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* Hofmann Originals

Rocklin, CA ~ 95677
Hours: 9AM to 5PM PST
Edward Hofmann
Ruthmarie Hofmann





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Sweetwoods Purpleheart Presser

The most popular wood in this line is the unusual purpleheart, the heartwood of a South American tree that oxidizes from toasty brown to rich purple when exposed to the air. A lovely deep violet with a hint of red always brings amazement at the shows that the color is natural and not a wood stain. We have an ample supply of this exotic at present. Although the images have more than one presser to show the variability of the pieces, the price is only for one. Let us choose one for you!

One of Edward's favorite pastimes in the workshop is turning these little lovelies. Averaging 5-1/2 x3/4 inches, each presser is made from a natural colored hardwood and finished with sealer and warm, silky paste wax. Some pressers are downright exotic in grain or color, providing an individual keepsake tool for the quilting devotee. Lest you wonder how they are used, the approach is marvelously basic: wherever you would use fingers or a thumbnail to press open a short fabric seam is where to use this pretty wood iron. (Paper-piecing quilters love this tool!) This means the same action can be used on paper as well, repurposing the seampresser to a scrapbooking or origami folder tool. You will find the tool comfortable to use as the turned handle ends in a lipped "hoof" for a perfect place to use a forefinger for pressing leverage. Lovely as a gift, stocking stuffer or a well-deserved present to oneself. Ah, go on, you know you need one. Maybe two.

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