The Great British Sewing Bee

The 2012 winner's profile: ANN

Sewing style: elegant, timeless and chic, Age: 81, Hometown: Birmingham, Occupation: Grandma of 7, housewife

Ann, now widowed is a mother of five and grandmother of seven and has been sewing for 75 years. A self-confessed "yoga nut", she attends classes twice a week with her daughter Sally and also enjoys cooking, knitting and gardening.

Ann’s mother taught her how to sew from a young age, encouraging her to make clothes for her dolls when she was 6 years old. Ann briefly taught domestic science until she married her husband and became a full time housewife. His job took the family abroad where the only way to get clothes was to make them yourself.

Sewing has always been a part of Ann’s life, "I can’t imagine life without sewing. It’s a part of me". She goes "snoop shopping" when she visits the shops to get ideas for her own creations. One of her grand-daughters has started sewing which Ann is thrilled about. She hopes that by taking part in The Great British Sewing Bee she will inspire the next generation of sewers.

Source BBC programme in which amateur sewers take on challenges as they compete to be named Britain's best home sewer.
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