Born in London; lost her hearing and sight around age 8 from a virus. After a short time in a "home for the deaf and dumb", she returned to her step-family and took on some household chores. Well into adulthood, she learned to thread a needle and began showing aptitude for needlecrafts. After her mother died, Fanny, now aged 55, moved to a new home for the blind and continued to turn out sewn crafts until her death.
Touch, Touch, and Touch Again, p.34-35.