What is Brazilian Embroidery?
Brazilian embroidery, like all other embroidery, uses stitches that have been known and used for hundreds of years. The difference is that stitches are chosen for their dimensional qualities, and that most work is done with Z-twisted rayon threads. Rayon thread has long been the preferred thread for this style of embroidery because of its sheen and smoothness. Most dimensional stitches, especially the bullion stitch, are easier to make with it because of the thread's smooth texture.
The use of rayon threads for dimensional embroidery, dyed in bright variegated colors, was developed in Brazil by Mrs. Elisa Hirsch Maia in the 1960's. More recently, the manufacture of these threads moved to the US and New Zealand, but we continue to honor the origins of this art form with the name Brazilian embroidery.