Storing scrolls in ancient Rome from A History of Reading by Canadian author Alberto Manguel.
December - Issue 8

Season's Greetings!

Welcome to all the new subscribers! I hope you find something useful in this newsletter.
Thanks to all those who have been in my classes this fall. It's my pleasure to have had such wonderful students! You would think that I would remember to bring my camera to the classes (I always complain about that, don't I?). Then I could show some of the fantastic things you all make, combining colours and elements that I would never think of, to produce some wonderful projects. Bravo to you creative souls!
I wish you all the best for the coming holiday season and look forward to seeing many of you in 2002!

Keep on Creating!

Welcome to issue 8 of byhand! If you wish to check back issues of byhand click here.

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Gentle Thoughts

Christmas Gift Idea

Recently, my Mom was cleaning out some stuff and she came on this package of things that she thought I might find useful... It was an ancient package of "Document Corners". I think they are to use in place of paper clips... Now, at first I wasn't sure if these had any merit and then I thought, Hmmm.... I tore one apart to see how it was made and then decided that I could decorate these as bookmarks. Hey, why not? Here are a few of my attempts.

Sorry for the quality of the scan - this is really hard to do when you don't have a flatbed scanner!!!

If you'd like to try some, I have included a printable template for you to use. You can stamp them, collage them, letter on them or just cut them out of pretty paper. The original ones were made of card stock, but lighter weight paper seems to work just fine. You might want to use a text weight if are collaging on it. I also made one out of tracing paper, so I could position it appropriately over a stamp or collage. Don't forget the back will show too.
You could give away a little set of these to friends. (Oh, darn, gave that away.....) I know this is a creative group - go for it! You could even make a little folder for them. Once I got started I was looking around at all my paper and stamps. Heaven forbid that there should be two the same! (Feel free to send me a scan of your favourite one! or if you don't have a scanner, send me one! I like mail: Box 1231, Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M1 Canada)

Swap Proposal!

Several months ago when I began receiving postcards for the draw for the handbound book, I felt it was a rather cheeky way to receive mail art. This month I'd like to propose a swap with the subscribers of this newsletter! This way it won't be just me receiving all the goodies! For those who have never participated in a swap here's what happens. Someone proposes and hosts (that's me) the swap. You send in, say 5 pieces of your artwork, and you receive 5 back from different people, their personal interpretation of the swap theme.
  Now the biggest swap I have ever participated in was 35 people. That's a lot of copies! But, boy, I got some fantastic stuff back. Decoration and art like I never would have thought of. It's a wonderful, wonderful way to acquire inspiration, be creative and have some fun!

What I would like to propose is an Alphabet swap on tags. The first thing you will have to do is email me and sign up! I will assign you one letter of the alphabet and you will decorate shipping tags - all the same decoration and as many as there are people in the swap and send them to me with a SASE. I will swap all the tags out and send them back to you. How many you have to make depends on the number of players. I promise I won't have you make 26 unless you want to!

The reason I chose the Alphabet on tags is because 1) I'm a calligrapher, 2) I have no imagination, and 3) there is lots of inspiration out there in the form of children's ABC books. Everyone know A is for Apple, right? (except my francophone husband who would say P is for apple....) and 4) the shipping tag is small and non-threatening.

I think this will be really fun! Please sign up by Dec. 10, but the tags won't be due to me until January 30. That should get you jumpstarted into being creative after the holidays. Try it, you'll like it.

I will send out more information (and some ideas) to the swapees soon. Let me know if you're a newbie at this! I'll be crushed if nobody signs up.......

Teaching Schedule
Winter and Spring 2002

Until a few weeks ago, my dance card was pretty bare... This has changed, which is very nice. I can hardly wait to get started! To get more details go to my website Calendar of Events page. Use the back button on your browser to return here.

Jan 26  Victoria Coptic Stitched Journal  Private Class. Full
Jan 27  Victoria Coptic Stitched Journal  Private Class. Full

Feb 2  Burnaby  Instant Letters  Burnaby Community Ed
Feb 3  Surrey  Instant Letters  Private Class.

starting Feb 6  Port Alberni  Beginning Calligraphy and Continuing Calligraphy for Parks and Recreation. Six week class. Tuesday evenings 7 - 9 p.m. To register please call (250) 723-2181 after January 3, 2002.

Feb 9  Port Alberni  Instant Letters  Parks and Recreation

Feb 16  Courtenay Beginning Calligraphy  North Island College

Mar 2  Port Alberni  Charmers  Parks and Recreation

Mar 9  Burnaby  Artistís Journal in a Day  Burnaby Comm. Ed.
Mar 10 Surrey Coptic Stitched Journal Private Class.

April 6  Victoria  Artistís Journal in a Day  Fairbank Callig.Soc.

April 13  Courtenay  Instant Letters  North Island College

April 20 Victoria Instant Letters Shoreline Community School

May 4  Port Alberni Spring Craft Fair  P.A. Athletic Hall

May 25  Kelowna  Focus on Foundational Kelowna    Calligraphers Guild
May 26  Kelowna to be announced Kelowna Calligraphers    Guild

Books to Inspire

I recently had a complaint that I hadn't included this section in the newsletter for a while.... It seems to me that this was the same person who had complained that when I did recommend a book, she had to go out and buy it and it was costing her a lot of money......!

This month I'd like to bring to your attention a book that I just had to have. I have admired this lady's work in Somerset Studio and Belle Armoire. I think the thing that attracts me to Sherrill Kahn's work is are the colours. She reminds me of the work of Kaffe Fassett, that cool textile guy with the great colour palette. Sherrill was a school teacher for many years (which is hard to believe when you see her picture - she must have started teaching when she was very young....) and has done lots of experimenting with a wide variety of tools - mostly household! Her book has lots of different techniques, many (but not all) using her line of rubberstamps called Impress Me. This is a really wonderful, colourful book. It is called Creating with Paint and you can order it through Somerset Studio, but watch out for the shipping charges, or from Sherrill or here is the ISBN 1-56477-320-5. Of course, you can always try the library....

Studio Tips

Have you ever had the problem of trying to thread a thick fibre or ribbon through a bead? I struggled with this, until I bought a needle called "The Big Eye" from the craft store. Well, they worked really well, but then I broke a couple of these and I couldn't make a beading needle work. I think I've settled for using a piece of narrow gauge wire, folding it in half and threading it through the bead. Another helpful thing is to cut the end of the ribbon on a long diagonal and only put the tip through the "needle". Hope this helps!
If you have any great tips you want to share, please feel free to send them in.

My sample tag

Here's another one of these delightful scans.... I guess a flatbed scanner should be on my Christmas list! My scanner lifts off it's holder and rolls along the desk top until it hits a bump. The fibres in this tag qualify as a *big* bump, so I had to do some fiddling!

News Flash

I just received news the other day of a wonderful event happening in Vancouver (well, okay, in Richmond) in September next year. It is organized by local artist Christina Lazar-Schuler of Lazar Studiowerx and is bringing in some really exciting artists to teach workshops. The event is called
and will run September 13-15, 2002, featuring artists like Nina Bagley, Karen Michel, Claudine Hellmuth and Mary Jo McGraw just to name a few. For all the Canadians, like me, who drooled over the list of instructors at Artfest, but just couldn't handle the American dollar exchange, this is an opportunity not to be missed! (See me here doing the happy Snoopy dance!). Click on the logo above to go to the Artwerx web site.


I have put together some sewing cradles for sale as some of you have been asking for them. They are not things of great beauty, but really, really handy for when you have a lot of holes to pierce. They are large enough for an 8.5" spine length and are $20Cdn (or $20US to the States) shipping included. Email me if you can't live without one! I will try to bring these to classes so you can see them in person!
Here is my nasty little illustration of one!

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!

(250) 723-0321
Quietfire Design

The original title lettering of byhand was done with a Mitchell's Roundhand Nib, size 0, and Higgins Eternal Ink.



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