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Missed 'Fabric of Britain'? Find out more

by Adrienne Wyper
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We're loving BBC4's 'Fabric of Britain' series: documentaries designed to explore Britain's relationship with fabric, made in conjunction with the Victoria and Albert Museum. Vintage footage is combined with contributions from craft historians and other experts. Watch clips from the series here.

The first episode, 'Knitting's Golden Age', broadcast on September 18, looks at how knitting developed from a fabric used for underwear to the massive craft trend it is today.

If you missed it, watch 'Fabric of Britain: Knitting's Golden Age' on BBC iPlayer.

And if you're inspired to pick up your knitting needles, search all of our free knitting patterns here. You might also want to learn more about the history of knitting. If you love vintage knitting patterns, take a look at our light-hearted gallery of ill-advised knitting patterns of the past. The Victoria and Albert Museum has an impressive archive of 1940s knitting patterns that you can download.

The second episode, 'The Story of Wallpaper', broadcast on September 25, looks at the story of wallpaper from its origins in the 16th century to the present day.

If you missed it, watch 'Fabric of Britain: The Story of Wallpaper' on BBC iPlayer.

And if you want to get busy with wallpaper, here's our pick of vintage-style papers, plus craft ideas for wallpaper offcuts.

The third and final episode, 'The Wonder of Embroidery', broadcast on October 2, looks at how embroidery was one of the art forms to survive the Reformation.

If you missed it, watch 'Fabric of Britain: The Wonder of Embroidery' on BBC iPlayer

And if you want to try embroidery, here's our beginner's guide.


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