Anjela Bugher Review: Pleated Ring Sling 0
I had the great fortune to try out the Apple Blossom Wovens ring sling tester -- the Morning Glory v1 warp with the elusive natty weft. This was a gorgeous sling that was soft and blankety from the moment I touched it -- I gather it didn't need much breaking in, since I know it's still early days in its traveling career!
What you should know about me: I've been wearing my baby for the last six months. He's 9 months old now, and I've tried just about everything -- stretchy wraps, woven wraps, handwovens, mei tais, SSCs, and ring slings. Until recently, I would reach for a woven wrap in my base size above everything else, but over the last month or so I'm grabbing ring slings more and more often.
We came late to ring slings because my little guy is a notorious seat-popper. Turns out he really just wants to look around, so wearing him on my hip solves that problem. Even so, I like a RS with a LOT of stability -- too much stretch and it feels like he's going to wriggle loose. In spite of the fact that he's far from a toddler, I tend to prefer "toddler-worthy" wrap conversion ring slings, usually something with some linen or hemp -- I want something rock solid!
I wondered whether the Apple Blossom Wovens tester would work out for me as a ring sling. It's SO soft and SO cushy -- it was hard to imagine that something that pretty and blankety was going to keep my baby where I wanted him.
I threaded the rings and set up for our usual hip carry. The pleats were a little tricky to maneuver around, but I think that's a personal preference thing -- I'm a gathered shoulder kind of girl, and given the cush in these wraps, the pleats made for a shoulder that nearly felt padded to me. I'd love to hear from users who have a strong preference for a pleated shoulder, because I'm curious what their experience with this shoulder style is like. However, I know ABW is going to be releasing a gathered shoulder version of their RSs, too, so if I were ordering one, I'd get the gathered shoulder.
Getting my baby tightened in was no trouble at all. The tail slid easily through the rings, but not so easily that it felt slippery -- just enough that I could adjust the sling without any difficulty, and I never had trouble with the fabric bunching up. I got my baby into position, and...
...he stayed put! I was a little surprised, I have to admit. He's 18 pounds now and I've felt him nearly bounce off the ground in some of the RSs I've tried! But in this case, he stayed where I wanted him, and even after walking around a good bit, I never felt like he was going anywhere. This is a strong wrap, no sagging or unnecessary stretch or bounce. But it doesn't have the rigid feel of a beastly linen blend or a hemp blend; it's just that perfect combination of cush and support. I was really impressed!
Of course, just because I like something doesn't mean my baby's going to like it. I chased down a DISO a few months ago that he protested with a vengeance. When something's not for him, he lets me know it.
The ABW wrap? Nearly had him snuggled into a nap within minutes of putting it on. I think the only thing keeping him awake was his curiosity about the interesting places we were taking our pictures.
As for weight and breathability, it worked great for me. I have no doubt that a multiple-pass carry would be comfortable with these wraps -- in spite of high temperatures and humidity, I was perfectly comfortable, not too warm at all.
People generally say you can't have everything, but this really hit it out of the park for me on all sides. Cush? Check. Support? Check. Easy to get my baby where he needed to go? Check. No difficulty tightening? Check. Breathable even in the heat? Check. And it's gorgeous, of course! The killer price point is also a huge plus. The only hard part is going to be getting your hands on one, but hopefully that's one that will ease over time.
Thanks so much, Apple Blossom Wovens! I can't wait for the next release, and the next, and the next, and the next...
- Lisa Carter
Erica Morris Review: Size 4 Cotton 0
Morning Glory v.1 (blue weft)
I had the distinct pleasure of hosting this wrap last week. My first impression was wow, look at those colors. Deeply saturated and just stunning. Second thought, it's so soft and floppy I would put a squish in this in a heartbeat. I have 3 littles ranging from 9 months to 4 years and I tried this out on all 3. It held a slip knot remarkably well for having seemingly no grip. Once tightened that knot did not move. The support for my nearly 40 pound preschooler was fantastic. I was not cushy by any means but didn't seem to get diggy. I still wouldn't ruck her for long periods of time but that's more because I'm not up for 40 pounds of kid for very long. I'm normally all for long wraps and pretty chess passes but I absolutely loved this in a 4. I was amazed that it pleated itself every single time. In short, it's a very well rounded wrap with qualities that would suit a newborn up to a toddler.
- Lisa Carter
Brittany Snyders Review: Size 6 Cotton 0
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
- Lisa Carter
Pamela Janovyak Review: Pleated Ring Sling 0
Morning Glory v.1 (natural weft)
Note: We will be offering both pleated and gathered shoulders.
Oh the CUSH. Can we talk about cush? Cush for DAYS. I wore my 28lb toddler and loved it. I could have worn him a lot longer if he'd let me! I thought it would be overwhelming for a newborn, but my friend wore her 7 weeker and she found it soft and squish-worthy. The tester was extra long, so I put my 7mo in a reinforced rebozo TAS, and easily wore her for an hour. Weightless!
I didn't like the pleated shoulder. To be honest I'm a gathered girl, but I can do some pleats. This wasn't one of them. It was sewn well, but the padded part was too long for me - I'm petite, and the rings hit me below my "sweet spot". Because of its thickness, this wrap is not the easiest to tighten through the rings- even for a veteran RS wearer, I kept getting things jammed up. I wore it every day and towards the end of the week it did start gliding easier, so I'd say it will need a little breaking in where the rings are. Nice thing though is the different colored rails- that's great for keeping things straight if it gets twisted, or for tightening. I always recommend different colored rails to newbie wearers for that reason.
Speaking of rails: I loooove the unhemmed rails. It gives such a cool rustic, handwoven quality. And the color. The color!! So. Pretty. The attention to warp colors is beautiful, and just as thoughtful as a handwoven. I couldn't stop taking pictures of us snuggling in Morning Glory!
- Lisa Carter