Tutorial: Indian Shisha (mirror) Embroidery

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.
    Tutorial: Indian Shisha (mirror-work) embroidery, diy, handmade, needlework, how-to
  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.
    Tutorial: Indian Shisha (mirror-work) embroidery, diy, handmade, needlework, how-to
  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.
    Tutorial: Indian Shisha (mirror-work) embroidery, diy, handmade, needlework, how-to
  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.
    Tutorial: Indian Shisha (mirror-work) embroidery, diy, handmade, needlework, how-to
    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.
    Tutorial: Indian Shisha (mirror-work) embroidery, diy, handmade, needlework, how-to
  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.
    Tutorial: Indian Shisha (mirror-work) embroidery, diy, handmade, needlework, how-to
  12. And then… oh look! The shisha is shining with happiness!
    Tutorial: Indian Shisha (mirror-work) embroidery, diy, handmade, needlework, how-to
  13. I finished mine up with some delightful little french knots.
    Tutorial: Indian Shisha (mirror-work) embroidery, diy, handmade, needlework, how-to
  14. Enjoy! And join the flickr group to show off your own shisha embroidery.

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    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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  88. palak
    Nov 05, 2012 @ 07:33:26

    these are gorgeous! I have so many outfits with mirror work, but never figured out how it was done.

    Reply

  89. Shivanjali
    Sep 13, 2012 @ 19:20:09

    Thank u very much, you have saved my time a lot as i working on this. The you have shown the tutorial was excellent. Once again thank u.

    Reply

  90. elaine
    Aug 23, 2012 @ 05:16:44

    Thank you so much for your clearly photographed and written instructions! I am so excited to try this with shells, stones and other found objects besides mirrors! Also have enjoyed reading your blog!

    Reply

  91. mehwish
    Aug 13, 2012 @ 20:27:47

    Wow thats so cool n super easy thnx fr sharing jazakallah

    Reply

  92. Tabitha
    Jul 31, 2012 @ 10:13:58

    How cool is that?!! We have a bunch of paillettes–I’ll give this a try today. Thanks so much for sharing. :)

    Reply

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  94. jilu
    Jul 16, 2012 @ 21:42:21

    nice tutorial.really loved it..can u just tell me how to do mirror work in a triangle shape

    Reply

  95. embroidery
    Jun 19, 2012 @ 23:34:42

    Love the detailed post! What camera are you using to get those macro shots? Sorry, I’m still new at this embroidery thing and I wanted also to try out DIY stuff. Your blog is an inspiration :-) Thanks again!

    Kristine
    http://wear-diyfashion.blogspot.com/

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  96. Christine
    Jun 03, 2012 @ 05:26:18

    Thank you, your explanation is really good and clear. I have always wanted to have a go at these pretty decorations and now I can.

    Reply

  97. Archana
    May 30, 2012 @ 09:45:52

    wow!!!..its wonderful..n very nicely illustrated..

    Reply

  98. June Zauli
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 10:17:19

    Olá, Emily… Este tutorial é tudo que eu a muito tempo queria!!
    Obrigada por compartilhar!!!

    Reply

  99. Debra Smith
    Mar 09, 2012 @ 05:51:25

    Thank you so much. I want to teach my Year 10 Textiles group shisha embroidery and your tutorial made it so easy to pick up the technique. I am yet to try it myself but thanks once again

    Kind regards

    Debbie Smith

    Reply

  100. Zed
    Feb 23, 2012 @ 09:12:36

    Thanks a lot for this, it’s really nice :)
    I tried it this morning http://www.flickr.com/photos/zedster01/6923227373/in/photostream

    Reply

  101. Joan
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 22:36:27

    2 2 2 cool…I’ve got to try that!!!

    Reply

  102. Lovliebutterfly
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 04:00:15

    Nice tutorial! I always wondered how they do that! Thanks for sharing. :)

    Reply

  103. Linda
    Dec 18, 2011 @ 09:42:35

    What a great tutorial. The photos are clear, and the mystery is solved! Thank you.

    Reply

  104. kathy
    Dec 06, 2011 @ 23:22:00

    Hi
    you works very beautifull,please send me enother your works.thank u

    Reply

  105. dee
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 22:42:37

    thankyou…looks awesome!

    Reply

  106. Shisha Mirrors and Summer Snowflakes « 3 Hours Past the Edge of the World
    Oct 30, 2011 @ 05:29:42

    [...] technique will evolve as I stitch the mirrors, I have 11-15 more.  They won’t be an obvious design feature, more a sparkle you catch with [...]

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  107. Going Local: Curiosities of the Brisbane Craft Show and Giveaway « 3 Hours Past the Edge of the World
    Oct 21, 2011 @ 03:18:18

    [...] it would make a rad a headband, or a bow, or a hat trimming, or…), a packet of mirrors for Shisha Mirror Embroidery, and a packet of painted wood [...]

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  108. Bob Brown
    Oct 11, 2011 @ 18:25:33

    Oh, well. It is such a nice stuff but it’s hard to do it I know that. Cross Stitching make me bad, (not too bad actually). Great tutorial for everybody, it is great and I appreciate it!

    Reply

  109. lee
    Oct 07, 2011 @ 06:23:31

    beautiful- this art form has always caught my eye and now i can make an attempt at it. thanks so much for the tutorial! :)

    Reply

  110. vasilijvani
    Sep 24, 2011 @ 06:18:49

    Доброго времени суток!

    Я видел упоминание курса осознанных снов тут. Надеюсь, что будет полезным.

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  111. Shula
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 18:58:55

    Thanks so much for this. I’m making hip belts for bellydance and this is perfect.

    Reply

  112. Justin Baker
    Sep 19, 2011 @ 16:39:24

    Great tutorial. I love the word “Shisha”, it is a simple mirror that can be hang inside in your house. I want to try it. Thanks much for sharing this great tutorial. Keep sharing!

    Reply

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  114. Andrew
    Sep 13, 2011 @ 19:00:07

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  115. John Gray
    Sep 13, 2011 @ 18:41:33

    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.

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  116. Elnorac
    Sep 06, 2011 @ 21:28:17

    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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  118. annie
    Jul 03, 2011 @ 10:57:20

    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 :D

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  119. sarah
    Jun 25, 2011 @ 13:20:59

    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

    Reply

    • Aboli
      Aug 10, 2011 @ 06:49:06

      Hi, I stay in India and I can help you getting the mirrors. These mirrors are available in our markets. I can supply crafts in very reasonable rate with appropriate shipping. Please mail me at sonu.eyes@gmail.com if you need such mirrors.

      Reply

  120. Naina
    Jun 20, 2011 @ 05:19:10

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

    Reply

  121. Eliane
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 02:34:06

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

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  123. Carina
    May 08, 2011 @ 09:41:17

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

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  124. Chris
    May 01, 2011 @ 08:46:05

    Absolutely amazing tutorial. Thank you!

    Reply

  125. priya
    Apr 28, 2011 @ 01:14:44

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

    Reply

  126. blueberry
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 13:18:31

    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?

    Reply

  127. Bridal expos
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 16:09:17

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

    Thanks for sharing information with us.

    Reply

  128. Rashmi
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 01:33:32

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

    Reply

  129. hemi
    Mar 27, 2011 @ 00:52:21

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

    Reply

  130. hilary
    Mar 23, 2011 @ 10:02:59

    do you think this technique would work with an oval?

    Reply

  131. Rose
    Mar 10, 2011 @ 23:14:59

    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!

    Reply

  132. WashingtonPharmGirl
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 16:01:45

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

    Reply

  133. WashingtonPharmGirl
    Jan 27, 2011 @ 16:00:20

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

    Reply

  134. ghadeer batool
    Jan 11, 2011 @ 01:15:09

    i like this

    Reply

  135. Shams
    Jan 05, 2011 @ 22:53:49

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

    Reply

  136. Sharm
    Dec 27, 2010 @ 02:47:16

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

    Reply

  137. ushamouli
    Dec 08, 2010 @ 01:10:23

    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

    Reply

  138. sindhu
    Dec 06, 2010 @ 03:43:54

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

    Reply

  139. Tatiana
    Dec 03, 2010 @ 08:01:56

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

    Reply

  140. abhay
    Nov 27, 2010 @ 00:21:05

    thanks for clear instructions

    Reply

  141. Yarnedaround
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 13:07:17

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

    Reply

  142. Ana
    Aug 22, 2010 @ 14:23:15

    Valeu!!!

    Reply

  143. Deedee Strone
    Jul 31, 2010 @ 16:04:20

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

    Reply

  144. Antique Brass and Chair
    Jul 26, 2010 @ 20:45:07

    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.

    Reply

  145. Zahraa
    Jul 13, 2010 @ 14:56:53

    thank you its grate

    Reply

  146. veganchick
    Jul 03, 2010 @ 19:31:42

    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.

    Reply

  147. MARIA
    Jun 03, 2010 @ 21:50:12

    I love

    Reply

  148. MARIA
    Jun 03, 2010 @ 14:49:49

    This amazing
    thanks

    Reply

  149. Dorcas
    May 30, 2010 @ 10:48:43

    Thanks so much for this beautifully clear set of instructions.

    Reply

  150. ms singh
    May 15, 2010 @ 09:23:25

    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.

    Reply

  151. nobabu
    May 03, 2010 @ 17:48:05

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

    Reply

  152. nabiyanaufer
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 09:09:51

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

    Reply

  153. jyothi.
    Apr 04, 2010 @ 01:23:58

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

    Reply

  154. jyothi.
    Apr 04, 2010 @ 01:23:58

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

    Reply

  155. Lakshmi
    Apr 03, 2010 @ 03:48:35

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

    Reply

  156. fathi
    Mar 30, 2010 @ 06:10:37

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

    Reply

  157. tehmina
    Feb 23, 2010 @ 23:20:11

    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!!!

    Reply

  158. lisamarie m skelton
    Feb 16, 2010 @ 11:10:30

    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!

    Reply

  159. savita
    Feb 13, 2010 @ 03:08:43

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

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

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  160. savita
    Feb 12, 2010 @ 08:18:52

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

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

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  161. JoyfulAbode
    Feb 12, 2010 @ 09:21:54

    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.

    Reply

  162. Judy
    Jan 31, 2010 @ 14:35:42

    Easy to follow instructions.

    Reply

  163. moslem mishmast
    Dec 19, 2009 @ 23:32:08

    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

    Reply

  164. saima
    Nov 29, 2009 @ 02:26:19

    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….

    Reply

  165. Name
    Oct 13, 2009 @ 06:11:06

    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

    Reply

  166. Angela
    Sep 13, 2009 @ 16:52:28

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

    Reply

  167. Beth Acheson
    Aug 23, 2009 @ 11:58:52

    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

    Reply

  168. Margolotte
    Aug 03, 2009 @ 07:12:05

    Thanks, this was perfectly clear and very helpful.

    Reply

  169. Girl~Lee Goodz
    Jun 21, 2009 @ 14:38:19

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

    Reply

  170. ann calladine
    Jun 09, 2009 @ 13:56:42

    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.

    Reply

  171. Payal
    Jun 03, 2009 @ 04:56:51

    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

    Reply

  172. Catherine L Owen
    May 12, 2009 @ 06:48:19

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

    Reply

  173. Shobha Mathur
    Apr 07, 2009 @ 23:19:19

    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

    Reply

  174. Sharne
    Feb 03, 2009 @ 02:36:08

    Thank you for the very clear instructions

    Reply

  175. Maya
    Jan 28, 2009 @ 22:22:46

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

    Reply

  176. Joyful Abode
    Sep 14, 2008 @ 07:16:43

    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!

    Reply

  177. Barbara Arscott
    Sep 03, 2008 @ 16:47:49

    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

    Reply

  178. radhika
    Sep 02, 2008 @ 15:08:07

    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!

    Reply

  179. lisa
    Aug 27, 2008 @ 12:41:21

    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!

    Reply

  180. meggiecat
    Aug 26, 2008 @ 14:17:31

    Thanks for this tut. Very well done!

    Reply

  181. Joyful Abode
    Jul 23, 2008 @ 19:07:28

    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!

    Reply

  182. Leslie
    Jul 23, 2008 @ 18:08:36

    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?

    Reply

  183. Devin Chopra
    Jun 17, 2008 @ 10:31:13

    Beautifully explained and neatly executed!

    Excellent!

    I will try and get this listed on my website.

    Reply

  184. Joyful Abode
    Jun 14, 2008 @ 04:28:54

    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!

    Reply

  185. Paulette Capperis
    Jun 13, 2008 @ 22:09:44

    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.

    Reply

  186. Link Love: Thanks for Noticing Me! » Joyful Abode
    May 31, 2008 @ 06:01:28

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  187. zabacorporation
    May 08, 2008 @ 01:31:12

    Bless you! :-D

    Reply

  188. The Downtown Boutique
    Apr 03, 2008 @ 14:19:11

    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!

    Reply

  189. useful links - how to embroider shisha mirrors
    Mar 14, 2008 @ 17:01:40

    [...] Joyful Abode has an easy to follow tutorial on how to embroider shisha mirrors.  What are shisha mirrors you ask?   They are little mirrors that are used to embellish clothing, [...]

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  190. Ethel
    Mar 08, 2008 @ 15:49:44

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

    Reply

  191. SewDelish
    Mar 07, 2008 @ 20:28:33

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

    Reply

  192. Bunny
    Mar 07, 2008 @ 20:01:48

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

    Reply

  193. stacy
    Mar 07, 2008 @ 18:18:25

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

    Reply

  194. sir jorge
    Mar 06, 2008 @ 12:33:45

    that’s just too cool, i like it!

    Reply

  195. Robin Rivers
    Mar 04, 2008 @ 21:42:17

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

    Reply

  196. Miranda
    Mar 02, 2008 @ 15:38:04

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

    Reply

  197. Elle
    Mar 01, 2008 @ 11:50:58

    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.

    Reply

  198. BrendaLea
    Mar 01, 2008 @ 09:27:14

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

    Reply

  199. links for 2008-03-01 | Angelchrys
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 23:22:19

    [...] Tutorial: Indian Shisha (mirror) Embroidery » Joyful Abode Tutorial: Indian Shisha (mirror) Embroidery (tags: embroidery) [...]

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  200. Amy
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 23:06:02

    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!

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  201. kelly
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 21:13:17

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

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  202. Valerie
    Feb 26, 2008 @ 10:12:04

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

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  203. Annie Howes
    Feb 24, 2008 @ 13:42:05

    Beautiful tutorial!

    Annie

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  204. Average Jane Crafter
    Feb 16, 2008 @ 08:19:22

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

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  205. mub
    Feb 13, 2008 @ 05:34:13

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

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  206. ei! kumpel
    Feb 12, 2008 @ 15:50:40

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

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  207. Annalisa
    Feb 12, 2008 @ 11:59:12

    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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