(Cross posted from my blog here: Permalink: http://www.kimiko1.com/blog/?p=120)
There are days when I get sidetracked into looking up an image. Today was one of those days when I was reading about the different types of blackwork on the Historic Hand Embroidery group. They hadn't posted an image of Hans Holbein's works that have blackwork embroidery, even though an alternate name for the one of the stitches used is Holbein stitch (aka Spanish stitch, true stitch, double-running stitch, line stitch, etc.), so I went hunting.
And that is when I found this image, but in wonderful glorious super huge sized Google scan of the original, located on wikimedia commons. You can see incredible details of not only her blackworked sleeve ruffle (which I often see redone as a cuff not ruffle - not sure why), but her smock square (the area around the neck) is done in white work! And there is this interesting little black dots along the edges of both areas.
The image here is a far smaller sized image as a place holder.
We are now discussing this image as we are seeing various details. As an example, you can see that on her English bonnet (mka English gabled hood), it appears that the golden geometric band portion is not a fabric brocade. Instead it appears to be either gold tubular beads with goldwork in between, or perhaps all in goldwork, done in smooth and rough/check purls. The only question I have is the white silk or fine linen?
I'm also seeing subtle details in how the edge of the hood is done, and even in how the gold jeweled ouches are far more dimensional than I had original thought (and than is usually recreated). I am now tempted to make up this bonnet in a more period fashion, but that is going to take a lot of goldwork now, and jewels, and more.
But for now, enjoy the image!