Shisha (the Hindi word for “little glass”) embroidery is also known as mirror-work or abla embroidery. Originally, pieces of mica were used as the mirrors, but later, thin blown-glass pieces were broken and used. Today, small mirrors are commercially available for shisha embroidery. If you use these, make sure to file the edges first so the mirrors aren’t sharp.

I like using paillettes, those large sequins with a tiny hole in the side. They’re extremely lightweight, not sharp at all, and readily available in many colors. They worked perfectly in my “Local pride” apron. I also think it would be really neat to use coins from around the world in shisha embroidery.

I’ve recently gotten really into playing with embroidery, and I decided to at the very least do this one tutorial to share my love of the art form with you all. All you handcrafting/DIY-type folks, get ready!

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  1. Gather your materials. You’ll need fabric, an embroidery hoop, a sharp needle, a shisha mirror (or paillette or coin), and embroidery floss.
    Tutorial: Indian Shisha (mirror-work) embroidery, diy, handmade, needlework, how-to
  2. Secure your fabric in the hoop tightly. Thread your needle and knot the end of your floss.
    Tutorial: Indian Shisha (mirror-work) embroidery, diy, handmade, needlework, how-to
  3. Place your shisha on the fabric, and secure it with a crossing of foundation stitches.
    Tutorial: Indian Shisha (mirror-work) embroidery, diy, handmade, needlework, how-to
  4. Now, duplicate the foundation stitches, but turned 45 degrees… like this.
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    Until you get this.
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  5. Now, you could leave it at that, and decorate around it. It’s pretty secure and it looks pretty, right? But if you’re more interested in creating a solid frame for your shisha, continue. Poke your needle up through the fabric beside your mirror.
    Then, slide your needle under the foundation stitches, from the center toward the edge.
    Tutorial: Indian Shisha (mirror-work) embroidery, diy, handmade, needlework, how-to
  6. Pull your needle through and tighten the stitch, then work one backstitch right next to your mirror.
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  7. Now, your next stitches will be like blanket stitches. Again, thread the needle under your foundation stitches from the center to the edge, but make sure your thread is looped UNDER your needle as you pull the stitch tight.
    Tutorial: Indian Shisha (mirror-work) embroidery, diy, handmade, needlework, how-to
  8. From now on, when you work the backstitch after your blanket stitch,make sure to initially poke your needle through the previous backstitch. This will create an attractive chain around your shisha.
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  9. Once I get mine shishsa started, I like to take it out of the embroidery hoop. You can if you want to, but you don’t have to. Keep working steps 7 and 8 around the mirror.
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    This is why I like to take it out of the hoop. It allows me to sort of bend the fabric backward to have more control over my backstitches.
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  10. Keep going until you’re finished!
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  11. Are you proud of yourself? You should be! You could stop there, or you can decorate it some more (back in the embroidery hoop for this). I started with a border of turquoise chain stitches, to match my paillette.
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  12. And then… oh look! The shisha is shining with happiness!
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  13. I finished mine up with some delightful little french knots.
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  14. Enjoy! And join the flickr group to show off your own shisha embroidery.

215 Comments on Tutorial: Indian Shisha (mirror) Embroidery

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    excellent tutorial, love it

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    Hi!
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  3. Gina says:

    Just gave me a great idea for reusing CDs, rather than throwing them away. CDs are easily cut into shapes and then the shapes could be embroidered onto fabric…I’ll post it when I get some done. Thank you, Gina

  4. Finally someone who actually knows (one of the words) the meaning to Shisha, and I found this tutorial very helpful and the idea is very cute, and to those who think Shisha is a “slang” term for smoking, well you are all wrong

  5. A City Girl says:

    That was a great tutorial and very easy to follow. I hall be making myself a bedspread soon. Thank you!!!

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  8. samina says:

    very nice take me back in memory lane with that shisha… i first learn that embroidery 30 yrs ago on a coin …still lov doing it … enjoy reading it..

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    I am just about to start a knitting project that “needs” windows. I think that I can adapt this technique for knitted and felted fabric. Thank you!

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  118. […] the more i read, the closer to perchta i felt. and then, the final, amazing coincidence; i read that in some regions, perchten are decorated with small pieces of mirror… and literally HOURS beforehand i had linked, ON the krampus makers group on facebook, to a tutorial about shisha stitching — the stitching of small mirrors on to cloth. […]

  119. Andrew says:

    Have you regarded as adding extra video clips in your websites to help keep readers a lot more entertained? I mean I just read through the entire article of yours and it was really great but as I’m more of a visual learner,I found that being more useful. Just my my idea, Good luck

  120. John Gray says:

    Wow it is really simply amazing handicraft! I love to have it but i hate to make it because for me it is really hard to do especially using needles, gosh I’m afraid of using that kind of stuff. The craft is really nice and thanks for sharing.

  121. Elnorac says:

    You’re awesome to write this wonderful tutorial! I thought I was going to have to buy a bunch of pre-stitched shisha, but heck, I can do this. Thanks so much! Now I’ll go look at the flickr group!

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  123. annie says:

    Thanks Emily! its a very nice and clear tutorial. I have been wanting to learn this for such a long time. I have already finished stitching four mirrors onto some block printed cloth. Going to try get some large pieces of mirror and stitch em up 😀

  124. sarah says:

    hi…
    love this shisha work.. but the problem is, i cant find these mirrors in us.. can u tell me how did get them?
    thanks

  125. Naina says:

    Thanks,i was searching for mirror stitch i got it in a very easy n clear way.very very Thanks

  126. Eliane says:

    and i always wondered how those cute frames are done… so simple and so beautiful, amazing tutorial! cheers from ireland, eliane

  127. z says:

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  128. Carina says:

    Great step by step clear images – fantastic!
    Will use them in my textiles classes.

  129. Chris says:

    Absolutely amazing tutorial. Thank you!

  130. priya says:

    It’s really awesome.. But could you please upload this technique as a video in youtube?? It’ll be more easy to understand..

  131. blueberry says:

    do you think it’s possible to do this w/ larger mirrors? I’m thinking mirrors about the size of my hand, or something like that. perhaps if I used a dab of glue to help support the weight?

  132. Bridal expos says:

    I really like your tutorial. It’s very informative and helpful. I really appreciate that.

    Thanks for sharing information with us.

  133. Rashmi says:

    Great tutorial! Nicely taught. Would definitely try it out!!!!!!

  134. hemi says:

    loved the shisha tutorial.
    where can i buy these mica-shisha mirrors.

  135. hilary says:

    do you think this technique would work with an oval?

  136. Rose says:

    Can you tell me where I can BUY these little mica/shisha mirrors? Can’t find them in a google search.

    Love the tutorial, nicely done!

  137. woops my comment went into cyberspace somewhere! Anyway, cute project, great tutorial. I’m on it!

  138. WashingtonPharmGirl says:

    This was a very good tutorial. I love the colors, too. Now to work it into my decor…hmmmm. Shouldn’t be a problem!!

  139. ghadeer batool says:

    i like this

  140. Shams says:

    Very useful tutorial.I tried to stitch one and it looks beautiful,and loved it much.Thanks for it.

  141. Sharm says:

    Thank you for such a detailed & well structured tutorial. I cant wait to start! 🙂

  142. ushamouli says:

    I was longing to learn shisa-work it was simply supreb teaching which i could learn so easily. I wish u teach also the kutch-work.

    Thank u .
    ushamouli

  143. sindhu says:

    Wow,
    I excited and really thank you for teach me the mirror work I ever like. I Expect more embroidery..

  144. Tatiana says:

    I just got back from India and have been eying all my mirrored purchases, wondering how I could do the same. THANKS!

  145. abhay says:

    thanks for clear instructions

  146. Yarnedaround says:

    thanks a lot for the tute! It seems amazingly simple:) Will have to try it out:)

  147. Deedee Strone says:

    The clearest pictures of how to sew on shisha mirrors I have seen!

  148. Antique Brass and Chair says:

    My mother used to teach me the art of embroidery when I was 12 years of age. And now I'm 27 years old and managing an embroidery business. This business is really in demand most especially in teens who loves bags and other accessories with a touch of style and uniqueness.

  149. Zahraa says:

    thank you its grate

  150. veganchick says:

    I used to use this application back in the “70's.” AHA, the good ole days. Alas, too much time has gone by and I couldn't remember how to do it. Thank you so much for your detailed tutorial.

  151. MARIA says:

    I love

  152. MARIA says:

    This amazing
    thanks

  153. Dorcas says:

    Thanks so much for this beautifully clear set of instructions.

  154. ms singh says:

    hi really helful tutorial, bt do you know were i can buy ready made material with this embrodiary, i want to sew an indian outfit.

  155. nobabu says:

    i think this is helpful to people outside india,to learn

  156. nabiyanaufer says:

    thanks. can u send me some other methods and designs to stitch shisha mirror

  157. jyothi. says:

    Thanks a lot for the easy to follow instructions. could u pls. instruct me to stitch diamond shaped mirrors on to the fabric?

  158. jyothi. says:

    Thanks a lot for the easy to follow instructions. could u pls. instruct me to stitch diamond shaped mirrors on to the fabric?

  159. Lakshmi says:

    loved the shisha tutorial. it was simplified and explained beautifully! thanks so much! love u guys!

  160. fathi says:

    It's georgeous!! can't wait to try it out

  161. tehmina says:

    thanks for this site and tutorial, i love embleshing and embriodery and shisha just grab my fancy, wanted to learn for so long, atlast now will try it couldn't have done it without you. =) God bless!!!

  162. lisamarie m skelton says:

    Thank you! I got the shisha idea from my British magazine and couldn't find the shishas to complete the sampler! Awesome instructions. Thanks for taking your time to do this for us newbies to Hindi embroidery art! You ROCK!

  163. savita says:

    you could try this link to send a message to the site people

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/sendmessage.php

  164. savita says:

    Pls have a look here…your instructions have been copied and pasted word by word

    http://www.indusladies.com/forums/embroidery-wo

  165. JoyfulAbode says:

    Thank you for letting me know… how horrible! I can't believe that someone would steal my entire post including my photos and then TAKE THE CREDIT too!!! Everyone is like, “Wow, you're a star! Great tutorial – thank you so much! Beautiful photos!” and that lady is like, “You're so welcome, everyone.”

    B*TCH… (yes it makes me angry)
    I think I will have to make an account so I can respond there. I am SO upset.

  166. Judy says:

    Easy to follow instructions.

  167. moslem mishmast says:

    thanks very much
    some mirorr of this work(gray mirorr) is lead reflective layer
    Iam persian conservator haritage & reserch of this mirorr wrok
    can you help me

  168. saima says:

    thank you sooooooooooooo much …..i found the right thing i was looking for….im doing the shisha stitch on my cushoin 4 mu JC homeeoconomic exam so i was looking for instruction
    …………………again thanks its helping me….

  169. Name says:

    thanks for such a wonderful material . it is really wonderful.u explained it with a neat photograph . thank u for sharing such a needful work with everybody

  170. Angela says:

    WoW!!!!!.
    Thanks a lot!!!!

  171. Beth Acheson says:

    Thank you for your clear instructions and photos. This is the best that I have seen yet and feel confident that I can decorate dance clothing with shishas now. Best to you, Beth

  172. Margolotte says:

    Thanks, this was perfectly clear and very helpful.

  173. WOW! Thanks for sharing such a fantastic tutorial. I’m really looking forward to trying out this technique on a tank.

  174. ann calladine says:

    Thank you so much for posting this helpful tutorial. I had struggled with the basic dictionary of embroidery stitches guide and had ended up with just s mess. Your explaination was so simple and the pictures so clear. Many thanks.

  175. Payal says:

    Very beatiful “Mirror work”. You explained with photos is the core of this mirror work learning and you made it so simple with photos.
    Thanks for sharing your art work.

    Payal

  176. wow a lovely clear tutorial with good pics
    i feel i might be able to tackle a plush team challenge now
    cat xxxx

  177. Shobha Mathur says:

    Hi
    wonderful tutorial. Even though I had learnt it as a child, ( Long Time back ), I had forgotten the basic how to .
    Recently I read a query in About.com Cross stitch forum about attaching a penny. I have taken liberty of forwarding your photo and URL to them of this excellent tutorial.

    Bless you !
    shobha

  178. Sharne says:

    Thank you for the very clear instructions

  179. Maya says:

    Its a wonderful tutorial! helpful for me to design a frock for my swetteeee….

  180. Joyful Abode says:

    Barbara, the large sequins are just from a craft store… you can also get small mirrors at craft stores, but they are heavier than traditional Shisha mirrors. So if you want to go authentic I’d suggest googling for an online source!

  181. Barbara Arscott says:

    Looks great tutorial. Any help with suppliers of sisha mirrors or the very large sequins you used would be helpful.
    Look forward to having a go.
    Regards,
    Barbara

  182. radhika says:

    hey this is amazing…its my parents’ 25th anniversary and i wanted some mirror work on a lehenga (indian) … just that i dint really get a clear picture of how it wud be done or how it wud look after the thread on it… and it looks fab… im gonna get the same thing done with golden and silver thread!! thumbs up!

  183. lisa says:

    This is a great tutorial! I’ve wanted to know how to do this for some time and you’ve made it seem so easy! Thank you!

  184. meggiecat says:

    Thanks for this tut. Very well done!

  185. Joyful Abode says:

    Leslie, this website ships to Canada and sells the little pailette sequins I used.

    Small round mirrors are also available on Etsy and at craft store websites though these can be too thick for some uses… and you may benefit from filing or sanding the edges so they’re not as sharp if you decide to use them.

    Good luck with whichever materials you decide to use! And I hope you post your projects to the Flickr group!

  186. Leslie says:

    A lovely, well-explained and illustrated tutorial. I have been looking for a supplier of the mirrors for quite some time. I live in Saskatchewan, Canada, and cannot find them locally. Can you suggest a source?

  187. Devin Chopra says:

    Beautifully explained and neatly executed!

    Excellent!

    I will try and get this listed on my website.

  188. Joyful Abode says:

    Paulette, I’m not sure about doing the ovals, but the idea is the same… just create a “web” over it in a way that you think would hold it steady, then do your shisha stitching around it. I’d get a couple of similar mirrors and practice on other fabric before restoring your antique choli. Good luck!

  189. Paulette Capperis says:

    I was wondering if you have bit larger inch oval mirror to restore missing shisha mirrors on an antique choli, do you make the same kind of spiderweb design on it. I think some of the threads would be too far away from the edge and create an uneven edge. What do you think? I will be looking forward to hearing from you.

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  191. This looks really easy to do based on your tutorial. I’m going to bookmark it so that I can come back to it later and try it!

  192. useful links - how to embroider shisha mirrors says:

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  193. Ethel says:

    This is great – the photos really helped explain the ‘blanket stitch’ part. And the suggestions of coins, big sequins and the like were great!

  194. SewDelish says:

    Thanks for the tutorial. I wondered how this technique was done!

  195. Bunny says:

    Nice. Its just a shame nobody uses stuff like that anymore. Oh well…

  196. stacy says:

    I just “stumbledupon” this tutorial…it’s really great…can’t wait to try it!

  197. sir jorge says:

    that’s just too cool, i like it!

  198. Robin Rivers says:

    That is so pretty. I just love the look. Can’t wait to try it out. Thanks!

  199. Miranda says:

    Wow. That is sooo gorgeous and inspirational! Thank you for sharing! The flickr photos are amazing as well.

  200. Elle says:

    Wow, than you so much!!! I have wondered about this for years and have wanted to do it for just as long. Why I didn’t just google it, I have no idea…but the tutorial is fabulous and I’m going to give it a whirl this weekend. Who knew it was that easy??? I’m thinking if I can embroider than, what else can I add to clothes? LOL. Thanks again, it’s a great tutorial and it was fabulous of you to share.

  201. BrendaLea says:

    Wonderful tutorial. I can’t wait to give this a try later today. Thanks so much!

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  203. Amy says:

    I have always wanted to know how to do this. This is so exciting, I can’t wait to try it! Thanks, very well explained!

  204. kelly says:

    Found you via the CRAFT blog — what a great tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing this. I’ll have to try it sometime!

  205. Valerie says:

    This is the best tutorial for this kind of stitching I have found! The photos help a lot!!! Thank you for putting this online.

  206. Annie Howes says:

    Beautiful tutorial!

    Annie

  207. This is fantastic! So beautiful, and a great advance embroidery tutorial. I love it!

  208. mub says:

    This is by far one of my favorite tutorials you’ve done! Thank you so much for sharing it =D

  209. ei! kumpel says:

    This is a great tutorial!! Your photos are fantastic and the tutorial is really full of details! Got to give this a try 😉

  210. Annalisa says:

    That’s gorgeous! My mother had a shirt like that, and I absconded with it sometime when I was in grade school because I /loved/ the “mirror shirt.” In fact, I think it’s still in my dresser at my parents’ house. Thanks for the nostalgia fodder and for telling me what that kind of decoration is called.

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