Introduction to Letterpress – 4 hours


Learn the fundamentals of letterpress in an informative afternoon at Smallprint HQ!

The session is ideal for anyone who is interested in learning the technical details of letterpress and provide foundations for printing, design and typography.

Book a time and date to suit you by emailing us to arrange your workshop now!



On the Day

Learn the basics of traditional letterpress printing on a one-to-one basis, or with a small group of friends or family.

After some basic prep in general principles and typography (if you’re unfamiliar), you’ll learn how to hand-set type on a composing stick, transfer it to a chase and lock it up for printing. From there you’ll learn how to ink up, operate and clean an Adana 8×5 tabletop press, the most popular of ‘starter’ presses.

Projects include creating a small print, some coasters, greetings cards or postcards and you get to take home a bundle of letterpress printed goodies to show your friends and family (there may be a small extra charge for materials, if you want to print a longer run).

To order this workshop please purchase this listing and email us to arrange a time and date that suits you.

Are you giving this as a gift? Select the gift voucher option when ordering.


Come prepared with an idea of what you’d like to print. We recommend recommending having your text written down for reference. If you’re not sure what to print, we have a library of typography, letterpress and print books to inspire and we’re happy to chat with you before the day to advise.

  • Wear old, practical clothes that you don’t mind getting inky, or bring an apron.
  • Sensible footwear; no sandals or heels.
  • Long hair is best tied back (we don’t want it getting trapped in the press or covered in ink!)

Maximum four per session. Discounts apply, please do enquire!

Please note These letterpress workshops are not suitable for children under the age of 12 or for people who cannot stand for long periods of time. Young adults under the age of 16 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Tea and coffee is complimentary. We don’t provide food but you’re most welcome to bring refreshments with you. Food can be enjoyed in the Creative Space or our little courtyard during the warmer months. We can also recommend some lovely local places to eat.

Making a special trip to Derby? We can recommend places to stay and things to do.

If you’ve got any other questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Additional information


Gift Voucher, Workshop


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