Wrap Review: Woven Wings American Quilt

This wrap is not for the faint of heart. She is thick. She is stubborn. She is a beast to use. She is absolutely perfect for my toddler!

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The most mind blowing thing about this wrap is the blend. Something this thick and dense has to be hemp, or linen, or silk or even mangalitsa pig hair… But it’s 100% cotton!

The new weave used to produce this wrap sets it aside from anything else that Woven Wings has done before and she is very different from the other all cotton wraps.

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I’ve had her here for a couple of weeks now and she is starting to soften up a treat. She is still thick and beastly, and you end up with a knot the size of a dinner plate, but she is also soft and squishy and cuddly, whilst being strong and supportive.

If I had to liken her to another wrap, I’d say she wraps pretty much the same as Didymos Natural Hemp India.

The piece I have measures just over 3m, so I’ve been using her for a wide variety of shortie carries, including a no-sew ring sling, rebozo, ruck variations (CCCB, Knotless and Tub), half JBC, Double Hammock Rebozo, Shepard’s and I’ve even managed to eek out a Double Hammock Tied at a shoulder with her.

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Like the other WWs she is a little in the narrow side at 64cm, and due to her thickness (and the size of the knot), she does wrap a little short.

The passes glide beautifully, not unlike the other all cotton WWs, but the reverse side has a little more texture than the top, which means that they grip in place and stay where you leave them. Obviously this is great if you can get a good wrap job from the word go, but I did find it difficult to adjust my wrap job once out.

The pattern is something we’ve not seen before, but continues on the love of geometric shapes that we have come to expect from WW. It’s subtle yet stylish, and although the raspberry colour is not one I would have picked, it matches any outfit, for any occasion.

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American Quilt deserves a place in every stash, although I really wouldn’t recommend her to new or inexperienced wrappers, or for use with newborn babies, purely down to the thickness of the fabric. But as a Toddler wrap, I’ve never used one better!

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Wrap Review: Woven Wings Silk Noil Geo

Y’all know I love my WWs, but I’m seriously not joking when I tell you that this one is the best yet!

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The first thing you notice about this sling is the smell. The rich, earthy, sweet silky smell. This smell is something I love, although I know many do not. But there was no doubting the blend of this sling. I was told it was 20% bourette (or noil) silk.

Bourette or Noil silk comes from the mulberry silkworm. These silkworms feed continuously on mulberry leaves for 30 days. Then they begin to use what they have consumed to spin this wonderful fibre. Although Bourette comes from mulberry silk worms, it isn’t the shiny slippery silk we usually picture. Instead, it has a rustic look and feel. After the mulberry silk is harvested, the bits that remain are collected, combed, cut and spun into a fibre with a subtle sheen and nubby texture. You can see darker blue flecks and lots of little nubs and stubs in the fibre which give the whole wrap an amazing ‘casual elegance’. Bourette silk is reputed to have a healing, calming effect on the skin, and it has certainly worked its wonders with my grumpy teething toddler.

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This wrap is thin. It’s about the same, if not slightly thinner than the cotton Geos, but the silk fibres are quite chunky, making it a dense and heavy weave. This means that it is a delight to wrap as the passes can be manoeuvred easily but have a decent drape, allowing a decent wrap job, even with the most wiggly of toddlers. The silk also provides the perfect about of grip, holding passes in place easily.

Don’t be put off by the thinness of this wrap either. It is really strong! I went to meet friends this morning and wrapped my Toddler in a double hammock. It was a 45 minute walk there, and I couldn’t feel her weight at all. I find most blends start to get uncomfortable after around 30 minutes, but I could easily of had her up there all day without any issues at all.

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Because of how strong this wrap is, I think it would perform amazingly well as a summer shorty as well as in longer lengths. I’ve tried this prototype in both single and multi layer carries with great success. Although there isn’t a great deal of diagonal stretch (at least, not as much as the merino blend WWs, or the cotton), it is soft and mouldable and will stay solid, even with a wiggly, leaning, leg-straightening, wrap-striking toddler.

The blue silk noil geo has fast become my go-to sling, leaving the rest of my small stash totally redundant. I can assure you, I will be clicking that refresh button repeatedly once the release time for this beauty is announced, as no stash is complete without a Noil!

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Wrap Review: Woven Wings Triangles

Last week my neighbour knocked on the door and handed me a parcel that I wasn’t expecting. I’d had a rough week and was pretty down. Attached to the parcel was a lovely note from Christina and Sarah, saying they were thinking of me, and hoped that this surprise would cheer me up.

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Inside was one of the prettiest slings I’ve ever had the chance to use. The three colours, a rich indigo-blue, a pinky Lilac and a natural ecru-white, really compliment each other and the detail in the weave is delicate, subtle and stunning.

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The hems are immaculate. Very neat, and small enough not to hinder wrapping, but give the rails enough bulk to be able to feel them when wrapping.
This sling is 100% cotton, but it’s soft, floppy, and mouldable.
Passes glide easily into place, and it can be knotted off easily. It doesn’t have the texture that the cotton Geo’s had, so may not have as much grip over longer period of time, however this shouldn’t matter too much as the smoothness of the fabric means that it is easy to wrap with and high, tight, carries are simple to achieve.
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It’s a medium thin wrap, but with a dense weave. This makes it strong yet cushy, and it hold my toddler in single layer carries without any sign of sagging, whilst still being easy on the shoulders.
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This wrap is everything that we have come to expect from Woven Wings, and once again, will not be leaving you disappointed.

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