Needlework picture, whitework
Elizabethan Lady
Erica Wilson
The Royal School of Needlework, London, England; 1945-48
Gift of The Family of Erica Wilson 2015.0047.005.001

Erica Wilson’s whitework picture bridges centuries of needle expertise and design history. One of the most popular needlework teachers in the mid-twentieth-century, Wilson created her design using techniques from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Wilson’s gift lay in appealing to the burgeoning mid-twentieth-century interest in craft with her fresh approach to teaching and design.