Shisha stitch (variation 3)
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.
Start with a waste knot and make two tiny starting stitches, which will be covered with a circular disc or mirror.
Place the mirror on the fabric and make a vertical straight stitch down the centre of the mirror to hold it in place.
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.
Work the second horizontal straight stitch in the same way.
Work the third horizontal straight stitch in the same way.
Now work an outline of chain stitches around the edge of the mirror.
The last chain stitch should be looped around the start of the first one to form a continuous line.
Take the needle down through the fabric and secure the thread on the reverse.
Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.73