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A few more days and soon the Holidays are here. I look forward to it this year: the gravlax my dad taught me how to make, the yearly viewing of Ivanhoe with Anthony Andrews (LOVE IT, so much, since I was 10!), spending whole days in pj's and very slow days with my boys here at home, among many other things.

I wanted to suggest a powerful last minute Holiday Gift: One of my workshops I am teaching in 2016. I usually have the most fun and creative students in these classes, who create the most lovely prints and designs. Together we explore, talk about inspiration, print, reminisce on good music, chew on small business challenges, share contacts and laughs. Together we create connections and memories that last for a long time. I truly do not not know a better gift than that (to others or myself for that matter)!

Workshops in my Brooklyn Studio are already all sold out, but I will be teaching in so many other amazing places next year.

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Åland: I go back home every summer, for a long time. I was born here and need to go back every year to get my calm, connect with family, swim in the brackish waters, eat smoked fish and take saunas at midnight, - and to draw. Join me on our own private island with our own private chef who will cook us amazing meals morning to night. We print and create in the barn, dance and swim under the midnight sun. A truly magical and special experience, that will last you a life time. July 2016. Learn more here.

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India: I am going back to Jaipur together with Ace Camps for a truly wonderful journey. We visit so many interesting artisans and craftsmen that have printed and dyed textiles for several generations. Take all that inspiration and then print with me! Incredibly fun, all of it! Learn more here.

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Los Angeles: Finally I get to go back to Los Angeles. I used to live in California and I miss that special light, the palm trees..and yeah..LA is awesome to visit. Can't wait. I team up with old friends from my trade show days, Poketo. These workshops take place at the splendid and cool Line Hotel in Koreatown. A few spots left. February 2016. Sign up here.

Denver: So thrilled to be invited by Fancy Tiger Crafts to teach in their creative place. These ladies are so fun and rather talented. Cannot wait to visit Denver for the first time in my life and I cannot wait to meet you there for some April 2016. Sign up for your spot here.

I am really hoping to come to Amsterdam and London in March 2016 for some "workshopping" (and other shopping). I will keep you posted on that as soon as I know more.

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And: if you want some temporary bling bling for all those holiday and new years parties, may I recommend my Brilliant Bracelet Set that I created with Tattly! Supa fun!

2016 is going to ROCK...NEW projects, BIG changes and 20-year celebrations-more about that after that needed Holiday break .

My warmest holiday wishes to all of you. vi ses, lotta

Free workshop & book signing at Purl Soho

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To celebrate my new book Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style we would like to invite you to an event here in New York.

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My dear friends at Purl Soho are hosting a free mini workshop, where together we will make some simple, cute bracelets from the book using my fabrics, a few notions, and simple tools. There are only a limited amount of spots, so please call and reserve yours soonest.

I will also be there signing my new book! Everyone who purchases a book will receive a free bracelets kit from me so you can easily make some at home. I do look forward to seeing you next Thursday.

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To learn more about my new book please click here.

And if you can't join us here in New York this time, perhaps you can join me in Los Angeles or Denver next spring? I will be there teaching print workshops and signing books. And if all goes well I hope to visit Amsterdam and London too!

To learn more visit my website, and also sign up for my newsletter, and follow me on INSTAGRAM for more details to come.

vi ses,

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Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style blog tour

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I am very proud and happy to introduce to you my 3rd sewing book, Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style. This time I am showing you how make your own stylish, cute, functional and everyday garments. The book is filled with really simple patterns and interesting clothes, which are all modeled by real people.

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Most of you probably know me as a different kind of designer (for those of you not so familiar with my work, I create surface patterns and designs that are printed on all kinds of things: fabrics, rugs, cushions, paper goods and plates, to name a few), and the truth is that I do not really know how to sew that well!

The very simple and basic sewing I do know is from home economics class in elementary school! I remember so strongly how satisfying and EXCITING it was to sew a pair of my own PJ pants; it was such a wonderful feeling to make a something that I could wear. I still carry that feeling and wanted to share the excitement at making your own garments in fabrics of your own choosing in this book.

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Since I don't know how to create sewing patterns, I invited pattern maker Alexia Abegg to collaborate with me. She drafted all the patterns in sizes XS to XL based on my ideas, vision, and style, which is rather non fussy - simple lines and classic cuts, cute and functional everyday clothes. Now I can start learning to sew again! Since this book is focused on easy patterns it won’t intimidate a novice sewer.

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I hope you will feel as tickled as I am by these projects. I also hope you will feel inspired to add, alter, and change things to make them more YOU by picking your favorite fabrics, adding ribbon, pockets, lengths, lining, prints, and swatches for example.

I have worked with some really special models for this book. I invited some friends and relatives of all ages to take part, and I could not be happier that they are part of this project. The amazing photographer of this book is Jenny Hallengren - she is also one of my best friends, since I was 10 years old. She has worked tirelessly with me, and together we have had some rather wonderful adventures while making this book.

To celebrate the release of Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style, STC Craft have invite many talented and creative bloggers and makers on a Blog Tour that starts today! For almost every day in December we will see different versions of projects sewn out of the book. There will also be give-aways on each blog - not only of the book, but also some Lotta Jansdotter fabrics that were created together with Windham Fabrics, and temporary tattoos made together with Tattly - it is like an advent calendar of sorts, a gift everyday until Christmas!

I CANNOT WAIT! It is so super exciting for me.

Here is the blog tour:

Dec 1 – Lotta Jansdotter Dec 2 – STC Craft Dec 3 – Windham Dec 4 – Noodlehead Dec 7 – Modern Handcraft Dec 8 – Sew Scatterbrained Dec 9 – Crimson Tate Dec 11 – Groovy Baby & Mama Dec 14 – City Stitching with Christine Haynes Dec 15 – Craft Sanity Dec 16 – Aesthetic Nest Dec 17 – Sew Mama Sew Dec 18 – Lish Dorset Dec 19 – Fancy Tiger Crafts Dec 21 – Generation Q Dec 22 – Carolyn Friedlander Dec 23 – Crafty Planner

Wow, now lets see what YOU will make! I would of course love it if you want to share with me your process and your finished projects on Instagram: @lottajansdotter Use the tag #lottaeverydaystyle so we can find them!

Tusen TACK!

Lotta Jansdotter & Kobo Candles

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I have had the best time collaborating with Kobo Candles, so crazy good to work with inspiring, kind, creative and simply awesome people. AND I think we made a rather splendid candle collection together too! Eight Scented Candles and six match boxes to match. In stores soon... Come and visit us this Thursday night, November 6th! We'll be stamping and writing postcards and chatting, of course, at Kikkerland shop, 493 6th Avenue, N.Y. Lotta

So, where to start?

  It’s a really good Friday morning here in my Brooklyn studio. I have been back in my studio for a few weeks now, settled in again. Every summer I pack up lots of stuff and my 7-year old kid for my yearly summer sabbatical back home to Scandilands. We run barefoot most of the time, but swim more than we run actually, and unplug from most media for weeks. We are now recharged and thrilled to immerse ourselves in this crazy town Brooklyn again. I have started taking ukulele classes (which is very hard it turns out) and I am back to the ceramic studio again which I have missed greatly.

Talking about learning new things, and making things with your hands: I am so stoked to be traveling to many cool places in the next year; learning new crafts and teaching color and design (together with you?) -weaving in Oaxaca, Mexico in February, batiking in South Africa in April and how about a creative nature retreat on Åland in July? "My" island where I was born and where so much of my inspiration comes from, a place to really immerse myself in nature and breathe... and draw. I am also going to Tokyo this December to teach three workshops ... whoop whoop! Please find more information about these workshops on our website. And yes - two workshops in my Brooklyn studio this fall. You can sign up here.

My latest fabric collection "Follie" is now available for stores to order. You will find all the fabrics in your local fabric shop in November. Visit Windham's site to learn more on how to order yours.

I am delighted to be working with Rizzoli now. I have created a 2015 wall calendar for them, that you can buy here. And our popular hand printed fabric calendar that I make every year for the past 15 years now is on the way to the studio soon...it is just a matter of days now… stay put.

Did you know that I have a whole collection of porcelain? It includes bowls, plates and mugs with my signature patterns and motifs, available in different colors. Find them here.

I will be part of Gowanus Open Studios 18 &19 October. It is a super fun event; I love peeking into creative spaces and seeing processes, discovering new art and design. Please come to my studio and see what I am working on. I will take the opportunity to have a super mega blow out SALE that weekend too. I've simply got to do some fall cleaning of a gazillion, fun and creative things that have piled up the past 2 years. Learn more about it here.

This fall you will also find some new lovely Lotta Jansdotter candles, table linens, new canvas totes and rugs and cushions. More about that very soon...

Now I am going to delve back into my book project… my deadline is coming up rather soon.  I am thrilled to be working with Melanie Falick and Abrams this time and this new book will be in stores Fall 2015.

By the way, "Are you going to be my girl” by Jet is a super cool and fun ditty that started my day off on the right track.

So... talk to you soon and as always don't hesitate to connect. We would love to hear from you!

An Exhibition in my Studio

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Yes, an Exhibition in my studio, DO join us; it would be so nice to see you.

I would like to invite you to my studio here in Brooklyn to meet my fabulous friends and much-talented illustrators Ingela, Maria and Yunmee.

Maria Raymondsdotter and Ingela P Arrhenius are two illustrators that live and work in Stockholm, Sweden and their work is featured in magazines and on products all over Scandinavia, and have also found their way to many other parts of the world.

Yunmee Kyong is a fellow "Brooklyner" and illustrator and she works in various mediums. Come and get familiar with Yunmee's wonderful birds and other inspiring creations.

Also, here in my studio you will find many Lotta Jansdotter bits and bobs for sale: fabric by the yard, porcelain, totes, paper goods and scrap bags.

We will have an opening reception on Friday evening with LOTS of bubbly cava that we wanna share - come toast spring and the joy of drawing and making with us.

The rest of the memorial weekend we will be here talking shop, sharing our process, brainstorming new ideas and meeting new friends -JOIN US!

FRIDAY MAY 23 4pm - 8pm SATURDAY MAY 24 & SUNDAY MAY 25 11am - 4pm

Lotta Jansdotter Work+Shop 131 8th St Brooklyn NY 11231 p: 718 755 9945

To learn more about us please visit: ingelaparrhenius.com yunmee.com raymondsdotter.com

 

Meet Our Intern: Madi

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Hi there, I'm Madi, the intern at Lotta Jansdotter's studio. I'm from St. Louis, where I've been finishing up my degree in graphic design. Last summer, I took one of Lotta's printmaking workshops, and I loved it so much that I decided to spend my final semester living in Brooklyn to work with Lotta. It has been inspiring to follow along with her creative process. Textiles and surface pattern design are my passion, and this has been a great way to get an inside look at how the industry operates. I've been here for about two months already and have had so much fun spending time in the workspace and exploring Brooklyn. Here are a few photos we've taken around the studio!

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I have an extensive washi tape collection at home, and I love these tapes with Lotta's designs.

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Cutting fabric in preparation for an upcoming book project. My dream job! Lotta just released two beautiful fabric collections—Mormor and Sylvia.

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Sorting samples from Lotta's newly-released rug line. Click here to learn more about the rug collection with Surya.

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Most of these photos are from Lotta's or my Instagram accounts. We love Instagram! You can tag along on my Brooklyn adventures at @madmadi1210 and get a behind-the-scenes look at day-to-day happenings with Lotta at @lottajansdotter. Thanks for reading!

Love Lotta's Designs for Your Home? Now You Can Decorate Your Phone With Them!

Lotta_App We are happy to announce the launch of Lotta's first phone app! Partnering with MAHA Digital, the Lotta Jansdotter app allows users to download some of Lotta's favorite designs to decorate their smart phones and calendars! Visit the iTunes store now and take a little piece of Lotta wherever you go!

New Lotta Table Top Collection With Dansk + Bed Bath & Beyond

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I am so very excited to announce my new porcelain table top collection with Dansk, exclusively for Bed Bath & Beyond.

It has been a truly wonderful process to work together with Dansk and it is so nice to see the final result reach the stores, and so close to you!

The collection includes twelve different designs that beautifully mix and match together.

You will find Lotta Jansdotter signature designs, created years ago, side by side with designs I created just last year.

Together they make for a creative and timeless collection.

Perfect for wedding registries, dinner parties at home or just your favorite cup of coffee in the morning, I think this dishware collection will be a beautiful and inspiring addition to your home this year!

Visit the Bed Bath & Beyond website to order your own Lotta by Dansk dishware or find out if your local store carries the collection.

Sign Up for Our Spring Printmaking Workshops With Lotta!

Lotta Jansdotter 2014 Workshop

 

We are so happy to announce our Spring and Summer 2014 workshops at the beautiful Lotta Jansdotter Brooklyn studio!

During the Surface Printing Workshop, participants will learn from Lotta on finding creative inspiration in everyday life, and turning those ideas into prints on different materials.

Printmakers and creatives of all levels and experience are welcome to our intimate 4-hour workshops. All supplies, including Lotta's printing kit, and some delicious local nibbles are included in the cost.

Participants will come away with several finished projects and loads of inspiration for future printmaking on their own.

Workshop dates are March 8th & June 7th. Classes are limited to 8 people. Sign up now before classes fill up! SIGN UP HERE

Meet Lotta at the AmericasMart Atlanta Trade Show!

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Lotta is jetting off to Atlanta today for the AmericasMart Atlanta trade show today and is very excited to meet you and introduce two new collections with Surya and C.R. Gibson!

On January 8, from 2-3 p.m. at the Surya showroom, Lotta will be talking about the creative process behind her pillow and rug collection. Afterwards, there will be a Q&A session and meet & greet at the Surya Showroom 11-A-1.

On Thursday, January 9, join Lotta in celebrating the launch of her stationery and gift collection with C.R. Gibson. They will host a Swedish "fika" with coffee and treats (and a free gift!) from 4-5 p.m. in building 2, suite 1837.

We hope to see you in Atlanta, starting tomorrow! If you can't make it to the show, but are interested in Lotta Jansdotter products, please contact questions@jansdotter.com to receive current wholesale information.

The 2014 Calendars are Here!

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We are happy to announce that our yearly fabric calendars are finally here, and just in time for holiday gift giving!  The calendars just arrived in our Brooklyn studio from Lithuania, where they are hand-screened on beautiful linen. Lotta has created these calendars for 13 years now, and they have become somewhat of a collector’s item. We prefer to make them in small, limited editions, so do make sure to nab your's fast since we do not reprint or reproduce them. This year there are two designs to choose from: one for you, and one for your best friend (or mom or auntie).

The cost for the calendar is $26 each.

If you make sure to place your order today, Tuesday, Dec. 10, we will aim to send the order out by this Friday the 13th. We ship by USPS Priority Mail.  The shipping cost for domestic orders is $8 and it is $25 for international orders.

UPDATE: All calendars are now available at Lotta's new webshop. You can find them here.

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Turquoise on White $26 - SALE $10

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Bespoke Wedding Invitations

I am thrilled to be launching a collection of bespoke wedding stationery in collaboration with my good friend Breck of Sesame Letterpress.

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In the past, I have created a handful of custom wedding invitations for special friends but have never taken the leap to offer wedding stationery officially to everyone, even though I have had many requests and much interest. With this collaboration, I am delighted to finally be able to introduce wedding stationery for your special day.

 

Sesame Letterpress has more than a decade of expertise creating custom letterpress invitations out of their Brooklyn studio. As a boutique design shop, they can work closely with you to guide you through the process of creating invitations for your wedding. All of their printing is done on-site and all pieces are hand-fed into Victorian machines one at a time, resulting in the most exquisitely beautiful stationery. Their work has been featured in Martha Stewart WeddingsInStyle,Lucky, Brides and The Knot, to name just a few.

 

To start my collaboration with Sesame Letterpress, I am offering a collection with some of my signature patterns and motifs. The beauty of letterpress printing is a great pairing with my illustrations and bright palette, and this stationery is perfect for a couple with a penchant for bold, modern designs. Even if you’re not in the market for wedding invitations, the thank you cards are perfect for any occasion. You can view the collection and learn more details here.

 

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Scrap Bag Fall Sale!

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It is finally time again for our popular remnant bags! We have carefully put together a batch of bags filled with little pieces of colorful cotton and linen Lotta Jansdotter remnants — bags filled with possibilities and inspiration. After a long and relaxing summer in Scandinavia, we are back in our Brooklyn studio, returning to our sewing machines and projects in a big way. There are so many simple and sweet projects on our list, especially as we get into the gift-making season, so we thought we'd share a few that have caught our eye. Any of these would be a perfect way to use one of our scrap bags, available right here.
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You can see all the projects and links on our Pinterest page.
Get a Scrap Bag! *SOLD OUT* $28 plus $8 for shipping and handling. Each scrap bag is unique and comes with a spectrum of fabric, enough to cover a 24” x 26” area. We tend to run out of these bags quickly, so stock up if you can!
About Shipping: Recently the shipping rates with the US Postal Service have gone up a great deal, especially for international shipping. Actually, it is REAL expensive to ship abroad, so much so that we cannot offer it for this sale. We are very sorry about that.
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Staying Organized with a Simple Stencil DIY

Stencil_1 One of our favorite things to do here in the studio is to organize — and reorganize! — our supplies, inspirational scraps and books. Keeping our space tidy is essential to our productivity, and the way we store things has become an integral part of how we decorate the studio. Lotta has collected storage containers, crates and flat files from around the world, and we're always looking for more ways to spice them up.

While we were doing our fall cleanup this week, we found ourselves drawn back to this Sweet Paul feature from 2012. A little bit of stenciling can really brighten up a simple canvas box, don't you think? It's also a great technique for creating custom labels on your containers. Take a look below and see the full feature here.

 

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STAYING WARM WITH LOTTA JANSDOTTER

Now, you probably don't want to start thinking about the official end of summer quite yet, but if you are planning to make a warm and cozy quilt for the coming fall and winter you'll need to get a head start. And, if Instagram is any indication, many of you already have!
We're seeing a lot of great quilting going on out there with Lotta Jansdotter fabrics. Your work is a great inspiration to us, and we thought others might enjoy a little inspiration as well, so we've collected some of our favorite projects to highlight right here.
@leishakaye says: "Finished this one a little while ago ... gonna love it when it starts to get cold." This one is so beautiful. The colors are perfect for bringing in some warmth.
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@blueberryathome says: " ... If you quilt from the top going clockwise, you get a much smoother curve." Good to know.
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@parisstella says: "Quilt top finished. I hope my little bro and his wife like it!" We're sure they will! These colors are great.
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@alexouq says: "Working on my Lotus Clocks today." It's great to see this block in progress.
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@nessygurl says: "Strip quilt top done :)." We love this combination of colors and different fabric collections. She's using both Glimma and Bella patterns.
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@froggyleggs says: "Aaron—8 months old." We couldn't help but add this one. What a cutie!
Inspired? We sure are! We want to see what everyone is making, so be sure to tag your Instagram photos with #lottajansdotter when you post your projects.