Julianna Bradford Review: Size 3 Twilight Magenta (Linen) 0
I also got a nice Robbins hip carry with it. It was nice and cozy for the baby and easy to tie a knot even with short tails.
I also used it in a ruck TUB for the 30 pound toddler. It was almost a little too glidey for a fidgety toddler and wasn’t quite supportive enough to wear for very long. But in a longer size it think it would hold up better tied off in front instead.
Oh but let’s not forget about the most important part: THE COLORS
Summary: soft and glidey perfect for baby. Good for toddler back carries too! THE COLORS ARE EVERYTHING.
Brittany Brown Marsh Review: Size 7 Linen Blend 0
Review by Britt Brown Marsh Blog
Blend: 25% Linen / 75% Cotton
So a little while back, I learned about Apple Blossom Wovens through a discussion on longer wraps for plus sized wearers. Shortly following the discussion, Lisa (owner) and I chatted and let me know that they would be offering size 8 wraps which is my base size! I was absolutely THRILLED! She mentioned that she had a size 7 linen sample floating around and that I could try it if I wanted. Of course I said yes. It is rare that a company sends out a size 7 sample for review. When the linen blend Evening Flame sample arrived I was absolutely floored by how SOFT it was. I have never felt a linen blend that was this soft. I actually had to check again to make sure the wrap was machine woven because it reminded me of a handwoven!
I quickly put Maxine (3ft, 30lbs) in a double hammock tied at the shoulder. It was basically like clouds on my shoulders. The wrap molded to us well. The wrap was grippier than expected which was great since I like to do sloppy wrap jobs and this definitely held everything in place. The slipknot did not budge for me once I tightened it in place.
Evening Flame linen was stretchy but supportive with Max. I enjoyed single layer front carries with her. Front Wrap Cross Carry was a favorite for her and me. She constantly asked for front uppies in this one while it visited. I really enjoyed the stretch in the wrap because I could eek out a front wrap cross carry in this base -1 size wrap.
This wrap would be great for new and experienced wrappers. It is awesome for toddlers and I bet would be good with smaller babies as well. It is just a little wide for little babies.
LaKeta Kemp Review and Comparison of Linen and Tencel Blends 0
Linen Blend: 25% Linen / 75% Cotton
Tencel Blend: 50% Tencel / 50% Cotton
Mini Review: I had the pleasure of wearing both blends of the Apple Blossom Wovens Evening Flame. My babies are two years and 29 pounds.
Support: The Linen blend was more supportive than the Tencel. I found that the linen threads seem to balance out the soft stretch of the cotton and prevented sagging and the need for extra tightening in front carries. The only carry I had trouble with was the Popparoo where I just couldn't get it tight enough to keep the poppins finish in place. The regular kangaroo was a breeze in both blends with the linen being a tiny bit more supportive in a front carry than the Tencel.
Glide & Grip: The Tencel had much more glide than the Linen blend and made multilayer back carries amazing as the wrap slid over itself, making for some seriously smooth passes without effort. The Linen had more grip and while the passes were smooth, I noticed the top or bottom rails would fold back on itself requiring a correction to get the pass ultra smooth for aesthetics. The grip in the linen blend made the date night finish an easy one to do, the Lexi twist staying in place and the knotless finish locked tight. Smoothing out the final pass over chest in the Date night finish was easier in the Linen blend than the Tencel, holding better as the grip provided the extra hold.
Softness: The only rival I have worn to date on softness to the recent Apple Blossom wraps are handwovens and Bamboo blends. You definitely have the market on soft for machine woven. Tencel proved to be softer than the Linen although if I hadn't checked the tag I would have said they were identical in softness.
Shoulder Feel: Both were amazing in single layer carries on the shoulder. The Ruck reminded me of the combed cotton in Firespiral Slings in the Tencel being both pillowy and cushy. I was shocked at how pillowy the shoulder was after feeling the heavier GSM of both wraps after Morning Glory giving rise to a greater threads per inch also helping with the support in Evening Flame.
Pliability: Both were extremely floppy, with the Tencel gaining a slight edge over the Linen for moldability. The Tencel blend seemed to wrap more like an ace wrap, clinging and forming to the curves of the body.
Heat Retention: As expected the Tencel retained less heat than the Linen blend. I wore on a series of very cold (for us) days at about 42F over both of us in hoodies and long sleeves. I gravitated toward Evening Flame (pun totally intended) in Linen to help keep us warmer as the wind was high and biting. The next day was the same and the Tencel blend was airy enough in the same carry to give me a slight chill and baby actually kept her hood and hat on.
If I had to choose just one I would probably select the Linen blend over the Tencel but only by a narrow margin and with the knowledge that the Tencel holds much richer colors better than Linen. If I could have a pie in the sky I would blend with all three, cotton, Tencel, and Linen to combine their relative qualities.
Lindsay Brunner Review: Size 7 Linen Blend 0
Blend: 25% Linen / 75% Cotton
I've been fortunate to have a lot of testers and round robin wraps come through here in the last few months and there's one that lingers on my mind- One that felt like it belonged here in my tiny stash, and I miss it a whole lot. That wrap is the
Evening Flame Linen blend tester.
I know there's been a lot of chatter about how the EF wraps are a bit tougher than the Morning Glory wraps, and I can only assume where everyone's mind goes when they hear of a EF Linen blend. Linen tends to be beastly, rough, tough, a burden to break in, but oh so supportive and airy when it's broken. With this being a tester I had assumed that it had been used, abused, and broken into a puddle of kitten belly softness by dozens of mamas before it made it to me. It was so supple, so moldable, so deliciously soft and supportive. When Lisa asked me what I thought of it I said I LOVED it, but I wasn't sure I'd love it from loom state because I hate breaking in wraps. That's when the jaw dropping moment came with this wrap. Lisa told me that it *maybe* had been worn an hour or two before it made it to me. AN HOUR OR TWO!!! This is unlike any other linen I've tried. It was soft, easy, pliable, a puddle of yum... and it was basically just out of loom state. I don't know how it's possible.
I'm not the most experienced wrapper out there. I don't do a perfect double hammock every time like so many awesome mamas do. My middle marker is most often in my armpit, my chest pass isn't always snug, and I tend to have to readjust after a bit. I tossed my five month old up in a quick double hammock and she was high and tight, a great seat (considering her tiny legs), and the chest pass slid right into place. EF tied off with a nice and easy knot, and we were off- no adjusting needed. I wore her for some backyard play with the other tot, followed by a long walk- no adjusting needed at all. The cush on the shoulders was perfect. I don't love poofy wraps, but I do like some cushioning and wraps that pleat well. This wrap hit the nail on the head for me- It has great support from the linen, the perfect density from the beefed up weave, enough grip to stay put without so much that it's a pain to wrap with. Not only did it rock a double hammock, but it rocked a ruck tied Tibetan too! I'm a big ruck fan, and I won't lie, Morning Glory wouldn't have been my first pick for a big kid ruck. Morning Glory is amazing (AMAZING!!) in multipass carries and single pass for small/medium sized babes, but I wouldn't choose a ruck for a long walk with my big girl in MG. I would absolutely ruck on a long walk in this linen blend. It has the perfect amount of cushion to solid wrap ratio that I look for in a ruck wrap.
So this is my plea, Lisa.. Linen!! Linen all the things! Cotton Apple Blossoms are amazing- Gorgeous, soft, great stretch and bounce- But there's something about this linen blend that leaves me longing for more. It's like a first kiss of a boy you had a crush on for a long time- just perfect. Ok, I'll stop gushing and crushing now... until next time.