Choosing which wrap to buy can seem confusing at first! Not only do you have to decide on which design and colours that you think would suit you best, you also need to work out what blend and weight of wrap you want! It can almost be enough to put you off buying anything at all…(almost)!
When a wool wrap changes significantly from loom state after washing, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is felted. It is okay for a wrap that is 50% wool to feel- woolly! Continue reading
We have worked hard to find a repeatable source of easy to use, easy to care for, machine washable wool, and this is a post that gives you a more in-depth look into our standard lines of wool weft and the different ways we use them.
There are two terms that are a regular part of the babywearing vocabulary relating to movement in the cloth structure- “perma-creasing” and “thread-shifting”. It is useful for us all to be on the same page when it comes to terms like this, so our definition of the two would be:
** This post refers only to Firespiral wraps; wool comes in many forms and we cannot speak for wool wraps made other companies. Follow individual manufacturer guidelines when caring for your wraps**
**Please note that this article is about washing our 25% merino, 75% cotton wraps and that we at Firespiral recommend that you follow the washing instructions on the care label of your wrap**
‘Loomstate’ describes cloth that has come off the loom having been woven, but still requires ‘finishing’ to complete the process. Until the cloth has been ‘finished’ it will still retain some of the tension that it was under during the weaving process, and the cloth won’t feel or behave the way it was intended to.
For us, a good wrap is one that really moulds to you and your baby. Being able to hug the contours of your body closely means that it is easier to tighten evenly and remove any pockets of slack that would otherwise get trapped in the carry. It is this slack that gradually gathers together and creates movement and sagging in your wrap job, causing discomfort. Removing it at the start allows you to still be comfortable hours after you first tied the wrap!
So as our new wraps are starting to be sent out we thought we’d give you an important reminder….
When you receive your new wrap (and this goes for any wrap, not just ours) you MUST wash it first. Check it over, admire it for a moment and then get it washed!! Don’t be frightened- its only cloth and there are clear instructions in the booklet and on our website.
The reason we say this is not just to remove and dust that might have accumulated during weaving, it is because the first wash changes the structure of the fabric. Until you have given it a wash, the wrap is NOT ready for use. Cloth is woven under tension and a first wash allows that to dissipate and lets the weave contract, the yarns move into their correct position.
Not only will it feel nicer, it will also be less prone to pulls and thread shifting as each of the threads will be properly secured in the weave structure.
So please wash all your new wraps, and spread the message to others. That first wash is very important and will make a big difference we promise!