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Erica; Thinking Big

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12/21/1971

Embroidery projects are often worked on small items, but embroidery can also adorn large items, such as bedspreads. At the beginning of the episode, Erica shows embroidered flowers on squares that she has then appliquéd onto a bedspread for a patchwork effect. The flowers are based on 18th century botanical prints and feature many kinds of embroidery—turkey work, French knots, bullion knots, etc. Once again, Erica’s work is rooted in historical inspiration from works of art and using multiple kinds of stitches in one project. For the main project of the episode, Erica shows viewers how to upholster a formal side chair with their own embroidery. She encourages viewers to design their own pattern, and suggests using 17th century botanical prints and 18th century printed cotton chintzes from India for inspiration. Tips that she gives to make this “big” project a success are having the upholsterer create a template before one begins, working on linen twill (as it is very hard-wearing, due to its diagonal weave), and drawing your design on paper and then transferring it to the linen fabric using embroidery carbon. Stitches demonstrated in this episode include stem stitch, buttonhole, and laidwork. Summary and select metadata for this record was submitted by Amanda Sikarskie.


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Series
Erica
Program
Thinking Big
Program Number

111

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

Embroidery projects are often worked on small items, but embroidery can also adorn large items, such as bedspreads. At the beginning of the episode, Erica shows embroidered flowers on squares that she has then appliquéd onto a bedspread for a patchwork effect. The flowers are based on 18th century botanical prints and feature many kinds of embroidery—turkey work, French knots, bullion knots, etc. Once again, Erica’s work is rooted in historical inspiration from works of art and using multiple kinds of stitches in one project.

For the main project of the episode, Erica shows viewers how to upholster a formal side chair with their own embroidery. She encourages viewers to design their own pattern, and suggests using 17th century botanical prints and 18th century printed cotton chintzes from India for inspiration. Tips that she gives to make this “big” project a success are having the upholsterer create a template before one begins, working on linen twill (as it is very hard-wearing, due to its diagonal weave), and drawing your design on paper and then transferring it to the linen fabric using embroidery carbon.

Stitches demonstrated in this episode include stem stitch, buttonhole, and laidwork.

Duration

00:14:28

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Botanical Prints – 17th Century
Chairs – Decorative Arts
Wilson, Erica
Upholstery - Instruction
Botanical Prints – 18th Century
Embroidery
Needlework – Instruction
Genres
Instructional
Topics
Crafts
Creators
MacLeod, Margaret I. (Series Producer)
Contributors
MacLeod, Margaret I. (Producer)
Wilson, Erica (Host)
Field, James (Director)
Mahard, Frances (Other (see note))
Publication Information
Copyright © 1971 Erica Wilson and WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Erica; Thinking Big,” 12/21/1971, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 6, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_93B7A256CCD142009393EB850E9E080A.
MLA: “Erica; Thinking Big.” 12/21/1971. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 6, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_93B7A256CCD142009393EB850E9E080A>.
APA: Erica; Thinking Big. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_93B7A256CCD142009393EB850E9E080A
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