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.
In the May issue, an educational article was printed on the early threads and patterns of Brazilian Embroidery. Titled Threading Through the Past: My
Encounter with the Varicor Embroidery Patterns from the 1960's, you may download the PDF file of it for viewing or printing.
In the August issue, is a lesson making and using the Mediterranean knotted stitch by Loretta Holzberger
Education Projects from The B.E. Wrap-Up Volumes 1-15
Educational projects from The B.E. Wrap-Up newsletter from 1992 to mid 2006 have been collected into a book. Over the years 31 members, designers, and teachers have contributed a total of 93 projects that are included in this 138-page book. Pictures, diagrams and traceable patterns are included for most designs. This is now a PDF E-Book
Proceeds from the sale of these books will go into the scholarship fund. The books are $15.00, emailed to you . See our B.E. Boutique page for ordering details. This would make a great gift to your favorite stitcher, a friend, or for yourself.
Birthplace of New Stitches and Flowers
An addition in 2010 to our education page has been the birth of a stitch. These are stitches that have been developed by guild members.
Where instructions can be found
|Loretta Holzberger||#2636, Dahlias, Bells and Lace |
#2633, Floral Fantasy
|Knotted Rose Leaf||Marty Campbell||The B.E. Wrap-Up, May 2010|
|Triple Stem Stitch||Debbie Goff||#5607 Coastal Delights|
Bullion Combination Stitch
|Loretta Holzberger #2651 Floral on Linen|
#2657 Stars and Lace
|Lazy Twist||Rosalie Wakefield||#948 Patty's Plum|
|#453 Bullion Magic|
|Cascade Rose |
|Rosalie Wakefield||#971 Cascade Rose|
| New Pistil Stitch||Rosalie Wakefield||The B.E. Wrap-Up, August 2011 and various Millefiori designs|
Here are some of the stitches frequently used in Brazilian embroidery to create the dimensional look.
Bullion Cast-on Buttonhole Couching Detached Buttonhole Drizzle Leaf Stitch Pistil or Long-Tailed French Knot Stem Stitch
A click on the stitch name will take you to the instructions
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