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Birch Bark Fanny Packs (all gender/no gender)

  • 27 January 2023
  • (CST)
  • 29 January 2023
  • (CST)
  • 3 sessions
  • 27 January 2023, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (CST)
  • 28 January 2023, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM (CST)
  • 29 January 2023, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM (CST)
  • 14 27th Ave SE
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Modify the traditional craft of basket weaving into a fashionable fanny pack. In this multi-day class, students will learn both weaving and leatherwork skills. Learn about the harvest and process of birch bark, as you try your hand at processing raw material into useable weavers to make the base pouch of your small pack. Students will design a template for the pouch flap, rivet buckles, and stitch leather before assembling their own unique woven fanny pack. No prior weaving experience is needed but students will need good hand strength and finger dexterity. Please let instructor know prior to class if you have any sensitivities to walnut oil.


Taught by Beth Homa Kraus

Beth Homa is a weaver, woodworker, and artist in south Minneapolis. After studying painting in college and working as a caseworker for people experiencing homelessness, they interned at North House Folk School in 2012 where Beth learned many traditional crafts including boat building, but mostly different styles of basketry. Beth says they contracted "weaver fever" and couldnt stop; this sparked an obsession with birch bark, which is now their main medium. Beth sustainably harvests and processes materials by hand and is always trying to figure out what they can make out of birch bark next and how to share this durable and beautiful material with people.


Now offering sliding scale pricing! Suggested admission is $315,  but we have a $300 sliding scale admission option, and a pay it forward option of $330. Additionally we have micro-reparations pricing for BIPOC students wishing to pay only the materials and consumables fee of $96. 

The materials fee for this class is $60 and is included in the admission price.

Need a scholarship?  We got you! Just email us fireweedwoodshop@gmail.com, tell us what you can afford and we will do our best to cover the rest. 

*** This class is limited to 8 individuals to prevent the spread of covid-19. If feeling ill, let us know as soon as possible and please do not attend class. All students are required to wear a mask***

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