Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery

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These stitch instructions have been provided by Peggy Crawford and Loretta Holzberger The diagrams and written instructions are copyrighted. They are for your personal use.  

A Couching stitch is often used in Brazilian embroidery to create fine lines of green growth.  We call it "fine growth".  Using one of the finer-weight threads, come up at 1 and down at 2. 

Come up at 3, down at 4, up at 5, down at 6 and so on.  Continue until the thread is securely couched down along the pattern line. 

‚ÄčIf there are side branches off the stem, work them on your way down the stem as shown  in 9-14.


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Hint: When doing the couching make short angled stitches that follow the line of the thread twist and your couching will blend in better. Areas that are curved need to be couched more closely than straighter sections.