Letterpress

What is letterpress printing?

A process that dates back to the fifteenth century, letterpress printing is a true craft. It involves manually pressing ink into quality cotton paper to produce the finished stationery product, one piece at a time. The process leaves a beautiful, tactile impression in the paper itself.

Tumbleweed Press is home to 9 vintage printing presses.  Our in-house studio includes two Chandler and Price, an Arab Press, an English Vicobold, a Golding Press, two Heidelberg T Platen Presses and two small desktop presses.

Cotton papers

Tree-free 100% cotton papers have a soft, luxury touch, elegant texture and give a deep impression when letterpressed. A heavy 300gsm weight, our paper is available in white and ivory. The cotton papers we stock have been specially made for letterpress printing and are therefore heavy while still being soft enough to give the impression that makes letterpress so special. Most of these papers use recovered cotton from textile industry waste. Cotton fibres are naturally whiter so require little bleaching, they are a renewable resource and recyclable.