My new website

I decided to create a website for some of my letter press stuff, to operate alongside this blog.


Here is it is. The header and buttons are all digitally manipulated letterpress prints with wooden letters from my small collection. The Gill Sans at the bottom of each button is digitally added.

I’ll be using it to share a bit more about me and my letterpress interests with more detailed posts on some of my projects. Eventually there will be a shop on the site, at the moment you can find some of my items for sale on etsy

Here on posterous I’ll be gathering things that inspire me, so a sort of design and letterpress scrapbook.

Hope you enjoy both of them.


New notebooks

Those who know me know there are few things I like more than a new notebook. I’m a fan of moleskine naturally but I like to have a variety…after all there’s so much paper to be explored.


I picked these up on Artifolk last week (on offer) they are pocket size so good for carrying around. They are for my attempts to practice drawing properly…something I’ve not done for years but as part of my exploring design I’m keen to try again.


Easy slaw

It’s taken me a long time to be a fan of coleslaw. Scarred by childhood memories of gloopy overly vinegary stuff from tubs and at the other extreme overly wholesome versions with yoghurt and stale nuts, I’ve always approached the dish with caution. But my husband is a big fan and so I thought ‘how hard can it be’ to make a good version…so I tried.

At first I refused to add any extra vinegar, the recipes got a modest thumbs up but the comments ‘too thick’. Then in summer last year there was a twitter conversation about making slaw with chums @josordoni, @roystonandhayes, @lahoguefarm and @cjmsheng each having their views on essential and optional ingredients. Chris from La Hogue was kind enough to tweet us the version he uses in the cafe (all typos his not mine on this one !):

“Ok our *Coleslaw*-carrot,cabbage,onion,good plain mayonaisse >>then dressing of local honey,lemonjuice,womersley vinegar,wholegrain mustard & olive oil -only use a small amount of dressing ;0)”

So since then I’ve been using that a a basic structure but playing with the mix depending on what’s to hand, what its to be served and what flavours I fancy. I’m an inveterate recipe fiddler. The mix immediately got the thumbs up and each batch seems to have been more winning than the last.

The picture above was made as follows (makes enough for 6):

1/2 head spring cabbage, shredded

1/2 head celeriac, sliced finely

1 red onion sliced finely

125g of Stokes mayonnaise (my current favourite mayo)

1 tbsp coriander seeds lightly crushed

1 tbsp Womersley blackberry vinegar

Mix all the vegetables together, add the mayo and coriander and stir in, leave to stand for 30 mins. Pour over the vinegar and stir through.

We served it with venison burgers the first evening and with smoked salmon and Peters Yard crispbread for a light lunch.


cabbage: don’t just stick to the white or red varieties all different sorts will work as will kale or green, you just get a different texture

root veg: carrot is traditional but beetroot is lovely as is parsnip

spices/seasoning: mustard is traditional but I like cumin, chilli, coriander, fennel, onion seeds, poppy seeds depending on what I’m serving it with. Experiment.



Christmas Cards (limited edition, for sale)

As my first ‘real’ project I decided to print some Christmas cards using a lovely wooden block I got recently of a Christmas tree.

Once I was set up and ready to go I printed rather more than I’d planned…

Here they are:

Square 14cm x 14cm (approx)
Rectangular 12cm x 17cm (approx)

Printed on recycled card.

There about 30 sets available (in total) so if you are quick they can be yours for £11 for a mixed pack of 4 (one of each colour) with white (recycled) envelopes (P&P included, UK only). They will be hand numbered on the back by me.

If you’d like something really quite unique then get in by emailing me at:

theletterpresslab AT gmail DOT com

PS here is the print block before I started printing