Babywearing Review: Blossoming by Aeva Handmade

A close-up shot of a biracial Asian and white toddler with dark hair and dark eyes being worn on someone’s back in a mostly pink wrap. The child is looking slightly off-camera, and only his nose and eyes are visible, as he has the bottom half of his face tucked into the top rail of the wrap. The shoulder pleats of the wrap job can be seen in the top right corner of the photograph

OMG. I can't even believe the day has come - I'm actually reviewing a wrap I made!


Size: 3.2m length (a size 3)
Fiber blend: Merino wool warp, hand dyed with natural dyes. Cotton-hemp weft, hand dyed with commercial dyes in pinks, purple, and turquoise.
Carries tried: Ruck TAS

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This wrap was a labour of love from start to finish. It all began when I was inspired by the amazing pieces featuring botanical dyeing during the Great Competition Of Weavers. Some of the ones I recall just blowing my mind were pieces by Bianca at Color Natura Hand Wovens, Louise at Muma Bear Handwoven, and Brianna at Moth and Moon Fibreworks. I was immediately curious about the process behind botanical dyeing.

And after a bit of research, I decided to just go for it! Between hikes around the forests nearby (where eucalpytus trees are aplenty, and where my kids had immense fun picking leaves off of the forest floor) and left over vegetable matter from my cooking (including onion skins, beet root, and purple cabbage), I managed to dye quite a bit of merino wool yarn.

A top down shot of a row of skeins in different colours, laid out on a cream-coloured furry rug. From left to right: purple, pink, coral, yellow, light green.

As I tossed around ideas on how to use the yarn, including making neckwear, I realized that I had enough botanically dyed yarn to make a wrap. So up onto the loom it went! Mind you, none of this was pre-planned or inspired by photos or anything. I just went with what I got, and hoped for the best!

A warp going into a raddle. The yarn takes up the entire image, with pinks in the foreground and yellows in the background.

It took me a couple of weeks to decide on weft colours, mainly because I didn't want to dye the weft using botanical sources (due to it being hugely labour intensive), and also because I was torn between having a more pastel look or a more saturated look.

In the end, I obviously went with what I personally love - deep, saturated, and dramatic colours. After a bit of weft sampling, I went with a vibrant pink with pops of purple and turquoise.

Closeup shot of weft sampling piece. Top to bottom weft colours: Blue, pink, yellow, white, and black.

Image is a photo of a woven fabric on a loom taken from a slightly sideways angle. The colours are mostly pinks and yellows, with bits of pink, purple, and turquoise throughout. The weave zig zags across the fabric. In the background, a dark wooden shuttle containing a bobbin full of purple, pink, and turquoise yarn is visible. The legs and treadles of the light wood loom are also partially visible.

I could not love it more!

 A close-up shot of the wrap lying flat on a table. The texture is highly visible, and creates a chevron effect. The mostly pink wrap takes up the whole image, and there are pops of different colours including purple, turquoise, and yellow

Blossoming is a medium-thin wrap that is heavy in hand but easy to handle. This wrap has plenty of grip due to the weft fiber and the highly textured weave. It already is quite soft after a bit of wear, but will soften more with use, I’m sure.

Blossoming also makes effortless shoulder pleats (see the action shot at the very top of this post!) and is surprisingly cushy - two qualities I’ve always loved in my wraps, and am beyond chuffed that I’ve somehow managed to achieve!

A close-up shot of the mostly pink wrap, with pops of turquoise, yellow, and purple, which is scrunched up on a wooden table

Blossoming is excellent for toddlers even in single-layer carries - I tested with my Adam (15kg at 3yo) and it was still comfortable on my shoulders, I promise! I wouldn’t recommend it for a squish, but it’s definitely great for slightly older bubs.

I chose this name for this wrap not only for the floral connotations (pinks always brings florals to my mind!), but also for its significance in this period of my career as a weaver. As someone so very new to this craft, I am still blossoming, and with every piece I produce, I develop my skills - I blossom and grow - that much more.

An almost side-on photograph of a tri-folded wrap upon a wooden table, with the focus on the twisted fringe, which are in shades of coral, pink, and yellow

This wrap is going to be up for sale via a draw on the Aeva Handmade chatter group, ForAeva After. Please join ASAP, because I'll be doing the draw in a couple of days! You should also Like the Aeva Handmade FB page and follow Aeva Handmade on IG while you're at it, haha.

I am a combination of proud, excited, and nauseatingly nervous to share my work with the world, so thank you for your support. It is very much appreciated!

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