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June 2003 - Issue 25

Welcome to the June issue of byhand!

Changes coming to the byhand Products!

Very soon I'll be adding some exciting new stuff to the byhand Products page!
I will add them as they arrive. Here's what to expect:

  • Mitchell Roundhand Nibs
  • Brads
  • tiny little tags in three different shapes
  • dog tags

and more.... stay tuned!

For those of you who have backordered items, I am still struggling with some supplies and I will be contacting you soon. Thanks for your patience!

Journal Challenge

Several months ago I announced the Journal Challenge. All those who sent in their challenges were entered in a random draw for a prize. And the lucky winner is

Sandy Sommerfeld
of Kelowna BC

Congratulations Sandy!

Sandy has won a selection of byhand products including waxed linen thread, rubber, book corners and glassine envelopes!

To see all the selections that were sent in for the Journal Challenge, scroll down this page!

There is a special treat in this issue!
Last month we began the
Altered Book Project
Sixty-nine participants are working through their own altered books, spread by spread and then uploading them into shared files. At the bottom of this newsletter are the first spreads we worked on - we're much farther along now, and some of our books are really filling up, which is very exciting!

We hope you enjoy looking at them and they inspire you - they certainly inspire me!

Make sure you check out the Class Photos page. There have been lots of classes lately!

Don't forget if you're proud of 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.

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Books to Inspire

True Colors
A Palette of Collaborative Art Journals

Now here's a book that's worth your money!
It's big, fat, colourful and full of inspiration at every turn of the page. Artist Lynne Perrella invited 14 other artists to participate in a journal round robin in May of 2001. Each artist was to choose a colour scheme, choose their own journal and begin by decorating a few pages. Every two weeks the journals were entrusted to the postal system to begin their journey to the next artist who would then have 2 weeks to create their own interpretation of the journals colour scheme.

This book is almost three hundred pages of colour, comment and insight.


True Colors

Next month...

The Copper Mini Book Swap!

Stay tuned....

Coming Soon!

Artwerx is a 3-day potpourri of your favourite instructors from all over! The event runs
August 15, 16, 17, 2003 in Richmond, BC (Vancouver area).
You may attend all three days or just for one. You won't regret a minute of this fabulous experience. Click on the logo above to go to the Artwerx website.

Some of the excellent instructors who will be returning to Artwerx, L to R - Nina Bagley, Karen Michel and Claudine Hellmuth (all three of whom are part of the True Colors journal round robin - see Books to Inspire above).

Just a reminder that Quietfire Design will be an Artwerx vendor and sponsor (which means, as a registrant of Artwerx, you will receive a little treat from Quietfire Design)!

To celebrate, I thought we could have
a little get together

to meet (maybe for the first time!) and share our art and ourselves.
It will be on the Saturday August 16th, just after classes are over.

Meet at the Thirsty Turtle in the Richmond Inn!
Quietfire Design (that'll be me) will reserve a table and will spring for some snacks. We'll have a draw and some "door" prizes! Yippee! I can hardly wait!

Please email me if you're going to play to give me an idea how many are coming!
(You're welcome to come even if you aren't attending Artwerx!)

If you are in the lower mainland, I encourage you to come check out the Vendor market on the Friday, Aug.15 from 7 - 10 pm. Definitely a great place for retail therapy. Quietfire Design will have some Artwerx specials! See ya there!

Suzanne's Schedule 2003

June 21,22 West Vancouver, BC Criss Cross Coptic North Shore Needle Arts Guild
July 19

Bamfield BC

Bamfield's Day with the Arts

Aug. 15


Vendor Market Best Western Richmond Hotel & Convention Centre
7551 Westminster Highway Richmond, BC, Canada
Sept 18 Calgary AB Fabric covered Ribbon Journal Out of Hand
Sept 19 Calgary AB Fabric covered Album Out of Hand
Sept 20,21 Calgary AB Adding Funk to Your Foundational Bow Valley Calligraphy Guild
Sept 22 Calgary AB Hardcover Journal in a Slipcase Bow Valley Calligraphy Guild
Oct 4,5 Duncan BC Artist's Journal Warmlands Calligraphers
Oct 18,19 Parksville BC Introduction to Calligraphy Malaspina
Oct 25 Burnaby BC Artist's Journal Burnaby Community Education
Nov 1 Port Alberni BC Artisan's Craft Show Hansen Hall, Port Alberni
Nov 7,8,9 Port Alberni BC Giant Christmas Craft Fair tba
Nov 15 Victoria, BC tba Island Blue Print
Nov 16 Victoria, BC tba Island Blue Print

Tag Book Swap

This is the last of the Tab Book Swap participant's books! If you want to read more about this challenge, click here. To see the others wonderful books in this swap, just return to the two previous issues of byhand.

Here is this months collection with comments from the artists.

My thanks to every one of you for doing such a wonderful job!


Ginny Porter
Victoria, BC

My tag book was created by photocopying a number of the original 4"x6" postcards I did for the last postcard exchange within the Fairbank Calligraphy Society. I had them reduced to the same size as the cover tag then cut the outer perimeter to match the shape of the original tag. A hole was punched in each tag to match, again, the one in the cover, front and back. The postcards from the edge sheet was done the same way and all were bound, if that is the correct word, together by a ring tag purchased at the stationary store. Just for interests sake I did make some more copies but this time I had them copied double sided so the back has the usual Post Card etc. stamped on it, I also thought one could run them through a sewing machine, without thread, to create a perforation which would allow one to tear them out and use them as one does with purchased holiday postcard books.


Shirl Van Eaton
Olds, AB

I attached fabric pieces to the folded tag with YES glue and added a border and small design to the front with Puffy paint. The loop for the ink dyed decorative toothpick closure is book binding linen.



Pam Stevens
Kelowna BC

My tags were stamped with black leaf designs. I used a piece of plain paper for the inside. I stamped this with the same designs but used black and one other colour. I calligraphed the quote and used my scanner to copy them. For the closure my husband cut some natural ivory buttons. These were attached with thin pieces of copper.

Shirley Johnson
Duncan, BC

Shirley sent in 3 different styles of tag books!

Lani Kyea
Clayton, New Mexico

Each of Lani's books were different!

Suzanne Cannon
Port Alberni, BC


I decided to make a venetian blind style Palm Leaf Book by attaching two tags end to end for each "page". Copper and white were not my original choice, but ended up working quite well. I stamped "Dream with your eyes wide open" using Brilliance Copper on a piece of organza and using the sewing machine, stitched the organza to the tags. I decided to combine my stamp with another quote to read: Dream with your eyes wide open, for as you dream, so shall you become.

I coloured half the mini-tags with Brilliance Copper and leaving the other half of the tags white, I stamped letters again using Brilliance Copper. The tags were held in place with copper eyelets and the copper tags was also held in place with eyelets. The copper tag was stamped with metal letter stamps from Lee Valley. The lettering on the last page was scanned and printed on decorated vellum and then held in place with brads. A narrow white cord held the three pages together and copper roves decorated the knots at the ends of the cord.

A Passion for Copper - Part VII

Parts I through VII are available in previous issues of byhand

Returning next month!

Stolen Moments
Decorated Envelopes

Recently, on the byhandartists yahoo group, we began an envelope exchange. You may see many of these in last months issue of byhand, but I wanted to share a few more with you!

Thanks to everyone who played!

Anne Atkinson


Leslie Kane

Pattie Tierney


Nelda Hinds

Veronica Phillips

Veronica Phillips

Nelda Hinds


Nelda Hinds

Tracey Guillemaud


Tracey Guillemaud

Suzanne Cannon


Gentle Thoughts



Stolen Moments

This is my first spread from the byhand Altered Book Project. I'm not quite sure what prompted me to use the theme of angels for my book. I had picked up the book from the library for 50 cents. It is just a contemporary novel, nothing special, or old. However, after I had begun working on it, I realized that the title of the book was "Replay" and there is a sentence on this page just above the lower right stamped frame that says : "He was dying." I thought this was quite spooky!

Here is how I constructed this page...

First I coloured the background with walnut ink. I did some brush lettering on the page, then stamped the frame stamp (Magenta) in four places on the page using black Memories ink. It's easy to get the frames straight as you can line them up with the lines of text on the page! The 2x2" glassine envelopes (Quietfire) fit perfectly inside the frames and I used Vellum Tape (3M) to secure them inside the stamped frame. The flap on the envelopes were reversed, and the envelopes mounted "backwards" so that the pocket is always open. The pockets were filled with "evidence of angels", like a feather, a lock of angel hair (in truth, less than angel hair, it was that of my 13 year old son....), and some angel "dust" which is a tiny ziplock filled with sparkles! The 4th pocket is awaiting some treasure.

I just love attaching the tiny tags to the flaps of the glassine envelopes using an eyelet and washer (all Quietfire Design). I used DTP (direct to paper technique) with Memories Sand to colour the tiny tags and a Pigma pen to label them.

Some additional hand lettering was done with a Pigma pen and "Evidence of Angels" was stamped using a rubber alphabet (Quick Arts). The final touch was stamping the all-seeing eye ( in the bottom right hand corner. Some additional dark brown colour was added to the frames using a dauber and brown Memories ink. The foredges of the pages were torn to add to the aged look.

Journal Challenge

This was designed as a little challenge to help out those who had trouble sticking to writing in a journal. All the participants had to do was to jot down 3 words to describe their day.

I wasn't expecting decorated pages, but as you can see below, some of them were quite entertaining! Anne A. even had a little door to open on hers!

Thanks to all the participants!


Sue B.

LouAnn Leonard

Anne A.

Pat Williams

(all the way from France!)

Sandy Sommerfeld

Note about these items I have for sale.

For your convenience, you may visit the
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If you are using the byhand Products order form, please make your cheques payable in Canadian or U$ funds to Suzanne Cannon.
Your items will be shipped when the cheque has been received. It has been known to take 2 weeks for a cheque to get to me.... Go figure.

For much faster service, please use the PayPal shopping cart!
Suzanne Cannon, Quietfire Design, Box 1231, Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 7M1 Canada

Waxed Linen Thread

Samples from Left to Right: Black, Rust, Slate Grey (looks pink to me!), Sage, Royal Blue, Denim
Sorry but it's almost impossible for me to get true colour on the web!

4-ply Waxed Linen Thread

Prices: It is $0.50/yard Cdn ($0.35/yard U.S. funds).

For those of you who have taken the Coptic Stitched Class, it takes two yards of thread to complete the book as we made it.

For those of you who have taken the Criss Cross Coptic, you will require five yards per book.

Please see the byhand Products page for the complete list of colours!

The eyelets!

These are weeny cute little guys. They are 1/8" eyelets. There are regular and long neck eyelets. The long neck eyelets will go through a regular thickness of bookboard.
100 eyelets per package.

Brass coloured regular $5.00 Cnd $3.50 USD

Brass Long neck

temporarily out of stock

$5.00 Cnd $3.50 USD
Silver regular $5.00 Cnd $3.50 USD

Silver Long neck

temporarily out of stock

$5.00 Cnd $3.50 USD

Copper regular

temporarily out of stock

$5.00 Cnd $3.50 USD

Copper Long neck

temporarily out of stock

$5.00 Cnd $3.50 USD

(the long and short Copper are real copper and the long neck brass are real brass)

This is just the best little eyelet setter! It's hard to mess up, in fact, since I began using this setter, I haven't messed up!
$8.50 each
$5.50 USD each

Subtle, but they make a statement!

These are washers for your 1/8" eyelets. What will they think of next???100/package



$5.00 each
$3.50 USD each

temporarily out of stock

The Envelopes
These cool fellas are perfect for altered books, journals and cards!

Glassine Envelopes 4x4" 10/pkg. $2.50 Cnd $2.00 USD
Glassine Envelopes 2x2" 10/pkg $2.00 Cnd $1.50 USD

Anywhere punch with 6 bits This wonderful punch has 6 different bits allowing you to punch holes in the following sizes: 5/64, 3/32, 1/8, 9/64, 5/32 and 11/64 (or 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, 4 and 5 mm) $14.00 Cnd ($9.50 US dollars)

I have put together some Book 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. The legs come off so they're perfect for going to classes. They are large enough for an 8.5" spine length and are $18Cdn (or $12US - to the States). I will try to bring these to classes so you can see them in person!
There is an additional $2.00 shipping charge for this item

Book Corners
Jazz up your book covers with metal corners!
I use them on the foredges of books, by applying a little glue and then crimping them, ever so lightly with a pair of pliers.They are all brass except the 3rd one down is Nickel or silver coloured.

Brass slotted $0.50 Cnd each $0.35 USD each
Brass regular $0.50 Cnd each $0.35 USD each
Nickel regular $0.50 Cnd each $0.35 USD each
Brass scalloped $0.50 Cnd each $0.35 USD each

They fit nicely on a bookboard of about 2.2mm thickness covered with decorative paper.

Bone Folders $10.00 Cnd

$6.00 USD

Chicago Screws, brass, post and screw, $0.75 pair Cnd

$0.50 USD


Collage Packs - 40 different collage paper treasures - colour-coordinated Japanese papers. There is one colour scheme on the front and a different one on the back. For invitations, name tags, collage, card-making, bookmarks, drawing, painting, poetry, rubber-stamping, photo mats, calligraphy, place cards, book covers, gift wrapping. . .    Assorted colours

$9.50 US dollars per pack  
$14.00 Cdn per pack



Book Boards - precut 9" x 6", perfect for Coptic Bound, Criss-Cross Coptic and Pipe Organ Bindings.

Give yourself a break! $1.50 Cdn per pair

$1.00 USD

(there is an additional $0.50/pair charge for shipping this item)



To order any of the above items and the rubber stamps go to:
Printable byhand Products Order Form OR the PayPal shopping cart.

byhand Altered Book Project

In late April, after some discussion on the byhandartists list, I thought the thing many of us needed was a step-by-step project to get started on our altered books. It's fine to have all these techniques thrown at you, but unless you have a lot of drive, it's easy to wallow in the information.
After forming the group, we had some discussion on background techniques, themes and a basic outline for the project was formed. Then we began.
We have approached this project by doing spreads where each spread is focused on using a particular element.

The focus of our first spread was Envelopes. (We are now beginning our 9th spread!)
We hope you enjoy them!

Please click here or on any of the images below to take you to the complete page of Envelope Spreads!

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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