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Erica Wilson Needlework

Erica Wilson Needlework

British-born Erica Wilson earned the nickname the "Julia Child of embroidery" because in the 70s and 80s she and her designs were everywhere! Not only was she the host and producer of her very popular PBS show Erica, she wrote the syndicated newspaper column Needleplay, managed an embroidery shop in NYC, taught correspondence courses and authored 16 books on embroidery. Erica was to needlepoint what Vera Neumann was to scarves. (Wow, just imagine if they teamed up! I always thought Vera's designs would also make *beautiful* rugs.)

If you go to YouTube, you can watch a few episode of Erica. I started watching "Crewel Point with Erica" and I gotta tell you — I was mesmerized watching the needle come up then go back down — pattern and design slowly emerging before my eyes. It was also very relaxing. I can see why her shows were so popular. Some people learn by reading; some by listening; and some by being shown or seeing. I am in the last group. 

Erica's designs were manufactured and sold by Columbia-Minerva. I cannot flip through any of my needlework + craft magazines from the 60s without seeing one of their ads. If you or your Mom or Grandma did needlepoint back in the 70s chances are the design was an "Erica" design.

Children's Album Covers

Children's Album Covers

Latch Hook Rugs Part Two

Latch Hook Rugs Part Two