Finally! I was beginning to think this would never happen but the latest Lady Elinor is finished and will be on her way to the framers as soon as they open.
I spent a lot of time looking at Elizabethan colours and wondering what they might mean by sea blue. Dark blue? Tropical green-blue - this colour does exist in the UK, I paid a visit to the Shetlands in 2009 and came across a beach with white sand and sea the colour of the Caribbean. (Sadly no palm trees - no trees at all, come to that - and the temperatures were definitely not tropical.)
In the end, I opted for Shakespeare's line of the sceptered isle 'set in a silvery sea' and her gown is a grey-blue colour. I'm pleased with the way she's turned out, although she does involve some tweeding. That couldn't be easier as it just means using one strand of each colour in the needle.
Oh, and her saying is about alcohol as I really couldn't believe I hadn't done a design without some reference to alcohol. Not that I drink that much - if I need to jump in the car early in the morning I can't risk being over the limit from the night before - but I do like a glass of red wine. I've also just discovered Pimms blackberry and elderflower...not to mention gin and bitter lemon...I think I'd better stop right there!
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