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Hotel room linocutting


Linocutting in a hotel room

I’m away from home for a conference on behalf of work this week. Unfortunately the conference is at Stansted airport so there’s no opportunity for sightseeing/shopping, although the hotel serves waffles & maple syrup for breakfast so it’s not all bad;) I brought along lots of linocutting supplies on the off chance & have managed to get an hour to myself this evening to do a little. I’ve managed to complete carving a linoleum matrix of a small bunch of sweet peas. You’ll see I cut away the excess lino around the image which reduces the time involved in carving the lino & also the risk of any missed patches picking up ink during the printing process. The prints from this carving were supposed to be a mother’s day present for mine & Phil’s moms but I didn’t manage to complete it in time. It’s ready for printing now but will need to wait until I get home, I didn’t bring along my inks as I thought the risk of making a mess was too high (plus they would have been heavy to lug here).

I’m planning some manga themed prints next – probably a Kyoko from Maison Ikkoku & a Doraemon (how could I resist). I’d love to get on with some carving during some of the duller conference talks but I accept it could come across as somewhat eccentric…



Author: Charlotte

Sewist, crafter & blogger, based in Birmingham, England. I'm spending the year growing and gathering to create natural dyes and enhance my sewing projects. Find me at www.englishgirlathome.com

4 thoughts on “Hotel room linocutting

  1. Nice carving. Your diligence is impressive.

  2. Cambridge is only a half hour train ride from Stansted. If you get bored of the conference, it is an easy trip – or even just for dinner/drinks in the evening. Looking forward to seeing the printed version.

  3. Thanks for your comments:) I was hoping to get printing this weekend but ended up gardening instead, maybe next weekend…

  4. Hats off to you! I’m always on the lookout for portable crafting projects. Mostly for when I’m hanging out in the park with the children. But this kind of forward planning is excellent. I’ve always fancied a bit of linocutting. This is fantastic inspiration, thank you 🙂

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