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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

0.25 Days
Teaser image for Boreal Basketry: All About Birch Webinar

Boreal Basketry: All About Birch Webinar

Birch trees are a distinctive part of the boreal forest, and their bark has long been used for making strong and usable baskets around the northern hemisphere. In this live, online webinar, Emily Derke will dig into the variety of baskets and other items made with birch bark in North…
Wed, Jan 27th, 2021
6:30-8pm CT
Instructor: Emily Derke

Past Courses Offered by Emily Derke

Basketry Basics: Harvest & Weaving with Cattails Online Course

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