In talking via email with a neice, I was reminded of the embroidery work that my my mother-in-law spent many hours creating. She took up this type of Embroidery in the late 1970's and continued to make a variety of pictures, embellishment on quilts, as features on the top of trinket boxes and other things. I had not seen this kind of embroidery work before - she called it Brazillian Embroidery and had taken some classes though a group that she was active in.
Brazillian Embroidery is a dimensional system of creating knotted work that became tiny flowers and textured miniature leaves. The threads were shiny rayon and she had to order them specifically for this type of embroidery.
I have not ever seen anyone else do this type of embroidery -- but of course there has to be others, for where else would she learn it -- and it's popularity is enough that there are web sites and online supply stores specifically for the rayon threads that are used. Here are a couple of links if you wish to investigate this type of stitching a bit further.
Aren't they lovely? I am so glad that I had people in my life willing to take the time to show me these crafts and often how to do them...
Sometimes as a daughter-in-law, I did not see eye to eye with my husband's mother, but I certainly admire her skill as a stitch artist! She was so very meticullous about the way she worked and I am glad she was generous enough to share her work. Now all these years later, I appreciate them so much !