Brazilian Dimensional Embroidery Step by Step Instructions for Dean's Design

Peggy Crawford 2004

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Stitches Used: Stem, Leaf Stitch, Satin Stitch, Straight Stitch, Bullion, Cast-On, Detached Buttonhole, Colonial Knot, and Double Cast-On. Click on the stitch name to see how it is done.


EdMar Threads:

Lola #308
Lola #54
Lola #115
Lola #171
Iris #99
Iris #400
Iris #405
Iris #171
Nova #405
Nova #115
Cire #403


#1 Millinery
#3 Millinery
#20 Chenille
#22 Chenille
Small Paint Brush
Niagara Spray Starch
Optional: Beading Needle and Thread

Note: I used Fresh Water Pearls for the flower centers. I used Mill Hill Glass Beads #02002 (yellow) for the centers of the smaller flowers. French Knots or Colonial Knots may be substituted. Your choice!

Working Order and Flower Instructions:

Using Lola #308, work Branches using a Stem Stitch. The other stems that have the flowers are worked with Iris # 99. Leaves are worked using the Leaf Stitch and Iris #99.

Center Flowers:
(Circle with X or .X. in the Center)

Key: Circle with X Lola #115
Circle with X Lola #54

Using Lola and a #22 Chenille Needle, make a Straight Stitch from A to B. See Figure 1. Bring the needle up at C, down at D, up at E, down at F, etc. You will have 5 Straight Stitches (Bars) in the circle. See Figure 2.

Bring the same needle/thread up at the DOT. See Figure 3.

1st Row: Work 3 Detached Buttonhole stitches on the bar. Turn.

2nd Row: Work 1 Detached Buttonhole on the first, previous stitch. 2 Detached Buttonhole in the next stitch, 1 Detached Buttonhole in the last stitch. Turn.

3rd Row: Work 2 Detached Buttonholes in the first stitch, 1 each in the next 2 stitches, 2 Detached Buttonholes in the last stitch. Turn.

4th Row: Skip the first stitch, make 1 Detached Buttonhole in each of the next 4 previous stitches, skipping the last stitch.

Continue working a Detached Buttonhole in the next stitch, working Detached Buttonholes down the side of the petal, catching the previous stitch. End by taking the needle down through the fabric, close to the bar.

Repeat the above instructions for each flower petal. End off.

Hint: Keep your stitches somewhat loose, but not too loose.

Purple Flowers:
(Circle with a Dot in the Center)

Using Lola #171 and a #1 Millinery needle, work 45 Bullions for each petal - 5 petals total.
Note: This is a good flower to practice your bullions; they don't need to be perfect since they will be covered.
Using Iris #171 and #22 Chenille needle, come up close to the left side of one of the bullions. Start making Detached Buttonholes on the Bullion. Continue until the bullion is covered. See Figure 1.
Bring the needle down into the fabric, close to the right side of the bullion. Repeat for all petals being careful not to come up in the same hole that your needle went down in. See Figure 2.

Small Flowers:

Using Iris #400 and a #22 Chenille needle, use Satin Stitches to fill each petal. See. Figure 1.

Flowers on Branches:

Using Nova #115 and a #20 Chenille needle, randomly work Colonial Knot flowers coming down the branches.

Hint: The flowers look better grouped in odd numbers. Place a yellow Mill Hill bead in the center of each flower.

Hint: To make the flower appear as though it's a side view, place the bead off center.


Add beads, French Knots, or Colonial knots for flower centers.

To help the detached buttonhole flower petals to behave, spray some Niagara Spray starch into the lid. Taking your brush, "paint" the starch onto each petal, shaping them with your fingers.

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