Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery

International Guild, Inc.

International Guild

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 worldwide.  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 5 days), 6 nights lodging, 17 meals and a very full, interesting "Goodie Bag".  

Thank you 
for being a part of 'us'.  We hope you will enjoy it, and eventually volunteer to become an Officer or Chairperson - with all its honors and responsibilities.

Virginia Chapman

Founder, B.D.E.I.G. Inc.

basic stitches 

Frequently used in Brazilian embroidery to give the dimensional look

‚ÄčLast Updated 01/29/2017

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Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery

Closed group & Not managed by BDEIG, but many guild members participate

leaf stitch

detatched buttonhole

pistil stitch


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Free designs using basic stitches

stem & outline stitches


Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery International Guild

couching stitch


A message from our founder


Chosen for their dimensional qualities, the Basic Stitches explained below have been known and used for hundreds of years.  Z-twist rayon thread is commonly used for this style of embroidery because of its sheen and smoothness.  Most dimensional stitches, especially the bullion stitch, are easier to make with rayon 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.   While the threads are now manufactured in other regions, we continue to honor the origins of this art from with the name Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery.

Bullion Stitch

cast-on & variations

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.  

drizzle stitch