Mirror Work / Shisha Embroidery / Abhla Bharat is an Indian embroidery stitch where mirrors are attached to fabric.
In this method, the mirror is attached to the fabric with a combination stitch (chain + buttonhole)
First we have to anchor the mirror to the fabric with foundation stitches. You can find 3 different methods to anchor the mirror here.
Bring the thread up near the circumference of the mirror.
Pass the needle over and then under the foundation stitches as shown below.
Stitch a back stitch. The thread was brought up at 1. Go down at 2 and come back up at 3.
At this stage, the stitch will look like this.
You will be repeating the next 2 steps to complete this mirror work stitch.
Step 1: Pass needle over and then under the foundation stitches.
But don’t pull the thread all the way. You will have a loop like this. This loop will make it easier for you to stitch the chains.
To make the chain, pierce fabric and go down into the chain formed by the previous stitch. When the needle comes up, the loop is wrapped under it. Now pull and tighten the loop and pull the needle out.
I am going to show this one more time.
Repeat step 1 by passing needle under the foundation stitch. Pull the needle but not all the way through. Leave a small loop.
Repeat step 2 – To make the chain stitch, the needle will pierce chain formed by the previous stitch.
Close up view of the buttonhole and chain stitches.