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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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Our Cards Now Sold at By Brooklyn, a shop in Carroll Gardens!

Our Brooklyn card, on display at By Brooklyn.

Recently, the ladies of By Brooklyn contacted us about selling our line of cards. We are so excited that they found us and we are absolutely thrilled to have our cards now being sold in a store. We stopped by there to meet them, and we fell in love with the shop. Everything they sell is made in Brooklyn. From adorable baby clothes, to chocolate, to slate cheese plates, to gorgeous jewelry, this place has it all. One could do some serious damage in the candy section of this shop!

You can check out their website and for those of you who can’t make it to Brooklyn, you can visit their online shop. You can also read about their upcoming events on their blog. By Brooklyn is located at 261 Smith Street, be sure to check it out!

Also, be sure to check out our FREE LETTERPRESS WEDDING INVITE GIVEAWAY!

– Caroline & Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

Brooklyn made candy and chocolate.

Yep, I'm an addict...

Slate coasters and cheese platters.

For baby.

Beautiful jewelry.

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Love these Engagement Rings by Hannah Clark in NYC

Beautiful rings from Hannah Clark. Her shop is located in Manhattan's East Village.

Last weekend, my husband and I were wandering around the East Village and quite by chance we came across Hannah Clark’s shop. Glancing through the windows and seeing the lovely jewelry and charming ambiance, we couldn’t help but take a look inside. All of her jewelry was perfection, but I particularly liked the Clay 6-prong ring. He rings all had a character and texture to them that I have not really seen elsewhere.

Hannah uses a number of different techniques when crafting her jewelry, some ancient and traditional, some completely improvisational. She describes her work as a sort of mini-sculpture as she carves, molds and shapes wax and other materials to make the original model. After that she makes a mold and casts the final pieces in various metals. She often works with antique diamonds and you can tell. Her stones really have a lovely depth and color to them. She also works with her clients to help them select the perfect stone for their special rings.

You can check out her blog or website or, better yet, check out her store at 60 E. 4th St. New York, NY. She has many beautiful pieces to see other than her amazing engagement and wedding rings. Her email is info@hannah-clark.com.

Also, don’t forget to check out or latest FREE LETTERPRESS WEDDING INVITE GIVEAWAY!

– Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

Beautiful heart ring.

My favorite, the Clay 6-prong ring.

Love this starburst pattern.

Pretty 4-prong rings.

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Erie Basin Has Another Gorgeous Antique Cluster Engagement Ring!

Another 1900s Edwardian Diamond Cluster Ring at Erie Basin in Brooklyn. For sale for $4750.

A few months back I did a post on one of my favorite shops in Brooklyn, Erie Basin. I was just checking their site today and saw, they have another beautiful antique cluster ring for sale. You can see it here. Contact them to see if it is still available!

Don’t forget to check out our FREE LETTERPRESS WEDDING INVITATION GIVEAWAY!

– Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

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Embroidery by Inge Jacobsen – a traditional art form used in a modern context

A Burberry ad with a detail in embroidery by Inge Jacobsen.

This last weekend, my husband and I took a walk down Rodeo Drive. We spotted a Georg Jensen store and decided to take a look. As some of you might have already read on this blog, I am quite a fan of the jewelry at Georg Jensen. While we looked around, I noticed some of the Georg Jensen ads from this past year, but with the difference that they were entirely done in embroidery. I fell in love. To see a traditional art form like embroidery used in a non-traditional way was rather unexpected. My mother does embroidery and has for years. However, the pieces she works on are much more old-school and tend to lean toward florals or birds. To see this medium used for high-fashion was very inspirational. I always love to see a contrast between old and new, traditional and modern, whether that be in art or architecture, and Inge Jacobsen manages this mix effortlessly. How amazing would it be to have a portrait of my French Bulldog, Pascal, done in embroidery!

So below are some of the images she created for Georg Jensen, both the original image and her embroidery versions. You can check out her work on her website, or her facebook page, or her blog.

Also, don’t forget to check out our FREE LETTERPRESS WEDDING INVITE GIVEAWAY!

– Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

A Georg Jensen ad. On one of my favorite chairs.

The Inge Jacobsen embroidery version of the above ad.

Another image for the ad campaign.

The Inge Jacobsen version.

She also does magazine covers, this one is of Beyonce. Here the embroidery has a slightly unfinished and rough feel.

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Shopping at Dosa 818 in Los Angeles…and the perfect dress for a garden wedding.

Mexican paper art installation at Dosa.

Part art gallery, part store, Dosa 818 is located in downtown Los Angeles. Owned by designer Christina Kim, this stunning loft space houses her jewelry, textiles and home furnishings, as well as hand made items from other designers throughout the world. I spent the afternoon here and I strongly suggest that anyone else visiting LA do the same. It really is perfectly curated and the items are constantly changing. To see this space, an appointment must be made. You can call 213.489.5901 to set one up. There is also a store in NYC at 107 Thompson Street. I will absolutely be checking it out as soon as I get home.

Also, on a side note, I have to say, the natural light in this space is perfection. In fact, I would have to say that Los Angeles is like one giant light box with the most amazing lighting. We have to take photos of all of our letterpress cards and it is an absolute struggle. First, because I am a pretty poor photographer. Second, because the light in my apartment in Brooklyn just doesn’t seem to lend itself to good photos. In LA, I don’t know what it is, but the lighting in my photos looks lovely and I don’t even touch anything in photoshop. Why is this? Wish I had known, I would have brought all my cards to photo…oh well, just means I need to come back!

Also, don’t forget to check out our FREE LETTERPRESS WEDDING INVITE GIVEAWAY!

– Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

Fell in love with this dress. It would be perfect for a garden or beach wedding.

Clothes at Dosa.

Love these necklaces and bracelets by Christina Kim. So I just had to buy one for myself, you know, because I need a souvenir and this is so much better than a magnet!

A camouflage bag and belt with delicate beading. I liked the contrast of the rough camo fabric with the unexpected bead work.

A room showing some of Dosa's house wares. I could very happily furnish my apartment from here.

Gorgeous hand made cabinets from re-claimed wooden doors. I want these!

These pretty bracelets are made from scraps of fabric by a collective of women in India.

A wall hanging by Christina Kim. It is made of gauze and the shimmer is from small circles of mica. This was stunning, would give anything to have it on my wall!

A detail from the wall hanging.

Pieces from the Oaxacan artist, Francisco Toledo. Las plantas de los pies de Toledo are cut from mica using a pattern made by tracing his own feet. The delicate mica pieces were then hand sewn together.

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Scenes from LA – a Mexican Market and Quinceanera Dresses

Little dried silver fish at Grand Central Market in LA. What type of dish are they used in? I have to look that up...

During the day I am forced to entertain myself while my husband is at work. I’m not from LA, I’m here for a month and don’t know anyone. However, since I tend to be somewhat socially awkward, I really don’t mind exploring the city on my own. We decided to stay downtown, the thought being that I could take public transportation to other places, much the way we do in NYC…I quickly realized though that this is a city of cars and there is not much use of the subway system in LA. So, I mostly just walk.

Yesterday, it was beautiful out so I decided to stop by Grand Central Market. I was amazed by all of the fresh Mexican spices, fish, baked goods and sweets. Most of these items I have never seen before. I would love to know what the Charal Pequeno are used for, not that I am much of a cook (although I love food). My most recent attempt at rice, I forgot I was boiling it and burnt the bottom to a crisp. It was pretty embarrassing, I think even my dog was disgusted with me.

Near the market were many shops selling highly embellished Quinceanera Dresses. The area surrounding the dresses was rather industrial in look and feel, metal gates over the shops, unkept sidewalks, store fronts that had dulled with age. I couldn’t help but notice the contrast between these ornate, pristine and brightly colorful dresses as compared to their frayed surroundings.

So, following are a few photos from my visit.

– Stephanie, www.pressedinbrooklyn.com

Dried and seasoned shrimp. It was hard for me to resist buying these, even though I had no idea what to use them in!

All types of seasoned meats and chorizo.

I have never seen so many types of Mole before!

Different types of Mexican spices.

Mexican cakes. I had to buy some of these, they were amazing.

A lovely dress in pale pink.

Another dress in bold blue.

Bright pink!

I noticed a lengthy line for auditions for "America's Got Talent." I briefly toyed with the idea of standing in line and auditioning myself. However, the only thing I really excel at is procrastination...

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