Friday, 9 September 2011

Welsh Blanket Instructional Video


With my almost one year old- an instructional video at last :)

Also a link to you tube same video.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Welsh Style Carrying

This photo was kindly shared by Sarah. It shows her being carried as a baby by her Nan.

Thankyou! xxx

Welsh Blanket Action Pictures

I've finally got my baby here to help with modelling my Welsh nursing shawl! He fell fast asleep after snuggling up in here. The shawl was really comfortable and kept me nice and warm- much needed in the autumn cold. I'm going to do a video instruction when I get a person to film and I feel confident with my shawl!
The shawl is around 100 years old.

Friday, 3 September 2010

Spanish baby carrying basket

"We were in the Valles Pasiegos/Cantabria/Spain this summer and at a mini museum they had an example of a basket in which babies used to be carried, made up like little beds.... "

from, Desiree

Thanks for sharing the picture and info!

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

This image is at the Big Pit : National Coal Museum showing local Welsh Mamas and their blanketed babies in the 1930's.

Monday, 15 March 2010

Photos from the Czech Republic

From Jaboma on the

"Here are some traditional babywearing pictures from our national babywearing web: "

Lady with baby in shawl -

Moravia (part of Czech Republic), 1961 (the woolen shal was a common part of the winter clothing, nothing special)

Moravia, 1947 - mother-in-god with a baby before the church:

Baby in sling

South-east Moravia, 1917-1927 - grandmother and mother-in-god taking a baby to the church:

Two ladies with patterned sling

Slovakia, 1959:

Basket on back

East Bohemia, 1938:

Gentleman with toddler on his back

...and finally we've already got this somewhere - but it is a gorgeous piece of art so lets have it again!

GIOTTO di Bondone: Scenes from the Life of Christ: 4. Flight into Egypt, 1304-06, Fresco, 200 x 185 cm, Cappella Scrovegni (Arena Chapel), Padua (Italy):


Thankyou so so much Jaboma. Fabulous photographs :)

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Welsh Blanket at Home

I bought a Welsh Nursing Blanket last year, and have finally got around to taking photos of it! It is rather creased atm as it has been folded in my bedding box. It is a lovely apricot and cream colour with dusty blue and port coloured check woven through it. Don't you just love the long trailing egdes too?

I am currently nearly 12 weeks pregnant, so am looking forward to hopefully trying it out this autumn!

Thursday, 24 September 2009

International Babywearing Week

A cool video for International Babywearing Week!


Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Baby Carrying - Slings in Portugal

Here is a great blog post about traditional baby carrying in Portugal....A Ervilha Cor de Rosa.
The book which Rosa has photographed is gorgeous.

Rosa also has a baby sling section on her blog too. Well worth a visit!

(For English readers-you can use the very handy translate button provided by Google.)

The Portuguese word for shawl is xaile.

Historical images of the Roma people

Ursari in Transylvania (engraving)

"Gypsy Fortune-Teller", a watercolor composition of 1841 was awarded a silver medal by the Council of the Academy of Arts (by Taras Shevchenko )

This image is the same as the etching above, but in its' painted effect.

Plaque représentant des Bohémiens, décor grand feu polychrome, 18ème siècle, Castelli, Italie. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lille.

Roma Gypsy

(Description Spiezer Schilling 749.jpg
en:First arrival of gypsies outside the city of Berne, described as "getoufte heiden" (baptized heathens). Detail of p. 749.

de: Erstes Erscheinen von Roma vor der Stadt Bern, in der Bildlegende als "getoufte heiden" bezeichnet werden. )

Monday, 21 September 2009

International Babywearing Week

The lovely Arie has done a step by step photo instruction on using a nursing shawl on her blog. It's the most comprehensive instructions I've come across, so please do check it out!
Parents Village

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Having fun with blankets in Canada

" Now I'm not Welsh, and I'm not even sure I did it perfect, but I HAD to try this! LOL!! This knitted blanket is really thick so I think I would have done a much more confident job if it were thin. But we had fun trying it out! :)"

Thanks Yogamamma from The Babywearer for the pictures. Beautiful! xxx

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Action Shots of Welsh Blanket

"I thought you might like to see some pics of traditional Welsh babywearing. I managed to get a Welsh shawl today, I was carried this way by my Grandmother. About a century ago it was the usual way to carry your baby in Wales. It's 100%, wool, it measures 1.6m square and is usually folded into a triangle. The traditional method is a one shoulder carry where the ends are tucked in, I also managed to get a Rebozo hip carry out of it!" Kathryn, Swansea, UK

Many thanks to Kathryn for sharing these photos.

Monday, 23 March 2009

Art and Illustration

This looks like a cradleboard...

A medievel sling...

I love this illustration!

This painting is beautiful...and is this a bog!

Here's the link to the Danish sling website, where I found these images. Obviously the chat is in Danish, but there are a few images that are new also!

Monday, 9 March 2009

I found an interesting blog...

I was rooting around on the internet and found this interesting blog, with a great article on worldwide baby carrying here.

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Contemporary Coorie

I was at a sling meet this week and we were playing with slings. I thought I'd share this modern fleece coorie with you. Coorie is the traditional Scottish sling.

It's a lovely cosy way to carry a new born and young baby. It can then be used as your child grows, as a hip carrier for toddlers. It's great to see it continued to be used isn't it?

(and the baby is a weighted doll, not a weird looking baby! lol)

Thursday, 5 February 2009


Coorie is a Scottish word for a pouch sling. Here is an old folk song mentioing the word.

Here is a link to this song

Words and music Matt McGinn

Coorie doon, Coorie doon, Coorie Doon, my darling,
Coorie doon the day.
Coorie doon, Coorie doon, Coorie Doon, my darling,
Coorie doon the day.

Lie doon, my dear, and in your ear,
To help you close your eye,
I'll sing a song, a slumber song,
A miner's lullaby.

Your daddy's doon the mine, my darling,
Doon in the Curbly Main,
Your daddy's howkin' coal, my darling,
For his ain wee wean.

There's darkness doon the mine my darling,
Darkness, dust and damp,
But we must have oor heat, oor light,
Oor fire and our lamp.

Your daddy coories doon, my darling,
Doon in a three foot seam,
So you can coorie doon my darling,
Coorie doon and dream.

It's a beautiful hypnotic lullaby by Matt McGinn (1928-1977) one of the most prolific songwriters of the Scottish Folk Revival.

"Coorie doon" means to "snuggle down" as well as "courch down". McGinn does an amazing job at applying the images of a child in going to bed and the miner going down into the mines.

From here


Cwtch -

Welsh word for an affectionate hug. There's no literal English translation, but its nearest equivlent is "safe place". So if you give someone a cwtch, you're giving them a "safe place".

It can also be used as a place to store things safely (usually a cupboard under a staircase)
"Give me a cwtch"

This can be used for baby carrying too. Cwtching can be used when a baby is wrapped in a shawl.

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Sketch of Polish Mama

On my sister blog Creative Mother, I did a giveaway of this original pencil sketch.
It is now on its' way to a new home!
Bye Bye lovely Polish Mama!