A Message from our Founder
Welcome to an elite group of specialized embroiderers. To encourage each other, the Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery International Guild was founded in 1991 by a unanimous, joyful, affirmative vote. It was a long-time dream come true for me.
From a beginning of about 50 charter members, BDEIG Inc. now has over 400 members world-wide. If you don't find a chapter near you, we encourage you to start one.
The largest benefit of belonging to BDEIG is being able to attend the annual Seminar. The cost is reasonable. It includes: over 50 class offerings (you choose up to two for each of five days); 6 nights lodging; 17 meals; and a very full, interesting "Goodie-bag".
So thank you for being a part of 'usí. We hope you will enjoy it, and eventually volunteer to become an Officer or Chairperson - with all its honor and responsibilities.
This beautiful banner was created for the guild by Mary Kurbis' group of B.E. stitchers in Vernon, B.C. We will hang it proudly at all seminars, and it will be available for show at trade shows and other events to advertise the guild. If you are going to an event and would like to have it for display, please contact president, Peggy Daschbach-Martin. Let's see our banner displayed and enjoyed often.
At our 1993 Seminar, Florence Worcester began a guild tradition. She stitched a red rose and made it into a pin which was presented to a seminar participant who inspired us all with her enthusiasm and willingness to pitch in and help. The rose was a reminder of Florence's good friend, Judy Jensen, who had been an inspiration to Florence to learn and enjoy Brazilian embroidery. Judy was a charter member of BDEIG, but died during our first year. Elaine Buttrick received the first Judy Jensen award. She had come all the way from England for the seminar, and really did inspire us all with her enthusiasm. Judy's daughter, K.K. Byrnes and Evelyn DeVries put the lovely pin together for the recipients each year.
Over the years the recipients have been chosen by the board for their contributions to the guild and attitude of " putting the good of the guild first". They are:
Pictured at the right are the Judy Jensen recipients present at Seminar 2006
From left to right Front row: Virginia Chapman, Debbie Kelley, Loretta Holzberger, Rosalie Wakefield and K.K. Byrnes, daughter of Judy Jensen but not a recipient. Back row: Gayl Ratigan, Agnes Davis, Charlotte Walker, Peggy Daschbach-Martin, Elaine Buttrick, Charlyn Walker, Florence Worcester, and Mary Kurbis.
Pictured on the left are the Judy Jensen recipients present at Seminar 2010
From left to right Front row: Evelyn DeVries, Anita Douglas, Florence Worcester, Grita Gidner, and Phyllis Friesen. Back row: Loretta Holzberger, Gayl Ratigan, Debbie Kelley, Rosalie Wakefield, Agnes Davis, Jean Wirig and Peggy Daschbach-Martin.