I remember being taught how to smock at school, and at home we made our own dresses.  As a family we did a lot of tapestry work.  So stitching has always been a part of my life.  I have done a lot of work for our local church –  Banners, Altar Cloths, a Nativity Set, Decorations for the Christmas Tree –  though all this was destroyed when the church was burnt down.  I have also made stoles for our clergy.  I joined a local embroidery group, in the early 1980s and was then persuaded to join the NEG.  I have since served as Treasurer and Secretary to the committee.