Category Archives: Ring Slings

Ring Sling Conversion Service

We offer an in house conversion service for any Oscha sling.
If you are looking for a shorter wrap, a ring sling or a toy wrap to be made from your favourite Oscha we can help. The quality of our conversions are guaranteed as they are crafted in-house by our specially trained seamstresses who make all of our products, including the
 original Oscha Highland Pleat shoulder style.

Oscha highland pleat ring sling being sewn in house by Sandra.

Oscha highland pleat ring sling being sewn in house by Sandra.

Our ring slings have been carefully developed by Zoe who used them with her own children and have since been tried and tested by our customers over the past four years.

The price list is as follows:
Wrap piece to ring sling or ring sling to other shoulder style:  £30
(You will need a wrap piece of about 2m for a ring sling conversion.)
Hemming into a Wrap: £15
Hemming into a shawl: £12
Hemming into a Scarf: £8
Pair of Sling Rings: £6

Please Note; Shipping costs are not included.

If you wish to send in your Oscha Sling for a conversion, please email info@oschaslings.com to receive an order form and double check that your specifications are possible. Once approved you can send it to us at:

FAO Customer Service,
Oscha Slings
24/4 Dryden Road,
Loanhead
Scotland
EH20 9HX

Oscha Hand Dyed – With Love and Care

All of our dye work at Oscha is done in-house by Vicki (aka ‘Nana Oscha’!). With Mother’s Day in the UK just around the corner we asked her to talk us through how Oscha Dye Art began and how her career has changed dramatically since her husband & daughter started up the family business.

Vicki or 'Nana Oscha' getting ready to hand dye a batch of linen baby wraps.

Vicki or ‘Nana Oscha’ getting ready to hand dye a batch of linen baby wraps.

Once upon a little while ago I used to run my own consultancy working in large organisations as a team developer and executive coach, now I work with my hands, creating Oscha Art & graduation dyed wraps. When I meet up with ex-clients and colleagues they invariably ask if I miss my old work, the answer is not really, for I love what I do now.

Dyeing wraps is a physical job, mostly undertaken out of doors or in an unheated space, so it’s definitely a big change – before I spent much of my time sitting down, either in stuffy offices, or travelling.  Surprisingly, for me, I enjoy the constant exercise and fresh air, although perhaps less so on frosty days when my fingers get chilled!

I find the dyeing process very meditative. There’s something therapeutic about performing a series of tasks that don’t require speaking, leaving the mind clear. But most satisfying of all is the art of creating, by my own hands, and seeing, when the process is done, a row of wraps hanging on the drying rack, with the finished colours revealed in all their beauty, and knowing that a baby or small child will be lovingly wrapped in them.

Vicki selects the dye colours for Jade Spring and is beginning to mix up the dye powder.

Vicki selects the dye colours for Jade Spring and is beginning to mix up the dye powder.

Every stage of dyeing an Oscha grad and Art dyed wrap is done by hand. From sitting crouched over the dye pots to make the mix, hubble bubble, to heaving the many buckets of water solution into tanks, to rinsing, drying, checking and packing. And each step must be done with care for it can be incredibly frustrating to find spots of dye where they’re not meant to be.

Amongst the first wraps Oscha produced were our Art & graduation dyed linens (we now additionally use 50% linen/50% cotton diamond weave which has a wonderful lustre). We were at the beginning of our journey of discovery then, and learning how much care and love needs to go into everything we do.

Zoe and Mike developed the dyeing process; researching how to dye manually, and sourcing the materials, taking particular care to ensure we had dyes that were safe for babies. As the original makers of 100% linen wraps, finding high quality linens that were finely spun yet strong enough to be suitable for wrapping required much research, thinking outside the box and working closely with testers to continually improve on the range of fabric we work with.

Jade Spring wraps being created in the dye tank.

Jade Spring wraps being created in the dye tank.

Mike, with his engineering background, analysed the dyeing process and built the apparatus I now use. Zoe and Mike worked together on the recipes I follow, a lengthy process of trial and error, learning from mistakes to finally get to our range of beautiful colours, smooth graduations and crafted Art dyes. They were delighted with the extensive feedback they received, especially that these baby wraps were not only beautiful and supportive, but the most breathable around; perfect for keeping cool during hot summer days.

Now Mike & Zoe focus mostly on design work for the jacquard weaves, and I am the resident Dye Artist. I remember what it was like to be a mother of small children myself and all of the work I do acknowledges this most precious time, how the fabric I create will be used to snuggle little ones, and this infuses my craft with love and care.

An Oscha customer wearing Jade Spring with her child.

An Oscha customer wearing Jade Spring with her child.

Happy Mother’s Day to you all!

To see our full range of Hand Dyed wraps- visit our shop here.

Optimal Positioning When Carrying Your Child

Babywearing International have developed clear and easy to follow guidelines on the best way to carry your child in a woven wrap or ringsling. There is a separate card to show the optimal positioning for each age group and then for each sling type. These positions show the most comfortable way for you and your child. To see the original source on the Babywearing International website- click here.

Virginie and her daughter demonstrating the optimum carrying position using an Oscha woven wrap in a front wrap cross carry.

Virginie and her daughter demonstrating the optimum carrying position using an Oscha woven wrap in a front wrap cross carry.

New born optimal positioning examples

 

Optimal Positioning Infant

optimal positioning instructions for carrying an infant

Optimal positioning for carrying a child n a woven wrap

Optimal positioning for carrying a child in a ring sling