Since Ben Franklin brought broomcorn to America from Egypt in 1790, the humble kitchen broom has been an integral part of our daily lives. Discover the rich and colorful history of the American broomcorn industry, learn how broomcorn is grown, harvested, and dyed, and, following easy step-by-step instructions with photographs and illustrations, make your own broom using one of the seven different broom patterns provided, including Kitchen, Hearth, Cobweb, Turkey Wing Whisk, and Angel Whisk brooms. More than 150 masterpieces by America? most talented artistic broom makers appear in the gallery section and feature a surprisingly diverse and colorful array of handles and stalks. Entertain yourself with broom lore and superstitions, discover proper care methods to get the most out of your broom, quickly learn all the broom terms you need in the glossary, and also find a recipe for Broomstick Cake!
Karen Hobbs is a retired US Air Force OR nurse who loves all arts and crafts. Her passion for creating has brought knitting, painting, embroidery, paper making, jewelry design, pottery, glass, furniture caning, weaving, and more to her repertoire of talents. She now shares her love of teaching at conventions and retreats through brooms, gourds and basketry. Having found her niche in broom making, she takes every opportunity when traveling the world to seek out other artisans to gain an even greater insight into their craft and the history behind it. Always looking for new challenges through design, Karen constantly adds to her list of broom patterns from primitive to decorative and utilitarian, incorporating natural material with colorful elements. An Arkansas native, Karen lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Cisco, and their rescue dogs, Layla and Ivy.

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