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Erica; Just Ties

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

11/30/1971

The episode begins with Erica showing a men’s satin stitch embroidered waistcoat from the 18th century. She bemoans the fact that, while men in the 1700s were “peacocks,” modern men are very conservative dressers. She suggests embroidering a man’s necktie to pep up his wardrobe and make formal occasions look less funereal. She also has a tip for men who do not wish to have more color and flair in their wardrobe—only embroider the tie at the bottom; that way, the closed suit jacket will cover up the embroidery. Erica suggests the woodland animals—skunks, quail, raccoons, chipmunks, and the like—make excellent motifs for men’s neckties. She also suggests using the symbols for the signs of the Zodiac as motifs and shows a purple brocade necktie that she embroidered with a red Aries the Ram symbol. Summary and select metadata for this record was submitted by Amanda Sikarskie.


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Series
Erica
Program
Just Ties
Program Number

108

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

The episode begins with Erica showing a men’s satin stitch embroidered waistcoat from the 18th century. She bemoans the fact that, while men in the 1700s were “peacocks,” modern men are very conservative dressers. She suggests embroidering a man’s necktie to pep up his wardrobe and make formal occasions look less funereal. She also has a tip for men who do not wish to have more color and flair in their wardrobe—only embroider the tie at the bottom; that way, the closed suit jacket will cover up the embroidery.

Erica suggests the woodland animals—skunks, quail, raccoons, chipmunks, and the like—make excellent motifs for men’s neckties. She also suggests using the symbols for the signs of the Zodiac as motifs and shows a purple brocade necktie that she embroidered with a red Aries the Ram symbol.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Needlework – Instruction
Signs of the Zodiac
Wilson, Erica
Embroidery
Men’s Neckties
Animals – Decorative Arts
Genres
Instructional
Topics
Crafts
Creators
MacLeod, Margaret I. (Series Producer)
Citation
Chicago: “Erica; Just Ties,” 11/30/1971, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 11, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_19136284060940CF94114EB186BA5D61.
MLA: “Erica; Just Ties.” 11/30/1971. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 11, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_19136284060940CF94114EB186BA5D61>.
APA: Erica; Just Ties. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_19136284060940CF94114EB186BA5D61
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