Both my grandmothers gave me my first experiences of needlework and taught me to Knit, Crochet and Stitch. Nanny G was a dressmaker who made all her own clothes. She had a new-fangled Singer machine, but she preferred to stitch every seam by hand! She must have had only one dress pattern, a pinafore with patch pockets for hankies. She made this in every fabric available.
By contrast Nanny P was a bit of a rebel and was able to make something from nothing. Today she would have been at the forefront of the upcycling, re purposing community. We spent many days hunting out treasures in junk shops and at jumble sales. With her I cut buttons off shirts and unravelled jumpers. I still love to give something a new lease of life and search for treasures wherever I go.