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Erica; 3-D Collage


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3-D Collage
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Series Description

Needlework series with Erica Wilson. “Erica Wilson, noted American authority on needlework, invites the viewer to explore the exciting possibilities of indulging his creative and artistic talents. In this series of color videotaped 15 minute programs she illustrates the wide vocabulary of stitches used in many types of embroidery including traditional crewel, needlepoint, bargello, and crewel point.

As well as demonstrating these stitches, Erica gives professional hints on creating useful and decorative objects. She encourages personalizing an original or derived design through the selection of motif, materials, stitch, color, texture, and size. C. 1971-2 Series release date: 1971

Program Description

This episode is all about creating works of embroidery in three dimensions. Erica discusses two main ways to do such work—lightly padded and appliquéd forms and fully free-form pieces—and shows an example that she made of each, an embroidered owl with an appliquéd, three dimensional beak and fully free-form strawberries created out of fabric and batting.

Erica also shows several antique examples of three-dimensional needlework in this episode, including an eighteenth century English stumpwork piece and a Victorian shadowbox containing a raised wool embroidery of wildflowers.

Erica demonstrates many stitches in this episode, including coral stitch, brushed wool stitch, and trellis stitch, as well as the technique for stumpwork and a technique for creating low relief wildflowers out of pipecleaners.



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MacLeod, Margaret I. (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Erica; 3-D Collage,” 05/18/1982, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed November 13, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0458850CFB37472D839700FC42A43AD7.
MLA: “Erica; 3-D Collage.” 05/18/1982. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. November 13, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0458850CFB37472D839700FC42A43AD7>.
APA: Erica; 3-D Collage. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0458850CFB37472D839700FC42A43AD7
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