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Emily Derke

Northhome, MN
North House Folk School photo of instructor, Emily Derke

Emily spends much of her time weaving baskets, collecting material to work with, and harvesting, cooking, and experimenting with the local wild foods. After completing her 2014 internship at North House, Emily moved to a cozy yurt in northern Minnesota, and continues to explore other traditional skills and crafts. Over the last decade, the search for knowledge and experience has brought her from her home in Minnesota, to both the east and west coasts to learn from many experienced teachers.

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Current Courses Offered by Emily Derke

2 Days
Teaser image for Northwoods Basketry Adventure: From Harvest to Basket

Northwoods Basketry Adventure: From Harvest to Basket

The northwoods is full of beautiful, colorful material suitable for basketry: you just have to go out there and get it! Willow shoots, birch bark, tamarack bark, and willow bark are just a few of the options. In this class we will head out to a nearby location to identify,…
Sat, Jul 6th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 7th, 2019
Instructor: Emily Derke
1 day
Teaser image for Weave a Willow Serving Tray

Weave a Willow Serving Tray

Simple and elegant, a handmade willow platter is a great way to serve fruits, breads and other foods. Made with locally harvested willow, these trays are held together entirely by tension and include additional woven details as a decorative element.  In this one day course, students will learn several basic…
Fri, Jul 5th, 2019
Instructor: Emily Derke
2 1/2 days
Teaser image for Willow Basketry

Willow Basketry

Willow has been a prized basket making material for centuries, and after this class, you'll know why. Using traditional European style weaving techniques, students will create a sturdy, beautiful basket using nothing but willow shoots. Strong enough to haul a full load of potatoes, these baskets are made to be…
Fri, Oct 26th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 28th, 2018
Instructor: Emily Derke

Past Courses Offered by Emily Derke

Willow Plant Supports for the Garden