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February 2004 - Issue 31

Welcome to the February 2004 issue of byhand!

And a special welcome to all the new subscribers!

(and Happy Valentine's Day!)


I have a few new things to tell you about:

There is a new page of byhandproducts! These are the things that don't fit into other catagories, mostly because they don't fall into the standard shipping rates. Please email if you are interested in any of the items. They include some really fabulous
silk papers with metallic designs
and Stampington publications.

You may see these goodies on the
OCS webpage

(other cool stuff!)

Here are a couple of other goodies that are new. Click on the images to go to the pages for more information and ordering!

Plain wooden nib holders

Star shaped Mini Brads in Silver

If you're Canadian (like me!) and you'd like to order byhand products in Canadian dollars but don't want to wait for the mail system to deliver your cheque, there are alternatives! You can read more details here or email me. I'll try to make it easy-peasy!

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:

Lee B.!

but she/he hasn't replied to my email yet.
Your wee book is awaiting your pleasure.


If you were wondering why the newsletter was a bit late this month, you can blame it on my television stardom (or not...).

On Monday Feb 2 at noon, I was called to see if I was available to be a guest on the morning show of the New VI television station - the next morning at 7 a.m. Pardon?

Well, never one to back down from a challenge like that, I accepted and had my 15 minutes of fame on Tues, Feb 3! I was a guest on the New Day morning show televised live from Nanaimo BC. I was there to promote the calligraphy classes I was teaching for Malaspina University College Continuing Education. The host, Bruce Williams, was very interested in calligraphy (he has a sister who is a calligrapher!) but also wanted to see more handbound books, so I am back for a repeat engagement scheduled for
March 24th, 2004.
The New Day can be viewed on The New VI (CIVI), Channel 12 on Vancouver Island (north of Victoria) and Bell ExpressVu #259

What a a blast! Thanks to Bruce and the crew for making it easy. It was like watching a well-choreographed dance!

Bruce Williams, the host
(not his most handsome pose...)

The crew - sorry fellas - I'll get your names next time!

Laurie, The Healthy Gourmet


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Books to Inspire

Collage Discovery Workshop
by Claudine Hellmuth

This is Claudine Hellmuth's long awaited book of collage and it was worth the wait! Although many of the techniques described in this book are from her Revel in the Unexpected workshop there is much more. It's wonderful to have it as a companion to the workshop, because there is nothing quite like seeing Claudine demonstrate in person. (She is delightful and charming as well as hugely talented!)
Not only is this book hugely informative, it is lovely as well! It's fun just to look at the layout and design!
Bravo to Claudine for her section on copyright for the collage artist and a big thank you for the section on composition.
The first printing of this book sold out really quickly (I think it was within a month of distribution) and the second is just now available. Don't let this one pass you by!

Collage Discovery Workshop

Although the opening for byhand subscriber Dale Roberts is over, you are more that welcome to visit his exhibition which is continuing until March 21, 2004.

The Gallery at the MAC
McPherson Playhouse
#3 Centennial Square (off Government and Pandora)
Victoria BC Canada

Hours: during performances or by appointment Tel: 250 361 0800

You may see more of his work by
clicking here to go to his website

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!

Check out Somerset Studios Signatures.
(I have three items in it!) I have a few extra copies for sale - please email me to check for availability!


Gentle Thoughts


In Memory of Dorothy Baynes



Calligrapher, amazing organizer and wonderful person, Dorothy Baynes passed away last week after a valiant battle with cancer.

If you were at ABC2000 in Red Deer AB, you'll know that Dorothy was a very visible organizer of that extremely successful event.

Dorothy was the first person to take a chance on hiring me to teach a "long distance" workshop for the Lettering Arts Guild in Red Deer. She was a warm and thoughtful hostess. Many people will miss Dorothy's cheerful presence and boundless energy. She had a passionate dedication to the art of calligraphy. Her family will miss her terribly. She was so proud of them.

In lieu of flowers or donations, Dorothy requested anyone who wished, could perform an act of human kindness, large or small in her name.




Favourite things

Glue Dots.

Love 'em.
Can't live without 'em.

These little artists' helpers come on a roll. You can place your embellishment right on the glue dot and pull the dot right off the roll. You don't even have to touch them with your hands - they're really sticky!

I like them for gluing on buttons and charms. They are a wonderful alternative to "wet" glue which might buckle the underlying paper.

There are a variety of sizes available - my favourite are the mini glue dots. I sometimes wish they had a size between the mini and craft!

Glue Dots also come in a Pop dot size which is good for gluing larger charms that have a hollow area in the back. The glue dot fills the charm back and holds it in place.

You can see the whole range at the
Glue Dots website!

I usually buy mine at Scrapbook stores, but I've seen them in rubber stamp stores, as well.
Happy gluing!

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

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 Star Book Kits and Bare Bones refills are now available!


waxed linen thread

Copper Mesh Fabric

A Little Flower....

This quote came across my desktop one day, so I sent it out to the byhandartists and challenged them to create something using the quote. Here are the results! Thanks to everyone who played!








Suzanne's Schedule 2004

Feb 7,8 Victoria BC Adding Funk to your Foundational Fairbank Calligraphy Society
Feb 28 Parksville BC Introduction to Calligraphy Malaspina
Feb 29 Parksville BC The Gothic Hand Malaspina
Mar 6 Burnaby BC Altered Book Project Burnaby Community Education
Mar 7 Surrey BC Belgian Binding Bookmakers of Vancouver
Mar 23
Port Alberni BC Altered Book Project Port Alberni Park and Recreation. Four Tuesday evening classes.
Wed Mar 24 Nanaimo BC 7a.m. to 9a.m. Pacific Time

The New VI (CIVI),
Channel 12 on Vancouver Island (north of Victoria)
and Bell ExpressVu #259
Mar 27 Victoria BC Coptic Bound Journal Island Blue Print
Mar 28 Victoria BC Instant Letters Island Blue Print
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
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
May 29,30 tba tba Bookmakers of Vancouver
Fri Aug 13 Richmond BC Vendor Evening Artwerx
Sat Aug 14 Richmond BC The Altered Word Artwerx
Quietfire Design (that'd be me!) will be heading out to these exciting events this year

Stampers Celebration

Fibre Arts Symposium


Calgary Alberta
Courtenay British Columbia
Vancouver British Columbia
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 23, 24, and 25, 2004
Thursday to Sunday
May 13 - 16, 2004

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

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 (and some of my good friends!) will be assisting me.

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. Workshops include, paper, basketry and all forms of textile art at North Island College in Courtenay, B.C.

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

On Friday the 13th, I'll be part of a wonderful 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 The Altered Word.

A number of months ago, byhandartist Sandy Somerfeld suggested that we have an

Inspiration Journal

round robin. And so it began.... Here are a few (I'll save some for next month!) of the decorated pages from that round robin. Thanks to each of the artists for allowing me to reproduce their pages and journals. Enjoy!

Nadia's Journal


Nadia's front cover

Nadia in her own journal

Rose in Nadia's Journal

Nadia in her own journal

Sandy's Journal

Suzanne in Sandy's

Suzanne in Sandy's

Rose's Journal

Sandy in Rose's

Rose in her own journal

Nadia in Rose's Journal

Sandy in Rose's


Suzanne in Rose's

Suzanne in Rose's

Tracey in Rose's

Tracey in Rose's

Suzanne's Journal


Nadia in Suzanne's Journal

Nadia in Suzanne's

Nadia in Suzanne's

Sandy in Suzanne's Journal

Sandy in Suzanne's

Tracey in Suzanne's

Tracey's Journal

Suzanne in Tracey's


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. Quietfire Design Rubber stamps were used to create the other designs.

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