Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery

International Guild, Inc.

Welcomes you

Greetings from the president of Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery International Guild  

Welcome to the website for BDEIG, the Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery International Guild. The purpose of the Guild is to promote our needle art, and exploring our website can certainly give you a good exposure to dimensional embroidery and benefits provided by the Guild.

Our listing of member and chapter resources can help you search out a group near you. There are also several “cyber-chapters”, and as you explore, you will discover that we love to share our knowledge, tips and techniques, so a phone call or an email to someone listed is sure to get a response. Also important to someone wanting to learn more or to get started stitching is the listing of designers and shops.

Brazilian embroidery uses beautiful rayon Z-twist thread that is not available in many retail stores. This non-stranded thread comes in varying weights; each can give a different look to a stitch. This list will help you find threads and designs, and suggestions thrown in, such as a suitable design for a beginner, or color changes to get just the right effect. Many of those with online shops are also designers and/or teachers, and are experienced in explaining how to do a specific stitch.

Our website has a section to help you get started stitching, including tools required (needles, hoops, etc), a brief description of the different thread weights, diagrams and instructions for basic stitches, and free designs you can print and transfer onto fabric.

For your exploring enjoyment, we have posted pictures of completed designs. Look in the Show and Share section to see the amazing designs displayed at our annual Seminar. The pictures do not do justice to seeing these works in person, which brings us to the next area of exploration.

Our annual Seminar is the high point of the year for many of us. We gather for a week of classes, fun and nonstop stitching. The past several years our Seminar has taken place on the campus of Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. The University is very good to us and we get rooms and meals for a very low cost, plus, we have use of the classrooms. This is a great time to make new friends, keep up with friends from previous years and learn new stitches, get new designs and share stitching tips. Look in the Seminar sections to see the variety of classes offered at Seminar. We have a merchant’s mall, where we are able to purchase thread, tools, designs and books. We are able, in our down time, to take advantage of all that Portland has to offer, in the way of shopping and sightseeing.

Seminar also offers the opportunity to become involved in the workings of the Guild and/or the planning and preparation of Seminar. Our annual business meeting is held during seminar week, and sign-up sheets abound for seminar committees for the next year. Another fun sign-up sheet is for the Round Robin. Members in each group send a project to other group members to be stitched. Each project goes to each list member for stitching and the end results are amazing. You do not have to attend Seminar to get on a Round Robin list, but you do need to be a guild member. Contact Jan Krepcik for information.

Our Guild publishes a quarterly newsletter, available to members only, which features education projects, chapter news, Guild news and ads from merchants. Explore our website then download a membership application and join our Guild.

Sandy Velin
BDEIG President

The Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery International Guild, Inc. was formed in 1991 as a non-profit organization to promote the art of Brazilian embroidery through seminars, newsletters, website, and workshops and has worldwide membership. 

Membership to BDEIG is open to all stitchers, amateur and professional, novice and experienced.  The only criteria for membership are a love of Brazilian embroidery and the desire to learn more about this needle art. 

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