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The Art of Shisha embroidery.
Shisha(mirror) embroidery work is one of the most oldest fashion and it is worn by not only by the ladies but also gents of all ages but due to its beauty & an antique look it has never lost its charm in the field of fashion. In this lens you will see how a little mirror with its unique look attracts every eye by its reflection & different looks.
Beginning of Shisha embroidery.
Shisha is actually a mirror that is stitched on the fabric with the help of embroidery, it all started many years ago (in Rajhistan India and then came to Tharr that is in Pakistan) where women embroidered their own clothes with the shisha(mirror). As this work was all done with hands so it required a huge hard work, due to the shinny glowing mirrors & different colors & a beautiful unique look it soon became an attraction for the world.
Shisha embroidery step1:
Draw horizontal lines with the thread.
Hold the mirror with your left hand in a desired position, with the help of needlework two horizontal lines across the mirror. Don't worry if your lines aren't perfectly parallel because it won't be noticeable after it's completed. As you can see in this pictures below.
Shisha embroidery step 2:
Draw vertical lines with the thread.
Now we need to draw two vertical lines across the horizontal lines for that bring the needle from the back of the fabric, place the needle under the first horizontal line wrapping the thread around it once. Repeat the same procedure with the second vertical line. As show in the pictures below.
Shisha embroidery step3:
Put a knot.
Now you got to put a knot for that put the needle through the ground fabric and knot the thread in the underside, this knot will be very helpful in the next coming steps.
Shisha embroidery step4:
Now bring the back through the ground fabric, don't make your stitch too tight as the mirror may slip out when you are finished that will ruin all the hard work. As you can see in the picture how far the needle is crossing the mirror from the edge. Place the needle underneath the "crossing" line and pull the excess thread underneath the line.
Gently pull the thread. Remember to pull the crossing line only about half way to the edge of the mirror.
Continue this stitch around the mirror & each time place the needle through the fabric a bit away from the previous stitch.
Now continue stitching, when we get to a corner of the lines until we stitch the mirror completely.
Shisha embroidery step 5:
When we have completed our work all around the mirror, we pull the thread through to the underside of the ground fabric and knot it.
How to do the shisha or mirror stitch?
A common complain..
Most of the people have a complain that they have some space left in between the stitches after they are done with their stitching, that's no big trouble we can fill those empty space by stitching those holes after completing the entire stitching.
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Different varieties of Shisha embroidery.
As in the beginning around 1500 years back, shisha embroidery was only seen on the clothes but slowly & gradually as it became the part of fashion & style so the use of shisha became more & more in other accessories too, such as bags, shirts, stoles, shoes,ornaments, pillows, cushion covers, bed sheets.