before Christmas and as soon as I'd finished wrapping I noticed the difference. Where the squares may seem busy in a flat shot, their subtle layout comes through in a chest pass, or across the curved back of your little one in a rebozo pass. Wrapping brings this design to life. I have been told that tweaks are still being made to the tiles design - I hope the general aesthetic remains as I really think it already works so well.
But back to the blend. I love it. LOVE IT. LOOOOOOOOOOVE IT. Love it. This wrap combines the qualities of so many others into one single, awesome whole. I think the wrapping qualities are in many ways similar to the flax feathers. The flax makes it a solid wrap, not budging once in place. But the addition of merino gives this blend extra softness, a little warmth (though I would still think this could be used right through UK summers without any complaint) and a touch more cush.
Passes sometimes needed a bit of effort, but this was rewarded by a nice grippiness once in place. Knots were quite big to start with but rapidly decreased as our week together went on. I think it is on the way to being broken in, but I would love to feel it in a month's time - I think it has the potential to become even more smooshy as the flax feathers, and even perhaps the linen geos.
It performed well with DH, though I found my usual CCCB finish was a bit chunky and opted to tie at shoulder more often. Anna (who's a wee little 15m old) normally manages to arch her way out of a FWCC these days unless I spread the passes, but she seemed better contained in this, less able to work herself up and back. Although I predominantly used multipass carries as that's what we tend to do, I did also throw up my lump of a toddler (2.5, 17kg) in a ruck tif too. I can't normally manage more than a couple of minutes carrying him in a ruck, but this did such a good job of distributing the weight across my shoulders that we lasted much longer (until he was begging to be freed to go play with his cars). I think this blend of tiles will make a wonderfully toddler-worthy shorty or ring sling, solid yet soft and cosy.
I have been so, so lucky to be able to try a lot of Woven Wings, through sling meets, holidays and owning. I think an indicator of how good this wrap is, is that I am so sad at posting it on today! I have no idea how long we might have to wait to see more of this blend, but it's very, very exciting and will definitely be worth the wait.
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