Out in Red Deer, Alberta, there is a little wrap company known as West of the 4th Weaving. This year, I was extremely lucky to have West of the 4th Weaving agree to create a custom colourway for Babywearing in Canada. Working with them was amazing, West of the 4th is made up of the husband and wife duo of Nancy and Corwyn Warwaruk.
Corwyn soon began with talk of weft by sending me pictures — pictures of spools!! — asking me if I wanted to do a cotton or flax weft. The flax weft is a light grey, imparting a bit of silver twinkle to the final wrap, and the cotton brings a brightness in with the white.
TWO gorgeous choices, how could I even decide? So I chose BOTH. Yep, that’s how things run when you just can’t resist babywearing porn.
Soon after, Nancy started working on the wrap’s design based on Babywearing in Canada’s colours, red, white and black. When I asked what was her thought process, this is the answer I received:
“Nancy looked at the elements of your logo and dissected out the primary elements. She wanted to design the wrap to be truly Canadian so that when some one saw the design they would immediately think of our country. The red back ground represents the red of the maple leaf, and the general placement of the white makes one think of the blend of red and white of the Canadian flag. The black element represents the outline of the babywearing person. The blend of the white and the black makes one think of the babywearing person in the logo.”
With this thought in mind, Nancy’s design quickly moved from conception to reality.
There is something just magical about working with a weaver on a new carrier. It’s a combination of your vision, and their interpretation. It can be pretty overwhelming to see your baby brought to live in the caring hands of a weaver — especially with a pair like Nancy and Corwyn at the helm. The communication was fabulous and to receive pictures of Nancy looking meditative and zen as she readies the loom to create a piece of wonder, is beyond words.
There’s nothing better than being than wearing a baby wrapped and keeping them close through our hot Canadian summers and cold winters. What do you believe you should call such a wrap? That sums up this country, warm summer days and cold winter nights.
Can you picture yourself wearing your babe in this wrap?
The winner of the naming competition gets first right to purchase. There are only EIGHT wraps available, four flax blend, four cotton.
Each wrap comes with a Babywearing in Canada Conference bag, and a limited edition certificate stating which wrap you have purchased, and in which length.