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.

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Lotta

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!

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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A SUMMER PICNIC + HOW TO

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Summer has finally arrived in Brooklyn, and that is truly when the city is at its best. All the public parks become my extended living room — wonderful places to hang out, relax and to socialize. It is also where I can kick off my shoes, feel the earth, smell the grass and hear the rustling of leaves. Nature is a big source of inspiration for me in my work as a textile designer and maker, but it is also inspiration for a more healthy lifestyle in general. Being in nature calms and grounds me. It makes me a happier person, really.
Having picnics is one of my most favorite activities; I love food, I love spending time with good friends and, as you already know, I love hanging out in nature. Picnics combine all of that. (For whatever reason, the food ALWAYS tastes better out in the fresh air. Why is that?)
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For the first picnic of this year I decided to invite my girlfriends for a sunday afternoon in the park. I wanted to make it real special, so I decided to create some cute picnic bags for my lovely friends filled with delicious handcrafted food. Fresh Brie and salami sandwiches, lovely and sweet strawberries, orzo salad, crisps, shortbread cookies and a small bottle of bubbly for us each all packed into a simple tote.
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I created a simple two-color stencil design for the tote — a floral motif seemed rather appropriate. It is so incredibly easy to stencil print. You can print several bags in a jiffy and you do not need expensive or complicated tools or materials to get started. I used cotton bags easily found online. It actually would be real cute to also print some matching cotton napkins for this set. And if you feel ambitious, I bet you could print a nice border design on a table cloth turned picnic blanket!
We had a lovely day in Prospect Park that Sunday, one of many this summer. I hope you will enjoy some too!
Best wishes,
Lotta
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*Stenciling How-To
What you need
- These files: here and here, downloaded and printed
- Permanent marker
- Clear plastic (acetate) or stencil paper for making the stencils. You can also use self-adhesive clear plastic (contact paper) for making stencils for fabric printing. It is easily found at craft stores and some stationery/paper stores.
- an X-Acto knife
- Heavy cardboard or a cutting mat to use as a cutting surface
- Pebeo Setacolor fabric inks
- Old plate
- Masking tape
- Stencil brush or sponge: Stencil brushes will work best, but any flat stiff-bristle brush will serve the purpose.
- Cotton bags to print on
What to do
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1. Start by printing out the design and tracing the design with your marker onto the clear acetate paper. (Some printers can print directly onto some acetate papers.)
2. Cut out your designs with the knife.
3. Pour a small amount of paint onto an old plate.
4. Place your template (stencil) on top of your material. Secure the stencil to the material using masking tape so it will not move during the printing operation. (This is why using self-adhesive plastic as a stencil is so handy — you won’t need to secure the stencil with masking tape.)
5. Dab an even amount of ink through the stencil with your stencil brush. Applying several thin layers of ink yields a better result than using too much ink at one time.
6. If you are printing more than one color: Print all of your designs in one color, and let the print dry before changing stencils. It is easier to use a separate brush or sponge for each color.
(*A version of this content originally appeared in Selvedge Magazine, 2011.)

GLIMMA GOODS

A couple weeks ago we shared this wonderful quilt made for our latest fabric launch and asked you to contribute photos of things you've made with Glimma. We received a number of wonderful responses, and here are a few of our favorites:
A beautiful quilt by Amy Friend —  www.duringquiettime.com
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An intricate notebook by Diana Lasater — www.pinkchalkstudio.com
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A lovely project by Instagram user @lrkeenan  — simple, but very clever and a great way to show off the pattern!
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There's never a bad time to show your stuff! Just email us at talk@jansdotter.com or post on Instagram with the hashtag #lottajansdotter. We'd love to see what you've come up with!

 

PARTNERING WITH MAKERS

If you can believe it, we're about to launch our fourth collection with Windham Fabrics... and we're busy designing our fifth! It's great fun to put these collections together but perhaps the most amazing part is seeing what YOU make with them! We've seen you design apparel, accessories, home goods and even stuffed animals!
So! We got the idea to approach some of the very talented people making products with Lotta Jansdotter fabrics, and we asked if they'd like to help us create small collaborative collections that we could sell in our Brooklyn Work + Shop. Luckily, they all said “yes!” and now these wonderful items, from key fobs to nursing blankets to stuffed wiener dogs (yes! you heard us right!), will be available here in our shop starting... well, now!
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Sneak peek from sirBUBBADOO
We'll be highlighting each maker right here on The Ledger as the summer goes on... but for the time being, here's a taste of what you'll see. Stay tuned for more, and in the meantime we urge you to take a look at all the great products these makers currently have in their shops.
Wee Stitchery - Bow Ties, Earrings, Purses
Friends of Socktopus - Stuffed Wiener Dogs
Nan Gates Designs - Eye Glass Cases, Key Fobs, Luugage Tags
OONALA - Baby Bonnets
Kate Williams - Crayon Rolls
Sir Bubbadoo - Baby Blankets, Burp Cloths, Bibs
Sneak peek from Nan Gates Designs

 

THE MAKING OF A MEMORY GAME

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One of my all-time favorite games as a wee one was "memory game" ... maybe not all that surprising considering it is a very visual game.
I now play memory game with my boy at home all the time and of course, he is much better at it than me. These days I feel like I should play memory games to keep my braincells active!... Ahhh, anyway...
August is also an avid drawer and at home we have piles and piles of his expressive creations. But there is always the question: what to do with all these wonderful drawings? Sure, we frame some of his sketches. But honestly, wall space is running out in our small apartment! So I started thinking: how else can we highlight and enjoy his many masterpieces?
Then I had this great idea... how about making a memory game, using August's hand-drawn designs! It would make for real great and personal gifts for his friends and our family members and be a sweet memory ( ha ha! ) for us to treasure.
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This idea-turned-project quickly became a team effort in our family. August did all of the art and I edited the final pieces, "art directing" the project. My husband, with his great patience, took care of production and printing with the online printing company, MOO.
It was a super fun project - yes a bit time consuming, but well worth it! We are so glad we did it. August is very proud and happy with his work... and so am I! Won't you try it with your kids?
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SOMETHING TO SIP THIS SUMMER

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Summer is around the corner - we can feel it in the heavy, humid breeze blowing through our Brooklyn studio, and in our constant cravings for the cooling mint iced tea from our local coffee shop! Sure, sooner rather than later, we'll have our summer fridays and beach weekends to look forward to, but during those mid-summer weeks we'll need a little pick-me-up at the end of the workday.
The other day, we were flipping through Lotta's "Handmade Living" (the great thing about getting to write so many books over the years is that we can reference them later!) and the traditional mead caught our eyes. Fizzy, lemony and refreshing, a cool glass of mead is the perfect, slightly boozy, anecdote to a scorching summer afternoon - and it's easily made right in your own kitchen… or, in our case, studio! We made the simple recipe on Monday, gave the mixture some time to ferment, and today it was ready to sample!
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As we glanced around the office for the perfect cup in which to serve our mead, we remembered that our lovely Lotta Jansdotter Crash Candles had just burned out. The glass vessels are so pretty that we decided to do a little scrubbing and use them for our office picnic! It's always so wonderful to find a way to give our favorite products a second life!
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We hope you'll give this recipe a shot and let us know what you think!
Lotta's Mead (Mjöd) from "Handmade Living" (Page 86)
Makes six 750-ml bottles+ 17 cups (4.25 liters) water + 3/4 cup (185 grams) packed dark brown sugar + 3/4 cup (185 grams) granulated sugar, plus 6 teaspoons + zest and juice of 2 lemons + 1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast + 18 raisinsIn a large stockpot, bring the water to a boil. Stir in the brown sugar, the 3/4 cup granulated sugar, the lemon zest and lemon juice. Remove from the heat and let cool to warm, 105° Fto 115° F / 40°C - 46°C. Stir in the yeast until dissolved. Let stand, uncovered, at room temperature for at least 12 hours.

Put 1 teaspoon granulated sugar and 3 raisins into each of six wine bottles. Strain ladles of the mead through a funnel into the bottles. Cap tightly with corks or bottle stoppers. Place in a cool, dark place for 1 to 2 days, until the raisins have risen to the surface. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Enjoy!
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SIMPLE MOTHER'S DAY GIFTS FROM THE LJ TEAM

It's almost Mother's Day and, silly us, we're a bit behind on our holiday preparations! So, today in the studio we decided to band together and make a few simple, but still very special, projects that you can easily finish between now and Sunday.
Laura Wunderli is our fantastic new intern, hailing from Canada (more from her soon!). She made a fabric covered card with the Tove pattern from Lotta's new Glimma collection. It can be put together in minutes and packs a sweet punch.
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Fabric Covered Card You'll need: 1 piece of card stock Lotta Jansdotter fabric Fabric shears Multi-purpose adhesive spray or glue
Directions:
1. Cut a piece of card stock to your desired size and fold in half. 2. Cut a piece of your favorite Lotta Jansdotter fabric slightly larger than your card stock. 3. Spray multi-purpose adhesive on your card stock and lay the fabric on top. Press down firmly and smooth. 4. Using fabric shears trim the edges of the fabric. Inside write a special note and hand off to Mom!
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Studio Manager Laura Cooke and Social Media Manager Silka Glanzman tried their hands at stenciling some designs fromLotta's Stencil pack. Using Pebeo Inks, they transferred the designs onto store-bought dishtowels and napkins and ended up with functional, no-sew gifts.
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Stenciled Kitchen Linens

You'll need:
Dishtowels or napkins from any home goods store. We used linens from Ikea and West Elm
A short-haired paintbrush or a kitchen sponge
An iron
Directions:
1. Using masking tape, secure the corners of your chosen stencil to the fabric wherever you'd like the design to be.
2. Pour some of your ink onto a paper plate or palette. Dip your brush or sponge into the paint, soaking up just a little bit. (If you get too much on your brush or sponge, globs will sneak under the edges of the stencil.) 3. Using a light, tapping motion, paint over the stencil onto the fabric. If needed, untape the stencil and move it to the side to create a repeat. Let try for 20 minutes and lightly iron the front and back of the fabric with a dry iron on the cotton setting. Go over it a few times to make sure all the ink has been exposed to the heat.
4. Wash your stenciled items according to the fabric's directions before use.
P.S. Silka took two napkins and sewed them together for a super easy pillow case.
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We hope these projects will give you a bit of last-minute inspiration! No matter how behind you are, there's always time to give something from the heart.

 

STOOL REUPHOLSTERY WITH GLIMMA

It's here, it's here! We've finally received our own small inventory of Glimma bolts for the studio, which means there's a good chance you can also get it at a store near you!
One of our favorite things about the newest collection is that 3 of the patterns come in canvas, and in two colors each! Not that we don't love sewing quilts, curtains, and clothes, but the canvas makes it possible to create durable bags, rugs and simple upholstery.
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So because it's spring and we're looking for ways to refresh the office, we set our sights on recovering an aging but practical and sweet stool. Through a combination of reverse engineering and stealth Googling, we quickly developed a game plan which we've loosely outlined below. And what a difference a small change can make - our studio is already feeling more springy!
You'll need:
Fabric Something to recover Iron Staple gun
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1. Measure out the fabric. We took the diameter of the stool top and added a few inches all around - just enough to wrap around to the bottom. We didn't have a big enough compass so we fashioned one out of a pinned measuring tape, dragging a pencil around with it.
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2. Iron your fabric and flip it so that the printed side is down. Place the stool upside down on top of the fabric, centered.
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3. Stretch the fabric around to the bottom and staple. We started with four "corners," then worked on stretching and stapling the folds in between. Check the stool top from time to time to make sure the stretching hasn't distorted your fabric's pattern.
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4. Turn over - you're done!
*We do not ship fabrics from our studio. To purchase Glimma,visit Windam's Glimma page and click on the pattern you are interested in. On the next page, above the swatch, there will be a link to a list of stores carrying that pattern.

 

SHOELACES WITH GLIMMA!

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We are so pleased to announce that very soon you will be able to bring fabrics from Glimma, our third collection with Windham Fabrics, into your homes and studios! In designing this family of eleven patterns, available in stores this April, Lotta has drawn inspiration from her travels far and wide, as well her childhood in Sweden. With colors as bright as emerald green and orange, to calming pastels, there's something here for every project!
Now, we've had a stack of fabric samples in the office for a few months, and we just couldn't help but dig into them and try out a few new projects. The other day Lotta came acrossthis super cute pattern for DIY shoelaces, so we got straight to work on a few sets of our own. We can't wait to break out our Chucks this spring and show them off!
How to get Glimma:
The Glimma collection will be available for purchase in the beginning of April. To find out where to purchase the fabrics, visit Windam's Glimma page and click on the pattern you are interested in. On the next page, above the swatch, there will be a link to a list of stores carrying that pattern.
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LOTTA JANSDOTTER CHRONICLE BOOKS

Here at Lotta Jansdotter, we have long valued our relationship with Chronicle Books. They have published so many beautiful books of ours over the years (5 titles, translated into 9 languages!) - as well as stationary, stickies and labels, and journals that we use everyday right here in the office!

While Lotta has taken a brief hiatus from book-writing to focus on creating new patterns, she is now coming back around to the idea... and as spring rolls around, we're all looking for our next project. So we went into the Chronicle archive for inspiration, picking out our favorite places and projects featured throughout the years.Here are our top picks from each of our titles:

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Cilla Ramnek, Stockholm, Page 90
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Hand-Stenciled Dishtowels, Page 73
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Springtime Mead, Page 87
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Bib Kercheif, Page 28
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Simple Dress, Page 32
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Leaf Printing, Page 41
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Lino-Block Printing, Page 79
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Gardening Tote, Page 61
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Sunhat, Page 77

What would you like to see in our next book? Leave us your thoughts on our Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/lottajansdotterofficial

We've marked our favorites with stickies from the Lotta Jansdotter Notes and To-Do's package. These labels, as well as the books mentioned above, are available here.

 

MEET OUR INTERNS: MAJA (AND A SCRAP BAG GIVEAWAY!)

We are so lucky to have such fantastic interns at Lotta Jansdotter – really creative, interesting and motivated people from all backgrounds - who add to the atmosphere here in our lively Brooklyn studio. Today and tomorrow we'll be introducing our current interns, Maja and Coral, who have created some beautiful projects with our scrap bags.

 

As you may know, our popular scrap bags went on sale this Friday and sold out almost immediately! Whether you were able to snag one or have a great collection of scraps in your own studio, we know you'll be these wonderful projects

 

If you weren't able to get your hands on a scrap bag, you're in luck because we saved just a few to give away! Find out more on our Facebook Page!

 

Here's Maja:

 

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Hi, everyone!

 

I’m Maja, one of the new interns at Lotta Jansdotter’s studio. Every other week, I trek all the way from Pennsylvania to learn and work in this stimulating, creative, and fun environment. When not at Lotta’s, I run a textile design and production shop for artists and craftsmen with developmental disabilities at Camphill Soltane. I’m privileged to work with an amazing group of talented individuals who design, hand-weave, screen-print, and sew our products in a supportive and collaborative environment. You can check us out atwww.camphillsoltane.org!

 

I came to Lotta’s to learn about product development, marketing, and networking – skills I hope to use to take my shop to the next level. I’m so grateful to be here and to learn from such a talented designer like Lotta, who is incredibly warm, insightful, and always eager to share from her experience!

 

A couple of weeks ago, I got to take home one of Lotta’s awesome scrap bags. I had so much fun coming up with all kinds of things to make! I settled on a 12-flag double-sided banner, a coin purse, three bow ties, and plenty of little of pin buttons. Today, I’d like to share with you step-by-step instructions for the bow tie. I looked up many instructions online, before settling on one from instructables.com, which I adapted slightly to my liking.

 

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Bow ties can be made in many sizes. I chose to make mine approximately 4” x 1.5” – a size that works for adults and older children. For a bow tie this size, you need two pieces of fabric and two pieces of interfacing for the leaves—all of which should measure 8” x 3”--and one 3” x 3.5” piece of fabric for the center band.

 

1. Cut out all five pieces and attach the interfacing to the leaf pieces by ironing them briefly.

 

2. Mark the center of the leaf and fold both sides toward the center. Repeat with the second leaf.

 

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3. You will need to make two buttonholes for the clip arms on ONE of the leaf pieces. Mark your buttonholes 3/8” from the center fold and make them 3/8” long.

 

4. Sew buttonholes. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can simply cut two slits instead.

 

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5. Pin and sew the top and bottom of the bow-tie leaves. Cut off the corners and turn right side out. Carefully use the tip of your scissors to push out the corners. Iron flat. Do the same with the second leaf.

 

6. Insert the clip through the two holes. Flatten and center the clip. Hand-sew the clip arms to the leaf through the clip armholes.

 

7. Stack the two leaves and pinch the center together. It might take a few tries until you get the creases just right. Wrap a piece of sewing thread around the center and tie the ends.

 

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Steps 8-11 describe sewing the center band. (Instead of sewing, you can also make the center band by folding both long edges in 1/2”, ironing them flat and folding those folded edges again toward the center, so that they slightly overlap. The finished band should be approximately 7/8” wide.)

 

8. Fold the center band piece along the longer side as shown in the picture. Sew a seam 3/” from the folded edge. The wider seam allowance should measure approximately 1/2”, the narrower 1/4”.

 

9. Iron the seam allowance apart. This will be really helpful when it’s time to turn the band right side out.

 

10. Turn the band right side out. This is a slow and rather annoying process, helped along a little by longer fingernails that can tug and pull at the fabric bit by bit, until it is turned completely.

 

11. Iron the center band flat positioning the seam on one side. Fold one short end 3/8” and press.

 

12. Wrap the center band tightly around the bow tie. Hand-sew the folded edge to the band.

 

13. Adjust the creases and your bow tie is ready for use!

 

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The possibilities are endless! Here are a few more ways to use our scrap bags:

 

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MY CARDAMOM CAKE

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I love cardamom so, so much! I simply have it in me, that love of cardamom, thanks to growing up in Sweden where they use the spice in all kinds of baked goods, all the time.

On Thursday I had a visit to my studio from design director Paul. Paul told me a while back that he had never eaten "anything cardamom" ... especially not a cake! I figured I really needed to do something about that as he was clearly missing out. So I baked Paul a cardamom cake for our meeting.

And now you can make it too!

 

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My Cardamom Cake

 

You need:

 

3 eggs 2 1/2 dl (1 cup) white sugar 1 dl (1/2 cup) milk 50 grams (half a stick) melted butter 2 teaspoons baking powder 3.5 dl (1 1/2 cups) white flour 1 tablespoon ground cardamom a few pinches of salt This is what you do: 1. Beat the eggs and sugar until REALLY fluffy.

2. Add milk and melted butter. Mix well.

3. Mix the cardamom and baking powder with the flour. Slowly fold this into the batter - do not over stir!

4. Oh yes, you need to butter a baking dish of your liking, and cover the dish with fine breadcrumbs … then you can pour the mixture into the pan.

5. It is now ready to bake for about 30 minutes, in the middle of your oven at 175 degrees C (350 F).

On a whim, and rather last minute, I decided that I wanted to add apples to this cake so I peeled 2 apples, cut them into thin wedges and pan-fried them with about 3 tablespoons of butter and 3 tablespoons of white sugar. I let them cook for a couple of minutes until they got a little soft then I poured that sticky, sweet and tasty mess on top of my batter! Then I baked it at the same temperature and for the same time as above. BLOG_2013_2-8-3

 

This cake is so yummy, perfectly paired with a glass of milk! ... And yes, Paul loved it!

Have a great weekend! "hej svejs"

LOTTA

 

PLACEMATS WITH GLIMMA!

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The Lotta Jansdotter studio is a great place to entertain, and we always look forward to any excuse to make some treats and chat over coffee. Often, our couch is the centerpiece of these gatherings and for a while now we've wanted to spruce, and soften up, the industrial coffee table that sits next to it.

 

Luckily, samples of our upcoming Glimma collection with Windham Fabrics (launching in April!) just arrived and we were instantly inspired to make an oversized placemat to lay on top. It was a super easy and fun project for an afternoon, so we thought we'd write up some simple directions to guide you through making your own. Of course not everyone has our table, but the following directions could work just as well for table runners and standard placemats.

 

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1. Measure the space you'd like to cover. Our table is 18" x 24", placemats are often 12" x 18" and table runners are one third of the width of your table and 1 foot longer.

 

2. Calculate the final size, accounting for a ¼" seam allowance on all sides – in our case the final size was 18.5" x 24.5". Iron, measure and mark your fabric and cut out two rectangles. (We like to fold the fabric over before cutting so we only have to do it once.)

 

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3. Line up the edges of the two pieces of fabric, with right sides together. Sew around the border, ¼" from the edge, leaving a 3" – 5" gap depending on the thickness of your fabric.

 

4. Turn right side out through the gap and iron your edges flat. Turn the seam allowance under at the gap, iron and pin closed with edges carefully aligned.

 

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5. Top-stitch around the border of the placemat, just shy of ¼" from the edge. And you're done!

 

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This afternoon we enjoyed Lotta's yummy Cardamom Cake on our new and improved coffee table! We will be posting the recipe next so check back soon!

 

NAMES ON A RUNNER

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A really fun and rather personal table setting for holiday entertaining can be to stencil your guest's names on the table runner. It is cute and it is sure to get some comments and questions.

This is how you can do it :

- Start with writing the name on regular paper to make sure you get it right. - Transfer the name onto acetate paper with a permanent marker pen. make sure that your design is not too detailed or thin.. it can get rather frustrating. - The you use a sharp cutter and cut out your name..

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Now, you might notice that letters like "o" and "a" will get tricky.. You will lose the "inside" of those letters..  -what we call an "islands" by the fact that you cut them away. I solve that by cutting out the island shapes in painters tape and block out those areas, like this:

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It is also good to tape down your stencil to make sure that it stays in place when you print. I use a stencil brush and fabric ink from Pebeo. Please use very little ink, don't  blob it on all at once.. it will get messy and will result in a bad print.

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And when the design is dry you can peel off your island, heat set your design (read the instructions on your ink bottle) by ironing it and after that your are ready to serve!

BLOG_2012_12-6-5 You can of course stencil on other things too, like kitchen towels -now that makes for a great gift. Or, maybe use them for place settings instead?

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I printed on cotton runners and towels from Fishs Eddy. The blue, floral porcelain plate is also my design and you can also find that at Fishs Eddy.

My favorite fabric ink to use is by Pebeo. It prints really easy and they have so many wonderful colors to choose in between... shimmers and neon colors too! Best place to buy them is here.

All other art materials can be bought in any well selected art supply store.

See, that was rather easy right?

Have fun and a real lovely Holiday Season!

LOTTA

FALLING IN LOVE WITH FIKA

A freshly backed treat from Lotta's book, Handmade Living.

When I first started working with Lotta in 2006, I asked so many questions about Scandinavia. My only experience of the region was with some Danes I worked for in Scotland--who were amazing chefs and introduced me to the world of gastronomy (along with rapid weight gain!). But of course, I knew it wasn’t quite the same, so I was excited to find out from Lotta more about her heritage.

Of the many wonders, I am absolutely enamored by fika. Fika, for those of you who don’t know, is essentially a coffee break, with food. It can be pastries of some sort or, in our case lately, cinnamon buns. I don’t know what it is about fika that I love so much...isn't it surely the same as the Australian morning tea I grew up with? But, there is something different to it, something more leisurely and habitual. The fact that it is somewhat of a social institution in Sweden fascinates me. I love things like that, and often wish I lived somewhere where a siesta was taken, especially after a leisurely fika!

Lotta and I have been splitting a cinnamon bun almost daily for the last few weeks from Four & Twenty Blackbirds. They are our neighbors, which is great luck because their pies and pastries are amazing. I thoroughly recommend a visit if you can get to Brooklyn. And if not, Lotta has her own Cinnamon Buns recipe that she is happy to share with everyone. It is from her book, Handmade Living, and I thoroughly recommend them from experience also. Enjoy your fika everyone! —Nerissa

 

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PLANTING A MUG GARDEN

Recently, we fell in love with a clever idea from HollyRocks(via Pinterest), who uses vintage mugs for container gardening. I just had to try out her technique with the Lotta Jansdotter mugs, found exclusively in our Brooklyn shop. (These bone china mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe, so they also work great for coffee...)

 

I brought the mugs over to the nearby gardening store Dig Gardens, where owner Maggie Morris placed river stones at the bottom of each mug for drainage. Plants in small containers, such as mugs, need just a sip of water to keep them happy. Then, we simply popped in the basil, lemon thyme, and rosemary plants. Ta-dah! A perfect windowsill herb garden.

 

 

What will you plant this Spring? Let us know on Facebook!

Happy planting—Rebecca

 

Lotta's Dolle mug awaits a rosemary plant.

 

Place river stones at the bottom of the mugs to help the soil drain.

 

Maggie settles the thyme into its new home—Lotta's Juste mug.

 

 

 

STENCIL GIFT WRAP

So, there are a few days left before Christmas and your holiday giving. I wanted to share some inspiration for a last minute project with you today: Stenciling your own gift wrap! Not only does it add plenty of flair and care, it also feels nice not to waste so much wrapping paper that most likely will end up in the bin. If you wrap things in fabric, that fabric wrap can be a gift in itself that can be useful and treasured even after the gift is opened.

And not to worry, stenciling is VERY easy and so much fun..you can do these projects in a matter of a couple of hours.

First I decided to print a graphic design on a napkin and wrap it japanese style.

 

 

You use a stencil brush or a sponge and simply push paint through your stencil.

 

 

You can easily create your own motif and patterns by cutting them out of acetate paper with an x-acto knife. You can also use simple cardboard for your stencil as well, but if you do that remember that you can not use it for a long time or many printings..the paper wont hold up to the pigment, it will get brittle and break, - but for one or two prints you can get away with a cardboard stencil.

I placed and stenciled my graphic design in a random order. I stenciled on a cotton napkin and I used some excellent fabric ink called Pebeo Setacolor Opaque. They have so many brilliant colors to choose from, but the one I used for this project was "Bengal Pink". It worked real well with the light gray, I thought.

 

 

Once your print is completely dry, make sure to heat set the ink with your iron: you simply iron the print for about 5 minutes, using the cotton setting on your iron..and Voila: your wrap is ready and can be used and washed over and over again. Fold the fabric and tie it in a "bow" ala Japanese wrapping style..it could not be easier, or prettier... Such a fabulous gift in itself!

 

 

Then I decided to print on small little cotton drawstring bags (that you can find here >>>>). OR if you are a tad handy and have the time: you can sew simple cotton bags and tie them up with ribbon.

 

 

The bags are so cute, come in all kinds of sizes and you can print all over patterns or single motifs, use letters and monograms.  These bags are very useful after christmas: for trinkets, toys, makeup and special things. Have fun making ...and happy holidays!

 

 

 

LOTTA

 

SAFFRON BUNS

 

Ingredients

2 1/8 cups milk 1/2 cup butter 3 (0.6 ounce) cakes compressed fresh yeast 8 ounces quark or sour cream (I used natural yogurt) 2 (0.5 gram) packets powdered saffron 2/3 cup sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 7 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup raisins (optional) 1 egg, beaten

 

Directions

- Heat the milk and butter in a small saucepan until the butter has melted and the temperature has reached 100 degrees F (38 degrees C). Crumble the yeast into a bowl, then pour in the warm milk. Stir well until the yeast dissolves. - Stir in the quark, saffron, sugar, salt, and 7 cups of the flour. Mix the dough in the bowl until it becomes shiny and silky, adding more flour as needed until it begins to come away from the sides of the bowl. Cover, and let rise for 40 minutes. - Prepare 2 or 3 baking sheets by covering each with a sheet of parchment paper. Lightly flour a work surface, punch down the dough, then divide into 35 pieces. Roll each piece into a rope, 5 to 6 inches long. With the rope lying flat on the work surface, roll each end towards the center, in opposite directions, creating a curled S-shape. Place the buns on the prepared baking sheets, and garnish with raisins if desired. Cover with a towel, and allow to rise for an additional 30 minutes while you preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). - Gently brush each bun with beaten egg, then bake in the oven until puffed and golden, 5 to 10 minutes.