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April 2004 - Issue 33

Anniversary Postcard by Kathy Mostardi

First of all welcome to
3rd Anniversary Edition

of byhand - and especially welcome to the new subscribers!

And a special thanks to all the subscribers who have become Premium Subscribers. You're wonderful!

If you have tried to contact me in the last month and I have not responded, it is because I was given incorrect settings for my email by my new webhost! Grrr. Please try again!


Some subscribers may not be receiving the email notification of the newsletter. Unfortunately this is usually due to
SPAM control.

If anyone has a bright idea how I can avoid this I'd love to hear it!!

Now on with the newsletter!!

Welcome New Subscribers!

Over the next few month I will be having a monthly draw from the new subscribers list for a
small handbound journal.

All you need to do is be a new subscriber and I will take care of the rest!

This month the winner of the draw is:

Colleen Cavin
Portland OR

and because it's the anniversary issue, Colleen wins a larger handbound book than usual! Ah, timing is everything....

Congratulations ! Thanks for joining the byhand Family!

Many thanks
to all the artists who sent in decorated postcards for the
Third Anniversary Draw.

You may see all the wonderful submission in the
Subscriber's Gallery

The winner of the random draw is:

Ellen Harper
also from Oregon

(gee it's really an Oregon month!)

Ellen had a choice between a handbound book and a selection of the new Gentle Thoughts rubber. She chose the rubbah!

Quietfire Design has new Rubbah on its way!
A few months ago I asked subscribers to send in favourite quotes for possible conversion to rubber stamps.
Congratulations to the following people who submitted their quotes!

(if your quote wasn't chosen this time, don't dispare - I'm not finished lettering yet! Some quotes I started and didn't like they way they were coming out so they were temporarily put aside! Keep those copyright free quotes coming.)

Kim, Vancouver BC
for the Life Journey words
Lorna, Kamloops BC
for If I had a Star
Nancy Q, Surrey BC
for It is said when it is the darkest
for The only true gift
Holly, Revelstoke BC
for Learn to write your hurts in the sand
Lynese and
, Sylmar CA

When this Christmas becomes a memory!

These fine subscribers will receive a complimentary rubber stamp
of the quote they submitted!
You're gonna love 'em!

Thanks and Congratulations!

The new rubber is available for viewing and purchase on the
rubber stamp pages
Check out the changes!

While you're on the rubber page, you will find there have been pricing changes. Some of these reflect the fluctuating exchange rate between the US and Canada.
(it drives me crazy!)

If you are ordering by mail notice that the
Printable Order Form

is now in Alphabetical Order. Hopefully that will make it easier for you to fill out. Things are grouped together a bit, such as Nibs (both Mitchell and Brause) or Tags (this would include the paper and the metal tags). But all in all, it should work better for you. It also might be easier to cut and paste this into an email order than to cut and paste from the shopping cart (some of you have expressed frustration about that - sorry!)

And one more thing - In the next few weeks Quietfire Design should be able to accept (especially at Stampers Celebration!)

You will not be able to use your credit card online, but will be able to phone me with your information. Email me for details!

Join the supporters of byhand and become a
Premium Subscriber

As well a supporting this newsletter you will receive a limited-release rubber stamp:

The width of this stamp will be approximately 3.5"

For more details, go to the
Premium Subscriber Membership

This membership will be $12 CAD or $10US for the remainder of 2004.
As a Premium Subscriber, you will receive a limited-release unmounted rubber stamp as well as first notification of new rubber and new byhand products!

Premium Subscribers have been given a fabulous time-limited offer on a whole bunch of the new rubber.....

Anniversary Postcard by Donna Knadle

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Books to Inspire

The Book Artist Zine

In my travels on the internet, I found this new zine and thought I'd give it a try. In just checking the site, I see the premier issue is sold out and I'm not surprised! This zine is a wonderful labour of love for a group of artists.

The issue includes articles by a number of guest artists and the theme for the premier issue was Tags. Some articles have step by step instructions and there are loads of colour pictures which have been individually inserted with love.
There are 63 pages in the premier issue of The Book Artist. It is bound with a single ring with coordinating fibres attached and the top corners have been die cut into curves.
This publication is a keeper! I've already preordered Issue #2!

Don't forget if you'd like to share some artwork that you have stamped with a Quietfire Rubber Stamp, please send me a copy and I'll be delighted to put in the Stamping Gallery.

Don't be shy!

Last fall I taught bookbinding to a group of fibre artist in Qualicum. They come from Gabriola Island, Nanaimo, Qualicum Beach and now Port Alberni! Yes, I couldn't resist joining them - they do fabulous things with fibres, beads and fabric! In joining them I have committed myself to submitting a piece to their upcoming exhibition entitled "Mum's the Word".
If you'd like to view the exhibition here is the information:


An Exhibition of Textile Art by
The Mid-Island Surface Design Group

Mum's the Word

May 4-29, 2004
Monday to Saturday, 10 to 4
Opening Reception
Friday May 7th, 7:30 0 9 p.m.

Oceanside Art Gallery

133 McMillan Street,
Parksville, BC


This month's Gentle Thoughts is a panel from the Mothers & Daughters book that I am creating for this exhibition.


I was back for a repeat engagement on the New VI New Day breakfast show on March 24th, 2004.
The show began at 7 a.m. and continued to 9 a.m. during which time I was interviewed intermittently about handbound books and altered books.
I was certainly more relaxed than the first time - not to the point of yawning or anything. It's always a guessing game what the host will ask when he comes back to you! I had him create a little pamphlet stitched book. He did very well, except for rocking the rubber stamp!
It's a fun way to start the day!

Welcome to the new Quietfire Design Workshops!

Meet the Belgian Eyelet Binding!

This workshop was recently test driven with the Bookmakers of Vancouver with fabulous results! See the Class Photos page to view their creations.

Meet the Buttonhole Book!

Recently I took a mini class (at the Victoria Sewing Show) on Penny Rugs taught by Deirdre Loughnane of Out of Hand.
Well, if you hit me enough times over the head with something I might put two and two together - so using the buttonhole stitch, which is an integral part of the Penny Rugs, I combined it with a Buttonhole stitched book. Very cool!
To see more pictures of this little wrap around book, click here!


Gentle Thoughts



Stampers Celebration

Calgary Alberta Canada

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 23, 24, and 25, 2004

Come see us there!

At Stampers Celebration I am teaching
The Star Book
on Saturday, April 24 and the
Flag book
on Friday evening, April 23.

Throughout the weekend, I (with some of my good friends assisting me!) will have a booth filled with byhand products. Come and check out the new rubber and some products that don't appear on the website!

If you're coming to Stampers Celebration, come on over to our booth and meet us! We'll have ATC's to trade and have a fun make and take table!

Susan Ewart, my acrylic friend will be there as well as Nancy Q (who is suppose to be visiting her Mom, but I'll have her otherwise engaged!)

Favourite things

When I designed the Italic letter sheet, I added extras of many of the letters (some are flourished variations) with the thought that they could be typeset into words.

Well, Yippee, Susan, my acrylic friend (she's really very muscular, not acrylic!), has come out with a
new acrylic block!
The Typesetter Block

This block will measure 4" x 6" and is perfect for setting the Gentle Thoughts Italic letters.

This particular block that I used was a test block and was 5" long instead of 6". (The production one will be 6" long.) I drew a line across the middle of the block and lined up the letters along it. Make sure that the slope of the letters is the same for every letter.

Here the image is inked.

This is the image face-down, stamping the letters. I used a product like Aleene's Tack it Over and Over to attach the stamps to the acrylic.

Here is the stamped word. Cool, eh?

The Typesetter Block will be initially available at Stampers Celebration
and will be generally available after that. It's cost is $8.00 CAD.
Please contact Susan at for more information.

Send me your "Favourite Things" suggestions and you might see it here!


The byhandartists Yahoo Group

I thought it was about time I did a little write-up on this fabulous group of artists! Our numbers hit 300 list members last week which I find amazing!

Just as the subscribers to this newsletter are an eclectic bunch, so are the byhandartists. Much of the art produced by this group you have seen in this and previous newsletters, but there is much more to be had by being a list member. We have rubber stampers, collage artists, calligraphers, fibre artists and probably some others that I haven't mentioned!

Energetic members of the group have taken on the tasks of hostessing some of our swaps and round robins.

Right now we have a Journal Round Robin on the go which travels to members in the Canada, the US and Taiwan

We have our second Deco round robin which stretches from Canada, the US, Scotland and Taiwan.

We've had a very cool techniques swap in which each person sent in a page of artwork incorporating a technique that they described in detail.

The Fairy Wand Swap will be the next major swap to take place between members of the group and I hope that I will be able to bring you lots of pictures of these creations in the coming newsletters.

Come join us! The more the merrier. Share your favourite quotes, ask a question, share a new website. Learn and have fun!

Come join us in our Yahoo discussion group, where we talk about artistic inspirations, make inquiries about techniques, and share quotes and resources.

Subscribe to byhandartists 

Sarah Lugg Tag Swap

byhandartist Janice Rusnak recently suggested and hosted a tag swap celebrating the style of British artist Sarah Lugg.

Ms Lugg is well known for her use of shipping tags as a medium for her art. You may visit her website at . Her clean, simple but elegant, style inspire many. Here are a few of the tags that have been sent. We'll look at more next month.

Thank you to Janice for taking time from her busy schedule to organize this swap! And thanks to all the participants who played!

We hope you enjoy these!

Please see last months newsletter to view more of the Sarah Lugg Swap.

Hearts and the sea are definitely recurring themes here!

(thanks to Elaine, who was in a different group than I, for scanning most of these wonderful creations)

Anne Atkinson


Nelda Hinds


Becky Sorensen

Donna Knadle



Cathy Wilkinson

Elaine McLeod

Kaye Jorgensen

Virginia Hewson

Marie Johanovic
(our Australian!)


Nancy Quinn

Paula Donaldson


Gabrielle Madsen

Couldn't decide which one of Gabrielle's to put in, so I added them both!

Recent additons to the byhand Products family!
I've scoured the universe to bring you these useful and fun items!
Click on the photo for more information

The Copper Skeleton Leaf

This scan is enlarged to help show the incredible detail that is visible in this small piece of copper. Overall approximate size of each copper plate is 1 3/4" x 3". Each one is an individual as each leaf is different.

$4.00 USD each.

Original Vintage Ledger Pages

What an amazing collage item. Each page is dated at the top with 1894 or 1895. Very cool!
Pages measure 8" x 12.5".


Glassine Envelopes in two new sizes - um, the photos show them a bit (okay, a lot!) out of proportion!



The Star Book Kits and Bare Bones refills are now available!

Microscope Slides!

Copper Mesh Fabric

Spring Challenge

The byhand ATC Quotation Swap

Twenty-four brave artists have banded together to create ATC's for this swap. Watch this space next month for fabulous inspiration!

But in the meantime, I have to share Elaine's ATCs with you. A polite knock came at my door the other day (not the kind of knock you usually get from teenage boys...) and it was Elaine delivering her Quotation ATCs "byhand"!

All Elaine's cards were different and just too much fun not to share with everyone.

Elaine did a lot of searching on the internet with the Google image search. She uses it quite often, sometimes just for inspiration. For this project she searched for pre-Raphaelite artists. March hosts International Women's Day she thought the images were appropriate.

Each ATC has the original artists name and title of the work written on the back and then is altered by Elaine with the addition of a feather, or tiny beads or glitter or brads..... Every one is different!

She tried to put the quotes directly on the cards over the pictures but the clarity was not good so she went in a new direction, creating pockets for small quotation-bearing tags which could be tucked away inside the ATC.
I want to keep them all!


Suzanne's Schedule 2004

April 23 Calgary AB Flag Book Stampers Celebration
April 24 Calgary AB Star Book Stampers Celebration
April 23,24,25 Calgary AB Stampers Celebration Vendor Best Western Port O'Call Inn, Calgary
May 1 Port Alberni BC Spring Craft Fair Athletic Hall
May 13-16 Courtenay, BC Vendor Fibre Arts Symposium
Fri May 14 Courtenay, BC Stitching a Fibre Artist's Journal Fibre Arts Symposium
Thurs May 27 Calgary AB The Decorated Journal
using Gentle Thoughts Rubber Stamps
Paper Pastimes
901B Heritage Dr SW
To register or for more info please call Carole at
(403) 255-8731
May 30 Calgary AB Altered Book Project for Select Imports at the Canadian Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show
June 26 Victoria BC Altered Book Project Island Blue Print
June 27 Victoria BC Criss Cross Coptic Island Blue Print
Fri Aug 13 Richmond BC Vendor Evening (see below) Artwerx
Sat Aug 14 Richmond BC The Altered Word Artwerx
Aug 15-22 Lethbridge AB The Altered Word Kalligraphia (see below for details)

Quietfire Design (that'd be me!) will be heading out to teach and/or be a vendor
at these exciting events this year.

For more information on each of these events, click on the title and you will go to their respective website. All these websites are being continually updated so visit often.

Fibre Arts Symposium


Kalligraphia '04
Courtenay British Columbia
Vancouver British Columbia
Lethbridge Community College
Lethbridge AB Canada
Thursday to Sunday
May 13 - 16, 2004

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
August 13-15, 2004

Sunday, August 15 to
Saturday, August 22 2004

This event will feature acclaimed fibre artists workshop instructors, seminars and presentations by internationally acclaimed speakers. It will focus on fibre's diverse functional and decorative forms with professional fibre artists from all over the Pacific Northwest.

Engaging presentations, seminars and dynamic workshop in
basketry, weaving, quilting, paper making, journal design, silk painting, embroidery, rug hooking, passementerie, indigo dyeing and more. Treat yourself and engage in a learning experience with acclaimed instructors and top fibre experts.

Visit the Fibre Arts Symposium web site for frequent updates or the Comox Valley Arts Council For more information contact

My class at the Fibre Arts Symposium is
Stitching a Fibre Artistís Journal: Creating your Own Handbound Book
Friday, May 14, 2004


I will be a vendor throughout the symposium.

Quietfire Design is a Sponsor,
and Instructor
at this wonderful 3 day event.

On Friday the 13th, I'll be part of an amazing group of vendors at the
Vendor's Market

from 7 to 10 p.m. Even if you're not involved in the conference, it's a fabulous opportunity to see the goodies these vendors have.

On Saturday the 14th, I'll be teaching a short evening class
The Altered Word.

Here is the list of instructors and their classes:
Suzanne Cannon: "The Altered Word"
Ewan Clayton: "A Study Workshop of the ALAettering and Working Methods of David Jones" and "Working With the Imagination:
Lorraine Douglas: "The Ruling Pen" and "Cut Paper Letters"
Jean Formo "Walnut Ink Meets the Book" and "Alphabet Inventions"
Kathy Guthrie: "Back in the Day"
Eliza Holliday: "Pointed Brush...The Dancing Hand" and "Graphite Techniques"
Martin Jackson: Uncials" and "Design and Layout"
Betty Locke: "Evoking the Muse"
Gaye Mackie: "Copperplate"
Cherryl Moote: "Sleight of Binding" and "The Journal: Form and Content
Peter Thornton: "The Creative and Expressive Potential of Italic" and "White on White"

NOTE: There may be slight changes or additions to classes as numbers dictate...full class descriptions, supply lists, housing and food information will be included in the course registration packet due out by the end of March.
Dates: Arrive in Lethbridge Sunday, Aug 15. Classes begin Monday Aug. 16 and end at noon on Saturday Aug. 21. Departure Sunday Aug 22. Cost: Approx $550 CAD. Full details in registration packet.

To hold a registration spot (classes will be filled according to registration number) send a $100 (cheque or money order made out to Kalligraphia '04) deposit to:
Connie Furgason
5105-24 Ave South

Lethbridge, Alberta
T1K 7C2

Stolen Moments

Altered Slide Mounts - Little Gems of Artwork
by Patti Sandham

Recently Patti showed us her latest canvas for her creative passions: Slide Mounts! Below she describes how she decorated them. Thanks Patti! These a so wonderful!

A very few of the ones shown are plastic ones that I sanded and then painted with acrylic paint. The rest are cardboard mounts that come open and you fold and press them together.

Decorating Techniques:

1. Fold the slide frame on the crease line
2. Cut decorative paper to the approx size of the mount
3. Apply glue on the front and press on your paper
4. Trim excess paper with scissors or exacto knife, now you have the front half of the frame completely covered with paper.
5. Flip the slide over and in the inside edges use an exacto knife and cut an X going from corner to corner
6. Fold back the triangles neatly and glue down and now you have a neatly wrapped frame
7. You can repeat this with a contrasting type of paper ripped on the diagonal
8. Make a tiny label and glue on the front or stamp a word on the front
9. Cut out a tiny image to use for your framed subject and glue in from the back and then seal the frame closed and you have a tiny little framed miniature art!

You can use your slide to embellish any number of things or make it into a magnet for your fridge. I also tried this with a plastic slide that wasn't "open" and wrapped it and then mounted my picture from the back and then just glued a piece of paper on the back to cover up and it worked just fine too so you don't have to have the open type of slide.

I do like the cardboard slides best myself as one thing you can do easily is punch holes in them to add brads or eyelets or wire things on. I found once I got started I thought of all my decorative papers I had and wanted to try on the frames that I just kept going and going like the energizer bunny! LOL!
Now go forth and make slide frames.


Stay tuned! Quietfire Design is hoping to have slide mounts in stock soon!


More Stolen Moments!

Kathy O's Altered Page Card

Kathy O. recently sent me this lovely card. It is a scan of her vellum page from The Altered Book Project printed onto cardstock.

What a great idea! What a great page!

And More Stolen Moments!

Another great idea from Patti Sandham:

You can use your heat gun on sticky labels to peel them off without any tearing. I peel sticky price tags off the bottom of cardboard boxes or any paper products that I don't want damaged. I even peeled a cool looking sticky label off a beer bottle the other day to use in a journal page. I also heated up an adhesive postage stamp and it peeled off perfectly!

And Yes, Even More Stolen Moments!

Lorna's Passion for Clipiolas!

Lorna loves her Clipiolas, those delightful spiral shaped paper clips. She has spent a lot of time playing around with them and incorporating them into her artwork.

The little Tag Book to the left uses the clipiola as a closure for the book! Great idea!

To the right of the photo, Lorna has intermittently spaced clipiolas on a ribbon and glued them into place (if I know Lorna, she probably used Crystal Lacquer!). This is a perfect way to hang and display cards from swaps!

Very cool ideas Lorna! Thanks!


If there is any information you would like to see in this newsletter, let me know. Each month I will email you to let you know the new issue is published. If you know someone who would like to receive notice of byhand, just have them email me and I will put them on the list. Bye for now and thanks for visiting!
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The original title lettering of byhand was done with a Mitchell's Roundhand Nib, size 0, and Higgins Eternal Ink. Quietfire Design Rubber stamps were used to create the other designs.

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