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When I asked my friends what the Bible has to say about The Great British Sewing Bee, one suggested that I read ‘The Parable of the Sewer’.

Crossing the Culture Rachel Helen Smith
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May, Claudia and Patrick displaying sartorial elegance | photo: BBC/Love Productions

Other recommended references included the three-strand cord mentioned in Ecclesiastes, and the needle through which the camel struggles to squeeze during Jesus’ conversation with the rich young man. Such comments were meant to be playful rather than profound, but they hinted at the Bible’s fondness for fabric imagery.