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In the WorkroomErinComment

So, I'm back.  I haven't been doing much sewing these last few weeks (though I have been thinking of such things, for sure), but I have been...letterpressing!

Letterpressing Our Thank You Cards
Letterpressing Our Thank You Cards
Letterpress - Composing Stick
Letterpress - Composing Stick

I have been dying to try a printing class at Cleveland's local printing coop, Zygote Press, and was excited when my weekend schedule afforded me the chance to spend two whole days there.

Letterpressing Our Thank You Cards at Zygote Press
Letterpressing Our Thank You Cards at Zygote Press

We were supposed to design and print a business card for our class project.  I designed a card to include with Clever Charlotte orders instead, so look for one of these cards in a Clever Charlotte package coming your way soon!

Sneak Peak at Our Thank You Cards
Sneak Peak at Our Thank You Cards

We printed our cards on a Chandler & Price, one of the leading platen presses of its day and still highly sought after. The C&P also happened to be  made right here in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.--see?

Letterpressing Our Thank You Cards
Letterpressing Our Thank You Cards
Letterpressing Our Thank You Cards
Letterpressing Our Thank You Cards

Before starting out on the C&P, we ginned up a hand-cranked Vandercook to proof our designs. Here are the 4 student works being locked up in the bed--

Letterpressing Our Thank You Cards
Letterpressing Our Thank You Cards
Letterpressing Our Thank You Cards
Letterpressing Our Thank You Cards

There were lots of other fun, old-timey things in the studio to photograph--

Handy Lockup Bar for Vandercook
Handy Lockup Bar for Vandercook
The Challenge Machinery Co.
The Challenge Machinery Co.

I can't wait to get back into the studio to finish up my cards, hopefully in a custom color, and who knows what other fun projects!

Letterpressing Our Thank You Cards
Letterpressing Our Thank You Cards

Happy pressing!

~ Erin