burdock&bramble

Autumn 2017

Workshops in Baltimore/DC

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pressed flower books
@ Butterbee Farm

Make your own pressed flower book in this exciting new class, on-site at Baltimore's Butterbee Farm. Using carefully pressed flowers from the garden, each person will create a unique floral cover design. Then we will bind our hardcover books together using a stab binding stitch, and finish up by selecting fresh flowers to press and take home inside the beautiful, new books.

*New Date* Sunday, September 24, 2017, 12:30pm–4:30pm

Butterbee Farm, 500 Tristam Court, Baltimore, MD 21208
$90 (includes all materials, taxes and fees)
class size: max 12, min 5 • book size: 5 in x 7.5 in x .5 in
Workshop for Everyone—no prior bookbinding (or flower pressing!) experience necessary
please read our workshop policies before registering

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secrets of Sintra
@ Pyramid Atlantic

After years of carving birch plywood, I converted to Sintra in 2014 and discovered a whole new way of working with block printing. What is Sintra, you ask? I will answer that in great detail in this workshop at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center and do my best to convert you too, as we work hands-on with this adaptable material. We’ll carve it, compress it, throw it on the letterpress and etching press, and discuss methods for legally acquiring it at no cost. You’ll be convinced as you design and print your own multi-color image. *Plus* combine Secrets of Sintra with the Quick Editions class below, and you can use Sintra blocks for printing your book edition.

Saturday, September 30, 2017 1:30pm–5:30pm

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781
class size: max 10, min 5
Workshop for Everyone—no prior printing experience necessary

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quick editions
@ Pyramid Atlantic

How do you turn an idea for a book into a printed edition? In this class at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, we’ll work through the process from start to finish as you create your own editioned book. Working with 16 characters as content, each person will choose a word or phrase, layout content, prepare type and carve illustrations, letterpress print the content, and bind up an edition of 10 softcover books. Quick note: if you want to use linoleum blocks (*or Sintra if you combine Quick Editions with the Secrets of Sintra class above*) you will need to do your image preparation and carving after session 1 to be ready to print at session 2.

Saturday, September 30, 2017 10:00am–12:30pm and
Saturday, October 14, 2017 10:00am–4:30pm

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, 4318 Gallatin Street, Hyattsville, MD 20781
class size: max 6
Workshop for Everyone—no prior bookbinding experience necessary

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intro to bookbinding
@ Plaza Art Towson

In this class with Plaza Artist Materials, we'll work through the basic skills of bookbinding as each person constructs a hardcover case-bound sketchbook. From covering board with cloth, to stitching groups of folded pages and reinforcing the spine, we'll work together for each person to bind a professional 5” x 8” book with choice of cover cloth, perfect for drawing and sketching. We'll also discuss how to select materials and tools for future projects.

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 9:00am–1:00pm

Plaza Artist Materials, 519 York Rd, Towson, MD 21204
$60 (includes all materials)
class size: max 10, min 5 • book size: 8 in x 5 in x 5/8 in
Workshop for Everyone—no prior bookbinding experience necessary

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coptic stitch
@ Plaza Art Towson

Join me at Plaza Artist Materials for an afternoon learning a favorite bookbinding technique: the coptic stitch. Coptic stitch books are great as journals and sketchbooks because they open wide to give a flat surface for drawing or writing. In this hands-on class, each person will choose from a selection of decorative cover papers, prepare covers and pages, and stitch everything together to create a finished book to take home. We'll discuss options for creating cover accents and closures, with time at the end of class to personalize each book.

Saturday, October 28, 2017, 1:30pm–5:30pm

Plaza Artist Materials, 519 York Rd, Towson, MD 21204
$60 (includes all materials)
class size: max 10, min 5 • book size: 5.5 in x 4 in x 1 in
Workshop for Everyone—no prior bookbinding experience necessary

Workshops in Pennsylvania

Join me at our new location in Boiling Springs, PA for weekend bookbinding workshops. I've put together each weekend with classes that you can take as a group to make a full weekend or individually if you just want to come for the day. There are great accomodations within 10 minutes of our studio, in addition to dining, historic sites, hiking, fishing, and shopping in the surrounding area.

September: Binding Basics

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case binding sampler workshop

Spend the morning learning the ins and outs of this bookbinding standard. As you assemble your case-bound blank book, you'll learn how to attach boards to bookcloth to create a hard cover, how to sew a reinforced book block, and how to put everything together to make a finished book that you take home. Choose from a selection of Burdock & Bramble letterpress-printed cloth to cover your book.

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 9:00am–1:00pm

In-House at Dogwood Lane Studio, Boiling Springs, PA
$90, bring a friend +$45 (includes all materials, taxes and fees)
class size: max 6, min 3 • book size: 4 in x 5.5 in x 1/2 in
Workshop for Everyone—no prior bookbinding experience necessary
please read our workshop policies before registering

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materials

In this hands-on workshop, we'll walk through the theory behind sizing and preparing materials for a hard-cover case binding, and each person will prepare all the materials for a case binding. You choose the size (up to 5.5" x 8" x .5"), the materials will be on hand for you to work with, and you can take your prepared materials home for binding. Because we will only be preparing during the workshop, I recommend that you take the Case Binding Sampler or have prior experience with case binding before taking this class.

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 2:00pm–5:00pm

In-House at Dogwood Lane Studio, Boiling Springs, PA
$70, bring a friend +$35 (includes all materials, taxes and fees)
class size: max 6, min 3
Bookbinding Elements Workshop—prior case binding experience required
please read our workshop policies before registering

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coptic stitch sampler workshop

In this hands-on workshop we'll learn a favorite exposed-spine stitch. We'll start by covering boards with each person's choice from a selection of Burdock & Bramble printed bookcloth. Then we'll drill holes for stitching and bind using a variation of the coptic stitch to create decorative chains across the book's spine. At the end of the workshop, each person will have a finished coptic stitch book with lay-flat pages to take home.

Sunday, September 10, 2017, 10:00am–3:00pm

In-House at Dogwood Lane Studio, Boiling Springs, PA
$110, bring a friend +$55 (includes all materials, taxes and fees)
class size: max 6, min 3 • book size: 4 in x 5.5 in x 1/2 in
Workshop for Everyone—no prior bookbinding experience necessary
please read our workshop policies before registering

November: New Structures

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historic longstitch sampler workshop

The historic longstitch combines a codex interior with elegant stitching and a durable wooden spine cover. In our afternoon workshop, learn this decorative exposed-stitch binding, from preparing the cover and drilling the spine, to stitching and finishing. Take the workshop alone or follow up on Sunday with the Dos-i-Dos workshop to make a weekend of new structures.

Saturday, November 11, 2017, noon–5:00pm

In-House at Dogwood Lane Studio, Boiling Springs, PA
$110, bring a friend +$55 (includes all materials, taxes and fees)
class size: max 6, min 3 • book size: 4 in x 5.5 in x 1/2 in
Next Level Workshop—some prior bookbinding experience helpful, but not required
please read our workshop policies before registering

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dos-i-dos accordion sampler workshop

The Dos-i-Dos brings together elements from multiple book formats: hard cloth-covered cases, accordion folding, and pamphlet stitching. A perfect structure for holding a story with chapters or for journallers looking to work in a new type of book. In the workshop, we will work through the binding from start to finish, using your choice of plain or Burdock & Bramble printed bookcloth for the covers.

Sunday, November 12, 2017, 10:00am–3:00pm

In-House at Dogwood Lane Studio, Boiling Springs, PA
$110, bring a friend +$55 (includes all materials, taxes and fees)
class size: max 5, min 3 • book size: 4 in x 5.5 in x 1/2 in
Next Level Workshop—some prior bookbinding experience helpful, but not required
please read our workshop policies before registering

Workshop Catalog

regularly & frequently scheduled classes

Workshops for Everyone

Bookbinding and Book Arts classes for all levels of experience. If you want to practice your stitching and board-covering skills, or if you're just beginning with binding, these classes are a great place to start. In-house case, coptic, and stab binding workshops are offered twice a year in the winter/spring and summer/autumn schedules. Classes with our partner organizations are offered seasonally.

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case binding sampler

photo of stab-bound book with sample cloth

stab binding sampler

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coptic stitch sampler

photo of case binding with cloth samples

intro to binding

@ Plaza Art Towson

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stab binding

@ Plaza Art Towson

photo of coptic stitch binding with paper covers

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

If you've taken an intro workshop, next level classes let you apply your board-covering and stitching skills to more advanced projects. We offer a rotating mix of these classes each season.

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clamshell box sampler

photo of ribbon book with cloth samples

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

If you've taken an intro or sampler workshop and want to learn more about putting together your own book projects, the bookbinding elements series covers a variety of topics to get you rolling. Materials is offered each season, and the full series is offered each year in the spring.

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materials

material prep for a case binding

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layout

basic design for working with content

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covers

techniques for cover embellishment

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tools

make simple tools for book production

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studio

independent work time with guidance

Recent Workshops

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WORKSHOP: Longstitch Rebind

Saturday, July 15, 2017, 10:00pm–4:0pm

WORKSHOP: Stab Binding @ Plaza Art Towson

Sunday, May 21, 2017, 12:30pm–4:30pm

WORKSHOP: Intro to Bookbinding @ Plaza Art Towson

Saturday, May 20, 2017, 1:00pm–5:00pm

WORKSHOP: Print + Bind @ Tiny Dog Press

Saturday, April 30, 2017 1:00pm–4:30pm

WORKSHOP: Ribbon + Coptic Sampler

Sunday, April 23, 2017, noon–5:00pm

WORKSHOP: Clamshell Box Sampler

Sunday, April 9, 2017, noon–5:00pm

WORKSHOP: 16 Character Editions @ Pyramid Atlantic

Saturday, March 18, 2017 10:00am–12:30pm and
Saturday, March 25, 2017 10:00am–4:30pm

WORKSHOP: Wrapped Books @ Rooster + Hen

Saturday, March 4, 2017, 10:00am–noon

WORKSHOP: Bookbinding Elements: Independent Studio

Sunday, February 26, 2017, 1:00pm–5:00pm

WORKSHOP: Stab Binding Sampler

Sunday, February 5, 2017, 12:30pm–4:30pm

WORKSHOP: Coptic Stitch Sampler

Saturday, February 4, 2017, 12:30pm–4:30pm

WORKSHOP: Case Binding Sampler

Sunday, January 8, 2017, 12:30pm–4:30pm

WORKSHOP: Guest Books by Hand @ Alpha Graphics

Saturday, January 7, 2017, 9:00am–12:30pm

WORKSHOP: Book Layout 101

Saturday, November 5, 2016, 10:00am–12:30am

WORKSHOP: Materials Prep

Saturday, November 5, 2016, 1:30pm–4:00pm

WORKSHOP: Covers!

Sunday, November 6, 2016, 1:00pm–4:00pm

WORKSHOP: Coptic Stitch @ Plaza Art Towson

Sunday, October 30, 2016, 12:30pm–4:30pm

WORKSHOP: Intro to Bookbinding @ Plaza Art Towson

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 1:00pm–5:00pm

WORKSHOP: Ribbon + Coptic Sampler Workshop

Sunday, October 9, 2016, 1:00pm–5:00pm

WORKSHOP: Case Binding Sampler Workshop

Sunday, October 2, 2016, 1:00pm–5:00pm

WORKSHOP: Stab Binding Sampler Workshop

Sunday, September 18, 2016, 1:00pm–5:00pm

WORKSHOP: Wrapped Books @ Artifact Coffee

Monday, September 12, 2016, 6:00pm–8:00pm

WORKSHOP: Guest Books by Hand, Case Binding @ Alpha Graphics

Saturday, September 10, 2016, 9:00am–12:30pm

WORKSHOP: Intro to Bookbinding at Plaza Art Towson

Saturday, April 23, 2016, 1:00pm–5:00pm

WORKSHOP: Bookcloth & Binding at Alpha Graphics

Saturday, February 6, 2016, 9:30am–2:30pm

WORKSHOP: Case Binding Start to Finish

Sunday, January 17, 2016, 9:30am–5:00pm

WORKSHOP: Coptic Stitch Sampler

Saturday, January 16, 2016, 1:00pm–5:00pm

WORKSHOP: Print & Bind @ Baltimore Print Studios

Tuesdays, September 8 & 15, 2015, 6:30pm–9:30pm