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May 2004 - Issue 34


Gentle Thoughts

Marie Elizabeth Cannon
September 18, 1930 - April 12, 2004

I'll love you forever
I'll like you for always
As long as I'm living
Your baby I'll be

with apologies to Robert Munsch


Hi Everyone, welcome to the May 2004 issue of byhand.

Some of you will already know that my Mom passed away in April which is why this newsletter a bit later and shorter than usual. Thank you so much for your words of condolence.

The Premium Subscriber rubber has been mailed - sorry for the delay in getting those out!

The 2001/2002 newsletters have been uploaded back onto the site for your entertainment! There has been quite the evolution in it over the years... Hopefully for the better. You may find that some of the links no longer work. Such is the way of the internet - but please let me know - one dear subscriber found one had become a naughty link! Eeek!

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!!

I've heard from several people that if Quietfire Design is in your address book, there should be no problem.

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:

Leanne Franken
Maurice, IA

Congratulations ! Thanks for joining the byhand Family!

The New Rubber is Here!

Check it all out starting here!

And a Happy Mother's Day, too!

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!)

Quietfire Design can now accept VISA!

The best way to purchase
byhand Products is still the PayPal shopping Cart, but for those of you who are uncomfortable with PayPal, you now have another option! You will not be able to use your credit card online, but will be able to phone me with your information. Email me for more 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
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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!

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Books to Inspire

Artists' Journals and Sketchbooks
Exploring and creating personal pages

by Lynne Perella

Wow, this book is a keeper. If you like alternative art, Lynne Perella has compiled a fabulous collection of artwork by many different artists including Anne Bagby, Nina Bagley, Karen Michel, Teesha Moore, Sarah Fishburn and many more. Tons of inspiration here!

Artists' Journals and Sketchbooks

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!

Site Siting

Vintage Charmings

Kate Murray is the owner of Vintage Charmings, a website which is home to wonderful vintage postcards, maps, illustrations, and books. To find her treasures Kate attends markets and "brocantes" in France on a weekly basis. Oh, you should see the yummy things she sent me in my order! Check out her website!

Some of the new Gentle Thoughts Rubbah!


On you way to the Fibre Arts Symposium in the Comox Valley, drop in to see

"Searching for My Mother's Garden" by Eileen Neill who will also be an instructor at the Fibre Arts Symposium.

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 - 9 p.m.

Oceanside Art Gallery

133 McMillan Street,
Parksville, BC


I think you'll find the diversity amazing!

More Gentle Thoughts


I know many of you will not be able to make it to
Mum's the Word
, so I'd love to share my exhibition piece with you.

Towards the end of March I spent the afternoon at my parents and my Mother and I went through some old family photos. We had a lot of fun and Mom really had a good afternoon. We even found a picture of my grandmother sitting on a rock with her feet in the lake - and she was completely nude! Eeek! It was very tastefully done, thank goodness. She would have been about 50 years old at the time. (I'm sure you'll be seeing that in future artwork....)

I completed the decoration of these panels before we went to the hospital to see my Mom on Easter weekend. She was delighted to see what I had done with the photos and I was so glad I had taken them. She passed away the next day.

Here is Mothers and Daughters.


This is Gum (don't ask... she was married to Dang-Dang). Gum was my Great Grandmother, my Mom's Mother's Mother. Hold tight, there'll be a test at the end!

This is Olive, my Dad's Mom on her wedding day.

This is Hilda, always referred to as Sid, my Mom's Mother.

This is Mom about the time she was adopted.

This is me.

Stampers Celebration

Calgary Alberta Canada
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, April 23, 24, and 25, 2004

We were there!

What an amazingly successful event this was! Everyone came ready to shop and to have lots of fun. The students in my classes were delightful and extremely competent - check out the class photos to see what we did! My acrylic friend, Susan and her husband, as well as Nancy Quinn and I were at the booth all the time. And we were hopping! A huge thanks goes out to them for keeping me going in light of recent events.... Thanks so much to everyone who dropped in to see us and say Hi! I'm sorry I was so busy that I couldn't chat more. Next time!
Congratulations to Carol Pearse and Lesley Twa for organizing such a wonderful event - see ya in 2006!

The bookshelf of samples and the daily draw prizes.(It really wasn't leaning, the photographer was!)

The shoppers arrive!

Our booth ready for business. We had the Lee Valley style of shopping, complete with clipboards and order forms!

The Make & Take table ready to go for participants to make a little handbound book filled with Gentle Thoughts rubber stamps!

This is the room we were in, there was another room of vendors just as large it seemed. If you wanted anything related to stamping, I'm sure it was there!

This room only looked like this for a few minutes, then it was crammed with shoppers!

Spring Challenge

The byhand ATC Quotation Swap

Twenty-four brave artists have banded together to create ATC's for this swap.

Stay tuned for pictures of this in the next newsletter!

artwork by Faith Lloyd

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

Stay tuned! Quietfire Design will have the following in stock soon:

slide mounts
library pockets
coin holders, round and oval!


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

Suzanne's Schedule 2004

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

Courtenay, British Columbia
Thursday to Sunday
May 13 - 16, 2004

Artwork by Eileen Neill, instructor at the Fibre Arts Symposium and whose work will also be on display at Mum's the Word

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.


Vancouver British Columbia

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

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.


Kalligraphia '04

Lethbridge Community College
Lethbridge AB Canada

Sunday, August 15 to
Saturday, August 22 2004


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

Eyelet Setting Primer

Firstly let me say that not all eyelets are created the same. Some are much harder than others, which makes them more difficult to set. (Quietfire eyelets are easy to set, by the way!) Some brands of eyelets are extremely hard to set. These are likely coloured brass. Anodized aluminum eyelets are much more easily set, as are real copper. However, most companies don't tell you what their eyelets are made from, you have to buy them to find out if they are a pain to set...

Most paper artists are currently using the 1/8" eyelets. These eyelets have a barrel that measures approximately 1/8" diameter. The flange which comes out over the paper is often 3/16" (not quite 1/4" wide).

Here is a comparison of 3 eyelets of differing barrel lengths. The one on the left is the Quietfire Long eyelet. The one on the right is the Quietfire Regular eyelet and the one in the middle is an inferior other brand! Not really, it's just put in there to illustrate that not all 1/8" eyelets are created the same in type of metal or barrel length!

The Long eyelet goes through bookboard. Don't try using a long eyelet where a short one will do. The long eyelets just have too much metal in the barrel and they can't bend back enough to form a flange.

If you use a hole punch that is 1/8" wide, sometimes, depending on the brand of punch, the hole that you create is too large. This is not such a big concern if the hole is in paper, but if you are punching fabric or bookcloth, you want to use a smaller size punch. This is why Quietfire carries the punch with the variety of bits. I use the smallest, or next to smallest size bit when punching fabric. Even bookcloth has some stretch, and an eyelet set in it will pop out if the hole is too large.

Many people ask me about the Japanese Screw Punch. I have yet to be convinced to spend the big bucks on one! The seem incredibly awkward and you need a hammer to set the eyelets, anyway. One blow of the hammer on this punch and you have your hole - these puppies are sharp! NOTE: when you use a punch, make sure the surface is sturdy. I like to use a cutting mat under the surface so not to dull the punch, and position the mat over a table leg. Some plastic tables just have too much bounce in them! I teach at one location and there is no way you can punch a hole when working on the table, you have to get down on the floor to punch your holes! The floor is sturdy.....
The punch tips sometimes get jammed and have to be cleaned out. I use my awl to carefully pick the stuff out the way it went in. Do this with caution - you don't want to damage the tip of the punch! (or the awl for that matter....)

A note about hammers: The heavier the hammer, the less pounding needed. One gentle whack of a framing hammer does the trick! Make sure your punch or eyelet setter is vertical when hit and not tilted to one side.

The eyelet setter is an extremely important tool. You may have found that you don't get a nicely formed eyelet when you have pounded them.

The first eyelet setter I had was the cone shaped one seen on the bottom left. I was not happy with my eyelets. It wasn't until I discovered the nipple-shaped setter (above, left) that I discovered true eyelet happiness! This setter creates a rolled flange that looks almost identical to the front side. I really like this look! The nipple-shaped setter is the only one I carry.

There are other setters that appear flat to look at, and they work quite well, but they split the back of the eyelet. I'm not keen on that look at all especially if you can see the back.

Another tip if you are adding eyelets to fabric. The Quietfire Eyelet Washers are a wonderful asset. The Mothers and Daughters piece I did earlier in this newsletter used brass eyelets and copper washers to bind all the panels together. The washers were added to both sides of the eyelet. The one that fell out was the one that I forgot to add the washer to the back.... I removed the eyelet with pliers - I crushed that puppy and pulled it gently out and replaced it with another - and 2 washers!


Toilet Paper and Life

I think we were discussing (on the byhandartists list) some of the things we had in the studio. Well, Rose made the mistake of mentioning toilet paper.....

Why does Rose have toilet paper in her studio? Inquiring minds had to know!

So after much speculating by many, Rose graciously shared this page she created for an altered book.

"I used pieces of the infamous toilet paper that I use to mop up paint in my workshops...same roll, many, many mop ups.. The quote is compliments of Tracey via a journal swap we did last year..

I simply roll the toilet paper over any part of my painting I want to lift paint off . It's especially helpful when glazing.

.... the great thing about keeping a roll of toilet paper in the studio is that no one EVER has to change it!!! Just keep mopping up colour." Rose

And what else came out of this topic?

From byhandartist Anne Cheney:
Subject: Toilet-paper tubes ! !

I cover T_P tubes with what ever left over art paper I have, and then stand them vertically in a portable "Carry-all".

Now I have an organized way to seperate pens, brushes, pencils, small rulers, etc. .

Also, Duck tape is pretty strong and good to use.

Thanks Annie - this is great!!

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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