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Erica; Geometric Needlepoint

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

03/07/1972

In this episode, Erica demonstrates techniques for designing geometric needlepoint designs with an op art or trompe l’oeil effect. For design inspiration, she suggests looking at op art wallpapers (which were popular at the time), museum pieces (Erica shows an antique sampler that she brought from the Royal School of Needlework), and even the Union Jack. For the project in this episode, Erica takes her inspiration from a Victorian piece of cross-stitch, and shows the viewer how to create a black lace effect entirely in counted cross-stitch. Stitches demonstrated in this episode are tent stitch and cross-stitch. Summary and select metadata for this record was submitted by Amanda Sikarskie.


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Series
Erica
Program
Geometric Needlepoint
Program Number

122

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

In this episode, Erica demonstrates techniques for designing geometric needlepoint designs with an op art or trompe l’oeil effect. For design inspiration, she suggests looking at op art wallpapers (which were popular at the time), museum pieces (Erica shows an antique sampler that she brought from the Royal School of Needlework), and even the Union Jack.

For the project in this episode, Erica takes her inspiration from a Victorian piece of cross-stitch, and shows the viewer how to create a black lace effect entirely in counted cross-stitch.

Stitches demonstrated in this episode are tent stitch and cross-stitch.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Royal School of Needlework
Wilson, Erica
Victorian Period – Needlework
Op Art
Needlework – Instruction
Counted Cross-Stitch
Black Lace Effect
Trompe L’oeil
Needlepoint
Genres
Instructional
Topics
Crafts
Creators
MacLeod, Margaret I. (Series Producer)
Contributors
Mahard, Frances (Other (see note))
Wilson, Erica (Host)
MacLeod, Margaret I. (Producer)
Field, James (Director)
Publication Information
Copyright © 1971 Erica Wilson and WGBH Educational Foundation
Citation
Chicago: “Erica; Geometric Needlepoint,” 03/07/1972, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 4, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A8E13A194D074967BAE0F837A777F4FE.
MLA: “Erica; Geometric Needlepoint.” 03/07/1972. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 4, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A8E13A194D074967BAE0F837A777F4FE>.
APA: Erica; Geometric Needlepoint. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_A8E13A194D074967BAE0F837A777F4FE
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