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Erica; Chains

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

01/04/1972

Chain stitch is an embroidery technique in which consecutive looped stitches form a chain pattern. Erica notes that chain stitch comes from the East and has been practiced in India for thousands of years. In this episode, Erica wears a dress made recently in India and decorated with chain stitch in silk. She shows many other traditional and contemporary Indian textiles—all of which were done in chain stitch, including two rugs made in Kashmir. Erica demonstrates how to do chain stitch with thick wool yarn using a crochet hook. Summary and select metadata for this record was submitted by Amanda Sikarskie.


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Series
Erica
Program
Chains
Program Number

113

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

Chain stitch is an embroidery technique in which consecutive looped stitches form a chain pattern. Erica notes that chain stitch comes from the East and has been practiced in India for thousands of years. In this episode, Erica wears a dress made recently in India and decorated with chain stitch in silk. She shows many other traditional and contemporary Indian textiles—all of which were done in chain stitch, including two rugs made in Kashmir. Erica demonstrates how to do chain stitch with thick wool yarn using a crochet hook.

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Subjects
India – Decorative Arts
Clothing and Textiles – India
Chain Stitch
Needlework – Instruction
Wilson, Erica
Embroidery
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; Chains,” 01/04/1972, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 5, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FDEC1FA5B40A46518799BB92ECA185DA.
MLA: “Erica; Chains.” 01/04/1972. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 5, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FDEC1FA5B40A46518799BB92ECA185DA>.
APA: Erica; Chains. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_FDEC1FA5B40A46518799BB92ECA185DA
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