Category Archives: Design

Post #401 and a Valentine Love Note

Friday’s post was #400. Who would have thought I would keep it up this long?! In celebration, here’s an early Valentine. The Advent stars didn’t give people much lead time, so I thought posting this a month ahead would be … Continue reading

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Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Nineteen and gift-wrapping stars

Time for a little rest and an easier day: no folding of complicated patterns! It’s getting close to both Solstice and Christmas and you may be thinking about wrapping presents. For smaller gifts, you can print out some of my … Continue reading

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Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Fourteen and a window star

Decorative stars folded from sheets of translucent paper make a great seasonal window decoration. There are many sites on the web that offer folding patterns, and most of them suggest using kite paper. Since I am trying to limit materials … Continue reading

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Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Thirteen and a woven paper star

Today’s star is called a Scandinavian woven star, or Advent star, or Finnish star, and probably other things. I made this star using 12 strips of paper. Since I was working from memory, I managed to glut it together the … Continue reading

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Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Ten and some quilt star cards

One of the places that stars are used for designs is in quilting. There are all-over designs that form a star and there are individual blocks that are stars. Layouts from the latter can be used to make greeting cards.

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Teaser

It’s the time of year for celebratory gift giving in many cultures, and I traditionally give my readers something. Last year’s gift was a DIY Christmas accordion book. I will be celebrating 20,000 views for the year shortly (just over … Continue reading

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Printing and Packing and Other Stuff

Much of my work time for the past week was spent on the annual Beeston calendar. By Thursday afternoon all thirty one had been printed, cut to size (by David with the help of Ko-Ko), and wrapped. I decided to … Continue reading

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It’s Canada, It’s Winter — Get Used To It

The title of today’s post is a quotation from former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation meteorologist Claire Martin. It seems appropriate. The average low for this time of year is -7.5°C. It’s good weather to be working on the annual Byopia Press Beeston … Continue reading

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Making A Zhen Xian Bao/Chinese Thread Book: Postscript —The Hedi Kyle Belt Fold and the Byopia Press Belt Fold

The Hedi Kyle Belt Fold has been used by a number of people as the closure for their Chinese Thread Books. Here’s one by Elissa Campbell. (You can read more about Elissa’s versions here.) The belt closure is suitable for … Continue reading

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The Bicycle Race Books Complete

We finished the twenty copies of The Mexican Bicycle Race this week. David trimmed head and foot, four at a time because I am still a little anxious about slippage when using Ko-Ko. I cut one-and-a-half inch wide strips of … Continue reading

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