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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 North Woods Basketry Adventure: From Harvest to Basket

North Woods Basketry Adventure: From Harvest to Basket

The North Woods 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 available options. In this class we will head out to a nearby location…
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 weaving…
Fri, Jul 5th, 2019
Instructor: Emily Derke

Past Courses Offered by Emily Derke

Three Baskets in Two Days

Willow Basketry

Willow Plant Supports for the Garden