“Understand the principle of it,” she says as she does a wicked complicated loopy thingie stitch, “you’ll be able to remember it easily.”
Ha. I love the video nonetheless. Erica Wilson is so gracious, so soothing, stitchery is a quiet pastime — and who couldn’t use more quiet. Is she doing these shows in one take? That’s all the more amazing. And, I love hearing her talk about all the fancy knots and stitches — in this video, we get encroaching goblars (?), tent stitch, turkey work. This gives me more appreciation for the vintage needlework I have collected for my house.
Finally, these videos really take me back to a day when women seemed to have more time — no: when they seemed to find more time — to create pillows and purses and tennis racket covers and yes, even dog collars — with love, from scratch, with the idea that they are creating beloved family possessions. I don’t think we’ve really “needed” to make our own blankets or pillows for well over a hundred years — the Industrial Revolution mostly solved for that. No: We make these things by hand out of love, out of a need to create, and from a need to connect with our surroundings. My most valued possession is the granny square afghan my Lur Lur (my grandmother) made for me when I was about 10. It has no monetary value. It is priceless.
Update: I found this portfolio of Wilson’s shows from WGBH on Open Vault.
I adore Erica Wilson. Here are some of my other stories about her:
- All about Erica Wilson’s TV show — she and Julia Child were studio-neighbors.
- Erica Wilson needlework — from her personal collection.
- Bobbie learns bargello from Erica Wilson and Margaret Boyles.
- My Erica Wilson biography and comprehensive online guide.
Erica Wilson Kits on ebay — abundant
A selection of Erica Wilson needlework kits are available at Erica Wilson Needlecraft. In addition, you can find them on ebay. Tip to using the ebay carousel: To go to a particular item, click on its photo (NOT on the ebay logo) — then, click on the lime green “View and Bid” box, which will take you to ebay. Disclosure: When you buy anything from these ebay carousels or after you click into ebay here, it nets me a teensy commission.