We were happy to be selected as recent hosts for Clockwise Weaving’s tencel blend, pebble weave, Eastern Point Harbour – which marked a second go for us in hosting a handwoven in this fibre type and in this weave structure.
The colorway photographs really lovely – crisp and clean without being too overpowering or dramatic. It’s both rustic and yet modern, sharper in person and on camera than I expected. While I’ve never been a fan of weft changes in wraps – I was a bit surprised at how little I minded the complete weft change at the middle in this wrap, which really seemed to work with this colorway while at the same time lending a bit of intensity to the warp.
Wear Wise: Straight from a local handoff, Eastern Point Harbour (EPH) was notably soft and floppy – the kind of wrap that spills from your hand with drape. My other tencel experience was with a much more solid and densely woven wrap, and I did have a bit of worry that EPH might be a shade too floppy for both my wrapping jam and for this particular fibre, which has tended to be accompanied by rumors of shiftiness. As with the bamboo pebble wrap we tested for another weaver, I felt that here too the pebble weave maybe provided just enough structure to keep the tencel supportive and from shifting, while allowing the softness of the fibre to shine.
I do think that the amount of flop and yield in EPH may mean it could tend towards more sag with bigger wrappees, and it might not be the most supportive wrap for those wrapping in the higher weight spectrums. Danielle did mention she has adjusted her EPI/PPI on subsequent tencel wraps, and bigger kid wrappees might find those releases more appropriate for their needs. Despite the amount of softness and give, I was comfortable wrapping with EPH, even with a more sensitive 3rd tri preggo back and fantastically fun stretched rib muscles.
Weaving wise: I’m a sucker for good tagging, and the suede tagging on this wrap is a lovely touch. However, I’m also a selvedge perfectionist. This tester’s selvedges were perfectly serviceable, but not as razor sharp as I might prefer in my own wraps.
Customer wise: It’s amazing to me the number of new weavers continuing to enter the market, 2.5 ish years now into my own handwoven plunge. Yet even more impressive to me is the level of interest those new to the market seem to bring in creating products that both fit the smaller market demand, met the same quality standards as those at the higher end of the market, and in ensuring the satisification of their customer bases. My impression from corresponding with Danielle is that she is very receptive to feedback and in producing wraps that meet a certain quality standard, and will make an effort to make the modifications to her products or listen to suggestions as they are given.
Who will like this wrap: Lovers of the soft and floppy handwoven, a la, plainweave Uppy, Paz, Rockabye. Width lovers will appreciate the bit of extra room.
Who might pass on this wrap: Big kid wearers might find the amount of flop in EPH a bit unsupportive and saggy in shortie carries. Perfectionists might hold out for pieces with sharper selvedges.