A couple of years ago I came across a couple of old Brazilian Embroidery pamphlets put out by the company that made the rayon threads.
Between my rudimentary Portuguese language skills and the help of a Brazilian friend I was able to decipher the instructions and sew a design.
Since then the grandchildren of the founder of this company has claimed copyright so I can't share the patterns with you, but I can show-off the pieces that I embroidered.
I know that this is a great disappointment for those who would love to recreate these vintage designs. I suggest using the older books published in the 1970s and 1980s. The designs in these books are very similar to the ones in the earlier pamphlets. Amazon has these books from time to time.
Photo 1: This is the entire pattern. Most of the patterns were of Brazilian flowers. This one is of the colorful Brazilian birds. I wasn't able to match the threads with the present colors available so I did the best that I could.
Photo 2: The Bird as very interesting, the Bullions were wrapped around each other in the body. I had to do this a couple of times before I figured it out.
Photo 3: I decided to experiment here. I pattern called for Whipped Stem stitches (the 2 flowers in the back) and then I added very small Bullion Roses throughout the design. I did this just to see which roses looked better. In the end, the Whipped Stem stitches won! What do you think?
Photo 4: This shows the Branches, Buds and Tendrils at the Base of the Rosebush.
Dimensional Embroidery and my Azorean heritage