When you choose a weaver to create your special cloth that will carry your precious babies, is there something that helps you decide who you choose? Maybe. Perhaps your drawn to their hand dying skills, eye for color combinations, intricate weave structures, or you have a connection to them personally.
If you tried a thick and grippy wrap from a weaver does that mean all their handwoven wraps will be the same? The answer to that is no.
Here we have two very different handwoven wraps created by the same weaver, Stacey Walker of SEWovens.
I’d like to compare some of the wrapping qualities of both to give some examples of how a weavers work can vary. These wraps are both the same size, 3.2 metres.
All Cotton Warp. 51% silk, 29% merino, 20% seacell weft.
Olive Wine is made up of a multicolored speckled warp and natty weft and woven in a diamond weave, which you have to look closely to notice. I don’t feel a ton of cush with this wrap but due to the softness it’s not too diggy on my shoulders. I love all the various colors in the speckled warp, and the natty weft adds a feeling of dressy and classy to this wrap. I can see myself choosing it to wear to a wedding, or a party or some sort.
5/2 Mercerised Cotton Warp, 100% Seasilk weft.
Imagine is a black to grey grad leading to darker purple and fuschia in the middle section. You can see yellow and pink threads woven throughout that really makes Imagine an interesting piece. Upon inspection I quickly realize the artwork put into this textile and want to stare at the weave all day. This piece is a sister to Stacey’s submission to the Loom to Wrap Weaving competition, and is heading to another competition right after it’s time with me. I must admit at first glance this woven wasn’t aesthetically drawing me in, but when you see it in person my mind is immediately changed. Imagine held my toddler so well in a simple ruck with rock solid support, that I can see it being a great workhorse wrap that I would use again and again.
So as you can see from the differences of these two handwovens, any weaver can have multiple styles of wraps they create by changing things like theads, fibres, and weaves. My feeling is that this is the beauty of handwoven wraps, they all have some uniqueness and character. Hand weaving is truly an art that I’ve enjoyed learning about since starting my journey into handwovens.
Thank you Stacey for the offer to try your work, it was such a pleasure having the opportunity to compare two very different wraps. You can follow more of Stacey from SEWovens work here: