Closed CLOSING DATE: 02/05/2019

Oscha Slings

Graduate Woven Textile Designer

0 Application(s) to date

Undergraduate Degree, Postgraduate Degree

Closing Date:
Creative arts and design
Edinburgh and Lothians
12 months
Ref code

Placement summary

This is a rare opportunity to work with a small, creative team innovating across design, colour, fibres and weave techniques to create beautiful baby slings made from natural and organic yarns. This is a 12 month placement for a textile graduate to assist with a project to develop our ethical yarn and woven textile range to meet customer needs and company objectives.

Job description

Project Description

You will review and develop our yarn range to meet our updated, stricter ethical criteria and by connecting directly with suppliers. You will bring a number of new, innovative natural and recycled yarns in to the range. You will also review and arrange our yarn library and overhaul the swatch archive.

As part of this project, you will use the yarns to create a number of new designs which involve innovative weaving techniques to bring to our Seasonal Planning sessions over the year. The designs should showcase weave, your own design skills, customer needs and of course the Oscha aesthetic.

You will gain experience in developing designs, placing orders with suppliers, managing the order database and working with customer preorder groups to develop their orders - you therefore must have a keen eye for detail and be highly accurate.

Reporting to the Head of Customer, Marketing & Sales, you will work across departments, including directly with our Mill and our Operations Dept.

Placement Objectives

Our customer base is always looking for innovative fabrics and yarns. The key objective of the project is to maximise what we do in this area to meet customer needs and to ensure everything meets our ethical criteria. In order to reference each new yarn and ensure existing yarns meet the new stricter criteria, the project will also result in a full yarn life-cycle history database plus our existing yarn book and system being overhauled and brought up to date.

Role Description

Main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Work with the Seasonal Planning Team to achieve overall creative and business objectives - research trends, propose new designs, weave structures, yarns and colour palettes
  • Develop, check, amend and adapt new designs for sampling and production
  • Work with customer preorder groups to provide mock-ups, develop their orders, and place them as well as developing our custom preorder system
  • Place accurate orders with suppliers. Populate and improve the order database.
  • Create warp and weft plans
  • Work with suppliers around product development and yarn sourcing
  • Review and improve our yarn range, ensuring they meet our strict ethical criteria
  • Accurately match and approve colour submits.
  • Travel for trade exhibitions, design research, and product development.
  • Maintain archive and yarn book library
  • Ensure minimum orders are met in fabric ordering and that orders keep to pricing requirements
  • As a small team you may be required to undertake other tasks, notably in graphic design


Degree or equivalent ideally with a focus on weave.

Skills / Experience

Essential Skills

  • Proven illustrative skills
  • Love of developing ideas as part of a team and confident to put ideas out there.
  • Great recall of complex information
  • Exceptional communication and written skills; both capable of working well with other teams and communicating with customers
  • Keen eye for detail and colour
  • Highly organised, detail oriented, ability to prioritise and manage workflow
  • Excellent mathematical skills to work out yarn constructions, gsm and warp/weft plans

Desirable Skills

  • Experience of Scotweave
  • Skilled in Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Knowledge of fabric/yarn construction and jacquard/dobby loom weave
  • Ability to put patterns into repeat
  • Ability to translate trends into successful designs with a focus on innovative weave techniques


Company benefits

  • Flexi-time scheme
  • Annual bonus
  • Training in Scotweave, Adobe packages
  • You will spend 3-5 days with our weavers to get a firm grounding in all aspects of the work
  • Potential to visit the largest yarn fair in Europe
  • Invaluable experience in working with suppliers, customers, mills and understanding the full production cycle

Placement benefits

As part of your ScotGrad placement, you will be able to participate in a couple of training courses mainly online, and one classroom based. The courses are themed around environmental management and quality standards and will provide you with knowledge and skills which will enhance your current and future skills.

ScotGrad placements also offer a unique opportunity to connect with a vast network of graduates and ScotGrad alumni. All graduates appointed through the programme are encouraged to make use of the ScotGrad LinkedIn group to communicate with other ScotGrad participants, learn about any professional development opportunities and build up a professional network.

Additional information

Loanhead, Midlothian


This placement may result in a permanent employment afterwards

6th May 2019

Company information

Oscha Slings is a small, growing business based in near Edinburgh. We produce beautiful baby slings with a focus on design, comfort and elegance. We are an ethical company, using natural and organic yarns, we exist to promote the benefits of baby carrying, which is highly beneficial for child development.


Company website: http://www.oschaslings.com/