Friary Villas | 2-3 Friary Street | Derby | DE1 1JF | 07948 266652

Three Hour / Half Day Workshop


Choose this option for one of our bespoke workshops; Adana or Introduction to Letterpress.

These sessions are ideal for anyone who has recently acquired an Adana or simply wants to learn the technical details of letterpress which provides the foundations for printing, design and typography.

To order, email to arrange a date and time then complete by selecting this option.



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


Three Hour / Half Day Workshop

In this half day workshop you will learn the basics of traditional letterpress printing on a one-to-one basis.

After some basic prep in general principles and typography, 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 Adana eight-five is the most popular of ‘starter’ presses.



Projects include creating a small print, some coasters, greetings cards or postcards and 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). Additional charges apply for extra materials if required.


How To Book

Order your workshop here then email or call 07948 26652 to arrange a date.


Group Bookings

Group Bookings are available and are ideal for special occasions – ie birthdays, anniversaries, hen and stag parties, reunions – as well as team building or CPD (professional development). Email to discuss in more detail.



Give someone a Letterpress Workshop Experience. Add a free gift voucher to your basket when placing order!

Check out our other letterpress workshops here.


Need To Know

  • One printer per session
  • Come prepared with an idea of what you’d like to print. We recommend writing your text down for reference. 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.
  • These letterpress workshops are not suitable for children under the age of 16.

Enjoy Your Stay

Tea and coffee is complimentary. We don’t provide food but you’re most welcome to bring refreshments with you. Refreshments can be enjoyed in the Creative Space or our little courtyard during the warmer months.


Making a special trip to Derby?

There are many fantastic local places to eat and stay so please get in touch for our recommendations!


About The Smallprint Co.

Hannah and Chris have brought their passion for print to the high street with their boutique studio close to the centre of Derby and its famous Cathedral Quarter. The team prints letterpress commissions for private clients and small businesses, facilitates workshops on and off site and produces a range of popular greetings cards for retail. A gallery is situated to the front of the studio which shows work by printmakers and workshop attendees alike. They welcome volunteers to the studio to help with cataloguing their expanding collection of type too, so get in touch if you fancy getting your hands inky!

Additional information


Adana Workshop – 1 person, Adana Workshop – 2 people, Adana Workshop – 3 people, Introduction Workshop – 1 person, Introduction Workshop – 2 people, Introduction Workshop – 3 people


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