Apple Blossom Wovens (ABW) is a small, woman-owned business based in Columbus, Ohio, USA.
They manufacture woven wraps and ring slings used for babywearing, and work with small family-owned mills to support the textile industry in the United States. ABW is compliant with all government safety regulations mandated by the CPSC, and all textile laws mandated by the FTC.
Lisa was first introduced to babywearing when she was given a Baby Bjorn during her first pregnancy in 2008. Both of her older children loved those snuggles, and it was particularly useful to have free hands when caring for those first two under two. Baby #3 didn't seem to find the Baby Bjorn as comfortable as her siblings had, so Lisa purchased a Baby K'tan and then a Girasol woven wrap.
After entering the world of woven wraps and falling in love with the beautiful gradient designs of handwoven wraps, a local babywearing friend told her about the weaving class offered by the Columbus Cultural Arts Center. Weaving came easily with her background in other fiber crafts, and Lisa first planned to begin offering custom handwoven wraps to supplement their family income. But after a suggestion from her husband one evening, she began to pursue the idea of working with a textile mill to offer the same quality of wrap but at a more affordable price, and Apple Blossom Wovens was born.
Lisa is the owner of the company, and is responsible for designing each colorway, determining textile specifications, coordinating yarn and textile mill orders, managing the website and social media platforms, responding to any customer service inquiries, maintaining compliance with government safety regulations, checking and packaging wraps for sale and managing releases.
After studying mathematics at the Shippensburg University and the Ohio State University, Lisa is currently a stay-at-home / work-at-home mother. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Phillip and their three children.
Phillip has degrees in both fine arts and accounting, and in 2013 he left his position with an accounting firm to found a residential painting company. His experience both as an accountant and as a small business owner have been invaluable, and he manages the bookkeeping for Apple Blossom Wovens.
Phillip lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife Lisa and their three children.
Kathryn discovered her love of babywearing when her first daughter was born in 2013. First with a Moby wrap, then an SSC, and on to a ring sling which led to the discovery of woven wraps. By the time her second daughter was born in 2015 her obsession with babywearing and gorgeous wraps and carriers was in full swing!
Kathryn's love of woven wraps is a part of her overall love of textiles and fiber. She is a knitting teacher, a knitting designer and pattern writer, an enthusiastic spinner, and an experimental yarn dyer. She works out of her home to lovingly hem ABW wraps and attach middle markers, and will soon be assisting with other aspects of the mending and finishing process.
Kathryn has a degree in history from the University of Maryland and called the Washington DC area home for many years. She is now happily settled in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Jeff and two daughters.
Emily fell in love with babywearing when her son was born in 2010 and continues now with her daughter. Combined with a love for weaving, sewing, and a general love for textiles, mending wraps is a perfect fit. Emily works from her home and helps with the finishing process by carefully checking every inch of each wrap, mending any flaws, and weaving the bobbin change threads back in by hand. Her knowledge of weaving and design software is also very helpful, and she is involved with various discussions about many aspects of the manufacturing process.
Emily is currently a stay-at-home mother but studied mathematics at the Ohio State University. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Colin and two children.