Storing scrolls in ancient Rome from A History of Reading by Canadian author Alberto Manguel.
November - Issue 7


Welcome especially to the new subscribers! Glad to have you with us.
Well, I know all you "old timers" have been holding your breath over this. We had the official draw for the handbound book and the winner is..... drum roll, please

Kathy Guthrie,
of Victoria, B.C.!


For the new subscribers' information, we recently had a postcard entry for a draw on a handbound book. Farther down in this newsletter you will find the postcard gallery, and that is why this newsletter is taking a long time to load!
I felt sort of bad drawing only one name (actually my 8-year old had the honour), I wish you all could have been winners!
We'll do it again in the not-to-distant future.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a book to make!

Welcome to issue 7 of byhand! If you wish to check back issues of byhand click here.

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Gentle Thoughts


This message came to me one day from member of one of the yahoo groups I belong to - can't recall which one...

Subject: vocabulary building
I subscribe to the word-a-day list from, and here's one we can use:
dittography (di-TOG-ruh-fee) noun: The inadvertent repetition of letters, words, or phrases in writing. [From Greek ditto (double) + -graphy (writing).] Example: "As a calligraphy teacher, I find the word haplography useful. When concentrating on producing good letter forms it is easy to make mistakes such as writing `rember' instead of `remember'. Its opposite is dittography: the writing twice of what should have been written once, such as `critics' becoming `crititics'." --Susan Moor, Notes & Queries, The Guardian (London), Apr 23, 1997.

Well, I read this post with some amusement until I noticed the author of the quote. Then I really smiled and had to send off a note of inquiry to one of the Northumbrian Scribes. Was this really the Susan Moor who I had taught in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the late 1980's? Yes, indeed! came the reply. Any of you who have been to my home or seen Lines of Evolution will know Susan as the marvelous illustrator of The Horses on the Camargue piece. (Unfortunately the piece is not on my website, as the original is a full sheet of watercolour paper!) Susan is a confirmed letteraholic and has gone on to do a lot of study and wonderful art. And she has been quoted in the Guardian... gee, I'm in the Alberni Valley Times every once in a while.... Small world, eh?

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Studio Tips

I use a lot of Aleene's tacky glue. It's a white PVA glue that is thicker than a lot of white glues. It comes in a squeeze bottle and I find that once I have been using the bottle for a while it is slow to dispense. Now I keep the bottle upside down in an old mug by my drafting table. I've never had an "accident" yet, and my glue is ready to dispense immediately!


Most of my teaching commitments are over for this fall and I am starting to set up for 2002. Stay tuned for next month's issue of byhand for classes near you! (Gee, should I be in advertising?! NOT!) Here's what's left:

Nov. 24   Burnaby, BC   Coptic Stitched Book.   Click on the name to read the class description. This is a new class. To see a sample of this book check out the raffle book in the last newsletter.
- see the usual Supply List for bookbinding classes plus bring: A special photo or charm or ornament that you may wish to put on cover (some will be available in the class).

Nov. 25   Vancouver, BC  Charmers. Private Class

Bone folders will be available for purchase at class.

If you need more information, please feel free to email me

Here is a list of the craft fairs I will be attending:

Nov. 3   Port Alberni, B.C.  Artisan's Craft Fair, Hansen Hall, Johnson Road. 11 am to 5 pm

Nov. 9,10   Port Alberni, B.C.  Giant Craft Fair, Athletic Hall.

Nov. 9, 10, 11   Port Alberni, B.C.  Work of Heart Craft Fair

Nov. 17, 18   Duncan, B.C.   Christmas Chaos Craft Fair

If you have any questions about any of these fairs, please let me know. Drop by and say Hi!

Walnut Ink - the subject that won't die!

Another neat Walnut Ink (click to see last month's article on this subject) trick is that you can lay down a wash of ink, allowing it to dry, then use a brush or pen filled with clear water to lift out the colour. This is what I did in the sample "N" below.

First I laided down a very dark wash of walnut ink and put scrunched up saran wrap on the surface and allowed it to dry. Next, I filled my nib with clear water and right in the middle of the wash I lettered my N. By twirling a kleenex into a point I sucked out the refloated colour in the letter. You have to be careful not to smear! Highlights were made with turquoise and peach coloured milky pens. I could have left it as is or refilled my brush and added another colour in the spot where the walnut ink came out! Too much fun!

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!


Opus framing in Vancouver, B.C. now carries quite a selection of bookbinding materials such as bookcloth, needles, thread, posts, awls and bone folders. They are still working on their website, but the there is a How To section that is of interest. Check it out.

This link came through the Cyberscribe Yahoo group from Westcoast Calligraphy Society member Wendy Cowley:

You require Flash to look at it. This is too clever! You have to click on the letters to see what happens.... I couldn't get it to load the first time, so if that happens, try again later.


Postcard Gallery

Thanks to everyone for their submissions!

Carole C. - who is currently working in Hong Kong for several months

Colleen F. - says she loves walking in the woods on crisp days. That it is a slower season and reminds her that "There is a time for everything, And a season for every activity under heaven."

Christiane L.- sends a hand decorated and lettered card. Click on the image to see it larger!

Elizabeth sent this cool hand stamped and decorated card.

Melinda F. - This is what I've felt like all week. How did she know????

Joan and Ginny - this card is hand-set and printed by these amazing ladies!


Susan E.- well, I had 8 submissions from Susan, who, if you start her on a task, will begin having so much creative fun she will forget to stop! She found an opportunity to use the stamps she'd recently carved. By the way, all you rafflees, you can relax, I only put one of her cards into the draw!!

Marion D. - to see this larger, please see the October issue of byhand

Charmaine H. - hi tech collage! Said she'd like to win a raffle - any raffle!

Elaine Y. says she used to spend most of her time painting ceramics and volunteering at her friend's studio. Beautiful stuff!

Kathy Guthrie - click on the image to see the larger version. You can visit her website for more inspiring stuff!

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


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