Spoonflower – Create Your Own Custom Fabrics!

Beautiful fabrics at Spoonflower. Can’t wait to make our own based on our designs!

Here at Pressed we’ve fallen in love with a new site! Spoonflower is a site for custom fabrics – creating your own or buying other’s designs. You can search fabrics by colors, or “tags”, which is good since there are hundreds of pages of really awesome fabrics. Sizes are Test Swatch size (8″x8″), Fat Quarter (21″ x 18″) or by the yard. Any fabric can be printed on one of the following fabric types. Not sure which you want to use? Just order a swatch book for only a dollar!

  • Basic Combed Cotton: $17.50/yard ($15.75 with designer discount)
    • 100% combed cotton fabric, made from ring-spun yarn
  • NEW* Kona® Cotton: Premium Quilting Weight: $18/yd ($16.20 with designer discount)
    • 100% cotton fabric with a soft hand, easy to sew
  • Cotton Poplin: $20/yard ($18 with designer discount)
    • 100% cotton fabric
  • Cotton Voile: $24/yard ($21.60 with designer discount)
    • Semi-transparent 100% combed cotton fabric, with a delicate, gauzy texture.
  • Cotton Silk: $27/yard ($24.30 with designer discount)
    • 55% cotton / 45% silk fabric with a soft sheen on the printed side
  • Linen-Cotton Canvas: $27/yard ($24.30 with designer discount)
    • Sophisticated light-weight canvas woven from 55% linen and 45% combed cotton.
  • Organic Cotton Interlock Knit: $27/yard ($24.30 with designer discount)
    • Very soft, natural off-white knit, made from 100% organic cotton.
  • Organic Cotton Sateen: $27/yard ($24.30 with designer discount)
    • 100% organic cotton sateen with a glossy finish and soft hand
  • Heavy Cotton Twill: $32/yard ($28.80 with designer discount)
    • Sturdy 100% cotton twill with an optic white finish.
  • Silk Crepe de Chine: $38/yard ($34.20 pr/yd with designer discount)
    • Semi-sheer 100% silk with a delicate texture and beautiful drape.

So far we’ve only ordered fabrics but we’re really looking forward to creating some of our own designs and having them printed. Acceptable formats for uploading your design: TIF, JPG, PNG, GIF, A1, EPS, SVG. Note, all files must be less than 40 MB.

– Caroline, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

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Sculptures in Porcelain by Rachel Kneebone – on view at the Brooklyn Museum

RACHEL KNEEBONE ‘Shield IV’, 2010. Porcelain. Photo: Stephen White

A few weeks ago, a good friend came to Brooklyn for a visit. It was a beautiful day out so we walked the loop in Prospect Park and then stopped by the Brooklyn Museum. It really is a wonderful museum, I can’t say enough about it, and I think my friend was quite impressed, too. Among the many stunning exhibits, one in particular stood out to both of us, the art of Rachel Kneebone. A British artist, who works from London, she is particularly known for her finely sculpted porcelain pieces that often contain tangles of body parts.

Until August 12, 2012, the Brooklyn Museum has some of her pieces on display in an exhibit called Rachel Kneebone: Regarding Rodin. Certainly worth checking out as the photos below do her work no justice. The amount of detail, especially in the piece ‘The Descent’, really needs to be witnessed in person in order to gain a full appreciation.

I suppose what really captured my attention is the way in which Kneebone uses a very traditional and elegant material, such as porcelain, in a very unexpected way. For me, when I see her work, I think of Italian porcelain sculpture from the 18th century. However, the subject matter is quite different from that which Kneebone is depicting. In this way, for me, her work is also connected to that of Inge Jacobson, in that it is also a traditional art form used in a modern context.

– Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

‘The Paradise of Dispair’ and ‘The Descent’, both on display at the Brooklyn Museum.

For comparison: Centerpiece, ca. 1775–80, Italian; Cozzi factory, Hard-paste porcelain. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Letterpress Personal Stationery for a Business Based in London

Personal stationery for “Your Trusted Resource.”

Recently, we also letterpressed personal stationery for Your Trusted Resource, a business based in London, which focuses on bookkeeping, financial services and project management. We loved how the design turned out, very simple and classic, you can’t go wrong with that. We were also excited to send our first prints abroad! So, we thought we would post a couple photos.

– Caroline & Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

A detail of the stationery.

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Adorable Letterpress Baby Announcements

A baby announcement, based on our French inspired, Avignon design. The heart can be changed out for an elephant, flower or just about anything else.

Last weekend we went to press and created these charming baby announcements. We are thrilled with how they turned out and hope they are the first of many announcements that come our way!

Also, one more day to enter our  FREE LETTERPRESS GIVEAWAY!

– Caroline & Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

The detail…

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Our Antique French Letterpress Wedding Invitations

Our Avignon design in letterpress

This Saturday we letterpressed the invitations for our first contest winner! We are so excited with the way these invitations turned out. The design is classic and simple, so very French. The design is, in fact, inspired by an antique French pharmacy tin. We believe there are sources of beautiful design inspiration all around us…we just have to keep our eyes open!

Our neighbors have beautiful lavender flowers growing all through their back yard, of which they were happy to let us cut some!

This invitation measures 6.25×6.25 inches. Here we printed it on our ultra-lush, 236lb, brilliant white, Savoy paper. This stuff is amazing! We can’t wait to print our next round of invitations!

Be sure to check out our latest FREE LETTERPRESS WEDDING INVITE GIVEAWAY!

– Caroline & Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

This design can also be made more rustic with the addition of twine and a kraft paper envelope.

The RSVP card. This paper is so thick, it makes for an amazing, super crisp and deep impression.

A detail of the super-crisp text.

One more shot of the RSVP card, paired with metallic silver envelopes.

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Frugal Finds – great design doesn’t always have to break the bank

Gorgeous and affordable design ideas from Frugal Finds.

A great blog to check out is Frugal Finds. Most of the posts are about design elements for your house or apartment, but occasionally there are posts on accessories. They check out tons of sites and post about the best finds to beautify your living space without breaking the bank. You get info on great deals, some sneak peeks at the blogger’s own apartment and, on occasion, a really cute cat photo🙂

So, be sure to take a peek and while you are looking for good deals, don’t forget to check out our FREE LETTERPRESS WEDDING INVITE GIVEAWAY!

– Caroline, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

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New Letterpress Wedding Invite Giveways & Winner Announcement!

First off, a big thank you to everyone who entered our competition! We continue to be thankful for all the support we have gotten as we start out and grow our letterpress business.

Second, to everyone else who entered our contest, don’t despair, WE ARE HAVING TWO GIVEAWAYS THIS MONTH!!! So, please re-enter and feel free to enter both. In fact, we will be having quite a few giveaways as we need to letterpress all of our designs for samples.

To enter the giveaway please email your name to caroline@pressedinbrooklyn.

Third, we have a winner for the last giveaway. Congratulations,  SHAHANA. We look forward to creating beautiful invitations for your special day!

FIRST GIVEAWAY – THE OBI DESIGN

Beautiful Japanese paper creates the Obi.

Invitation without the Obi. This is flat print to give an idea of what it will look like, but both invite and RSVP will be done in letterpress.

This time round, we are offering our Obi design. It is named for and inspired by the gorgeous Japanese sashes that are used as part of a traditional kimono outfit. In the first photo, you can see the invitation is wrapped in beautiful Japanese paper and tied with a bow. The RSVP card is out so you can see how it looks, but typically it would be placed under the obi, hidden. In the second photo, the invitation is unwrapped and displayed.

To enter, email your name to caroline@pressedinbrooklyn.com

Same as last time, we will be giving away 20 free letterpress invitations and 20 free letterpress RSVP cards. Envelopes will not be included and neither will the obi/Japanese paper. However, we will provide the winner with the dimensions and a link to where you can purchase matching envelopes. We will also provide the winner with a link to where Japanese paper can be purchased, as well as give the winner the dimension info of how we cut this paper. This give-away is perfect for a crafty couple!

We plan to letterpress this invitation on bright white, 118lb Savoy paper. We will print in black or charcoal and plan to use the fonts as shown.

Also, same as before, the invites and RSVP cards are totally FREE, the only cost will be shipping. The only catch? You need to be ok with us photographing the invitations for use on our site. Of course, if you require more than 20 of each item, you can certainly purchase more.

The deadline for entering this giveaway is May 4th and we will announce a winner on May 8th. We will go to press around mid-May, so the winner will receive their invites around the end of May.

Feel free to enter both giveaways!

SECOND GIVEAWAY – THE OKAYAMA DESIGN

This is the Okayama design, letterpressed on personal stationery.

A detail of the Okayama pattern in letterpress.

Detail of type in letterpress.

A flat print sample of a wedding invite with the Okayama pattern, to get an idea what it could look like. We are not yet set on color and font.

A flat print, Okayama sample RSVP card.

This time round, we are offering our Okayama design. It is inspired by the gorgeous antique Japanese patterns that were used to adorn kimonos.

To enter, email your name to caroline@pressedinbrooklyn.com

Same as last time, we will be giving away 20 free letterpress invitations and 20 free letterpress RSVP cards. Envelopes will not be included. However, we will provide the winner with the dimensions and a link to where they can purchase matching envelopes.

We plan to letterpress this invitation on bright white, 118lb Savoy paper. We are not yet set on ink color or font yet.

Also, same as before, the invites and RSVP cards are totally FREE, the only cost will be shipping. The only catch? You need to be ok with us photographing the invitations for use on our site. Of course, if you require more than 20 of each item, you can certainly purchase more.

The deadline for entering this giveaway is May 4th and we will announce a winner on May 8th. We will go to press around mid-May, so the winner will receive their invites around the end of May.

Feel free to enter both giveaways!

– Caroline & Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

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