Scandinavian home craft

Lotta Jansdotter has a worldwide reputation for handprinting patterns which are used on textiles, notebooks and household interiors.

“Can’t find what you want?  Make it!  Don’t know how?  Learn it!” is how her website describes her pragmatic approach, much of her printing based on simple potato cut prints, in repeating patterns.

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Her fabrics are stocked by Windham Fabrics but you can learn the techniques of handprinting fabrics in workshops – this year, she ran several in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Brooklyn.

She is planning a source trip to Japan in 2018, and if you’d like join up with her in Tokyo for a workshop, her website are taking names and email addresses for contacting.

On the other hand, if she’s still off your beaten track, any library or good bookshop is likely to be able to quickly source one of her books, where she shows you how to print fabric, make it into a cushion cover or apron, with simple sewing skills.

If you like this Scandinavian style, you might also enjoy the graphic drawings of “children’s” book characters the Moomins.  There’s a immersive exhibition of the Moomins just opened today in the South Bank Centre, London.  The exhibition is obviously geared towards families with kids – but the Moomins (written by Tove Jansson) have an appeal and iconic status for adults also.

Exhibition details at:



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