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Beth Homa Kraus

St.Paul, MN
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Beth Homa is a full-time basket weaver in Saint Paul, Minnesota. After studying painting in college and working as a caseworker for the homeless, she interned at North House Folk School where she learned many traditional crafts including boat building, but mostly different styles of basketry. This sparked her obsession with birch bark, which is now her main medium. She sustainably harvests and processes her own materials by hand. Beth is always trying to figure out what she can make out of birch bark next and how to share this durable and beautiful material with people.

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Current Courses Offered by Beth Homa Kraus

1 Day
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Birch Bark Cozy for Containers

Birch trees have a variety of uses that can be seen all around North House. Discover the sturdiness and the beauty of the White Paper Birch by weaving with its bark. In this day-long course, you will learn about the bark harvest, how to process & treat the materials, and…
Sat, Mar 14th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Beth Homa Kraus
1 Day
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Birch Bark Necklace

Whether woven into a basket, a shoe, a backpack or necklace, birch bark is a beautiful material, with natural tones of white, grey, brown, yellow and even pink depending on the tree, the harvest and the layer of the bark. Highlight the variations of the bark (and your fine motor…
Sun, Mar 15th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Beth Homa Kraus
1½ Days
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Two Berry Basket

If you’ve been out berry picking in August, you may have encountered the problem of discovering bountiful harvests of raspberries AND blueberries at the same time: what to do?! The two berry basket with two compartments is a perfect answer-- and it also works for quarantining paper clips from binder…
Sat, Feb 8th, 2020  –  Sun, Feb 9th, 2020
Day 1:9am-5pm; Day 2: 9am-noon
Instructors: Julie Kean, Beth Homa Kraus
4 Days
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Woven Birch Bark Backpack

This is the granddaddy of woven birch bark projects: the beautiful, functional birch bark backpack. The course will begin with an introduction to sustainable techniques for legal harvest. Students will then use hand tools to prepare the provided bark strips and then weave them into a backpack, measuring roughly 9"-10"…
Sat, Oct 26th, 2019  –  Tue, Oct 29th, 2019
Day 1: 9am-1pm; Days 2-5: 9am-5pm
Instructor: Beth Homa Kraus

Past Courses Offered by Beth Homa Kraus

Birch Bark Birds

Birch Bark Harvest Service Learning Project

Birch Bark Mason Jar Basket

Birch Bark Pouch

Birch Bark Tutorial

Tulip Basket

Weave and Bake: The Birch Bark Baking Basket

Woven Birch Bark Basketry