The different sized mirrors are fixed with shisha stitch on the red yoke. The heart shaped mirrors in the centre are fixed with double chain stitch which is whipped on the inner side to secure the mirror. This stitch has some other names too. It is used in Hungarian, Kashmiri embroideries. It is thicker than the normal chain. By working this way, the cloth around the mirrors is pulled tight and the mirror sits snugly in the space created by this pulling. I was concerned when it distorted the shape of the fabric, later decided it would not matter because this yoke gets attached to the tunic. This yoke requires some silver beads now to complete the ethnic look.
white printed red mirror work
May 27, 2015
May 13, 2015
The mirror work was completed on the black multi coloured yoke. The yoke is quite heavy now with so many big mirrors!
The pattern of the red yoke also has mirrors on it, but that’ll come later. I have started with herringbone filling of the small triangles and back stitching of the outlines.
I drew a small black work pattern yesterday for a beige tunic. The idea is to work this on cream aida, which can be attached to the tunic by the tailor. But starting of this project depends on my progress on the red yoke this week. I would definitely need a break from mirror work!
May 6, 2015
There has been some progress on this black yoke. A few more colours were added. After working the white thread, the mirrors will be stitched with shisha stitch. This yoke has big mirrors.
A thought came to choose another fabric as tunic for this yoke, instead of the white printed fabric and wouldn’t budge from the mind. So the base fabric is changed to base fabrics- a combo of black and black ikat.
I always wanted to combine white with red. This printed white fabric seems ideal to use red fabric on it. Hope I don’t abandon this fabric again.
The pattern was drawn yesterday. This yoke also has mirrors, rather I should say it has other stitches along with mirrors!