Here is a link to Mindi's Finish in the Gallery - Elizabeth Burrows
I also received Janet Carsels as a Christmas present from Nicola who then asked me if I would like her to send me the fabric for both girls. One of her favourite fabric is 35count Floba Linen so she sent me enough to stitch both designs and then some! It is a lovely buttery cream colour.
Now, Janet came with silks but Elizabeth did not. There are no numbered suggestions on the chart either, simply red, green etc. While looking through my threads I remembered some Olde Willow Linen threads I won in a giveaway a while back. I grabbed the bag and found a red, a yellow, a blue, a green, a dark grey and a darker blue. The first four are perfect for Elizabeth! She is charted as having pale pink but I think the yellow will have the same effect.
The threads feel very "period" as they are linen rather than silks, they also have a very slight variation in colour which gives a nice effect too.
I am absolutely convinced I can stitch this and finish it before the deadline of 20th February! I have to have one finish in the official challenge year!
While reading the chart information about Elizabeth herself I noticed that although she stitched the sampler in 1725 she also includes her year of birth 1709 but rather than use all four digits she uses 179 as that was how the year was pronounced then (Seventeen Nine, rather than Seventeen Oh Nine). Now anyone who has my email address may recognise those numbers, they are my date of birth which I incorporated into my email addy!! So it seems most serendipitous that this sampler chose to come to me to stitch her!
Finally, can anyone tell me why there appear to be two letter As at the beginning of the alphabet?