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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 <p>Birch Bark Basketry</p>

Birch Bark Basketry

Birch bark holds a multitude of uses, and has been widely used across the world wherever birch trees have grown for much longer than anyone can remember. Even now, it is a common material for making useful things that utilize the locally available materials. What can be done with birch…
Fri, Jan 21st, 2022  –  Sun, Jan 23rd, 2022
Days 1 and 2: 9am-5pm Day 3: 9am-noon
Instructor: Emily Derke

Past Courses Offered by Emily Derke

Basket Making Sampler

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