How to Make a Broom

An expert broom maker explains the basic steps to making a functional and attractive broom.

To make a hearth broom, 28 heads of broomcorn are used for the inside layers of bristles and 17 heads for the outside layer.
Brooms by Little John
With a few simple tools and materials, you can make your own brooms.
inside layer of broom
Before tying the outside layer, trim the ends from the previous two layers, tapering the material toward the handle. Be careful not to cut the string.
tying a broom
When the top layer has been placed all around the piece, wind the string around the broom at least eight times.
broom layer two
Place the outside layer of broomcorn heads with the pith (concave) side to the handle.
broom-making tools
Only simple tools are required to make a broom. Note foot held apparatus (for holding cord taut), left, and the sewing clamp, top right.
plaiting a broom
Plaiting works best with an odd number of stalks. If there is an even number, simply find the thickest stalk and split it in half with a knife or thumb nail. The green cord is used to pull the end of the cord under the band to hide it.
broom clamp
For making a flat broom, you'll need a sewing clamp (two boards held together with bolts and wing nuts).
stitching a broom
Put the cord around the broom bristles and run the two ends through the loop. This is a called a lark's head knot, but it's more of a tie or a hold.
lock stitch
The lock stitch is used to sew the broom.
hearth broom
Cut the bottom of the broom flat and thread a leather strip or piece of jute cord through the hole in the hand to hang the new broom.
broom stitching
When you finish you will run your needle all the way through the broom the long way across. Cut your strings flush and start a new row.

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