A stitch in time...

For anyone interested in textiles, history costumes, paintings ... this BBC programme is a must - so good I've watched some twice!

In each episode, fashion historian Amber Butchard focuses  on a historical painting to explore how clothes were made in the past, and what reconstructing them can tell us about the people who wore them. The featured garments range from the 14th to the 18th centuries.  

'The Arnolfini', episode 2 is my favourite to date - I loved seeing the emerald green wool being woven and dyed using stale urine - but they are all fascinating...

Have a look on iplayer  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09l2qzs

Check out the wonderful historical costumier, Ninya Mikhaila    http://www.ninyamikhaila.com/