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 ten years with students of all ages and from all places, and I'm looking forward to binding with you! Please read on before registering to learn the basics about the classes.

Are the workshops hands-on?

Yes. Every workshop listed on this page 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?

I offer three levels of classes: Workshops for Everyone, Next Level, and Bookbinding Elements. I design the classes in the Workshops for Everyone section to introduce basic bookbinding skills, and they require no prior bookbinding experience. That said, binding requires a fair bit of cutting with sharp tools as well as accurate measuring, so if you have any concerns, please send me a note. Some projects require more slicing and ruling than others, and we can figure out together which workshop will leave you the most satisfied and with all the digits that you brought with you. After you've taken a class from the Workshops for Everyone section, or if you have previous bookbinding experience, Next Level classes offer you the chance to practice your skills as you complete more complicated bookbinding projects. After you have developed your basic skill set, the Bookbinding Elements series lets you select topics of interest to build out your bookbinding skills as you work to design and complete your own projects.

What is a sampler class?

Classes with sampler in the title are workshops that let you sample a new binding style, while also sampling Burdock & Bramble letterpress printed bookcloth. In a sampler workshop, you choose from a selection of printed and plain fabric, and then we work together to assemble a book project. These classes are great if you are just starting out with binding or want to practice your stitching and board-covering skills. I have all the materials cut to size for you, so that we can focus on stitching and assembly, and at the end of each class you have a beautiful book to take home.

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 can choose between a full refund or applying the class fee to another workshop. Same goes if I have to cancel a class due to weather or calamity.

What age are the workshops designed for?

I designed all the classes for adults, unless otherwise listed in the class description, but younger binders are welcome with parental consultation. Please send me a note if your young adult is interested in binding, and we can discuss what class will be a good fit.

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 is moving shop from Baltimore and our bookbinding workshops will meet at our new Dogwood Lane studio in my hometown Boiling Springs, PA. We call the new location Dogwood Lane for the native dogwood trees that bloom in spring along the lane that leads into our ten-acre wooded property. 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 teach workshops seasonally 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 filled with information about the bookbinding fun we'll have and details about exactly when and where to go for the class. If you're registering for yourself and a friend, please enter both email addresses with your registration so that I can keep everyone in the loop.

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