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Beth Homa Kraus

St.Paul, MN
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Beth Homa is a full-time basket weaver.. 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 and treat the materials, and…
Sat, Mar 14th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Beth Homa Kraus
3.5 days
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Birch Bark Large Tote

Carry around your studies, tools, or groceries in this beautiful and functional large birch bark tote basket. Students will learn about sustainable techniques for legal harvest and then use hand tools to prepare their 1 inch wide bark strips, and weave them into a tote base. The bag will be…
Sat, Sep 26th, 2020  –  Tue, Sep 29th, 2020
Days 1-3: 9am-5pm; Day 4: 9am-noon
Instructor: Beth Homa Kraus
1 Day
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Birch Bark 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 skills) by making a birch bark bead necklace. Students will split…
Sun, Mar 15th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Beth Homa Kraus
2 Days
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Birch Bark Sawtooth Table Basket

Discover the sturdiness and the beauty of birch bark by weaving a medium table top basket; perfect for organizing or displaying with its large base, shallow walls, and sturdy rim structure. This rim design will elevate your weaving skills by adding a three-dimensional pattern that mimics the zigzags of the…
Sat, Nov 7th, 2020  –  Sun, Nov 8th, 2020
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

Two Berry Basket

Weave and Bake: The Birch Bark Baking Basket

Woven Birch Bark Backpack

Woven Birch Bark Basketry