8.10.24 Introduction to Broom Making with Robert Sheckler

8.10.24 Introduction to Broom Making with Robert Sheckler

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Saturday, August 10th - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Level - Beginner: No experience needed.

In this full day class, you'll learn all of the foundational skills of a broom maker through making a stitched and woven whisk broom as well as a full-sized besom.  We'll start with the whisk broom, which provides a unique opportunity to stitch and weave with no fabric and no loom!  Simple round broomcorn whisks will be transformed when we clamp and stitch them into flat brooms.  They will then be further embellished by weaving basket reed over the handles.  Your stitched whisk is the perfect tool for keeping your craft room, sewing table, or workshop spic and span.

After learning the foundational skills of tying, stitching, and weaving, we'll move on to the besom, which will provide an opportunity to learn the tips and tricks of tying a broom successfully onto a stick.  The term besom usually refers to English round brooms tied traditionally with birch twigs or heather.  In this workshop, we'll use North American broomcorn instead, which is available in a wide variety of colors, and tie onto beautiful unfinished sticks.  Your besom will make a great sweeper for porch, deck, garden path, or garage.  This style is also quite popular as an altar broom.

In addition to creating two beautiful and functional brooms during this class, these two styles together provide a great introduction to tying full-sized sweepers.  If you are interested in making a traditional (stitched flat) kitchen broom, taking this class first will give you a big leg up.  Tying a broom is a stress-reducing, full-body practice -- and a great workout. You’ll use both feet to hold tension and both hands to manipulate the cord and wrap the broom tightly.  Tying onto a stick requires a certain amount of strength and dexterity.  You'll feel this in your arms and shoulders when you pull the cord tight, and then tighter!
All materials are provided and included in the price of the class.
Please bring a lunch.  We will take a break to have a bite.

Class Cancelation Policy:

If you cancel more than 30 days before the beginning of your class, we will offer you store credit in the amount of your class.  Cancelation with less than 30 days notice will result in the forfeiture of your entire course fee.  However, if we are able to fill your spot, we will offer store credit in the amount of the class.

If we cancel a class, you can choose to receive a full refund or store credit.