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Sketchbook: Introducing The Heritage Collection & New Design, Riverbank

Here at Oscha Slings, we are proud to celebrate our Scottish heritage with designs inspired by the artistic and cultural history which surrounds our wee workshop outside of Edinburgh. With this in mind, we have created the Heritage Collection, an ongoing collection which celebrates the richness of our Scottish arts and crafts heritage along with the modern art scene in Scotland.

Caledonia Braes, part of the Heritage Collection. Shop Now.

This new Collection will include our current designs inspired by Scottish culture, including Fair Isle-inspired Croft & Sonsie, our stunning tartan slings, and our designs featuring intricate Celtic knotwork – Braid & Caledonia. Alongside these classic patterns, we have also been working with Scottish-based artists to create new designs which capture the magic of the Scottish landscape and history.

Shop the Heritage Collection here.

Ursula Hunter, Little Axe, at her Edinburgh studio

The first of these new designs has been developed with Edinburgh based artist, Ursula Hunter, who works under the name Little Axe. Ursula works with woodblock prints to create stunning homeware & accessories, similarly, this design was originally developed as a print before being translated into a woven wrap.

You can see the evolution of Ursula’s work here:

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Oscha Community: “Using a baby sling can be tricky but keep going – it’s worth it!”

Finding it hard to get the hang of your woven wrap or baby sling? Read on for advice and tips from parents who have been there & know exactly how you are feeling.

Wrapping is a skill that certainly takes a little time to perfect. We asked our facebook group, Clan Oscha, what their top tips would be for people just getting started and we were so happy to share their encouraging responses.

Find the full post & join the Clan for more advice here.

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Britspun Cottons: Made in Great Britain

Here at Oscha Slings, we always strive to produce our woven baby wraps with the highest quality materials, ethically sourced from as close to home as possible. That is why we were so pleased to discover English Fine Cottons, a company bringing cotton spinning back to its spiritual home in the North of England.
Briarwood Night Garden woven baby carrier sling made in Scotland with Supima cotton by Oscha Slings

Briarwood Night Garden, Shop Baby Wraps Now

Just a couple of hundred miles from our Scottish workshop English Fine Cottons are based in Manchester, formerly dubbed ‘Cottonopolis’, spinning their high-quality cotton within a historic Victorian cotton mill.

General Manager, Andy Ogden says:

“When we first acquired Tower Mill back in 2013, it was sadly very run down and we knew we had an enormous task ahead of us to make it fit for purpose.
Restoration work is still on-going but the mill is thriving and is now home to the most modern cotton production machinery in the world.
We’re really proud that we have achieved our goal of re-establishing cotton spinning in the UK and the fact we’ve managed to revive an important part of the indsutry’s heritage in the process.”

Made in Great Britain, the manchester home of English fine cottons

Tower Mill, the Manchester home of English Fine Cottons.

English Fine Cottons only buy cotton directly from their growers, avoiding buying from agents to be certain of traceability. They are passionate about getting to know their suppliers, traveling to North America, India and Barbados to inspect the farms where the cotton is grown to ensure our products are not compromised.

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Sketchbook: Prism Collection

Inspired by the rainbow colours of refracted light, this Collection embraces the vibrant tones of springtime with brilliant, colour-filled baby wraps

Featuring our new Prism warp this Collection brings us out of the dark winter months, into the fun and colour of springtime. The bright spectrum of colours, which emerge from prisms as white light turns into a wild burst of colour, holds limitless fascination. It can’t help but draw a smile & it was this sense of simple enjoyment we wanted to capture in this new Collection of woven baby slings & carriers.

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Classics Collection from Oscha Slings

The Classics Collection is a selection of Oscha favourite, original patterns woven in ideal colourways, all of which may be created time and again. This new Collection combines some of our older ‘in-stock’ items and features fitting, gorgeous additions to the range.

Most of the fabrics we weave are designed to be one-offs, available for a limited time, never to be woven again. However, we know that this doesn’t suit everyone which is why we like to have a broad range of our fabrics available to shop year-round: the Classics Collection.

This bespoke selection combines our unique patterns with apt colourways, for a Collection which means the best of Oscha will be available for you to visit time and time again.

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When Can I Start Back Carries?

“I love hearing him babbling into my ear, gasping in awe at the stars and big trees, and reminding me to appreciate the world again.”
When can I start back carries?

We suggest you can start with back carrying from around 4 months when your baby is demonstrating good, strong and consistent head control.

Like with front carrying, we need to take care to ensure that baby’s chin is not resting on their chest, their airways are open and their body supported. Safe positioning and open airways are much easier to check and monitor with your little one in front of you, but they can be done from behind too. Friends, mirrors, car reflections and even the selfie-mode on your phone can all help to check!

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7 Top Tips For New Wrappers

Our Top Tips will help you fall in love with your first wrapping experience!

New to wrapping and want to you want to know more about what a baby wrap is? Then visit our information page for a more detailed overview of the sling itself.

Caledonia Braes Baby Wrap

1. Notice how you hold your baby

When we wrap our babies we’re wrapping around their natural spread squat position which is beneficial for their hips, comfort and development.

Transition from baby held in arms, to stretchy then to a woven wrap

2. Prepare Beforehand

Find a video of a carry that you like and watch it a few times beforehand, notice whether they put the wrap on first, or start with their baby in their arms, notice the size of wrap they use and how they tighten each strand.

Here are some YouTube channels you might find useful:
Oscha Slings
Close and Calm
Sheffield Sling Surgery

3. Learn the Lingo!

You’ll sometimes find videos sound like they’re speaking another language! Here are some commonly used terms and what they mean.

Passes: Layers. When you put a wrap on you’ll often create layers. A layer going straight across your body is called a horizontal pass. A layer going from under your arm, to over your shoulder is called a cross pass.

A Carry: The way you put the wrap on yourself. This consists of a combination of passes as mentioned above, and the order and combination is what gives the ‘carry’ it’s name. For example a Front Cross Carry is a front carry with two cross passes. A Front Wrap Carry is a front carry with a horizontal pass, and two cross passes.

Rails: Rails describe the sections of a wrap. The top rail is the top section, the bottom rail the bottom section. Rails are more than just the hems, so it’s important when tightening to ensure,  for example, that if it says to tighten the top rail that you tighten the top section of the wrap, being cautious not to over tighten the hemming itself.

Blends: Wraps are composed of various fibres, and the combination of these fibres is called a blend.

Tails: The ends of the wrap.

M Position: The natural, spread squat position of babies, so called because the bottom being lower than the knees creates the appearance of an ‘m’

Deep Seat: Another reference to the position above, for tips on how to create a good seat read here.

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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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Sketchbook: Introducing Briarwood

Our After Dark Collection continues with a gorgeous new Arts and Crafts inspired design: Briarwood. We looked to the Victorian masters of textile & interior design for the inspiration behind our newest pattern – delicate tendrils weave across the width of this wrap as little floral motifs and small birds form a stunning mirrored wrap.

Briarwood Night Garden, part of the After Dark Collection

The Arts and Crafts movement, popular in the Late Victorian and Early Edwardian periods, developed in Britain before spreading across Europe & the rest of the world. Famed for its focus on the natural world and folklore – the themes of the Arts & Crafts movement seem to sit perfectly within our After Dark Collection.

A focus on hand production, quality materials and functionality, were at the heart of this movement. The artists believed that the function of the decorated object should first be perfected before turning to the design – a perfect source of inspiration, then, for our woven wraps!

Textile and wallpaper designer William Morris was an inspiration for Oscha designer, Evonne. Morris’ focus on the natural world, with twisting, turning vines and leaves interspersed with British wildlife formed the central concept for our fluid design.

Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort – John Ruskin

Briarwood Night Garden

Featuring gorgeous intertwining vines which are scattered with little blossoms & sweet birds, Briarwood Night Garden is woven in a hybrid weave. Our navy warp forming the backdrop for shimmery golden hemp & bright emerald Britspun Supima cotton.

Strong and supportive this stunning wrap will need a little love to break in fully, before becoming super soft and mouldable.

The After Dark Collection continues over the next few weeks and into the new year so look out on Facebook for updates on new colourways & designs.

A/W 2017: The After Dark Collection

We take a stroll through a moonlit garden seeking inspiration for our newest Collection: After Dark. Bathed in an ethereal glow, the garden takes on a supernatural calm once the sun goes down. With rich, warm colours, a few pops of brilliant brightness and a focus on the natural world, this Collection promises to be gorgeously varied with designs & colours to suit all tastes.

The After Dark Collection

The After Dark Collection will be with us from late October 2017 all the way through to early January 2018. Running through two distinct seasons this Collection takes its cues from autumnal warmth as well as the comforting chill of deep winter. Harnessing warm oranges, rich navy, cool purple and strong greens, the After Dark Collection is wonderfully diverse in its hues while maintaining the essential warmth we all crave at the changing of the seasons.

Starry Night Echo Baby Wrap

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