I won't talk aesthetics here, as this is not the finished article where the placement of those cute little squares are concerned. However I shall proceed to waffle on about wrapping qualities. So grab a cuppa & settle in...
I'm a few people down the line for hosting this, so I can't speak for how it feels brand new. I can say that if it happens to be stiff when new then persevere because this wrap was soft, like a cosy favourite blanket, when it arrived with me. It felt like it had a bit of weight behind it as it flopped out of its bag, but there is a fluidity to its nature and a touch of airiness to the weave despite it's density & weight.
You won't find the 'peaks & troughs' in texture here that you see with a silk geo design, but those little nubs & slubs from the Bourette add a world of little textures & variations in colour that dance before your eyes.
The first time I properly wrapped with this was in a windy field with hands freezing in the cold. That texture really lent itself to feeling my way through the process, the grip it provided ensuring my passes did not slip out of place & even a slightly loose wrap job held rather well.
Onto the nitty gritty:
This was a size. 5, I'm wrapping a 23 month old, she's verging on the smaller & lighter end of the scales for her age group, though she knows how to make her presence felt when needed!
She succumbed to the power of the wrapnap on a couple of occasions & I'll happily admit this wrap stood up well to the test!
In a FWCC with flipped shoulders & passes spread I carried her for over an hour without digginess or sag.
On the back I found single layer carries to be comfy & supportive. There is some bounce to this fabric, which helps to mould it in the seat & give comfort to the shoulders. So If you're wrapping a heavier load, take a minute to fold those shoulders in a single layer carry & that 'Cush' on the shoulders should remain.
Multilayer passes for me worked really well, the grip is present when passing the fabric over itself but I didn't break into a sweat getting them spread. The top rail remained snug as I pulled the fabric down & made a second seat in a DH thanks to the grip! Spending those extra few minutes working with the fabric meant there was no adjusting needed on a long walk. The fabric stayed put. Supportive & comfy.
Onto the hip: I must admit my first choice of a robins had me battling a little to tighten. The 'cross' of fabric at my shoulder just wouldn't move against itself. Following the slack of fabric & tightening by following the lines through worked well to get results. The 'payout' for this was a really solid carry, that supported a sleeping toddler through a train ride plus a walk either end, plus 1/2 an hour in a busy exhibition. Two layers of wrap on the shoulder felt a little bulky, but again, spreading & folding those passes kept them neater.
I enjoyed a poppins, the spread passes were easier to get snug & again that grip really helped. If you like a shorty, I imagine this will make a lovely rebozo on the hip.
In a thicker wrap I tend to finish knotless/CCCB/TT & these all worked really well for me. I struggled to tie under bum, just in terms of working against the grip to get a snug finish. (Though if I'm honest, I'm not a fan generally so will go with alternatives as a rule.) When I did tie off with a knot it held true & wasn't so huge as to be intrusive, if you prefer tiny knots though, go knotless or with rings
I'm interested to see this design in its final form & in different colours. Though I love the retro feel of the mustardy yellow, red & blue, they are unfortunately not colours I can easily wear.... Bring on the blues & greys please!
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