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Emily Derke

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

Emily spends much of her time working to create what she needs in life. This includes making baskets, harvesting and cooking wild foods, sewing, making leather and more. Emily lives in northern Minnesota and is continually getting to know the land around her through creating useful items. 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 over the years.


Emily is currently an Artisan in Residence in North House's Artisan Development Program where she focuses on her basketry practice and other crafts.

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Current Courses Offered by Emily Derke

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Basket Making Sampler

The northern forests of Minnesota and Wisconsin offer a variety of materials suitable for basket-making. This course is an introduction to working with three of the most common: birch bark, willow and spruce root. Students will create three small baskets that will employ a variety of weaving techniques and traditions.…
Tue, Oct 5th, 2021  –  Thu, Oct 7th, 2021
9am-5pm
Instructor: Emily Derke

Past Courses Offered by Emily Derke

Basketry Basics: Harvest & Weaving with Cattails Online Course

Boreal Basketry Immersion

Boreal Basketry: All About Birch Webinar

North Woods Basketry Adventure: From Harvest to Basket

Northwoods Carrying Basket

Three Baskets in Two Days

Weave a Willow Serving Tray

Willow Basketry

Willow Plant Supports for the Garden