You may have noticed that most of the wrap scrap creations I make are made of scraps from one particular wrap brand: Oscha Slings.
I discovered Oscha Slings in the summer of 2013. My newborn son was about three months old when I first discovered wraps and was researching (in depth, because that is what I like to do before I dive into something) wraps in general. It led me to a Dutch forum about breastfeeding and babywearing. Browsing through the many pictures of proud parents, their babies and the beautiful wraps they used, I discovered one brand that made wraps with a dragon pattern.
I’m not sure if it’s because of my Asian origins (Korean, if you must know) but I’ve always loved dragons. This brand made wraps with a Tibetan water dragon called Shui Long and I was immediately sold. Back in 2013 there were only a few brands making baby wraps and carriers and the patterns they offered were limited.
I finally made my first Oscha purchase on Boxing Day 2013 (Starry Night Raven was on sale) and purchased my first dragons (Shui Long Emperor) a few days later in a fangroup community on Facebook. It would be the start of a long love affair ;). I have tried around 50 different wraps and have bought, felt and crafted with scrap of hundreds more.
At some point I needed to have something to do other than ‘being a mom’ or ‘being an employee’ or even ‘being a wife’ and decided to start sewing. By hand. Because I didn’t have a sewing machine. I was quite familiar with the sight of them (my mother used to make clothes for us when I was small) but had early on decided it wasn’t for me. I preferred reading and embroidery. However if you want to sew a stuffed animal by hand it takes ages, and while the first one or two were fun, I wanted to do more and I wanted to do it faster.
My first sewing machine was a “cheap” Toyota that valiantly powered through multiple layers of wrap material but eventually I had to admit that what I was asking of it was beyond its abilities. It wasn’t fair to keep demanding it do keep sewing through all that material.
I was very lucky to find a second hand semi-industrial Janome on a second hand marketplace online and it’s been love ever since, even though he can be a bit temperamental at times (I suspect he needs to be serviced).
By that time I had become firmly embedded into the Oscha community and that is where my first customers came from. While I enjoy working with other brands’ wrap material (it’s very interesting to feel the differences) I am and always will be an Oscha girl. I even got to do an Oscha wrap preorder with my treasured dragon pattern, and it was named after my second child. So many treasured memories… and that’s why I do what I do. To preserve Treasured memories for all.