Saturday, 1 March 2014

Review: Little Fellows 'Ah Hum Golly Gosh'

Brand: Little Fellows
Type: 'Ah Hum Golly Gosh'
Blend: 50% cotton, 50% hemp
Size: 4.5metres

When a lovely friend offered me the chance to be part of her custom order with Little Fellows last summer, I jumped at the chance! Little Fellows are handwoven by a lovely lady who lives just down the road from me in Gloucester (UK). Lisa appears to have a real eye for colour and design, and some of the wraps that have been emerging from her loom are truly works of art. I was confident that our wrap would be beautiful, but also couldn't wait to find out how it wrapped! 
This beautiful wrap has a warp of different shades of turquoise, green, black and grey, and I chose a purple weft, with a turquoise-green weft panel for the middle marker. The end result it stunning! The overall finish is practically flawless, and the hems have been neatly stitched. The tails are blunt (as opposed to tapered), so my 4.5metre wrap, works perfectly as a size 5. It arrived beautifully folded in its own little drawstring bag featuring the Little Fellows logo, along with a little teabag - a lovely touch!
On first arrival, the overall wrap felt slightly beastly. The coloured hemp felt slightly stiff, although the weave is light and airy, meaning the wrap still had a lovely drape to it. Over the last few weeks I have steam ironed it (as hemp tends to love heat), braided it, pulled it (gently) through ring slings, twisted it, and even put it under our bed sheets so that our warmth and weight would help to soften it up. I can now say that it is softening up beautifully. The hemp no longer feels stiff, and the wrap feels like a lovely big blanket. The hemp gives the wrap some texture, but also a lot of support. 
Wrapping with it, and particularly tying the knot, was quite tough to start with, but is now a real pleasure. It makes a lovely ruck wrap, as the softness and thickness give a lovely cush on the shoulders. Now that it is broken in, I can do a Double Hammock variation with ease, as despite have a little bit of texture, the wrap pulls across easily, and stays in place. Although it still feels like quite a thick wrap, its not difficult to wrap with due to its airy weave. My large 2 year old feels practically weightless when wrapped in this beauty!

I would highly recommend Little Fellows wraps. It feels special to have such a beautiful wrap made by a lovely lady who lives so close by (and many of the pictures taken here, feature Gloucester Cathedral, as it felt right to go and get some photographs in the city where it was made!), and the overall finish is beautiful. The coloured hemp takes a bit of work to tame, and I would probably want my wrap to have softened up some more before using it with a very small baby. However, it makes a truly amazing toddler-worthy wrap! I've bought a few Little Fellows wrap scraps, which I believe are 100% cotton, and these arrived feeling beautifully soft, and would be perfect for a younger baby!

After a slightly bumpy start, Little Fellows appears to be going from strength to strength. I really can't wait to see what else appears from Lisa's loom next, and hope that one day I get to add another Little Fellows to our collection.

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