October 2015 - Baby Tula Blog

October 2015 Archive

Daydreamer Collection
Daydreamer 4.6m x 70cm

At Baby Tula, we love seeing an artist’s vision transform from a sketch to it’s completed product! This week, we are excited to share our most recent artist collaboration with you: Baby Tula’s Daydreamer Collection designed by artist Rachel Hirst.

With the creation of Daydreamer, our biggest project yet, we bring you a whole line of products featuring Rachel’s original design. This includes woven wraps, canvas carriers, wrap conversion carriers, as well as the newest addition to the Baby Tula family: Tula Baby Blankets!

This collaboration started with a casual conversation between Ula and Rachel about designing a child’s daydream – a party in the sky. They planned out the idea of a story being woven on a wrap, stretching from end to end, with no repeated images. Rachel then sketched out scenes from what would be the ultimate kid’s party, with balloons, bunting, pinwheels; evoking a true sense of childhood nostalgia. As the story progresses, the children in Daydreamer find themselves whisked in to the sky. For these little daydreamers, nothing could be more fun!

 

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Here’s Rachel, showcasing both colorways of the Daydreamer canvas carrier. At the top is the full length, never repeating design of the Daydreamer Tula Woven Wrap!

 

Rachel’s creativity doesn’t stop at sketching. This week, at the ABC Kids Expo for retailers, our booth will feature installation pieces she created for us showcasing her own hand-painted Daydreamer designs and beautiful hand-woven frames of our favorite Tula Wovens. We are so excited about everything she created for us, and really love her fresh, organic style.  Our secret plan is to bring back all the pieces from the expo and hang them in our office!

Rachel is an Idaho girl who traded the mountains of the Northwest for the perpetual summer of San Diego. With a degree in fashion and fine art, visual arts are her thing, ranging from graphic design to painting and power tools. She knows how to make a space come alive, having built displays and installations for Anthropologie and various boutiques. She now does freelance design, event styling, and art installations. You can usually find her wearing jeans covered in saw dust, with a pencil stuck in her bun. Check out her website here, and her Etsy shop here.

 

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Our talented Rachel at work; an initial sketch of Daydreamer, painting Daydreamer for our booth installation at ABC, pulling out the power tools for the booth risers, and weaving Tula Love into a frame for the booth!

Introducing Tula Baby Blankets

My Family with our new Tula Baby Blankets; Amelia, Julian, Mike, Leo and me, Ula.

I don’t remember how long I’ve wanted to include baby blankets in the Tula line-up, but the real journey started about two years ago while visiting textile mills in Europe.  At the time, I was looking into weaving Tula Woven Wraps. What a wonderful journey that was; trying different blends, choosing weaving patterns and working with some amazing old-world masters.  It was then that I first felt the fabric for the blankets Baby Tula will be introducing to our line-up this November.

At first, I was blown away by how incredibly soft and plush this bamboo fabric felt.  The weave wasn’t like anything else I’d touched before and I was so impressed with the quality of the printing.  When the weavers showed me how they could make jacquard blankets using variations on this weave, I knew the Tula community needed these!

Finally this summer, while back in Europe, I was able to work with our partner textile mill to choose prints and jacquard designs for our first line.  I designed Tula Baby Blankets to coordinate with Tula Baby Carriers, both some new canvases and some favorite woven wrap patterns.  I love that by creating blankets, Tula fans will have yet another way to snuggle their babies and enjoy their favorite prints.

A few Tula Blanket sneak peeks!

A few Tula Blanket sneak peeks!

These Tula Baby Blankets are made from 100% bamboo, making them cozy yet breathable. I can’t wait to share them with you, I know they’ll make the perfect addition to your collection for snuggling, swaddling or gifting.

I hope you love them as much as I do! ~Ula

Sleepy time with our Migaloo jacquard Tula Baby Blanket.  Developed in the early 1800’s, jacquard is a method of weaving that creates intricate patterns woven into the textile.

International Babywearing Week 2015

 

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As mothers, our world is not often picture perfect. It’s chaotic, full of emotion, and messy. It’s real. And that’s okay, because we are present with our children. We are doing the best we can. And we embrace this life of ours, this world we’ve created for ourselves, for our children, for our families.

To celebrate International Babywearing Week and this year’s theme “Embrace Your World,” we are highlighting seven moms in their homes. Whether they are preparing lunch, folding laundry, or stacking blocks with their toddler, these moms have embraced babywearing, embraced their families, embraced their world.

Stay tuned to Baby Tula on Facebook and Instagram this week to follow this feature and read about these amazing moms. We also have some fun giveaways and other surprises in store. Happy International Babywearing Week!

#IBW2015 #embraceyourworld #embraceyourfamily #embraceyourself #embraceyourday

International Babywearing Week 2015: Embrace Your World
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As mothers, our world is not often picture perfect. It’s chaotic, full of emotion, and messy. It may not include fantastical adventures or picturesque destinations. It’s real. And that’s okay, because we are present with our children. We are doing the best we can. And we embrace this life of ours, this world we’ve created for ourselves, for our children, for our families.

To celebrate International Babywearing Week and this year’s theme “Embrace Your World”, we are highlighting seven moms in their own homes. Whether they are preparing lunch, folding laundry, or stacking blocks with their toddler, these moms have embraced babywearing, embraced their families, embraced their world.

Stay tuned to Baby Tula on Facebook and Instagram this week to follow this series and read how these amazing moms embrace mom life. We will also have some fun giveaways and other surprises in store. Happy International Babywearing Week!

#embracemomlife #IBW2015 #embraceyourworld #embraceyourfamily #embraceyourself #embraceyourday