Review by Twice Loved and Modern
I'm not even sure where I should start here. When the owner of Apple Blossom Wovens asked me to review a tester a while back I of course said yes as I am always excited to work with a new company. She talked to me about how she was working on a machine woven line that would emulate a handwoven and I thought that sounded so fantastic. I know there are some other companies who have machine wovens that offer the look of a handwoven but I hadn't tried many and I still felt like the machine wovens had that "machine woven" feel to them. Not that there is anything wrong with that but a handwoven definitely has a different feel to it. Let me tell you, I had no idea how blown away I would be!!!! Let's talk about Apple Blossom Wovens Morning Glory!
Company: Apple Blossom Wovens
Name/Design/Description: Morning Glory V1 Natty Weft (prototype)
Material/Fiber/Yarn: 100% Brassard Cotton
Structure: Point Twill
Weight: 280 gsm
Size/Length: 6 (my base)
Wrappee: 22 lb 19 month old
If someone had handed this to me without giving me any information I would have assumed it was a handwoven! I brought it with me to my local babywearing group and everyone there said the same thing, they were amazed. It's no just the appearance but the feel and wrapping qualities as well. This wrap is done in point twill and has the same beautiful diagonal stretch as my twill handwoven wraps. I've had some other twill machine wovens that feel nothing like this, it's so unique. It's not the tight weave that most machine wovens have, it has the movement and drape of a twill handwoven. I received this almost new and there was no breaking in required at all, it's so soft and floppy right away which is a huge bonus for me since I'm super lazy when it comes to breaking in a wrap. The drape is to die for, it almost reminds me of tencel the way it hangs. I think this shines as a base size wrap especially with the diagonal stretch it has, it makes for a glorious chest pass. The passes glide easily over each other and it really molds to you for support. I don't find that it sags even considering the amount of stretch and I would consider this suitable for all ages and all skill levels of wrapping.
I also tested this out with some single pass shorty carries and honestly I think it can definitely rock a shorty as well as a base size, I just tend to prefer minimal diagonal stretch for my shorties so I would choose this as a base size wrap. I didn't find it diggy or sagging in a ruck at all and that's always my test for if a wrap can be a shorty. It's quite supportive and really nice cush for a bigger kid but it's not thick or overwhelming for a smaller baby. It can glide pretty easily through a slip knot which is important for me when it comes to a shorty and while it does make for a thicker knot it's not beastly since it's so soft and floppy.
The warp design is absolutely stunning, it's exactly what I would expect from a high end handwoven wrap. The owner of ABW has experience with weaving and her knowledge shines through in her designs and yarn selection. I cannot wait to see what her future design look like. Once releases get going she is planning a new and unique release every 6 weeks.
Morning glory will be released with a blue, purple, and charcoal weft. This natural weft is a prototype that will not be released but it will likely be a weft for future designs. There will be a pre order available on the website on Sunday November 1st at 5 pm EST that will include 8 wraps and 2 ring slings for each weft. There will be a small release in December as well. Each warp is custom and unique and designs will not be re-woven so this offers a great artistic small batch product that I would expect to hold it's value (which if you're a churner like me is important). Due to the limited nature of this product I would expect the pre order and the release to sell out rather quickly, so get ready to stalk!
Size 3 $150
Size 4 $160
Size 5 $170
Size 6 $180
Size 7 $190
Ring Slings $150