My daughter Jennifer wanted to learn how to make brooms from straw.
My daughter Jennifer and I took a broom tying class together at The Little Store In the Woods in Meridian, Mississippi, from Linda at Crevitts Traditions, Linda is a very patient teacher of broom tying and even made us lunch of chicken salad and ice tea. It was a wonderful tea luncheon. Linda is a very talented broom tying artist. I wish I had some pictures of her work to show.
It was a very fun day, my daughter and I spent together, and a lot of work.
I took the class with Jennifer and made one spider web broom, one hearth broom, and the pot scrubbers and crumb broom. It is hard work, it takes a lot of strength in your hands. After the class, I left the broom making to my daughter, Jennifer.
Below is a picture of the broom straw from which we made the brooms. The broom straw comes in different length. This gives you lengths to make several different types of brooms.
My daughter Suzette, one Christmas picked broom sage from the field and went into the woods and cut this unique handle, I had to peek! She was working hard at sawing the twisted tree for a handle. She stained the handle and twisted strips of cloth, that she cut to wrap around the broom sage and handle. She made this broom with no help. I will cherish this broom always. She was around 13 years of age when she made this broom for my Christmas present.
The broom straw that has the shortest length, we made into pot scrubbers and a crumb broom, to sweep off the counter top. We dyed nylon twine, using union dyes, which we heated in an enamel canning pot on the stove . Be sure not to use the pot for food afterwards, only use the pot to dye with. We left the twine which we had made into a skein of twine, in the dye pot until the twine was the dark color we wanted. Then rinsed it under water until the water was clear. We then hung the skein outside to dry. The handles are placed on a vise and we used a draw knife to cut the handle into a smaller shape, for the broom straw to fit into. We also used the vise to hold our handle to cut it with a hand saw to the length we wanted our handle to be. We took the skein of twine and rolled onto a big round piece of wood, and placed our feet on each side of the log and held the twine tightly in our hands. We placed broom straw in layers and added the twine. Then at the end we gave some of the brooms a hair cut. Jennifer has made lots more brooms and I would buy them from her to give as gifts. They are a big hit, especially the spider web broom and the crumb broom.
Here is a collection of some of the brooms we have made. The tall skinny broom was made from the longest length of the broom straw. This broom is used for dusting anything that is higher than you can reach, or sweeping down spider webs. The three short brooms, we used a medium length broom straw and use this broom as a hearth broom. All the handles came from the woods by our house. Some have a clear coat spray finish. There are several broom that are made from the broom sage, where I would pick the sage, as we traveled the south eastern states. One sage broom is my husband’s grandmothers. In the old days we watched our grandmothers, and(she made sure we helped) sweep the house, porch, and usually there was not much grass around the house and you had to sweep the dirt.
Notice the broom straw is very different from broom sage.
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