Creating photography props – hand-dyed baby wraps

You know what it’s like when you buy something online and it turns out to be slightly different to what you imagined. The size isn’t right, the colour’s not exactly like the one in the picture. It’s previous experience of this that deterred me from buying baby wraps online.

I needed to buy so many wraps in a variety of colours to compliment the photography set as well as the clients taste, I didn’t want to get it wrong. If I’m honest with you I didn’t want to spend £15 on each wrap either! So yet again I set out to create my own and create my own collection of colours. It couldn’t be too difficult, surely?

I searched around for a natural fabric. It had to be light weight, kind to newborn skin, have the ability to stretch and also able to absorb colour effectively in the dyeing process. Natural muslin it was then.

I bought metres of muslin and cut it into one and a half metre lengths for each wrap. That was a complete estimate (and turns out to be plenty).

My mother-in-law travelled to mine and provided me with one-to-one workshop in fabric dyeing. We experimented with a number of colours and concentrations. My mother-in-law spins her own silks and yarns, dyes them and weaves with them. Very handy to have around to teach me 🙂

We have since spent another afternoon creating more colours and shades but this was the result of our first workshop….

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I really enjoy creating and learning but more importantly it provides a personal touch to my images.