Jess Hutch.

Monday, October 24, 2005


I have been admiring all the lovely stamping that's been going on in the craft blogs I read. Hillary's been doing some amazing stuff with mastercarve blocks, like this sweet apron (hey Mom, the Cooky Book!) and I love these by Sarah of The Small Object, and I saw some others somewhere... I can't remember.

Stamps are pretty great. The best part of working at the library in college was stamping the due date in the book before I handed it to the patron... ahhh.. super satisfying. During college I also discovered the joys of the rubber stamp "Printing Kit" you can purchase at any office supply store. Have you seen one of these? It comes with tweezers, a couple stamp bases, and rubber "type" that you can use to spell out any old thing.

I had taken a class in letterpress printing at the time but wanted something I could use at home. What's really lovely and extraordinary about these, though, is how long they've been around! I was glancing through my trusty reproduction of the Fall 1900 Sears, Roebuck catalog and saw this:

Items like this are often on my mind - things that have stayed the same over so many years, without any kind of fanfare. We don't really conceive of them as "retro" because they just maintain a sort of quiet, unassuming presence in our lives. Things like wooden matches, and decks of cards, and lightbulbs. Knitting needles, too! I wonder if they stay the same because we don't give them enough thought to warrant a change - they are so integrated into our lives, like our thumbs or something - or if it's because they have managed to remain a part of our lives because they are perfect as is. Hmm.

Anyway, buy any reproduction of a Sears catalog you find, from any decade, they are fascinating and lead to deep thoughts like the above.

Big news: the booklet will go on sale tomorrow evening when I get home from work. I got them in the mail today and boy do they look snazzy.


At 12:13 AM , another Rose! said...

Superexcited about the pattern book, I'll be haunting your site tomorrow afternoon so's I can buy me one! Knitted robots and *other* toys, huzzah! My husband wants a robot, and another friend has made the "I'm going to have to knit just so I can make a robot" comment. (She sews.)

You are putting needles in the hands of robot fans everywhere!

At 9:53 AM , megan said...

Ditto to what another rose! said above. So so very excited about the book! I've been obsessively checking your site for updates for the past week. Expect to see a LOT of traffic today!

Any chance the booklet will be available as a pdf download?

At 11:01 AM , Rose said...

I love those stamp sets, I've had many of them. Which is one reason I think they've been around so long: built in obsolescence. I still find tiny letters in corners and under furniture from time to time. I can't wait for the booklet, either!

At 2:27 PM , jess said...

i just got one of those stamp sets from office max and it totally rocks my world! the most impressive thing about those sets is that the font is actually pretty cool - simple and clean, not at all what you'd expect from the office supply store.

like everyone, i am eagerly anticipating the book :)

At 5:03 AM , Hanna said...

the stamp kit looks super interesting!


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