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May 2003 - Issue 24

Welcome to the
May issue of byhand!

Again, I'd like to welcome the new subscribers and hope that you find something of interest in this issue.

On my agenda for the near future is new rubber stamp images - stay tuned!

There are new waxed linen thread colours available!

Autumn Yellow
Robin Egg Blue

There will be some new book classes announced in the coming months, as well. Busy, busy!

Enjoy this issue of byhand!

Don't forget to get your Journal Challenge in to me by May 15! If you 're new to byhand, you will be too late to join this, but you may read about it in the April newsletter.

!!New Swap!!

Well, at the insistence (!) of Connie (see her Tag Book Below) I've decided it's time to announce the next byhand Swap.

This time we won't do tags! I know, it's hard to believe.... But we'll stay on the topic of books. Here's the scoop.

Mini Book Swap with Copper Embellishments

You will make small books,
no larger than 3" x 3" and
no thicker than 1/4" and
use copper
as some form of embellishment.
You can refer to many of the back issues of byhand for ideas using copper (tooling copper, copper wire or copper tape, even!)

Sign up by sending me an email by
May 15.
Books are due to me by June 15. You will make a book for each player (unless there are so many we divide into groups) and send them to me with a SASE. I will swap them out when they have all been received. (And for those who did the Tag Book Swap - I promise not to do multiples of 5 this time!)

For the Altered Book types, I have started a new Yahoo group. In this group, we will be working on a step-by-step book altering project. It will begin very shortly and the cut off for joining this round is Monday May 5, 2003. If you are a byhand subscriber and wish to join us, please send an email to:


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Site Siting

This month I'd like to introduce you to byhandartist, Lesley Davies. Lesley is a calligrapher and designer of Celtic knotwork living in the U.K. Lesley has two websites, one which features her greeting cards and bookmarks and the other shared with her husband, which includes many things along with Lesley's quilling, stamp designs, pyrography and other Celtic art. Have fun perusing Lesley's sites!

Artwork by Lesley Davies

Books to Inspire

Thanks to Ellen Harper for this review!

Art and Fear; Observations on the Perils and Rewards of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orlando published by the Image Continuum.

We have all been there, that frozen moment when we wonder what the heck we are doing trying to define ourselves as an Artist. We look at our work and only see the flaws. We wonder if anyone will understand the message or even if we have anything to say. We doubt we have any talent and believe that the magic will never flow. Then one day for one moment we hit the sweet spot and the Art just happens and when the moment is passed we fear it will never come again. In Art and Fear all the issues get addressed from the Myth of Talent to perils of negotiating the commercial/academic quicksand.
This is a small book with only a little more than 100 pages but it speaks in a clear and economic manner to the real issues. With humor and an engaging style it takes you through the process and helps to make clear that these doubts are all a part of becoming who we need to be. My copy is dog-eared and I carry it in my art bag to remind myself I am here to be human and to do art is to be human.

Art and Fear

A Little Diversion....

Recently I was introduced, via the surfing the internet, to some very fancy photocorners in unusual shapes. When I mentioned them to the byhandartists, Alisa popped up and suggested making your own version using punched shapes. I thought this was just the best idea!

In this example, I cut a slit through the middle of the punched image, put the edge of the "photo" through the slit and used a gluestick to adhere the "photo" and corners to the background. Easy, peasy!

Tag Book Swap

In December I proposed the Tag Book Swap, where artists were to design small books using shipping tags as some part of their books. If you want to read more about this challenge, click here! There were 25 artists involved and the first few books were shown last month. They will continue to be shown over the next couple of months. Stay tuned for some great, inspiring creations!

Here is this months collection with comments from the artists.


Joan Byers
Sidney, BC

Thanks to Joan for generously sharing her book structure with us!

Book Structure
Two signature book – 14 pages - using one sheet of paper

Booklet: I started with 8½ x 14-inch piece of paper, cut in half lengthwise. I chose this size because it ultimately had to fit the size of tags I had, but any size paper would do. (See diagrams A, B, C)
1) Fold the paper in half – lengthwise.
2) Fold widthwise as for an accordion fold, ending up with 8 sections.
3) Flatten the page the page out and cut along the centerfold between fold 2-3 and 6-7 (Diagram A).
4) Looking at Diagram B, fold in half lengthwise again and opening up the cut pages, fold as shown in Diagram C. Now you have a 2-signature booklet.

Flat view

Side View

Folded Side View Cover – See diagram D
In order to sew the booklet to the cover, you need to have a “pleat”. Score the cover as shown, so that the side view looks like the diagram. (I folded the cover so that it has an extra “flap”, but that is not necessary).


Sewing 3-holes – (see diagram A and D) – you can see where the holes should be. Start sewing in the center hole of the inside of the booklet (diagram C, arrow 1) – through the center holes on the cover (through the ribbon if you are going to have a tie) – through the front of the booklet (see diagram C. arrow 2). Now through the top hole of the booklet and cover, following the reverse from the center hole – down to the bottom hole and back through the center. Tie both end of the string together (hopefully you have a thread on each side of the flat string on the paper) Diagram E.


Diagram E




Susan Ewart
Vernon, BC

I started my tag book with a coat of black gesso on each side of a regular shipping tag. Then added colored dots and lines with Crayola spider writers. The tag hole and edge of the tag were lined with Crayola metallic markers. Inside I added a handmade glass bead (my new passion) and an accordion fold with a monoline lettered quote. I wasn't sure how to close the book so I played around in my studio and came up with a small bead that fit the hole of the tag snugly. This held the cover closed (hopefully). I enjoyed this exchange as I always learn something from each one. I hope you enjoy my tag book as much as I enjoyed making and learning from it.


Connie Kleckner
Victoria, BC

Tag was colored on both sides using DTP method with ColorBox cateyes Parchment, Celadon and Old Rose. Flower and saying on front of book were stamped using pigment inks. Flowers inside book were stamped with VersaMark and dusted with chalks to give a softer look. Beads were sewn on in sections while sewing in the signature. For the closure, I cut the end off an additional tag and sandwiched the elastic cord between the two layers. For some books I added beads to the cord before attaching and for others I added curled wire with beads after.


Karin Fung
Vancouver, BC

ABC Book

Before starting on the book, I first, sketched out the pictures from A-Z and then had them reduced. I found this to be the most challenging part to the sketches to size with the photocopier. After all the copies were organized, I coloured all the sketches. Since the copies were a tad larger then my tags, I had to enlarge my tags to size. I found some decorative paper and cut them to the same size of the tags and pasted them on the tags, along with my ABC stickers on the cover and my glass ladybug trademark. The books were then bound together with a simple bookbinding stitch that Suzanne teaches to all her students. It was a simple idea but very time consuming. I enjoyed all the lovely tag books from everyone. Good work! Karin


Charmaine Stack
Victoria BC

Kaleidoscope Tag Booklets Tags were brown shipping tags. For the front covers, I smooshed pigment inks overtop, then stamped in permanent black ink with the PSX Heart Bouquet stamp. I scored two lines about a quarter inch apart in the middle (for the spine) and another one at one end to form the flap. I either stamped or papered over the inside of the tag. For a fastener to wrap the yarn around, I dipped a brass brad head in embossing powder and heated it to create a colour coordinated finish to the brad, then positioned it through the tag hole. The inside pages measured about 1.5 inches, so I took three inch wide sheets and folded them in half. I covered them with pigment inks, too. They are a little wild; I was going for the kaleidoscope effect. Each page was stamped using a different portion of the same PSX Heart Bouquet stamp that I used on the cover. I stamped either eight or twelve times through a wedge-shaped mask to get the kaleidoscope medallions to form. On the opposite pages, I jotted step by step notes on how to make these. I think each book had six or so very different looking medallions, demonstrating the versatility of one stamp.




Sandy Sommerfeld
Kelowna, BC

I had hand cut all my tags on a 3 x 5" format, using a collection of papers that I had on hand. As I worked through making the pages for the tag books, I was struck with new ideas and how I could incorporate them. I tried to give a sample of different techniques and tried to keep to a complementary colour scheme. So, onward I went, adding cold laminate transfers, windows, a glass pebble, aged photos, a teeny tiny envelope with a message, tiny brads and just a lot of fun! I hope you enjoy the tag book as much as I enjoyed making them.


A Passion for Copper - Part VII

Parts I through VI are available in previous issues of byhand

Copper tape is real copper, beaten to a foil with a self-adhesive back. You can buy it in rolls of varying lengths and widths at a lot of craft stores, but it is always available at stained glass supply outlets. It is easily cut with decorative edged scissors for an interesting effect and can be tarnished using a variety of techniques, many of which have been already discussed in this series of articles.

The project below is stamped on cardstock which has been mounted on bookboard. The copper tape has been cut with decorative scissors and then used to frame the stamped piece. This project is really interesting as when you tilt it, the lettering shows up predominantly, instead of the dragonfly! Boy, copper is hard to scan! B

Stolen Moments
Decorated Envelopes

Recently, on the byhandartists yahoo group, we began an envelope exchange. Previous exchanges that I have been part of were initiated by calligraphy guilds. I was in a group of twelve and each month I would decorated an envelope and send it to a different person. Well, I'm not very good at this monthly stuff, so I proposed that we do an all-at-once exchange. Here are some of our envelopes. Enjoy!
(I've included another decorated envelope I've received recently for your enjoyment!)

Anne Atkinson
North Saanich, BC

Elaine McLeod
Port Alberni, BC

Bev Michaels
Sooke, B.C.

Tracey Guillemaud
Surrey, BC

Pattie Tierney
St. Louis, MO

Evie Zaccardelli
Edinburgh, Scotland

Suzanne Cannon
Port Alberni, BC

Tracey to Elaine


Veronica Phillips
Zurich, IL

Sharon McGreevey
Durham NC

Nancy Quinn
Surrey, BC

Lauren Campbell
Minto MB

Kathy O'Bryan
Bellingham WA

Janice Rusnak
Calgary AB


Leslie Kane
Urbandale, IA

Leslie is the person who started all this! She emailed to ask if I knew of any decorated envelope exchanges, and, well, the rest is history, as they say!

Suzanne to Anne


Stay tuned - more next month!



Gentle Thoughts


Suzanne's Schedule 2003

May 3,4 Port Alberni BC Giant Spring Craft Fair Port Alberni Athletic Hall
May 24 Richmond, BC Charmers World of Stamps
May 25 Surrey BC Eyelet Book Private Class
May 31 Victoria, BC Coptic Bound Journal Island Blue
please register after April 1
June 1 Victoria, BC


Island Blue
please register after April 1
June 21 West Vancouver, BC Criss Cross Coptic North Shore Embroiderer's Guild
Aug. 16

Vendor Market Best Western Richmond Hotel & Convention Centre
7551 Westminster Highway Richmond, BC, Canada
Sept 18,19 Calgary AB bookbinding Out of Hand
Sept 20,21 Calgary AB calligraphy & bookbinding Bow Valley Calligraphy Guild
Oct 4,5 Duncan BC Artist's Journal Warmlands Calligraphers
Nov 1 Port Alberni BC Artisan's Craft Show Hansen Hall, Port Alberni
Nov 14,15,16 Port Alberni BC Giant Christmas Craft Fair tba

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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!


Butterscotch Plum
Sage Navy blue Autumn Yellow
Olive drab Lavender Orange
Dark forest green Denim Robin Egg Blue
Dark emerald Rust Teal
Slate grey Walnut brown Royal blue
Oatmeal Maroon Black
Victorian rose Country red Dark chocolate


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.



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

Silver Long neck

$5.00 Cnd $3.50 USD
Copper regular $5.00 Cnd $3.50 USD
Copper Long neck $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

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
Itsy Bitsy Paper Envelope 1x1" 15/pk $5.00 Cnd $3.50 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)



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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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