Little Fellows is a relatively new, British weaving company founded in 2013, producing handwoven wraps from EU-sourced materials. They describe themselves as “quintessentially English: finding inspiration in some unlikely places whilst channeling the inner geek” according to their Facebook page which is a description I absolutely love!
I am new to the world of handwoven wraps, with the exception of Girasol wraps, so I was really excited when the opportunity arose for me to be able to test this travelling wrap.
The information provided by Little Fellows prior to the wrap arriving described ‘The Limey’ as a 20% linen & 80% cotton blend woven wrap with a grey weft, measuring at 4.5m. Little Fellows wraps are blunt ended, meaning they have no tapers. They also do not come in the standard sizes (2, 3, 4 etc…) but are measured in half metre increments & the company offer information with regards to their wrap sizes & measuring your wrap here.
The wrap arrived neatly packaged in a little drawstring bag, perfect for storing the wrap in & I, personally, would prefer it if more wraps to came with storage bags as opposed to larger canvas totes as I find myself over-run with totes that I’m probably never going to get any real use out of!
Opening the bag, my first thoughts were how thick & blanket-like the wrap felt, my previous experiences of linen blends have been wraps that have been quite thin & lightweight so I was quite surprised by it, although this could be down to this particular wrap having a lower linen content than others I’ve previously tried.
In terms of appearance, the wrap is made up of varying width stripes in varying shades of green mixed with grey & yellow. The middle marker is a little label with an image of an acorn & a couple of oak leaves that has been stitched to the wrap as opposed to being stitched into the hem. The Little Fellows label is stitched onto the wrap at on end & there is a handwritten label detailing the wrap name & number which is a really lovely touch. Everything about this wrap has a real understated beauty about it that I love.
So. The million dollar question. How does it wrap? Beautifully is my honest answer. The passes move without any trouble, yet don’t feel slippy or difficult to work with & when a carry is completed it feels really secure, even with a knotless finish. The weave is inbetween, so not too tight but not too loose, giving the wrap a wonderful amount of mouldability & it is amazingly cushy on the shoulders!
The first carry I tried was a front double hammock, a carry that can be quite a good test of a wrap & its qualities for me as I find it can highlight any difficulties such as struggling to move passes quite quickly. With this wrap it was a breeze! No problems getting passes into place & tightened, it was just a really nice, easy wrap job & the resulting carry was really comfortable & supportive too. I didn’t have any problems with the wrap having blunt ends either, I had plenty left over to be able to tie a good, solid knot without struggling so it certainly doesn’t cause the wrap to feel like it wraps short. There wasn’t even any pulling on the tops of my arms from the flipped shoulders which is a definite bonus!
Next up was a back double hammock, this is another carry that I find can also show up any difficulties quite quickly but, again, it was a really easy wrap job & passes just glide into place. No problems moving the passes or getting them tight, no problems keeping tension, no sagging with the finished carry, no problems at all! Some blanket-like wraps can have a tendency to feel like hard work to wrap with but this one really is a breeze. You can see in the picture that G is really well supported, even after the walk we’d just been on with no sagging at all. The wrap is smooth across his back with very few creases or loose pockets. It was just so easy to wrap with & so comfortable once the carry was done!
Onto the front wrap cross carry (FWCC) & no problems here either. This is starting to sound like a broken record! Easy to wrap with, easy to get the passes spread & easy to get really comfortable. The FWCC is often seen as the carry to start with as a beginner, this wraps really well & I would see no problems with this being a difficult wrap to get to grips with as a new wrapper.
The final carry was the ruck tied tibetan, a simple, single layer carry. This wrapped easily & despite its blanketyness (is that a word?!?), I had no problems getting a neat tibetan finish. It spread nicely, there was no digging & it was really cushy & supportive, even with my shoulders which have a tendency to be quite picky.
Overall, I really love this wrap. It is one of the more expensive wraps I’ve wrapped with, the retail price for this particular wrap being somewhere around £230 but when you consider that it is handwoven, there are often only small numbers of each wrap (sometimes each with different weft colours) & it takes in the region of 14 hours just to thread the loom, before you have checked the threading or even started weaving, you can see why these wraps cost what they do. Some people would say that ‘for that price, it should wrap itself’ & I would say that it practically does! It wraps beautifully, it is super-comfortable & it has an understated beauty that makes me love it even more.