Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery

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​Last Updated 07/03/2021

Contemporary Hand Embroidery for the 21st Century

Rosalie Wakefield was invited to write about Brazilian embroidery for Needle Arts, the magazine of the Embroiderers Guild of America in March, 2013. This is a copy of that article.  Her final quote: "The future for Brazilian dimensional embroidery looks as bright as the amazing array of rayon threads produced for creative stitchers."

Publicity Tip: When demonstrating B.E., have a printed copy (in a binder with sheet protectors) so people can page through it to see the wide variety of designs available and also see more ways in which B.E. can be used.

Seminar Location Criteria Checklist provided by Facilities Chairman. Do you have an idea for BDEIG seminar venue in your area? Download this checklist as a feasibility guideline. Availability, transportation, and costs for classrooms, lodging, meals are primary considerations. Contact Facilities or Seminar Chairs with your suggestions.  

BDEIG Judging Criteria prepared by the Standards Committee. Suggested for your use as a guide when judging entries at State and County fairs and other competitions. It may be printed & shared with your submissions into competitions for other judges to reference.

Flowers & Seminar Themes 

of the YEAR

Thank you to our Publicity Committee for these articles. 

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 Mary Crichton in 1998, presented a packet of Scabiosa seeds (pincushion flower) to each seminar attendee with a challenge to grow them and create a stitched version.   

Each year thereafter, members submit names of flowers, with final selection made by membership vote on the General Election ballot.   

All members are encouraged to stitch their version of the flower and enter them in competition at the Show and Share Exhibit at Seminar.  

Class-Level Guidelines Download guidelines used for annual seminar classes here. Also published in seminar catalog. 

BDEIG Revitalization Information 9/28/2020 materials provided to members in preparation for provisional vote. See November newsletter for more information. 


Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery International Guild

information and formS

articles about b.e.

The Wonderful World of Brazilian Embroidery

Full of colorful pictures, this presentation provides a brief history of BE and its many uses from crazy quilts and clothes to artwork depicting oceans to forests.

  • 1992 - First Seminar (Virginia Chapman)
  • 1993 - Second Seminar (Virginia Chapman)
  • 1994 - A Passion for Rainbows (Florence Worcester)
  • ​1996 - Re-JOYCE-ing in the Beauty of Nature Around You (Jinx Kirkpatrick)
  • ​1997 - Renewing the Joy(s)ce (of the Circle) of Friendship (Louise Lakusta)
  • 1998 - Scabiosa; Kaleidoscope of Colors (Tracie Male)
  • 1999 - Peony; Kaleidoscope of Colors (Debbie Kelley)
  • 2000 - Columbine, chosen for the school shooting disaster; Stitches in Time (Debbie West)
  • 2001 - Rose; Floss, Friendship & Fun in 2001 (Jinx Shearer )
  • 2002 - Fuchsia; A Stitcher’s Garden of Flowers (Debbie Kelley)
  • 2003 - Iris; Victorian Memories (Cheryl Schuler)
  • 2004 - Bleeding Heart; Tropical Fantasy (Penny Oliver)
  • 2005 - Hosta; Stitching from the Heart (Ruby Scruggs)
  • 2006 - Sweet Pea; Critters in My Garden (Ruby Scruggs)
  • 2007 - Pansy; Butterflies – Flowers that fly and all but sing (Pam Cole)
  • 2008 - Hibiscus; Winter Holidays (Peggy Daschbach-Martin)
  • 2009 - Carnation; Come to the Circus (Agnes Davis)
  • 2010 - St. John's Wort; By the Sea By the Sea (Agnes Davis)
  • 2011 - Orchid; Floral Bouquets (Mendie Cannon)
  • 2012 - Dogwood; Birthday Party (Mendie Cannon)
  • 2013 - Lilly; Tea Thyme and Lavender (Mary-E. Crichton)
  • 2014 - Daisy; Birds of a Feather Flock Together (Bonnie Fletcher)
  • 2015 - Hollyhocks; Country Gardens (Bonnie Fletcher)
  • 2016 - Cacti; Deserts in Bloom (Ruby Scruggs)
  • 2017 - Fantasy Flower; Fairy Gardens (Ruby Scruggs)
  • 2018 - Wisteria; Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (Carol Dundas)
  • 2019 - Wild Flowers; Butterfly Garden (Sandy Velin)
  • 2020 - Sunflowers; Four Seasons  (Sandy Velin) Canceled due to Covid19 pandemic
  • 2021 - Sunflowers; Four Seasons (Sandy Velin) Virtual due to COVID 
  • 2022 - Poppy; Into the Woods (Valerie Cansler)
  • 2023 - Funky Flowers; Enchanted Sea (Valerie Cansler)
  • 2024 - Daffodil; Forging Friendships in Brazilian Embroidery (Mendie Cannon)

flower of year history

Intent to Teach Form Download and submit to Seminar Chair in advance of the formal class submissions due in November. 

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Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery

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

Promote BDEIG!  Keep a couple BDEIG business cardsin your wallet to share as people ask you about your stitching. The QR code links to this website.  These cards are designed to print on standard business card stock such as Avery’s 8870 Clean Edge Business Card stock. The cards are 2” tall and 3.5” wide. Most business card stocks are compatible with this format. You could also print on plain card stock and cut the cards out using a paper cutter.​​​