One of my favorite things is a two-volume Shakespeare collection that belonged to my grandfather. It was published in 1880 and is gorgeously illustrated.
Although the detail in the scenes is beautiful, I'm most in love with the portraits. Almost every heroine has one, and I've looked at my favorites so often that the book automatically opens to them when I'm flipping through.
I've always been drawn to Ophelia. Aside from my connection to the play (my grandmother was named Hamlet before she turned 18 and changed it), I've always preferred the tragic stories to the comedies, and Ophelia is about as sad as it gets. I also love her relation to flowers, and the symbolism that goes with them.
After looking through the tragedies last night, I came up with a quick design and started to stitch her.
Pray you, love, remember is part of her "mad" speech. I only used cross stitch (thank goodness) on this one, with backstitch for the lettering.