Broom Making: Woven Whisk Digital Class
This listing is for video-only access to this workshop. Please note that materials are not included but the FULL workshop (video + curated materials) can be found here.
Crafting and then using a broom with natural broomcorn creates a special connection to our surroundings while adding joy to everyday tasks. Alyssa Blackwell is the sole owner and maker of Hearth Craft Brooms, and in this workshop, she shares her passion for the craft while teaching us how to create a beautiful and customizable hand-held broom. These hand-made whisk brooms have a decorative woven handle and a hanging cord to display our designs when not sweeping up around the home.
In this workshop, Alyssa imparts her expertise while taking us through the step-by-step process of creating our own handmade whisk broom. After reviewing design considerations, we learn a specialized technique to secure broomcorn with twine cording, add split broomcorn stalks, and weave a decorative pattern for the handle. We also learn finishing techniques and tips as well as how to troubleshoot common issues.
WHAT IS BROOMCORN?
Broomcorn brooms were introduced in the late 1700s. Before that, early versions were called “besoms” and usually consisted of bundled twigs which didn’t actually sweep up very well. Broomcorn is a tall plant derived from the sorghum family and is distinctive because of its long and fibrous seed branches. Those stiff, sticky branches are perfect for—you guessed it—catching and holding on to dust and dirt while you sweep.
Brooms and besoms are rich with history and folklore, dating back centuries. “Brooms have been considered magical tools for ages by nearly all spiritual practices,” shares Alyssa. The skilled artisans, like Alyssa, who keep the craft alive today are called “Broomsquires.” Depending on the size and length of the broom, these hand-held treasures are ideal for sweeping kitchen countertops, dustpans, pet hair, and cobwebs. No matter what task the broom is best suited for, it will help us feel grounded as we connect to the spaces around us.
To learn more about Alyssa and our Broom Making: Woven Whisk Workshop, explore our Featured Maker Page.
This workshop includes:
- A detailed, digital workshop by Alyssa Blackwell
- PDF download with written instructions to complement the video tutorial
- A live Maker Chat Q&A for our community to join in creative conversation
We look forward to sharing this fulfilling and joyful experience with you and cannot wait to see how your broom turns out. Be sure to share your creative journey and finished creation with us by tagging @thecraftersbox + @hearthcraftbrooms in your social posts, and use #thecraftersbox so our community can also see your workshop come to life! Happy making.