Friday, January 12, 2018

Swept Away: The Vanishing Art of Broom Making by Karen Hobbs

"I received a free sample of this book in exchange for writing a review on my blog"

I've noticed that many things seem to go away and new things are developed. However, many of these new items are things that don't need to be created, but just bought and enjoyed. It's basically a product produced by a machine or some other way, which makes many quicker. Though sometimes it seems a bit fun to go back and imagine how it would be to create that same item as they did in the past, with one's hands.

Maybe it's just me, but sometimes it's fun to create things by hand. Therefore, I was super excited to learn about something new. Have you ever heard or seen those brooms that look like a witch would use? I always wondered how they were created and what is keeping them together. Well, I don't have to wonder anymore! 

The book I just had to have because creative projects are all I enjoy, is known as Swept Away by Karen HobbsThis book goes into detail about the wonderful history of broomcorn, which is the brush part of these brooms. Plus, what material is needed and all the different styles. There are also some great stories on how these were used and many superstitions that are revealed about these brooms as well.
What I found quite interesting is that these aren't as difficult to make, but if you want to do it all from growing to creating, it can take a bit more time. So, to make these possible, there are a few steps to getting that broomcorn grown and dried for crafting. However, there is nothing left out on every single step you need to do. Also, the book does explain the aftercare, the uses of the broom, and additionally the way to dye the broomcorn for other fun creative looks. Plus, if you ever wanted to try broomstick cake, there is a recipe in the back for you to make and enjoy!

There is a  gallery of these brooms inside the book, which are just so interesting. The style and creative work that goes into each makes me want to go grab some broomcorn and the other material to get started on making my own. There are so many sizes and detailed designs to create, you really can get inspired and have some fun ideas from the images alone. 

Finally, this book really comes in handy with excellent details on putting these brooms together, without being difficult. I only say this because of the step by step photos
and text that follow below. Plus, I just love learning something new about brooms and being able to create my own! So, this book is quite handy, very new and exciting, and actually something I would love to try to make. It is great to make a few and sell some at the craft fairs. 


Information About The Author:
Karen Hobbs teaches broom making, gourding, and basketry at conventions and retreats around the US. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Cisco, and their rescue dogs, Layla and Ivy.

Book Information:

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer; 1 edition (December 28, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764354450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764354458
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
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