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Erica; New Points In Needlework

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New Points In Needlework
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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

“Quiltpoint” is the replication of quilt patterns in needlepoint. Erica demonstrates how to do a quiltpoint Lone Star on rug canvas, using satin stitch to imitate the quilting stitches. In this episode, Erica, clad in a kilt, also shows how to imitate a Scottish tartan in needlepoint and how to make a quiltpoint slipcover for a director’s chair (to match the one that she uses on the set of Erica). In addition, Erica discusses “knitpoint,” the imitation of knitting in needlepoint, and makes a knitpoint reminiscent of the sweaters of the Aran Islands in muted colors using raised stem stitch. Finally, Erica works on a pictorial crewelpoint of her summer home, Nantucket.

Stitches demonstrated in this episode include stem stitch, herringbone stitch, waffle stitch, and leaf stitch.



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MacLeod, Margaret I. (Series Producer)
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