Thursday, February 20, 2014
Kathryn Howard - part two
The yoke on Kathryn Howard's dress, as it appears in the Holbein painting, is quite raised and distinctive. To convey that look, I began outlining with DMC #5 perle cotton #434 in a stem stitch. I then filled in this area with a variation of Scotch stitch, working the over-two/over-three/over-two sections with DMC floss #434 and skipping the two over-one stitches. Going back with Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #052, I added a single tent stitch in the open areas.
For her sleeves and underskirt, I used one strand of Wildflowers Granite in a diagonal mosaic stitch for the sleeves and a mosaic stitch for the underskirt. A row of slanted Gobelin stitches over three threads created the hem. I'll go back later to fill in the line down the middle of the underskirt to form the elaborate tassel which hangs from her waist.