Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery

Example of Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery. Example of Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery.

Brazilian dimensional embroidery is a textured surface embroidery. It uses rayon, Z-twisted threads of different weights and amounts of metal twists, as well as a variety of colours, to construct three-dimensional designs that are sewn onto a piece of cloth. Details are embroidered directly onto the cloth.

Common stitches include bullion stitch, cast-on buttonhole stitch, couching, detached buttonhole stitch, drizzle stitch, French knots and stem stitch. The most widely used three-dimensional motifs for this type of embroidery are birds, flowers and insects, which are eventually applied onto garments and household furnishings, such as cushions.

Brazilian three-dimensional embroidery was developed in the 1960's by Elisa Hirsch Maia. She was unhappy with the dull cotton floss she was using to embroider her family’s clothing and linen, so she began to experiment with dyeing her own floss, using rayon threads and designing her own patterns. Her colourful, often variegated rayon threads became very popular, as were her embroidery workshops.


Digital source of illustration (retrieved 9 July 2016).


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