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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

Teaser image for Boreal Basketry Immersion

Boreal Basketry Immersion

In this in-depth basketry course, we’ll explore the range of materials found in Northern Minnesota that can be used for making baskets. Birch, Basswood, Spruce, Cedar, Willow and Ash are some of the local species with ties to basketry. Get a taste of working with different materials as you create…
Thu, Jun 24th, 2021  –  Sun, Jun 27th, 2021
9am - 5pm
Instructor: Emily Derke

Past Courses Offered by Emily Derke

Basketry Basics: Harvest & Weaving with Cattails Online Course

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