In this workshop, students will work with Tampico agave fiber and cord to create a set of dish or veggie brushes and a whisk broom using traditional broom-tying techniques. Tampico is a wonderful fiber that is stiff enough for daily scrubbing when cut short as a dish brush and makes for a beautifully soft whisk broom when tied longer. We will start with the simpler technique of tying brushes and then build on those skills to create turkey wing whisk brooms. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with different types of cordage in many colors, including strong nylon, linen weaving yarn, waxed Irish linen, and polished cotton.
Once the whisk broom is tied and trimmed, students will learn how to embellish the handle with decorative yarns. A selection of decorative yarns will be provided by the instructor, and students are encouraged to bring their own yarn to further personalize their brooms. Short lengths (at least 2 yards) can be used, so this is a great project to use up leftovers.
Tying a broom is a stress-reducing, full-body practice that requires some hand strength and dexterity. You’ll use both feet to hold tension and both hands to manipulate the yarn and wrap the broom tightly.
You’ll leave class with 2-3 dish brushes, a fabulous fiber broom, and the skills needed to explore different styles in the future.
Remember to pack a lunch for the 30 minute lunch break.
Robert of Redmond Philbert Handwork is an enthusiastic learner, teacher, and crafter living and working in the Portland area. Beyond the visceral joy of broom-making, Robert is interested in elevating natural materials over synthetic alternatives and loves to incorporate color into his work, making an everyday object and an everyday activity feel special, vibrant, and even fun.
Saturday, May 20, 2023
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
35 Canal Street
Located in the Bates Mill Complex off of Chestnut Street
MCA Member: $90.00
Non Member: $105.00
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Attendees can park for free at the far end of the parking lot in front of our entrance.
The registration limit is set at 8 students. After the class is filled, a waitlist will be created.
Refunds are available up to 24 hours prior to the event date, less a $25 cancellation fee.