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Chronicle Craft Preview: Lotta Jansdotter’s Printing Studio

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It is with much pleasure that I announce the release of Lotta Jansdotter’s Printing Studio!

This craft kit has been literally years in the making. Creating these DIY delights involves many steps and lots of love and care to get it right. First, Lotta comes up with the projects, testing different materials and writing instructions and tips clearly so we mere mortals can achieve the same great-looking results she does. For this project, she even provided us with pages from her sketchbook to reveal a bit about where she gets ideas for her projects and fabric designs.

Lotta tapped her friend and fellow Swede Jenny Hallengren to contribute truly topnotch photographs. Jenny shot photos in both Sweden and Brooklyn. And the booklet in this kit has helpful process shots and stellar shots of finished projects so you really get lots of ideas.

Meanwhile, here at Chronicle a designer, a production coordinator, and I (an editor) are working hard to get the format for the box and the contents just right. The production coordinator sources all the materials, from the nifty ribbon handle to the lovely woodfree uncoated paper used in the thread-stitched booklet, and the two wooden-handled carving tools, soft printing sponges, and sheets of cardstock that are diecut with Lotta’s original stencil designs.

For this particular project we went through many, many rounds of prototyping to get the box just so – we like to add windows so you can sneak a peak inside if you’re browsing in a store. And we made sure to use a heavy stock for the box so it’s sturdy in transport and can be used to stash your stuff between printing sessions. And the cotton handle? Come on, we couldn’t resist!

Lotta’s Printing Studio just released this month, so be sure to pick one up today. You can order here. And, because we love hearing your comments, I’ll send one copy to a lucky reader (picked at random) who leaves us a note below.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Kate Woodrow
Craft Editor

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