stack of 'finished' wraps
sewing the 'hand woven by Laura Fry' label into the seam
The thing about weaving is that what you are mostly making is squares or rectangles. Towels, place mats, shawls, scarves, table cloths. Rectangles. Or squares.
Generally if you are making something out of your fabric, you can make any sort of shape you want, like garments. Or bags. Or - well, your imagination is the limit.
I'm not a seamstress. Yes, I can sew - if I have to. But to make a garment that fits well and doesn't look home made instead of hand made - well, I would rather be weaving.
So when I was approached last December about making baby wraps, I thought that would be a great new product for me. I wove a prototype and then could not contact the person who asked me about it - their email elicited no reply, a message left on their voice mail garnered no return call. So I boxed the prototype up and pretty much forgot about it.
Until I met my latest student. :) She's a big fan of baby wraps and essentially wanted to learn how to weave so that she could make herself baby wraps. I remembered my prototype and found it in the store room (a bit of a miracle, really!) and gave it to her to test drive.
Her feedback was great and I revisited the idea with her input. And now I have 3 completed wraps with 3 more yet to come, possibly 4, because I made a couple of them shorter than originally planned.
Whether or not the baby wearing community will be interested in my baby wraps is yet to be determined. But I feel confident I've got a product that will perform well and, well, nothing ventured, nothing gained. And besides, they are rectangles. If they don't sell as baby wraps I can always cut them down into table cloths or something, right?