This is the step by step method for attaching the mirror or shisha.
Hold the mirror with your thumb of your non-sewing hand.
We are going to cross over the mirror 4 times to secure it.
The space which we get in the middle,where all the lines cross becomes the inner ring.
The outer ring is the circumference of the mirror.
diagram -1 1.Bring up the needle and thread at point1Cross to the opposite side,over the mirror and insert the needle at 2-----1st linediagram -2
.2.Bring the needle at 3 and just cross over to the opposite side and insert the needle at 4-2nd line
3.Bring the needle up at the side at 5 ,go over and under the 2nd line at ‘A’.
The thread is now twisted once at ‘A’. Remember to bring the needle outside,
Otherwise even when the mirror is held, thread has the tendency to move over
to the corner ,and the mirror becomes loose.
Now move the needle over and under at ‘B’ ,now the thread is twisted inside.
Insert the needle at 6-3rd line
4.Bring the needle up at 7, go over and under at ‘C’[with needle outside].Again cross over and under at’D’[with needle inside] and insert the needle at 8-4th line
sample-2Bring the needle very near 8 .Now there is a inner ring and the outer ring. Mirror is secured.diagram-5 sample-3
5. Insert the needle into the inner circle[eg-cretan st
diagram -66.Make small st on the cloth near 8sample-4
Keep repeating this till mirror is fully covered
Mirror is now completed
The wrong side
sample-square This is a square mirror.sample-diamond
Diamond shaped mirror can be secured like this.
Notes- I have used Anchor stranded cotton-3 strands for this medium size mirror.
For big mirrors use 4 strands.
For small mirrors use 2 strands, otherwise this stitch will completely obscure the mirror .
If the inner circle gets bigger[when the tension of the thread is more], after completing the stitch,the inner circle can be whipped and tightened.
Generally mirrors are heavy, so use cloth of medium thickness.
While learning and practicing ,keep the length of the thread sufficient to complete a mirror.Round mirrors have the tendency to slip away,when it is not held comfortably ..
I hope this tuitorial will help people to embellish their embroidery with mirrors.
I enjoyed doing this,
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