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Shisha embroidery.

Updated on December 8, 2011

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.

Now

Gently pull the thread. Remember to pull the crossing line only about half way to the edge of the mirror.

Then..

Continue this stitch around the mirror & each time place the needle through the fabric a bit away from the previous stitch.

Finally..

Now continue stitching, when we get to a corner of the lines until we stitch the mirror completely.

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Shisha embroidery step 5:

Final knot

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.

Dresses & footwear

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Sexy shisha shirt with base color brown.Colorful ethnic tie and dye skirtBanjaran dressBanjaran dressBanjaran dressBanjaran dressColorful ethnic tie and dye skirtSexy shisha shirt with base color blue.ladies wearing traditional ghaghra cholishisha work chapels.
Sexy shisha shirt with base color brown.
Sexy shisha shirt with base color brown.
Colorful ethnic tie and dye skirt
Colorful ethnic tie and dye skirt
Banjaran dress
Banjaran dress
Banjaran dress
Banjaran dress
Banjaran dress
Banjaran dress
Banjaran dress
Banjaran dress
Colorful ethnic tie and dye skirt
Colorful ethnic tie and dye skirt
Sexy shisha shirt with base color blue.
Sexy shisha shirt with base color blue.
ladies wearing traditional ghaghra choli
ladies wearing traditional ghaghra choli
shisha work chapels.
shisha work chapels.

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.

Shisha Bedsheets & cushion covers

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Shisha embroidery cushion cover.Shisha work bed sheet.Shisha work bed sheet.Purple shisha work bed sheet.Shisha work pillowShisha work pillowShisha work pillowShisha work pillowShisha work pillow
Shisha embroidery cushion cover.
Shisha embroidery cushion cover.
Shisha work bed sheet.
Shisha work bed sheet.
Shisha work bed sheet.
Shisha work bed sheet.
Purple shisha work bed sheet.
Purple shisha work bed sheet.
Shisha work pillow
Shisha work pillow
Shisha work pillow
Shisha work pillow
Shisha work pillow
Shisha work pillow
Shisha work pillow
Shisha work pillow
Shisha work pillow
Shisha work pillow

Bags and clutches.

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Clutch mirror work.Mirror work purse.Clutch mirror work.Mirror work bag.Mirror work bag in multicolor.Mirror work bag.Mirror work purse.A closer look.Mirror work purse.Mirror work bag.
Clutch mirror work.
Clutch mirror work.
Mirror work purse.
Mirror work purse.
Clutch mirror work.
Clutch mirror work.
Mirror work bag.
Mirror work bag.
Mirror work bag in multicolor.
Mirror work bag in multicolor.
Mirror work bag.
Mirror work bag.
Mirror work purse.
Mirror work purse.
A closer look.
A closer look.
Mirror work purse.
Mirror work purse.
Mirror work bag.
Mirror work bag.

Shisha ornaments

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HangingsShisha recklessWall hanging.Shisha boxShisha flower vase.Sexy shisha mask( wall hanging)Shisha wall hanging.Shisha wall hangings.Shisha camels.Shisha Christmas tree hangings.
Hangings
Hangings
Shisha reckless
Shisha reckless
Wall hanging.
Wall hanging.
Shisha box
Shisha box
Shisha flower vase.
Shisha flower vase.
Sexy shisha mask( wall hanging)
Sexy shisha mask( wall hanging)
Shisha wall hanging.
Shisha wall hanging.
Shisha wall hangings.
Shisha wall hangings.
Shisha camels.
Shisha camels.
Shisha Christmas tree hangings.
Shisha Christmas tree hangings.

What do you think about shisha embroidery?

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      noner 4 years ago

      I've seen it, of course, but never knew what it was called. Maybe I'll have a go at it one day.

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      MariaMontgomery 5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      I've never heard of this type of embroidery before. It is truly beautiful. Thank you for sharing the information with all of us.

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      yayas 5 years ago

      What a perfectly lovely way to enjoy creating! I have never heard of shisha embroidery, but I can certainly un'erstan' how it has withstood the test of time.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Very interesting to see how this is done. Thank you. Blessings.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      I love this stuff! I bought an Indian outfit, and am going to buy a sari. And now I know it is called shisha embroidery.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have always loved shisha embroidery though I did not know what it was called, a very beautiful art that would take some time to master. Thank you for sharing the process!

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      bossy gal 6 years ago

      Thank you:)

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      Runnn 6 years ago

      Cool lens. Well done.

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      bossy gal 6 years ago

      Thank you for appreciating:).

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Absolutely lovely - fantastic lens you have here, as well!

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      bossy gal 6 years ago

      Yes, this work really requires lot of hard work, but this work continues with the generations. There are even more things that require more hard work than shisha embroidery, I'll try my best to introduce them here.

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      mumsgather 6 years ago

      I've only just seen these types of embroidery being sold on bags and clothing before but I've never seen them being made. It seems like an awful lot of work!