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Shisha stitch (variation 3)

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This version of shisha stitch features a visible grid of crossing stitches which hold the mirror in place and a line of chain stitches which conceal its edge.

For alternative methods of working both the base structure and the stitch itself, see shisha stitch variation 1; for a third version of the decorative stitch see shisha stitch variation 2.

Shisha stitch (variation 3) is generously sponsored by Gail Horn

Method

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1

Start with a waste knot and make two tiny starting stitches, which will be covered with a circular disc or mirror.

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2

Place the mirror on the fabric and make a vertical straight stitch down the centre of the mirror to hold it in place.

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3

Add two parallel stitches, one either side of the original one.  Work a horizontal straight stitch one third of the way down the mirror, weaving it over and under the vertical stitches.

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4

Work the second horizontal straight stitch in the same way.

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5

Work the third horizontal straight stitch in the same way.

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6

Now work an outline of chain stitches around the edge of the mirror.

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7

The last chain stitch should be looped around the start of the first one to form a continuous line.

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8

Take the needle down through the fabric and secure the thread on the reverse.

Shisha stitch (variation 3)

Structure of stitch

Common uses

Embroidery Techniques

References

  • Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.73