How to attach mirrors to fabric: Mirror-work
Embroidery is a form of art used for adding beauty to any dull piece of fabric. Indian embroidery is known for its vibrant colors and simple but attractive stitches and motifs. Mirror-work has been part of Indian embroidery for a very long time. Mirrors are called "shisha" in Hindi, so the term 'shisha-kaam' is also used to describe mirror work embroidery. There are many techniques one can use to attach mirrors to fabrics. In this hub, I am describing a very simple technique of attaching mirrors to fabric, simple enough for beginners to learn.
The first thing you would need to do is gather the material you will need.
1) Mirrors- beginners can choose fairly large mirrors. I have used a coin instead of a mirror for demonstration.
2) Fabric : use fabric such as casement or poplin. (The fabric should be firm and able to take the weight of the mirrors.
3) Embroidery yarns in various colors
Step 1: Begin by creating a foundation grid to hold the mirror in place. Create a basic grid like you use to play knots-and crosses. Interlace the thread to give it some firmness. You can look at the pictures included with this article.
Once the basic grid is created, then reinforce it by creating a cross over it, again interlacing the yarn over and under the basic grid.
To create a foundation grid for the mirror
Working the buttonhole stitch
Step 2) Work a buttonhole stitch through the grid and the fabric. Usually the same colored yarn that is used to make the grid is used to make the buttonhole stitches, but I have used a different colored yarn, for easy visibility. This also makes the mirror-work more colorful.
You can also work in a back stitch along with the buttonhole stitch if you want. I have simply used a buttonhole stitch.
Note: another stitch used instead of the buttonhole stitch is the herringbone stitch. This stitch usually is worked along with a chain stitch after each herringbone stitch.
attaching the mirror
Embellish the attached mirror
Embellish the attached mirror by working a chain stitch around it. you can use colorful yarns to make it flamboyant and attractive.
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