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Erica; Needle Painting

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

03/21/1972

This episode is about creating the effect of painting in needlework. Erica begins by noting that the traditional of painting with the needle was quite popular in the 18th century, with pieces commonly done in silk and watercolor on a silk background. To create a modern painting in needlework, Erica suggests looking for inspiration from books, magazines, or calendar pictures. For the project in this episode, Erica chooses to recreate Van Gogh’s Springtime Orchard in wool thread on denim. Erica demonstrates several stitches in this episode, as well as how to stretch fabric over stretcher frames to truly create the effect of an artist’s canvas. Summary and select metadata for this record was submitted by Amanda Sikarskie.


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Series
Erica
Program
Needle Painting
Program Number

124

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 about creating the effect of painting in needlework. Erica begins by noting that the traditional of painting with the needle was quite popular in the 18th century, with pieces commonly done in silk and watercolor on a silk background.

To create a modern painting in needlework, Erica suggests looking for inspiration from books, magazines, or calendar pictures. For the project in this episode, Erica chooses to recreate Van Gogh’s Springtime Orchard in wool thread on denim. Erica demonstrates several stitches in this episode, as well as how to stretch fabric over stretcher frames to truly create the effect of an artist’s canvas.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Springtime Orchard
Painting
Needlework – 18th Century
Wilson, Erica
Needlework – Instruction
Impressionism
Gogh, Vincent van, 1853-1890
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; Needle Painting,” 03/21/1972, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 11, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_91C0EB5A5A1348A5B1B6ABFEEF759B68.
MLA: “Erica; Needle Painting.” 03/21/1972. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 11, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_91C0EB5A5A1348A5B1B6ABFEEF759B68>.
APA: Erica; Needle Painting. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_91C0EB5A5A1348A5B1B6ABFEEF759B68
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