|Margot de Valois, 1560 (from Wikipedia)|
|DMC Memory Thread. The little plastic doohickies are useless|
I worked on the sleeves for the last month or so; two weeks of actually embroidering, and several more of being completely unmotivated. I finished the last knot today:
|Couched Sleeves, DMC Memory Thread (white) on silk with silk thread|
A quick note on the sleeves: I usually do sleeves with the seam running down the back of the arm instead of the more modern technique of running it from the armpit because it's a more accurate cut for the 16th century. But trying to figure placement for the vertical lines was making my brain explode, so I went with the symmetrical sleeve pattern for easy ruling.
I'm thinking at this point that I will actually make the bodice of the dress first before trying the more complicated filigree embroidery on it, just to ensure that everything will work out with the fit and construction. Fortunately for me, I have a nice long weekend to make that happen.