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last week i was invited along to a lovely little letterpress workshop by notebook experts tada and my favourite online stationer, quill london.

hosted in tada’s craft central studio in clerkenwell, the very lovely elisa and fabio taught us how to letterpress one of their beautiful new you’re awesome prints, as well as how to print and stitch from scratch one of their fabulous little notebooks. all of tada’s notebooks are ethically printed on letterpress, from recycled paper and linseed-based inks and bound by hand. they champion craft and care, making each notebook with a fresh genuine style, combining simple geometry, elementary colours, quality eco-friendly materials, and traditional techniques. their desire is for their notebooks to provide a perfect place to express, cultivate and collect the little details that can make life special – all the precious ideas you conceive, emotions you feel, passions you have, and memories you want to keep.


naturally, when crafting my own little notebook i opted for the zingy hue of yellow card to juxtapose the brashness of the gold pantone ink, choosing pure white thread for the japanese-style binding to pull the design together. i can’t wait to crack the spine now and start plotting the course of my new business venture on the fresh pages…

fueled by wondrously stunning cake creations from poppy & sebastian, including le mont blanc and  elderflower & matcha tart (both too delicious for words) washed down with lashings of sweet cocktail, the workshop was a true delight from start to finish and i would certainly recommend finding a local letterpress class to get your creative on, it’s so much fun!


if you’re inspired to get crafting and live in london then quill are starting a new series of workshops for the summer, with the first coming up on 19th july at the blacksmith & the toffeemaker pub in islington, where you can learn the art of contemporary calligraphy with imogen owen – be quick, tickets are selling fast!

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