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Erica; Cross Stitch

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

03/14/1972

This episode is very much about technical skills in stitchery. Stitches demonstrated in this episode are cross-stitch and herringbone stitch. Erica also shows how use cross-stitch for lettering, how to interlace herringbone with a contrasting color, and how to do cross-stitch over blocks of satin stitch. Historical pieces shown include a Victorian tablemat depicting chimney sweeps in silhouette using entirely black cross-stitch, as well as examples of peasant costume from (the former) Yugoslavia and Mexico. Erica also displays a cross-stitch sampler that she made depicting her home and family and a white lawn peasant blouse that she adorned with cross-stitch. Summary and select metadata for this record was submitted by Amanda Sikarskie.


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Series
Erica
Program
Cross Stitch
Program Number

123

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 very much about technical skills in stitchery. Stitches demonstrated in this episode are cross-stitch and herringbone stitch. Erica also shows how use cross-stitch for lettering, how to interlace herringbone with a contrasting color, and how to do cross-stitch over blocks of satin stitch.

Historical pieces shown include a Victorian tablemat depicting chimney sweeps in silhouette using entirely black cross-stitch, as well as examples of peasant costume from (the former) Yugoslavia and Mexico. Erica also displays a cross-stitch sampler that she made depicting her home and family and a white lawn peasant blouse that she adorned with cross-sticth.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Samplers
Counted Cross-Stitch
Wilson, Erica
Needlework – Instruction
Peasant Costume
Victorian Period – Needlework
Genres
Instructional
Topics
Crafts
Creators
MacLeod, Margaret I. (Series Producer)
Contributors
Wilson, Erica (Host)
MacLeod, Margaret I. (Producer)
Field, James (Director)
Mahard, Frances (Other (see note))
Publication Information
Copyright © 1971 Erica Wilson and WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Erica; Cross Stitch,” 03/14/1972, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 8, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_795986F03C60425D8D1451977BEF1703.
MLA: “Erica; Cross Stitch.” 03/14/1972. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 8, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_795986F03C60425D8D1451977BEF1703>.
APA: Erica; Cross Stitch. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_795986F03C60425D8D1451977BEF1703
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