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Erica; Bell Pulls, Borders And Bandings

Part of From the Vault. Part of Erica Wilson: The Julia Child of Needlework.

03/28/1972

As its title suggests, this episode is indeed all about embroidered bell pulls, borders, and bandings. Erica begins the episode by showing two 17th century crewelwork bell pulls, one English and one American. She suggests making one’s own bell pulls, as they make excellent wall hangings for tall, narrow surfaces. Erica suggests many other things that one can make using embroidered borders, including borders for furniture, curtains, and even embroidered luggage rack straps. The stitch demonstrated in this episode is the Burden stitch, a geometric stitch for filling in needlepoint canvas. William Burden, who worked in the studio of William Morris (the founder of the English Arts and Crafts Movement in the 1860s), developed the stitch. Summary and select metadata for this record was submitted by Amanda Sikarskie.


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Series
Erica
Program
Bell Pulls, Borders And Bandings
Program Number

125

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

As its title suggests, this episode is indeed all about embroidered bell pulls, borders, and bandings. Erica begins the episode by showing two 17th century crewelwork bell pulls, one English and one American.

She suggests making one’s own bell pulls, as they make excellent wall hangings for tall, narrow surfaces. Erica suggests many other things that one can make using embroidered borders, including borders for furniture, curtains, and even embroidered luggage rack straps.

The stitch demonstrated in this episode is the Burden stitch, a geometric stitch for filling in needlepoint canvas. William Burden, who worked in the studio of William Morris (the founder of the English Arts and Crafts Movement in the 1860s), developed the stitch.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Bell Pulls
Needlework – Instruction
Embroidery
Borders – Decoration
Trompe L’oeil
Crewelwork
Genres
Instructional
Topics
Crafts
Creators
MacLeod, Margaret I. (Series Producer)
Citation
Chicago: “Erica; Bell Pulls, Borders And Bandings,” 03/28/1972, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 9, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_084572FEB09B41B299B1A9F3D895AD16.
MLA: “Erica; Bell Pulls, Borders And Bandings.” 03/28/1972. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 9, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_084572FEB09B41B299B1A9F3D895AD16>.
APA: Erica; Bell Pulls, Borders And Bandings. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_084572FEB09B41B299B1A9F3D895AD16
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