We love it when we have a new design to share with you all, but when it is a part of our Middle Earth collection we like to think it is an extra special occasion. We are so proud to hold the exclusive license to design and create Middle-earthTM baby carriers, so our designers are always hard at work researching and dreaming up ideas for new The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit inspired baby sling patterns.
The new Lonely Mountain design is no exception, this beauty has been in the works for over a year and we are so excited to share it with you now. Read on to learn more about the pattern and to see some pictures of this new fabric in development.
Our first release of this instantly iconic Lonely Mountain pattern is woven in a three colour hybrid weave and is inspired by vintage storybook illustrations. The hybrid weave allows our weavers to use three colours, ecru, black and green, to create a magical array of tones across this intricately woven cloth. In order to bring depth to this illustrative pattern, our weave designer has used different textures throughout the pattern making this wrap lovely and tactile, but also offering visual variety across the different aspects of the design.
The Lonely Mountain, or Erebor, the Dwarven kingdom which was home to the exiled members of King Durin’s folk, led by the King Under the Mountain, Thrór, until the attack and occupation by the dragon Smaug. This towering mountain is quest’s end for Thorin Oakenshield and company, along with Bilbo Baggins, in their efforts to reclaim the kingdom for their people in The HobbitTM.
The runes read “Five feet high the door and three may walk abreast Th. Th.” echoing the description of the Black Door on Thorin’s map. Th. Th. refers to Thrór and Thrain, Thorin’s father and grandfather, who drew the map which leads the company to Smaug’s lair. Nearby Smaug circles the mountain containing his hoard, while the banners proclaim the name of the mountain in flowing script.
Fans of the work of Tolkien will recognise the inspiration for this new Middle Earth Collection baby carrier. We looked carefully at the author’s illustrative style, as well as at the ancient maps, to create an entirely new hand-drawn design.
As always, pattern placement on a baby sling (i.e. what you will see when the sling is on) and how the pattern will repeat are an integral part of creating any new design. We took care to ensure that every section of this design will look special when in use.
This very first release, Lonely Mountain Lair, will be released in 100% BCI organic cotton. By using BCI cotton we ensure that our cotton meets the Better Cotton Initiative’s high standards of environmental, economic and social responsibility. Our BCI cotton is also organic, meaning it is grown with care and without chemicals keeping the land, and farmers, healthy.
This wrap is soft and breathable with a wonderful support. This beautiful baby wrap is a great all-rounder and will be perfect for little ones through to toddlerhood and beyond.
Lonely Mountain Lair will be released next Friday, 28th August, at 4pm (BST) and will be available in ready-made wraps and ring slings, as well as Made to Order carriers and accessories. Learn more about our Made to Order listings here.