OK, so it's not Brazilian embroidery ... although I have designed a few dahlias for my Millefiori projects using all sorts of stitches and combinations. This dahlia just looks like a bad hair day and was too interesting to leave to wilt.
And as I'm looking (make that admiring this flower...), I'm thinking #135, #159, maybe #134 ... oh, yes, and bullions. But FUNNY Bullions, a few wraps tightened on a #3 needle, then a cast-on stitch for an "elbow" (you didn't know dahlia petals had elbows, did you?), more wraps and maybe a cast-on stitch at the end. I might even make some of those bullion drizzles that I had in my book, Take A Stitch. (Look for the Boyer Bullion Drizzle.)
I don't know if it will work; have to stitch it out to see. You just never know what will come out of that needle.
Speaking of designing, I had a request a few weeks ago about getting these inspirations out of our heads and onto paper and then fabric. I think I'll start writing here and there about what I do to design for Brazilian embroidery, and maybe inspire others to give it a try. I'll write about what I do and if it helps someone else, that will be a good thing.
Bad hair days sometimes have GOOD things going for them, too!
I'll be back SOON with my NEW STITCH ....you'll love it. I promise.