To millions of needle workers, Erica Wilson is America's First Lady of stitchery. A graduate of the Royal School of Needlework in London, Erica was invited to teach in the United States in 1954. News of her classes spread and she was soon teaching groups all over America in classes, lectures and seminars. Amongst her celebrity students were the wives of Thomas Watson, founder of IBM, Mrs. Rodney Proctor who's husband was CEO of Proctor and Gamble, Dorothy Doubleday of the publishing firm, Julie Nixon, Rosie Greer and many others.
When students confessed they couldn't remember all the stitches she taught them, Erica wrote her first book "Crewel Embroidery" published in 1962 by Charles Scribner's Sons, which subsequently sold over one million copies! Since then she has written sixteen other books and produced and starred in two television series for WGBH seen on PBS nationally and the BBC in England and Australia.
Her television series and books brought her fame on both sides of the Atlantic. She opened her first store in Nantucket, which has become a "must visit" attraction for the past 45 years. She became the exclusive designer for a national kit manufacturer, designed sheets, fabrics and wallpaper, wrote a bi-weekly syndicated column and became the spokesperson for a national organization teaching needlework by party plan. She has produced four videos on needlepoint, quilting, knitting and cross stitch. Erica designed and manufactured exclusive needlepoint kits for the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as her own wholesale collection available in through fine Needlework shops.
Her shop in Nantucket is a Mecca for needlework enthusiasts and now, together with her daughter, Vanessa Diserio, they have turned the shop into a destination for chic jewelry, casual and elegant clothing, Eres swim wear and accessories.
Erica and her husband, Vladimir Kagan, the well-known modern furniture designer, divide the time between their homes in Nantucket, Palm Beach and New York. They have three children and six granddaughters.
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