Thursday, March 20, 2014
Anne of Cleves - Progress I
Anne of Cleves' dress, as captured in the Holbein portrait upon which this design is based, has simple lines constructed with sumptuous fabrics: red velvet trimmed in gold. For the red velvet, I chose Petite Very Velvet V655, which I'm stitching in basketweave.
The elaborate insert to her bodice was worked in slanted Gobelin stitches with white DMC floss alternating with tent stitches of Kreinik #12 tapestry braid #3221. More of the same metallic braid was used in braided knitting over one thread to trim the cuffs of her sleeves.
Her face was worked in basketweave with DMC floss and her eyebrows with Burmilana. The style of her headdress completely obscures her hair.
There's a lot of red velvet and trimming to do, so this is going to take a while!