Handweaver Focus: Feather & Hay (again!)

I first wrote about Feather & Hay here when I owned the stunning Vintage Purple. Since then, Georgina the weaver has moved to Scotland and now creates “Wild stories woven into Scottish fabrics”. Her work is inspired by the unique beauty of the British landscape and celebrates the natural world and rhythm of the seasons. There is a clear focus on sustainability, low impact manufacturing … Continue reading Handweaver Focus: Feather & Hay (again!)

Travelling with children: How to decide which slings to bring

Having travelled extensively with both children, we’ve become pros at packing light. With everything, that is, except baby carriers. When each holiday rolls around, the usual argument begins – which slings to bring. The husband and I both like to carry the youngest (and occasionally the eldest) but we have our own preferences. With the Summer travelling season almost upon us, and hoping that we … Continue reading Travelling with children: How to decide which slings to bring

Woven wraps: Fibre types and qualities

Another vlog from me today on fibre types in woven wraps, and their properties and qualities. Apologies for the poor lighting, the sun came out just as I started to film! The video discusses cotton, linen, hemp, wool, silk, viscose, tencel and bamboo, featuring the following wraps: Cotton Oscha Kasumi Fiend Angelica Firespiral Woodsprite Burnish Birch Trees Firespiral Aurora Australis Starmap Firespiral Aurora Obsidian Curves … Continue reading Woven wraps: Fibre types and qualities

Review: Linuschka Owls Linen Tester

Linuschka is a fabulous woven wrap brand, made in Germany, and run by Oxana Shmatova from Russia. At the higher end of the woven wrap spectrum, Linuschka wraps feature clever repeating patterns which work either way up. Known for having unrivalled cush, these wraps are truly pieces of art. Linuschka Owls Tester Weight: minimum 300gsm Blend: 38% organic cotton, 38% egyptian cotton, 24% linen Size: … Continue reading Review: Linuschka Owls Linen Tester

Babywearing in France

On our most recent trip to France, I was thrilled to see that babywearing seems to be a lot more popular and mainstream. On previous trips I’d only noticed a few buckle carriers, often worn by people who were clearly tourists. During our trip, I saw numerous buckle carriers, including an Ergobaby and a soft stretchy buckle carrier similar to the Je Porte Mon Bébé … Continue reading Babywearing in France

Review: Firespiral Woodsprite Burnish Birch Trees Wrap

Firespiral Slings is based in Bolton. Their wraps are designed and woven in the UK and their designs are inspired by the universal patterns in nature and perfectly reflect the natural landscape of the UK. Woodsprite Burnish Birch Trees Weight: 275gsm Blend: 100% cotton Size: Originally a 5, chopped to a 3 I originally tried a tester of this wrap at Northern Sling Exhibition 2017. The cotton … Continue reading Review: Firespiral Woodsprite Burnish Birch Trees Wrap

Review: Firespiral SETI Cascade Starmap

Firespiral Slings is based in Bolton. Their wraps are designed and woven in the UK and their designs are inspired by the universal patterns in nature and perfectly reflect the natural landscape of the UK. SETI Cascade Starmap Weight: 305gsm Blend: 57% cotton, 16% viscose, 27% linen Size: Originally a 5, chopped to a 4 As soon as I saw the cascade warp, with its undulating teal … Continue reading Review: Firespiral SETI Cascade Starmap

Review: Firespiral Swell Octarine Seafoam Wrap

Firespiral Slings is based in Bolton. Their wraps are designed and woven in the UK and their designs are inspired by the universal patterns in nature and perfectly reflect the natural landscape of the UK.   Swell Octarine Seafoam uses their Alchemy weave, which is looser and softer. It is a fairly thick wrap at 290gsm. Blend: Tri-blend: 65% combed cotton, 20% Merino and 15% linen Size … Continue reading Review: Firespiral Swell Octarine Seafoam Wrap

Wrap Scrap Craft and Accessories

If, like us, you have a toddler and babywearing is become less and less frequent, you may be looking for other ways to enjoy woven wraps when your baby is older. I love to sew and craft, so have been making use of a few wrap scraps to create some projects. Wrap scraps are readily available from most woven wrap brands. Firespiral Slings sell them … Continue reading Wrap Scrap Craft and Accessories