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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Fixing Shisha(mirror) with Kutch embroidery

Have you tried fixing shisha with kutch work?

That's what Iam doing now. After the doodling on my daughter's pyjama , Iam trying shisha on the remaining one.
The inspiration came from a couple of pictures of a pouch which Anne mailed me asking about the stitch used. Anne bought this piece while on a trip to Jaipur,Rajasthan.



Kutch work is also known by the name Sindhi stitch, Sindhi taropa, Kutchi kadai or Maltese cross and is related to Armenian embroidery .The embroidery is believed to have travelled across continents thanks to nomadic tribes.There are quite a few tutorials available online which teaches the basics of this interlacing work.

But the tutorial for this pattern was not available .So I had to experiment a bit on it.

First I tried the stitch without mirror/sequin.


The squares were too big. This wouldn't do for little one's pyjama.

Second attempt. Still not small enough.

Third attempt on the pyjama with small square and a big sequin.First I tacked down the sequin with red thread(sheesh!!) Never thought that the thread will be visible through the gap.In the second attempt (the incomplete one) I didn't even bother to tack down the sequin.


Her royal highness was happy to see this one...but then, she again asked the question ....ma,where are the beads?

So, I am off to add beads now and complete the rest of interlacing.

If in case you need a tutorial on how to do this particular pattern,do let me know.

Love, luck and sunshine,
Deepa


23 comments:

Annet said...

This is so pretty, Deepa. I would love to give it a try too. So I hope you can do a turorial for this.

Gabriela said...

Just beautiful!

Heather said...

Deepa, once again you have done a fantastic job! No wonder "her highness" (tee hee) is pleased, especially when she knows she can wrap Mama around her little finger and get those beads! Hugs.

Suztats said...

This is a very interesting stitch, Deepa, and is quite effective! I'll be looking to see the beads you add.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

That's pretty incredible Deepa - I must look up the instructions and give it a try. I've never liked the patterns I normally see for shisha because I find that the mirror quite often comes out, unless it's stitched down in some other manner. This is a great idea!

shirley said...

Deepa your shisha mirror work is beautiful. I like this way of securing the mirrors.

aracne said...

This is beautiful, such an accurate and patient work. Just amazing!

Thendral said...

It is very beautiful and perfect!

kat said...

Hi Deepa,
this is so interesting, seeing the original piece and then seeing you working things out, your stitiching is so meticulous and beautiful. Do I see triangular shisha in the borders of the pouch as well?

Thank you

anne said...

I am very impressed by your sampler and demonstration. Yes, I should like a tutorial if you can.
when you have answered about the links, I have tried, but it was difficult to follow the trail of the thread. I think there is a good size of the pattern (not too big bht wit) What thread have you use and please give also the approximative.
You are a very great master. Thanks, thanks!!w

anne said...

Thanks also for the very clear photos!!

Ninu said...

kollallo! very nice.. would love to see the tutorial of this one!

neki desu said...

sheesh,isn't it why it's called shisha?? and yes, where are the beads?:D
love those intricate trellises you've created. joining the tutorial clamor here.

Suseela said...

Thanks for sharing! Looks very nice and neat. Good Luck!

Suseela

Madhu said...

OH Deepa, You are a master! and the little Princess is so lucky!!

This is so beautiful, i just cant move my eyes off it!

Looking forward to the tutorial!!
eeks! I do not know Kutch work...will this be easy to learn! Many many questions on mind right now!

g.aruljothiKarikalan said...

very very nice work... lucky daughter

Rakhi Chanda said...

Very pretty...even my mom's doing the same right now...

Anonymous said...

Hi deepa. I am a regular viewer of your blog. I love Kutch work and this one i tried...and i am unable to do this. Pls give me a tutorial for this... waiting for your tutorial

Sandya from Cochin said...

Very nice Kutch work. I know the basics but not this one. plsssssssss do a tutorial for this.. i tried to do this more than one week but unable to..pls dear..

vaheeda said...

wow....thanks a ton dear deepa..I never see such mirror work...well done..thanks for tutorial too

Neena said...

yeah a tutorial would be a really good. nd thnk u

Iz bakinog ormara said...

so beautiful! congrats!

Isiscat said...

Your tutorials are wonderful - so clear and easy to follow. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this.