Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Kathryn Howard - Finale

Henry VIII's fifth wife, Kathryn Howard, is finished!

To create her fur stole, I first stitched the area in basketweave with some "vintage" DMC Medici wool.  Carefully covering the stitched area around the stole with some cardboard, I started roughing up the wool with a nap brush until I was satisfied with the fuzzy effect.

Her necklace was stitched with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #002 and #3503.

The tassel was worked in a variation of braided knitting over three threads rather than the usual two.  The crosses created a pocket, into which I popped a French knot with the red metallic.  It's not a coincidence that the same metallic threads used for Jane Seymour's jewelry were used here, too.  Historians have noted that in a portrait of Kathryn, her jewelry seems strangely similar to that worn by Jane.  They concluded that the jewels reverted to the king after Jane's death, and he subsequently gifted them to his fifth wife.

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