Thursday, February 6, 2014

Not-so-plain Jane

A feature of Jane Seymour's costume that I found particularly attractive in portraits of her was the stole she wore over her court dress.  The same design was used to trim the front of the dress.

To replicate this patterned material, I worked both areas in a double stitch with Impressions #1139.  The first pass of this stitch, essentially a series of oblong cross stitches over two threads, leaves a hole that is then filled in with a single cross stitch with the same thread.  Instead, I filled in the holes with a tent stitch using Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #002.  The left side of the trim has been worked in the first pass only to show how the pattern is established.

Using the same Kreinik metallic, I worked a stem stitch around her neckline and the little locket hanging from a chain.  Braided knitting forms the cuff at her wrists and the edging of her overdress.  The medallion hanging from her waist was worked in a satin stitch.  The trim along the edge of her sleeves was formed with individual cross stitches using DMC floss Blanc and #310.

On to the sleeves and underdress!

1 comment:

Needle Nicely said...

I hadn't realized how "lacy" that stitch turns out to be. Thanks for the idea!