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Erica; Far Eastern Inspiration

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Far Eastern Inspiration
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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

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The fabulous Est. Marco Polo unlocked some of it's treasures when he brought back gold and silken embroideries that Western eyes had never seen. Eight centuries later and we're still enthralled by the beauty and craftsmanship of oriental design. The time and timelessness of the beautiful embroideries, a fan case for instance done with tiny bargello stitches. Let the elegant simplicity of far eastern tradition influence your embroidery.



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MacLeod, Margaret I. (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Erica; Far Eastern Inspiration,” GBH Archives, accessed January 25, 2022,
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