Mirror Work (Method 1)

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Mirror Work / Shisha Embroidery / Abhla Bharat is an Indian embroidery stitch where mirrors are attached to  fabric.

Shisha embroidery - Abhla bharat - mirror work method 1 - hand embroidery tutorials

There are many variations of this stitch. In this tutorial, l am going to demonstrate the simplest and easiest method of them all.

Keep the mirror on the fabric and draw a circle around it (as close as possible to the periphery of the mirror).

Shisha embroidery - Abhla bharat - mirror work method 1 - hand embroidery tutorials

Stitch an outline with chain stitch.

Shisha embroidery - Abhla bharat - mirror work method 1 - hand embroidery tutorials

After this first row of chains, we won’t be piercing the fabric.

The next row is done with stitches that are very similar to chain stitch (shown below). The needle is passed through the inner loop of the chain. The working thread is under the needle. I am going to show this without the mirror first.

Shisha embroidery - Abhla bharat - mirror work method 1 - hand embroidery tutorials

With mirror.

Shisha embroidery - Abhla bharat - mirror work method 1 - hand embroidery tutorials

Closeup view of the stitch.

Shisha embroidery - Abhla bharat - mirror work method 1 - hand embroidery tutorials

Repeat this step for every chain.

Shisha embroidery - Abhla bharat - mirror work method 1 - hand embroidery tutorials

For this method of mirror work, you can work half the circle without the mirror and then insert it.

Shisha embroidery - Abhla bharat - mirror work method 1 - hand embroidery tutorials

Insert the mirror into the pocket.

Shisha embroidery - Abhla bharat - mirror work method 1 - hand embroidery tutorials

Continue stitching.

Shisha embroidery - Abhla bharat - mirror work method 1 - hand embroidery tutorials

Shisha embroidery - Abhla bharat - mirror work method 1 - hand embroidery tutorials

You can add one more layer if you want.

Shisha embroidery - Abhla bharat - mirror work method 1 - hand embroidery tutorials

Finished look.

Shisha embroidery - Abhla bharat - mirror work method 1 - hand embroidery tutorials

Shisha embroidery - Abhla bharat - mirror work method 1 - hand embroidery tutorials

Close up view of the side.

Shisha embroidery - Abhla bharat - mirror work method 1 - hand embroidery tutorials

Shisha embroidery - Abhla bharat - mirror work method 1 - hand embroidery tutorials

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