Welcome Duncan to the team! (and a heads up to anyone with a pet allergy)
A couple weeks ago this sweet little guy, Duncan, joined our family. Since my office/workroom is still the spare bedroom at our house, Duncan occasionally stops in to make himself at home (as pictured). I do move him right away so he can't damage any of the fabric, but just a heads up to anyone who has a pet allergy. If you are allergic to dogs, and have any questions, please feel free to message this page.
-Lisa and Duncan
- Apple Blossom Wovens
February 2017 Lending Library Promotion
- There is no limit to how many free wraps a particular group can receive. For example, if 12 members make purchases, then the lending library will receive 3 wraps.
- All 4 nominating orders do not need to be placed together, they just all need to be made during the month of February.
- When nominating your group, please include the name of the group and a link to either their website, Facebook page or Facebook group.
- Once a group has received 4 nominations, they will get to choose which size wrap they'd like and ABW will select from available wraps in the requested size.
- ABW will pay all shipping charges (including international shipping) for the free lending library wrap.
- Only lending libraries are eligible for this promotion. Teaching libraries, where wraps are used for instruction but cannot be borrowed by group members, are not eligible.
- This offer can be combined with our educator discount. So make sure to email firstname.lastname@example.org
m for more information if you are a babywearing educator or if you are purchasing for a lending library.
This promotion only applies to purchases made during the month of February. If you had placed an order on layaway or made a partial payment on a Midnight Sky pre-order, you can still nominate a group when making your final payment.
Obviously, we need some wraps available for purchase to make this promotion work! Some are stocked on the website right now, and we will be adding plenty more throughout the month of February. Wraps will be stocked randomly on the website without advance notice.
As previously announced, Heirloom Ruby and Midnight Sky will be released by draw-to-purchase. If you are purchasing a wrap via invoice from a draw, you can still nominate your local group by emailing email@example.com
- Apple Blossom Wovens
- Apple Blossom Wovens
Introducing ABW Handwoven Wraps
by Lisa Carter
We have some exciting news! But first, a bit of background: if you've read the About Us section, you'll know that I never set out to start a woven wrap company. It's been a journey that began when I wanted to weave myself a wrap since I couldn't afford the higher prices of the gorgeous handwovens. So I took a weaving class, wove a wrap, experienced the huge amount of work that goes into weaving and was then inspired to find a way to offer something similar at a more affordable price. The only reason for telling you this is so that you'll trust me when I tell you that I know how much work goes into measuring a warp, warping the loom, and then weaving enough yardage for a wrap! It is hours and hours of hard work before you can even throw that shuttle for the first time, and bending over that back beam to thread those heddles can definitely take a toll on one's back. Handwoven wraps are worth every penny of their higher prices because of the amount of work that the weaver puts into every inch of cloth. And while I'm so proud of what we've been able to accomplish with both our Signature and Simplicity machine woven lines, there are certainly some limitations when compared with what's possible when working directly with a weaver on a custom handwoven.
Since first starting this company last fall, I hoped to eventually be able to work with handweavers by providing all of the overhead support. Things like liability insurance and CPSC compliance add a lot of overhead cost, and those costs will only go up once additional testing requirements become mandatory later this year. So I am thrilled to announce that Emily Wood is the first weaver we will be collaborating with! She has been weaving since she was in high school, and has been working with me on the mending/finishing of the Signature Line for the past 9 months. This first handwoven run will be a bit of a trial run, and if everything goes well she will open up some custom slots so you can work with her to create your own custom design. Obviously because of all of the work involved, the price per wrap will be higher than our machine woven lines, but the lower overhead costs will help keep the price a bit more affordable.
For this first handwoven run, Emily will be weaving this gorgeous gradient of fall colors.
The digital mock-up shows how the colors will be pinstriped but it does distort the colors a bit.
The photograph above shows the true colors better.
The entire 20 yard warp will be woven with a brick red weft in a pebble weave structure, and once the wraps are completed they will be sold by draw. Expected completion is the end of October 2016.
Image shows digital mock-up of warp colors with the brick red weft in the pebble weave.
Image shows digital mock-up of warp/weft with close up of the pebble weave structure.
For this first run, the fiber content will be 75% cotton / 25% linen, and Emily will be using the same Maurice Brassard yarn that is used for all Signature Line runs so they’ll be soft and supportive right off the loom. Pricing will be $90 per meter and available sizes will be determined after weaving has been completed. If you’ve been wishing for a bit more wrap width, you’ll be happy to hear that these handwoven wraps will be several inches wider than Signature Line wraps!
Now you may have seen in the chatter group that I was planning to run that design for the Simplicity Line after Midnight Sky. Due to both scheduling delays and some yarn minimum requirements, we won’t be able to run that this fall, so it seemed the perfect design for this first new collaboration! Emily will be doing some weft sampling on the warp, and the current plan is to run a similar color scheme next fall for the Signature Line with a different weave structure and different weft colors. Even though the same warp colors will be used, the difference in width, weave structure and weft colors will be sure to differentiate the handwoven from the machine woven and prevent any confusion.
As a somewhat related side note, the amount of work that weavers put into their work is one reason why I personally am opposed to the practice of flipping or reselling ABW wraps for more than their retail value. Our machine woven wraps are an awesome option for someone on a limited budget. But if you have a flexible budget and can spend $400-$700 on a wrap, then I would definitely encourage you to support a weaver rather than pay an inflated price for one of our machine woven wraps.
As always, if you love the colors from any ABW colorway and would like to use those same colors on your own custom handwoven, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Most weavers work with Maurice Brassard colors, and I can tell you the exact names of the colors that I've used. My only request is that you only use that information for your own personal use, and if/when you were to sell your custom that you not use the ABW name or colorway name in advertising your wrap to sell. (For example, don't advertise it as "used the same colors as Apple Blossom Wovens Morning Glory".)
Alright, stepping off my soap box now! I hope you'll join me in welcoming Emily to this new position with Apple Blossom Wovens, and in appreciating all of the talented weavers who work so hard to create gorgeous wraps with which we snuggle our babies!
- Apple Blossom Wovens
Lending Library Program
Here is the gist of the program: a babywearing photographer will work with their local babywearing group to provide product shots of 4-6 different wraps in exchange for a size 7 ABW wrap for their local lending library. The agreement will require no more than 3 separate photoshoots (of either 1 or 2 wraps at a time), and those photoshoots must utilize local, proficient babywearers of varying gender, size and color. I will need 6 high quality pictures of each wrap photographed, and the photographer is responsible to ensure that images show safe, secure babywearing.
Any photographer who wishes to apply for this program can email some examples of their work to email@example.com. Please also include the name of the local babywearing group you will be working with, and the name and contact information of one of the group leaders that I may coordinate with. If you are selected for the program, I will get in touch with more specific details. Since this is a new program, I appreciate your patience in the time it may take to work out the details and select a group to work with for the next colorway. Let me know if you have any questions!
- Lisa Carter
What is this loose thread?
Just wanted to take a moment and remind everyone of the pictures and videos available on the website. They show how to identify a weaver's knot or bobbin change, and how to identify and repair a pull or a broken thread.
One big change we made in preparing the Evening Flame wraps is what we do with the bobbin change threads - instead of trimming them flush with the selvage, the mill is leaving those threads about 2" long and we're weaving them back into the cloth by hand. After the first wash, the ends of those threads fluff up a bit (like the picture shown below) and can cause concern if you're not sure what they are. You'll also see that happen sometimes with the loose ends from a weaver's knot.
As always, feel free to message the ABW Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns! And if you ever do find a broken thread, free repair kits are always available and include a blunt needle, a needle threader and repair threads for each color yarn used in your wrap.