A few weeks ago (I’m going to take an aside here and apologize for beginning what seems like 99% of my blog posts this way. Letterpress is a long process and so by the time I finish the project and photograph it, several weeks or a month or two have always gone by, so it feels strange to pretend like I just did whatever it is I’m writing about. My apologies!)
Anyway, a few weeks ago, a student from the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) emailed to ask for some letterpress goodies to include in his senior show. His thesis was on moveable type and letterpress and he wanted to create a hand-out kit with a variety of examples. He mentioned past projects (business cards, wedding invites) were just fine, but almost all of those are created with a custom printing plate, not vintage type. The main thing I use my type for is greeting cards and coasters, but that would mean giving away several hundred dollars worth of merchandise—which is a big deal to a teeny tiny business like mine!
But I did want to help the guy out and I had been tossing around an idea for postcards for a couple weeks, so I decided that would be the project for him!
I had been saving these pieces, not wanting to chop them up into little bits, yet they had too much already printed on them to use for practice sheets. So, I trimmed them up to a standard USPS post card size, used vintage lead type to print “Post card” and a dotted divider down the front, plus added my logo to designate where to place a stamp. Voila! The coolest post cards you’ve ever sent.
I sent most of them off to Ohio, but made a few extra sets and they’re now available in the shop. Pick some up now for quick notes, or they’re great to have on hand for summer vacation or when the kids go off to camp!
Every time I mention my recycled letterpress paper circles, my mom laughs and muses about what buyers could be using them for. Several etsians have told me they’re using them for price tags in their shops and at craft shows—and if you’re not a seller, they make great gift tags as well.
When I first thought of the circles, I imagined they’d be popular with scrapbookers and card makers. Some paper, a glue stick and voila! Festive paper goods for any occasion.
If you’re feeling a little more ambitious, the October Afternoon blog has easy instructions for these adorable paper flowers.
With bunting and garlands gaining popularity at weddings and events as well as for home décor, a string of circles sewn together make for a sweet celebration. This is an easy project to do yourself or find them here!
The circles also create a beautiful textured pattern when glued in a fish scale pattern. Another easy project to DIY or click on the photo below!
Accidentally put your favorite wool sweater in the dryer? Don’t shed a tear—you may not be able to wear it anymore, but your living room will be better for it! I made this funky argyle pillow cover from one that used to fit the fiancé (oops).
•pillow form that’s the same width as sweater
•sewing machine (a serger would be better, but if you sew over your seams twice you should be good to go!)
Step 1: Turn the sweater inside out. Lay flat and pin the sweater’s front and back together at the shoulders and neck.
Step 2: Break out the sewing machine and continue the existing side seams up to the top of the shoulders.
Step 3: Measure the height of your pillow form and mark that length from the bottom of the sweater. Sew straight across (perpendicular to your other seams) at the mark. Cut off extra material above the seam and on either side (the sleeves).
Step 4: Sew about 1/3 of the way in from each side along the bottom of the sweater.
Step 5: Turn the square inside out, stuff pillow form inside.
Step 6: Hand sew the remaining opening and viola! There’s a snappy new pillow in your home!