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Printing by Hand - Deleted "Scenes"

We work with wonderful graphic designers on STC Craft books. After we send them photographs and sample copy (often a year or more before a book actually goes on sale), they design sample spreads. And once we've approved those, they generally work through 4 passes--over the course of many months--during which time the design and text are refined. Inevitably, there are times when we are unable to use a few of the most beautiful spreads.  When I suggested to Brooke Reynolds, the graphic designer of Printing by Hand by Lena Corwin (photographs by Thayer Gowdy), that we share some of those deleted "scenes," she jumped at the opportunity and sent me these spreads.

This is the original table of contents. Each circle shows a snippet of the artwork Lena designed for a project in the book.

This is the original introduction to chapter one. We ended up cutting it to 1 page because we were short on space.

We didn't have room for the photo of Lena working on the artwork for the Cafe Apron, but we did use the photo of her drawing pad in the section of Chapter 1 about transforming a design idea into artwork for printing.

To see more of what Brooke is up to, check out her new blog. And, while you're at it, check out Thayer's new blog too.

Reader Comments (9)

i just got this book in the mail today (and your new zakka book!) so it is really fun to see these deleted scenes. both books have so many projects i can't wait to try. such beautiful work by you + the authors, melanie... congrats!

September 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteramisha

I love the book. There's so much I want to do from it when I have the time. Lena is so gorgeous too!

September 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersamantha hahn

such a beautiful shot of lena. and i love the two page spread of chapter one! so cool to see the bits that didn't make the cut!

September 26, 2008 | Unregistered Commentershanna

couldn't find a link to email you Was wondering if you have any suggestions to replace 'Via Mala', the suggested yarn for the Poncho from Weekend Knitting, since it no longer seems to be available in yarn stores. Thank you very much.

Any airy, springy wool yarn with the same—or nearly the same—gauge ought to work well. There’s leeway in terms of fit and final dimensions, so you don’t necessarily have to match the gauge exactly, though if you do alter the gauge, I’d err on the side of a slightly tighter gauge rather than a looser one to avoid too much floppiness. I would also avoid a heavy, slippery fiber (like alpaca) since the weight of it might pull the poncho off the shoulders.

September 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMichele

I love the deleting scenes!! Too bad they had to be deleted though! And I just have to say of course, that I loved the whole book as well!!

September 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

LOVE the original table of contents! But I must say that the final version of the book, the published version, has a great layout too :)

September 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Z.

Thayer is in my top 5 of all time favorite photographers, (she knows). I love seeing her work combined with my new addiction! (knitting)


October 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeather Whiting

I just picked up the book on Sunday and can't wait to get started printing!!

November 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersheree

Quite interesting to see this part of the process.

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