Friday, August 26th, 2022
Calling all fiber friends and lovers of heritage crafts! You’re invited to join Robert Sheckler of Redmond Philbert Handwork to learn the art of broom tying and make a fiber-forward whisk broom. In this class, you’ll work with tampico agave fiber and linen weaving yarn to create a beautiful and functional hand broom to display and use.
Once the broom is tied, you’ll embellish the handle with yarn of your choice: bring some from home or purchase one of the gorgeous skeins of Shaker yarn available in the Shaker Store. Feeling generous? You’re welcome to bring more yarn from your stash to share with your classmates. If you plan to bring yarn from home, a 12-yard length should be sufficient. You can bring a single length or several shorter lengths of different yarns–this is a great project to use up odds and ends of special yarns from your stash!
Aside from the decorative yarn, all class tools and materials will be provided, and no experience is needed. Tying a broom is a stress-reducing full body practice. 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 a fabulous fiber broom and the basic skills needed to explore different styles in the future.
Robert 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.
Class size: 8
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