SHOW & TELL FRIDAY – HANDMADE BROOMS

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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26 thoughts on “SHOW & TELL FRIDAY – HANDMADE BROOMS

  1. Oh, I’d love to know how to tie brooms. Yours are very pretty. Thanks so much for sharing. I enjoyed my visit.

    Blessings,
    Mary

  2. HI Kathy,

    Love your brooms they are really near.I have one that I got from Don’s mom’s house and it is great.I wish I had more like yours.

    Charlotte

  3. Well, I am certainly impressed with all the brooms….beautifully crafted….I have some made of broom straw….I think they are works of art…

    Thank you for visiting with me…Betty

  4. Absolutely amazing!!! Who would have ‘thunk’ it…really? It makes a great focal point.

    Stop by my show and tell when you have time, I’d love to have you visit with me this fine day. Happy weekend to you!!!

  5. How interesting! Love your handles! Which works better, the broom with the flatten head, or round head? They are all so pretty!

  6. What an interesting S&T! I like all the different styles of brooms. What a fun class to learn to tie brooms! I bet it is a nice fragrant class too, I like to smell grasses like that (and hope I’m not allergic!)

    Katherine

  7. Wow those are great! I love the unique handles. Actually, I love everything about them. Wish there was a class around here. Btw, I grew up in Houston MS and dh grew up in Maben MS. We moved to Baton Rouge LA a few yrs ago though.

  8. To be very honest I use the spider web broom the most. The round sage I like to use to sweep the porch steps, just reminds me of grandmother. The hearth brooms handles are short and are great around the fire place. Linda sells and teaches classes if you had a group that wanted to take the class she just might come to you. Her Turkey broom is so neat, sorry I have a picture but without her permission I better not show. Charlotte, I see if Jennifer will make up some more brooms. You just might get one for Christmas.

  9. Hi, these are beautiful and such a fine skill for your daughter to want to learn. She will be able to sale them at craft shows.
    I remember when people swep the yard. I guess it kept from tracking so much dust into the house. And yes they made the broom sage brooms to do it with.
    Mama Bear

  10. Oh my gosh! Those are absolutely beautiful. I’m going to have to look into that! My husband likes to tell about the old women in the Alaskan village where he grew up who used – for brooms – an eagle wing!
    Nancy

  11. I love your brooms! What a great project you’ve done with your family – something that can be passed on from generation to generation…thanks for sharing!

  12. Well…I’d say that class was a “clean sweep”…LOL…you got to spend a day with your daughter, learned a time honored craft, and you have the finished product as a beautiful reminder of that day!

    I love all things handmade…wonderful!

    Warm Regards,
    Susie

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