Droplets Review pt1

     Often, wraps with extremely dynamic designs have difficulty being accurately represented in photographs; their details can never seem to be captured.  The same is true for Droplets.  For part one of my Droplets review, I want to focus on the details of the design. It will be detailed but will exclude wrapping properties and as such, it may not be the kind of review you're looking for overall but I'm hoping you will find parts of it useful in your research. I'll begin by looking at the different colours of threads, then the droplets themselves and their reverse images, and ending with the implications that these thread combinations have on the texture of the wrap.

Left to Right:

Study of Sky Geo, Droplets, Mint Geo

     I don't own a lot of woven wings wraps but what I do own are scraps, which are incredibly useful for colour comparisons. The colours of Droplets are unique from those of other released wings. There is a rich, medium blue; a green or darker mint colour; as well as two whites (with a very slight, nearly indistinguishable variation between the two). The combinations of these threads in so many different ways make the colours transform from drop to drop. When Amy Bower, of The Carrying Works, reviewed the wrap she said that she "could sit and look at this wrap for days! There are so many different colours woven into the wrap and it [made her] wonder if each single wrap will be slightly different." I wholeheartedly agree and do think that each wrap will be distinct, one from the next. Looking at the wrap right next to Mint Geo, the green seems like a darker version of it. The two colours look to be similar up close but if you look at Droplets alone, next to the blue, the drops look less mint and more green. It's as though the uniqueness of the blue forces the darker mint to renounce its lighter companion and take on its own identity. 

Left to Right:

Light Feathers, Dark Feathers, Droplets, Mint Geo, Study of Sky Geo

     I would say this wrap is a confident blue in that it doesn't seem to be a greyish blue or a greenish blue or even a purpley blue - it is just blue. Strong, rich, pure. Looking at it next to other blue wIngs, the Feathers look quite grey and Study of Sky looks like a bright pastel. As part of their countdown to Carry On London, Woven Wings is releasing geekery photos every day on All Things Woven Wings. On October 21, Sarah Condry posted photos of Light Blue Merino Feathers and Cobalt Blue Flax Feathers (which you can see here) and I suspect that they may have used the same or a similar colour of blue for Cobalt feathers as they did for Droplets. When it is woven in combination with the other colours, I feel like it continues to command the eye. It is not subdued by other threads and while it does adapt, it's undeniably the same blue that you see on the background. While the colours of wooly Feathers scream jeans to me, Droplets is so true a colour, it can be worn with jeans but it would feel equally at home with brighter clothing as well.

Note the first three rows of droplets in this photo.

     There is a system to the drops. It is the kind of system that is designed to be random but the chaos is organised, I assure you. How do I know this? Because I would quiz myself. I don't want to ruin the mystery for its future owners, but Droplets has several possible colour combinations and the reverse side is *not* the negative reflection like I had thought! One side's background is blue, and the other is white. So I just assumed that a blue drop would be a white drop on the opposite side but that is not strictly the case.

The first three rows of droplets in the previous photo correspond to the first three rows of drops (which have been flipped) in this photo. You can see that the blue drops third and fourth from the right on the top row of the previous photo are the off-white drops third and fourth from the end on the third row in this photo... see?

As a result of the three (well, four) different colours of threads,           a clever system was designed. Instead of having a straight up colour for a drop, most of the drops are actually a slight combination of colours. For example, the white drops can either be: White 1 + White 2 threads = Solid White droplet; White 1 + White 2 + Blue in equal parts = Faded White droplet; White 1 + Green = Off-White droplet. And the tightness of the weave varies as well, which we'll cover soon. Those are just the droplets that I would characterize as white. Seriously. This thing goes on and on. I'm not the only one who think so, either. When Jenny Ryan had Droplets, she found that it was "a fascinating wrap that you can sit and study for hours, it is remarkable!" These colours and combinations of threads alone are alluring but what makes the design of this wrap spellbinding is the textures that these combinations create.

You can see that some of the drops look quite solid and are coloured while others are a brighter white. These brighter white drops are brighter because they allow much more light to pass through them.

     The background of this wrap is quite cushy but each of the drops subtly adjust the texture. The unique blend of Droplets (91% Egyptian Cotton, 9% Merino) in the Woven Wings body of work means that its texture will be different from the other Woven Wings blends, especially those of other all-cottons or woolies. This blend affects the overall feel of the wrap but the drops add increased dimension. Their changes in texture are easily observed if you hold the wrap up to the light.

Here, the wrap is being held in a single layer, in front of a window with the blue side facing the camera. You can see the different densities in the wrap and the variations within the droplets.

The following photos are not an accurate representation of the colour of the wrap, but they do show how much the thickness of the wrap changes throughout. Some of the weaves within the drops are tidy and firm, while others are loose and fluffy. The different thread combinations are what determine these textures so when a droplet includes multiple spots of colours, there are multiple textures within it. Honestly, I think this is one of the most fascinating aspects of the wrap and a true wrap nerd like myself would be made giddy by such character.  

A close-up look at how light passes through the wrap. 

     Just in case you're going a little cross-eyed, here is a quick summary: there are four different threads (one blue, one green and two whites), and these threads combine to make a variety of interesting looking drops, each with their own respective textures. I worry that my verbose descriptions have somewhat dulled the enchanting qualities of this wrap. However, for those of you who are scrupulous about wraps, I hope that this review has sufficiently tickled your taste buds without ruining any satisfaction you would experience once you meet this bewitching creature. If the pattern was in any way off-putting to you when it was revealed, I would invite you to take a closer look. I am of the same opinion as Kate Macdonald: "This is more beautiful in real life than you can ever imagine." Although not every painting is something I would put in a permanent collection, I can still admire their artists' work. This wrap is one such wrap. I could sit and admire and be content. But after all, this is a wrap, so there are still many fine aspects left to be discovered. I will endeavor to do so in my second review, which will cover the babywearing aspects of this wrap. For now, I leave you with these pictures, to be admired at your leisure. Xx

The droplet in the centre of this photo begins as green with slight additions of white, which transitions to add blue in equal parts to the green, and ends by being equal parts of white and green. The drop on the right of the photo is mostly equal parts white and green, with select blue threads peeking through in assorted lengths (yes, that is on purpose and not errors in the weave). Please excuse any blurriness in this photo. It was difficult for my amateur camera to stay focused on such an extreme close-up.

Again, you can see here that there are so many different combinations of threads used to colour the droplets and that every one of their textures are distinctive.

You can see here that the blue background is only mostly blue with green woven in vertically and slender white threads woven horizontally.

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