I have always loved sewing and craftwork for as long as I can remember. When I was about 8 or 9 I was really into embroidery and to get out of going shopping with my mum, I used to plead with her to let me stay at home so that I could sew.
My other love was reading and I spent every week in Gillingham Library choosing my books. I loved the 'Jennings' books - for boys really but I loved reading them. I was a bit of a tomboy.
In 1956 I embroidered this panel when I was 9 years old
This says, 'I embroidered this myself February 1956 Irene Pearson