The Humble Art of (Dyed!) Handbrooms

October 19 - October 20, 2024

The Humble Art of (Dyed!) Handbrooms


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $395
Material Fee: $50

Part household essential, part woven sculpture, brooms have a rich history and are fun to make. Come learn to weave a variety of classic American sorghum hand brooms and branch out into experimental shapes and bindings. We will dip into natural dyeing with a demonstration of techniques and considerations for dyeing raw fiber. Some natural dyeing experience would be helpful but is not required. Expect to leave the workshop with an armload of beautiful sweepers!

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
NOTE: Our Dining Hall is closed for the season so lunches are NOT included. 

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Erin Rouse

Erin Rouse is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She has been making brooms professionally since 2017. Her work has been featured in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Remodelista, Domino and others. In addition to making brooms, Erin is an avid natural dyer, sewer, and craft enthusiast.


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