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Amanda Sikarskie

The Julia Child of Needlework: Erica Wilson’s Legacy in Stitches and on Television (owner)

Erica Moira Susan Wilson (1928-2011) has been called the “Julia Child of Needlework,” and her impact on the field of sewing and craft-related television has arguably been as great as that of Julia Child on the TV cooking program genre. Like Child, who made archaic aspects of French cookery accessible to a popular audience, Wilson revived and modernized old-fashioned needlework techniques with boundless enthusiasm. In Wilson’s obituary in...

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Dr. Amanda Grace Sikarskie is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Western Michigan University and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Museum Studies Program at Michigan State University. She is also a Research Associate with the Quilt Index, an online archive providing preservation and access for images and metadata of over 60,000 quilts held in collections across the United States and around the world. Dr. Sikarskie’s research examines the history of quilts and quiltmaking, as well as the role of digital tools in bringing quilt history to the public, and she has published and presented extensively on American quilts and needlework.