We had the latest Librarian wrap from Firespiral Slings visiting for a test run and here’s what we thought.
Librarian design was originally released as a teaching wrap for sling libraries and consultants with a repeating geometric design that differed on the rails. Later this design was made available as a general release in two colourways.
The latest incarnation of the Librarian features a different design and uses the Festival, Starmap and Tentacular Spectacular patterns to split the wrap into 3 distinguishable sections which are helpful for teaching and learning – more on that later.
The wrap is 100% cotton, meaning it is easy care, but it is also strong and has the special Firespiral kitten belly soft cush that their cotton wraps produce. The Twilight warp is a rich navy blue as the Golden weft really does look golden against it, not just yellow, and the wrap has beautiful shine. It is easy to wrap with and has a nice combination of grip and glide with the top and bottom rails being slightly me grippy than the middle section.
I want to give special mention to some of the features that make this wrap particularly good for learning with but this isn’t just a wrap for beginners, the eye catching design and wrapping qualities I’ve already mentioned make it suitable for everyone. For Team Starmap this wrap has the added benefit of being able to see the full design across the middle.
I am particularly impressed with this design from a teaching and learning perspective and here are a few of the reasons why:
- Three easily identifiable sections so you can quickly see whether you are working with the top, midde or bottom sections which is useful when learning to tighten across the width of the wrap and when positioning passes.
- The top and bottom edges are different colours which also helps to ensure you are working with the correct section.
- There is a definite blue side and gold side to this wrap so it’s easy to differentiate between the different faces, this is particularly useful if you are trying to put a flip into a carry or have accidentally flipped the wrap.
I am not visually impaired and I recognise that not all people who are visually impaired have the same needs or experience however there area couple of elements to this wrap that I think could be particularly useful:
- The navy and gold are high contrast colours, for some people this will make it easier for them to differentiate the patterns (some of the original Librarian wraps do not have such high contrast colours).
- The three sections feel different to one another. I already mentioned that I am not visually impaired but as someone used to using my other senses I was able to tell the three sections apart from feel alone. This could be very useful for someone is completely blind and more adept than I am at using touch for information.
I’ve been really impressed by this wrap and although I wasn’t sure it was one I would like (my brain likes order, symmetry and matching!) I have found it to be rather beautiful.