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New Ulster-Scots Broadcast Series A Stitch Through Time To Air On BBC One



Date Posted: September 29, 2021

A passion for fashion combined with inspiration from Ulster’s rich textiles history is the theme for the new Ulster-Scots Broadcast series, A Stitch Through Time. Made by DoubleBand Films, the four-part series begins on Wednesday 6th October on BBC One at 7.30pm.

Hosted by Claire McCollum, four promising local designers go head-to-head each week to see whose creations best represent the heritage and influence of the Ulster-Scots pioneers that helped shape the global textiles industry.

Vying to win the votes of the judges – top designers Una Rodden and Katie Larmour – and be crowned winner of A Stitch Through Time, the contestants are; Christine Boyle, 46, originally from Portadown now living in Belfast, who worked as a hosier before starting her own sewing school inspired by the skills passed on to her by her mum. Thomas Irwin, 21, from Kilrea, a Textile Art, Design and Fashion graduate from Ulster University who specialises in sustainable fashion for men. Samanta Radek, 23, originally from Poland now living in Belfast, who is a Textile Art, Design and Fashion student at Ulster University and Matthew Tanner, 25, from Castlerock, who currently works in retail for a luxury retailer and designs womenswear.

Through technical and design-led challenges, the four fashionistas will be required to use all of their skills and creativity to recreate and then put their own take on iconic garments and materials including the Dungiven Costume, the Ulster Tartan, the classic relaxed shirt and the Ulster Coat.

Also each week, host Claire will be joined by author and textile historian Bruce Clark, a descendent of one of Ulster’s great linen families, to reveal the fascinating history behind the design challenges and the outfits.

A Stitch Through Time begins Wednesday 6th of October on BBC One at 7.30pm.

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