Category Archives: Blends & Yarns

Fabric Characteristics: Unique Features of Your Woven Wrap

Each woven product has its own unique character, from nubs and slubs to wonderfully flecked wild silk, the varied nature of yarns bring a distinctive look and feel to your woven wrap.
Sometimes these natural imperfections are incorrectly categorised as flaws, this article will illuminate and explain some of the distinctive characteristics of our favourite yarns.

Please note: all of our wraps are individually checked for quality before leaving our workshop and none of the Fabric Characteristics mentioned here will affect the integrity of your sling.

For more information on 2nd- & 3rd-grade items visit this article on our Woven Seconds.

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Woven Seconds – Explained

It’s important to us that our customers receive the highest quality items and so we carefully quality check and pack each product individually.

Elena checking a woven wrap before it’s packaged

Small imperfections are inevitable in the weaving process and, as we believe in generating little to no waste, we carefully grade each item and offer a range of woven seconds.

Rest assured, all of our second or third-grade slings are perfectly safe to carry your baby.

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Mithril Collection: Britspun Suvin Gold Cotton

The Mithril Collection is a collection of limited and luxurious wraps featuring our Middle Earth designs. Just as the Boutique Collection runs alongside our main range, Mithril offers Middle Earth fans unique blend choices in specially woven colourways.

Galadriel Namarie Baby Wrap

Woven on a gorgeous dusty fade of warm blues these wraps are effortlessly timeless, bringing a stunning sophistication to the Mithril Collection. This fade is exclusive to our Mithril Collection and will be found on all six of our upcoming releases.

Legend of Frodo Vale Baby Wrap

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Blend Review: Cottolin & Wild Silk

Our cottolin and wild silk blend is well loved by our customers! Perfect from newborn to toddler, this is a versatile blend which is a great option for those new to wrapping. Easy to tighten with a good amount of grip & glide this soft blend is a natural all-rounder.

Roses Paradise Baby Wrap: 38% organic combed cotton, 16% organic linen, 23% wild silk, 23% cotton, 230gsm.

Soft and strong organic combed cotton is mixed with a hint of linen in the warp, this adds a delicate strength while maintaining the malleability and drape of the cotton. Wild silk is naturally breathable and strong with little bulk. The gorgeous mouldability of this blend allows pass to glide and knot easily, with a good grip meaning it stays in place with little sag even when carrying bigger kids.

Read on for reviews from Oscha customers who have tried this blend. Please bear in mind that wrapping qualities can be a very personal experience!

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Staying Cool with Wool

Wool is a great yarn for warmer weather! Seems strange, but it is true … the temperature regulating qualities of wool make it a good choice for keeping cool in warmer weather. Our model, Yun tells us how, even in the heat of a Hawaiian summer, wool can be an amazing choice.

Andaluz Neshika Baby Wrap:
40% organic combed cotton, 17% organic linen, 23% wool, 9% silk, 11% linen.

“I love wool!!  I had been resistant to even trying it since our temperate weather never gets colder than 60º F (16ºC) and gets up to the 90s (over 32ºC) at times, but man was I missing out! Then I used Roses Nova for Jaxon’s newborn phase and loved it even though we were experiencing one of the warmest summers in history here in Hawaii. There’s really something special about a wrap that just conforms to your body, regulates both your temperatures and well….the softness and cush, especially for a newborn.”

You can read more about the provenance of our wool yarns here.

Woollen fabrics have built-in climate control as the fibers are nonconductors of heat allowing the body to properly regulate its temperature. The scales on the surface of the fiber and its natural crimp make for little pockets of air that serve as an insulating barrier and give warmth. Amazingly, lightweight wool can also work for summer wear because of its thermostatic quality. Wool is, therefore, a natural insulator keeping us warm in winter whilst also being breathable to keep us cool in summer.

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A Quick Guide to Summer Fabrics

Ice Cotton

Ice cotton is an innovative yarn that, through advanced spinning technology, makes a cool to touch and breathable fabric. It is made with 100% Supima cotton (the finest American Pima cotton) with no synthetic fibers, and is free from harmful chemicals.
Ice cotton’s unique cooling composition makes it perfect for summer carrying – we have an amazing range of low gsm wraps finished with our soft touch technique for the perfect summer weight wrap, ready to use straight from the bag. We suggest trying Zorro Camilla as a shorty this summer.

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Wool – The Wonder Yarn

This month we focus on wool in our ongoing series of yarn blogs. We’ll join Vicki as she chases the sheep out of her garden, whilst paying homage to these amazing animals and investigating the wonderful baby wrapping properties of wool.
Sheep on the Wander

I’m having a wee bit of a problem with wild life in my garden; for a change it’s not rabbits eating my petunias, nor crows dive bombing the windows – the sheep have broken through from the neighbouring field and they think my shrubs are delicious. To be honest it’s surprising we haven’t had a visit sooner, for apparently Scotland has more sheep than people living upon our fair land.

My neighbourly sheep

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Linen – A Surprisingly Scottish Story

The first of our series of yarn blog posts focuses on linen, which turns out to have had a significant part to play in the history of Scottish industry.

It’s always surprising how we learn new things. Here I am out for a walk, thinking of nothing much but how cold I am, and the next thing is I’m having a lesson in the making of linen.

I’m walking across a field, feet mud suckered, wind-blasted by the gale whipping off the North Sea when suddenly I’m teetering on the lip of a waterlogged hole.
‘It’s an old retting pit,’ shouts the local farmer.
‘What on earth is a retting pit?’ I yell back, as a splatter of rain stings my face. He starts to explain but I’m chittering with cold.
‘Awa ye go hame lass,’ he calls and I retreat gratefully, leaving the farmer checking over his sheep, to an internet search accompanied by a steaming mug of hot chocolate – the cold slowly dissipating from my bones.

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Retting flax

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First Look: 100% Superwash Wool MacQueen of Skye Tartan

We asked Diana Warner, one of our beautiful models, to let us know her thoughts about our new MacQueen of Skye Tartan. Woven using a brand new 100% Superwash wool weave we were keen to see what she thought about this new innovation in all wool wraps.

I’m not sure where to begin. First I guess I need to say that I am head over heels IN LOVE with this wrap …

MacQueen of Skye Tartan baby wrap

 

It was instant. When this package arrived I was very excited to see the new colour way of Tartan in person. Before it was sent to me I was told the blend would be 100% wool so I was a little nervous that I would not have time to break it in properly. This wrap needs absolutely ZERO breaking in. I’m not joking. I received MacQueen of Skye and Menzies tartan (100% organic combed cotton) on the same day and MacQueen was SOFTER straight out of the bag. Don’t get me wrong Menzies softens nicely but this was a surprising find.

The break in period for MacQueen is about 6 seconds.

The colours are as such: the perfect cool red, deep midnight black, fresh crisp white. All of the colours contrast and compliment each other in such a way that this wrap is visually stunning, and welcoming.

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Exciting Wool Warp Prototype

Zorro Breton is woven on an entirely wool warp which is a first for us! Over the past 5 years we have warped up with cotton or linen or a combination of both, the idea of a wool warp was intriguing and so we decided to give it a go! We love exploring new weave structures and pushing the boundaries around constructions for woven wraps. It’s something we take pride in and know our customers value too.
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Brittany, behind the blog ‘Twice Loved and Modern’, wears Zorro Breton

We chose our Zorro pattern with an ecru weft and navy warp as the prototype for this new blend. The final construction is 78% wool 11% cashmere and 11%silk and is two of a kind. We sent it to blogger, Brittany, of ‘Twice Loved and Modern’ to put it to the test!

Straight from the bag, Zorro Breton feels super soft and floppy. In Brittany’s words:

“It is INSANELY soft and INCREDIBLY fluid.  I mean whoa, it’s like butter!  I don’t think I’ve ever used the word fluid to describe a wrap before but that’s exactly what this is.  The silk content is so glide-y with the wool and cashmere offering a level of softness I’ve never experienced, the combination of the two is perfection.”

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Although this is our first wool warp, the process has opened up new opportunities for experimentation with wool yarns and combinations. The next new wooly blend we have weaving at the moment is 100% super-wash wool. We can’t wait ’till it comes off the loom, so that we can try it out!

Referring to the Zorro Breton, Brittany also says “It’s incredibly easy to use which makes it lovely for a beginner and equally attractive to an experienced wrapper.” She mentions that due to the glide, it’s easy to tie, but needs careful wrapping for heavier children. The softness lends itself perfectly for small babies and doesn’t feel particularly ‘wooly’ to the touch.

To read the full review, jump over to Brittany’s Blog here. It’s likely we will be creating more wraps in this blend for the winter as it’s been such a hit with Oscha staff and Brittany herself!

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The Oscha Zorro Love group on Facebook received one item, which was sold by draw to purchase, and we will have another draw to purchase on our Facebook page this evening, with the winner announced tomorrow during Secret Stash Friday.

N.B There has been a spelling error on the tag, which you can see in some of Brittany’s images- both wraps made in this blend are named Zorro Breton.