Initially as shishy, mirrors are used instead of mica pieces, and later fine pieces of broken glass. Poor people even sewed shining wings of beetles.
Nowadays, there are a small mirror on the open market. If you are going to use them, make sure their edges are well oshlifovany.
Instead, you can use the mirror sequins – the sequins large with a small hole in the side. They are very light, not sharp, and are available in wide range of colors. Some are experimenting with CD-discs – breaking open them to pieces, grind the edges and sew in place zekalts.
So, step by step guide to embroidery.
Prepare all materials. For embroidery you will need: cotton, silk or wool fabric with a tight weave structure of the fabric yarns, hoop, needle sharp, mirror-shisha (or sequins, or coins) and thread for embroidery (silk, cotton, metallic thread). Tightly secure the fabric in the hoop. Insert the thread a needle and tie a knot at the end of the thread. Place shisha on the fabric and sew basic cross stitches. The basic stitches are not necessary to be very careful. But they must be tight, and arrange them should not be too close to the edge of sequins – or shisha simply fall out. Now repeat the basic stitches, but by turning them by 45 degrees, as in the photo.
You should have this: Now you can leave everything as it is, and sew the next shisha. This is already well fixed and looks nice. But if you want to create a tight box around the shisha – continue. Pierce the fabric with a needle near a mirror from the inside face. Then, insert the needle under the basic stitches from the center to the edge. Pull the thread and tighten the stitch, then make one stitch in the fabric next to the mirror. Now, following the stitches should be the same as odeyalnye stitches. Again, thread the needle under the basic stitches from the center to the edge, but make sure that the thread forms a loop under the needle when tightening the stitch. From now on, when you make a stitch on the cloth after odeyalnogo stitch, you make sure that puncture the needle through the previous stitch in the fabric. So you make a nice chain around your shisha. At this point, you can take out of the embroidery hoop, but not necessarily. Continue with steps 7 and 8 around the mirrors. If removed from the embroidery hoop, will be able to slightly bend the substrate and better control of the stitches on the fabric. Continue until you reach the end! You can stop at this point, or do embroidery even more interesting. Follow the edging of turquoise chain stitch in tone sequins. Then follow the stitches-rays of your shisha and shine like the sun! Shut down the lovely French knots.