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intro bookbinding workshops

Each year we offer 3 full-day bookbinding workshops at our studio in Boiling Springs, PA. In each class, you bind your own hardcover book from start to finish while learning hands-on about bookbinding hand tools and materials, folding and stitching, and covering boards with cloth. No prior bookbinding experience is necessary for any workshops. Sessions offered in 2019:

Saturday, May 18, 2019 10am–5pm · Case Binding ... sold out

Saturday, July 6, 2019 10am–5pm · Coptic Stitch ... sold out

Saturday, Sept 7, 2019 10am–5pm · Dos-à-Dos ... sold out

Dates for next year's classes will be posted in early 2020.

$150/session (includes all materials, taxes and fees)
class size: max 8, min 4
please read our workshop policies below before registering

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custom group workshops

Burdock & Bramble can design a bookbinding workshop just for you. We'll bring a custom-tailored class to your location in Central PA/Harrisburg, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and surrounding areas, or you can bring your group for a retreat at our workshop in Boiling Springs, PA. We can accomodate up to 10 participants per session.

4 hour minimum/session, flexible dates and times

$100 per contact hour, plus $10/person materials
travel expenses additional outside the Harrisburg area

please call 410-246-4260 to schedule

workshop policies & information

your bookbinding workshop questions answered:

Who teaches Burdock & Bramble bookbinding workshops?

Hi, I'm Heather O'Hara, and I'll be your teacher for all the Burdock & Bramble workshops. I love binding books, and even more, I love sharing book arts knowledge with you. I take a simple approach to binding: that everyone can learn to do it and that you can get great results with practice and a basic set of reasonably-priced hand tools. I've been binding for over fifteen years with students of all ages and from all places, and I'm looking forward to working with you. Please read on before registering to learn the basics about the classes.

Are the workshops hands-on?

Yes. Every class is a hands-on workshop where you will create your own book to take home.

Do I need to have any experience with bookbinding to take these workshops?

For intro bookbinding classes, I assume that you have never made a book before, and I provide all the tools and materials that you will need during the workshop so that you can try the process. Participants with bookbinding experience have told me that they also enjoy the workshops for the guided practice and for the methods and tips that may be different from what they have seen previously. I keep all the workshop group sizes small so that I can work with you individually at your level of experience.

What happens if I register and then can't attend the class?

Tickets for workshops organized by me and purchased through Ticketleap are non-refundable, but if you have to cancel, please give me as much notice as possible and I will try to fill your seat. Classes with partner organizations may have different cancellation policies and allow refunds. Please check out their policies when registering.

What if a class is full, but I really want to attend?

If your class of choice is full, please email me at heather@burdockandbramble.com to let me know that you're interested, and I will add your name to the waitlist.

What happens if you cancel a class?

In the event of a workshop not meeting the minimum class size, you will receive a full refund of your class fee. Same goes if I have to cancel a class due to weather or calamity.

Can you accommodate special needs?

Yes. Please contact me before registering so that we can make arrangements and make sure that your needs are met.

Where are your workshops held?

In summer 2017, Burdock & Bramble moved shop from Baltimore, and our bookbinding workshops now meet at my studio in my hometown Boiling Springs, PA. Boiling Springs is a village in beautiful, rural central Pennsylvania—40 minutes from Harrisburg, 1 hour 45 minutes from Baltimore, and 2 hours from DC and Philadelphia. I also occasionally teach workshops at partner organizations in PA and MD, and sometimes further afield. Each class description will name the location for that particular class.

What can I expect after I register?

Shortly after you register, you'll receive an email from me confirming your seat in the workshop, and then a week before the class, I'll send you another email with more information and details about exactly when and where to go for the class.

I'm always here to answer questions at heather@burdockandbramble.com or 410.246.4260.

recent workshops

Intro Workshops

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intro books
case binding

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intro books
stab binding

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intro books
coptic stitch

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intro to binding

@ Plaza Art Towson

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stab binding

@ Plaza Art Towson

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coptic stitch

@ Plaza Art Towson

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guest books

@ Alpha Graphics

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print + bind

@ Tiny Dog Press

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wrapped books

@ Rooster + Hen

Next Level Workshops

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clamshell box sampler

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ribbon + coptic sampler

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longstitch rebind

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dos-i-dos sampler

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historic longstitch sampler

Bookbinding Elements Series

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material prep for a case binding

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basic design for working with content

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techniques for cover embellishment

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make simple tools for book production

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independent work time with guidance

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