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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 the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. At the Folk School, Beth 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 locally and 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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Tulip Basket

Start thinking spring by weaving a tulip basket (not actually recommended for tulips). Named for the shape of the basket, this form adds a twist to the traditional diagonal plaited weave by adding a unique rim. A bit more complicated than a standard basket, this course is a great next…
Sat, Apr 14th, 2018
Instructors: Julie Kean, Beth Homa Kraus
1 day
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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…
Fri, May 18th, 2018
Instructors: Julie Kean, Beth Homa Kraus
1 1/2 days
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Weave and Bake: The Birch Bark Baking Basket

Try your hand at two crafts: basket making and bread baking! On the first day, students will use pre-processed, Minnesota harvested birch weavers to weave a loaf-sized (approximately 8”x6”) baking basket. Students will discuss the process of harvesting and preparing birch bark for weaving while weaving their double diagonal-plaited baskets.…
Sat, Nov 17th, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 18th, 2018