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Oh my gauze.

January 22, 2009

So, I was in Bed Bath and Beyond today picking up some cheese cloth. Since it was only $3.99 per pack, I grabbed 5 of them. The manager of the store (I assume) was moving the stocking ladder away and he says, “Ma’am?”… “May I ask you a question?” … “What in the world are you buying so many of those for?”… “I ask because they used to collect dust, and now they just fly of the shelves.” I laughed and replied, “Well… it may be because of me (or it may be that people are putting together some mean first aid kits!).” And I went on to tell him that I wrap babies in it, I hang babies from branches in it (or, rather, in something very similar to this). Let me back up a bit… I bought yards and yards of gauze off a bolt at a fabric store in 2004 and I haven’t been able to find it again since. I still have pieces of that first sacred gauze, but it’s become quite worn. So, in the past year, I have been known to cut up $50 curtains that are similar to my original stuff. You gotta do what you gotta do! So, a good photography friend (Michelle Carr) of mine tipped me off to the cheesecloth at BB+B… “And that’s what brought me here today”. He was very intrigued, so I handed him a card so he could see this stuff in action, hehe.

I get asked what I hang the babies in daily, so I figured this would make for a good blog post. I’m not sure if I should call it gauze or cheesecloth, though. The stuff from BB+B is a bit different than my original stuff, but darn close. I will be able to better tell once I use it at a session.

I thought I would post some really old pictures. This first one (May 05) is ironically not only the first time I used the gauze, but also the first newborn that Britt and I photographed together during one of her visits!Β 


I didn’t really fall in love with the stuff until I photographed my Lily wrapped in it one year later (May 06). This is one of my favorite images and this is when my gauze obsession began!


And as you know (re: my previous post), it now has evolved into a “suspending” device. Here is one more from April 08… the original piece has seen many babies!


Anyway, thanks for reading and I hope I was informative (whew, I think that was the most words to ever come out of my fingers!). Β Β© carrie sandoval

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30 Responses to “Oh my gauze.”

  1. Wendy says:

    You are such an inspiration, thank you for sharing all of that! Now you just have to let us know how you work your suspending device and what exactly it is?!

  2. Johanna says:

    THAT is AMAZING….thanks for the info. Now you have to do a class in wrapping the babies! LOL I tried it and well the wrap I did on the baby looked like a christmas present that was wrapped by a 2 year old! YIKES….

    Do you sew it into a circle or hat shape? Or is is just one long piece……You are soooo helpful! Thank you!

  3. shannon says:

    that’s a funny little story. i am in awe at the stuff you do with the gauze. i’ve been dying to try it but don’t have the nerve yet. i would love to hear exactly how you hang it, tie it….
    you are amazing at what you do!

  4. Nicole says:

    Ikea sells those gauze curtains for like $5 for a pack! They sell fabric too, maybe they will have it. Anyway, I wash and dry my cheese cloth before I use it and it makes it softer-looking and a little stretchy. You are totally awesome by the way!!!

  5. Thank you so much for sharing!!! That’s a terrific idea!

  6. Heather says:

    THANK YOU! I have tried cheesecloths in the past,but I am going to BB&B to try some of theirs!

  7. Patricia says:

    You can also find it in Walmart it’s on the isle with sewing notions in a plastic package. Pretty sure it was really cheap like a dollar or something for several yards.

  8. john waire says:

    many words indeed πŸ™‚ that’s not a bad thing!

    thank you for sharing how you do what you do. may have to grab some of the schtuff if/when i have a newborn shoot. wonder what my clients initial reaction would be πŸ™‚

    have a great weekend!

  9. very informative! i had no idea. πŸ™‚

    i keep telling myself i need to look around for knitting patterns for the wraps you use. or maybe some of them are just hats? i dunno, but they’re awesome and i want some. πŸ™‚

  10. Tanya Plonka says:

    I am fabric ignorant and originally thought that was a type of linen! Thanks for the tip πŸ™‚

  11. shena luna says:

    i am a huge fan! thank you for this posting. i have been wanting to ask what type of cloth you use for some time. if you shared your method for hanging, i (and a whole bunch of us fellow photogs- i’m sure) would be utterly grateful! i was going to attempt this myself, but didn’t know where to start. you are such an inspiration… love, love, love your images!

  12. Nancy Hong says:

    So cool to see your very first try with it. I’ll have to check BB one of these days. I

  13. andi says:

    thank you for the tip!!!

  14. Abby says:

    Just like every one else, I love all your ideas! You are great! Thanks for the tidbit. I will be trying this sometime as well. My mom knits very well, I am going to make her a busy woman!

  15. Andrea says:

    GORGEOUS- As always

    How DO you do it????

    Do you sew it and then stretch it to fit tightly around the baby?

    What I wouldnt give to attend one of your sessions.

    Your photos amaze me!!!!

    – Andrea

  16. […] I really like the gauze that Carrie uses in some of her shots.Β  She talks about it here.Β  I’m going to try to find some and do my best at replicating some of her […]

  17. Mindy says:

    Carrie. Your work is the most amazing I have seen. Newborns are not easy at all to work with. You make it look this way. Your work is so inspirational. You are so gifted!

  18. Mindy says:

    Ok I just realized that I made is sound as if you make it look hard. I meant that you make it look easy! Leave it to me. Thats why I am a photographer and not an English major. ha… ha.. sorry!

  19. Jessie says:

    Wow, that IS the most typing I have ever seen in one of Carrie’s posts. =0) That is funny about BB&B…I bought some cheesecloth from there a year and a half ago, attempted to wrap it around one or two newborns and gave up! I just may have to try it again. Thanks for all of the wonderful art you create, it truly is inspiring.

  20. Michelle says:

    Oh my goodness you silly! I had to follow this back from my statcounter and was surprised to see you link me!

    YOU are such the guaze/cheesecloth queen, my friend! You continue to inspire me.

  21. RhondaD says:

    So ironic that I JUST returned from a hunt of newborn stuff for a shoot tomorrow. I have this cheesecloth from BB&B and it is NOTHING like the junk at fabric stores or WM in packages. This is natural, tea clored and it looks just like the cheap kind until you wash it and then it’s so different. I just cut mine into long strips and am washing it for like the 5th time and it seems to get yummier. I can’t wait to try a CBC shot πŸ™‚ I’m also going to try some Indian shops local to see if I can find some gauze stuff that I’ve seem some of the women wear! Thanks for all the inspiration you give!

  22. Emily says:

    Everyone wants to be like you, you know? You come up with the ideas & then everyone else copies you! I tried the cheesecloth on my own newborn & it took me 5 minutes to get him out of the tangled mess I made! You make it look so simple πŸ™‚
    Please tell me you’ll have workshops soon???

  23. Hayley says:

    That is a cute story, and now after this post, I bet they won’t even be able to keep them stocked…LOL. Thank you for the info and as always your work is stunning.

  24. Jamie says:

    Thank you soo much for sharing that. I have always wondered what material you used in those pictures! I bought some cheescloth at Walmart and it was real thin and really not what I was looking for! I will be heading out to BB&B as soon as I can get my kids out the door!! Thanks again! Please post as soon as you have some pics using the BB&B material! Thanks

  25. Jeanine says:

    Carrie… I was so excited for the info. I’ve been searching for guaze for months now as our fabric store doesn’t carry it any more either… I’m heading to BB&B today to see if I can’t find some! πŸ™‚

  26. Christina says:

    Hi there,

    I was looking around the Pro4um to find out about what material people use to create these shots and it was suggested to use a ‘deer bag’. Perhaps this is the type of original material that you used? I just ordered mine off of and can’t wait to get it. I have tried cheesecloth and I find it really flimsy and really hard to work with. The deer bag is supposed to be very sturdy but breathable. Keep creating, you are making some amazing memories!

  27. Carolyn says:

    Your work is always gorgeous and when I saw this post I just had to comment. My brother works in a fabric and notions store here in Vancouver, BC, Canada that sells packages of heavy cheese cloth 36″ wide x 3 yards long for only $2.99+tax. Let me know if you ever run out and I could always send you some. It’s the least I can do for all of the inspiration you give me!

  28. Cindy says:

    WAO your work is simply amazing! i love everything about it! it’s so pure!
    may i ask you what material is that u use for baby wrap or “suspending”?
    and again BEAUTIFUL work i come here for inspiration sometimes πŸ™‚ i even get inpirated to draw from this work πŸ™‚

  29. MΓ³nica says:

    I really have to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH, for be so original, pure and for inspire me and I Β΄ve to say Me and many many people…thanks for be..

  30. Such cute baby photos. i love them in black and white to.

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