Shisha embroidery on Sari Blouse

After the crochet skirt, I was supposed to focus on Brazilian embroidery - but before I could, a friend needed help. She had brought along with her from India a plain blouse and a raw silk sari and  lots of beads and mirrors. Her initial plan was to work mirrors and beads on the entire sari.

Well, you now know that she didn't do it  and that's why I am writing this post ..{ big grin}

To cut the long story short - my friend keeps track of fashion trends and she came to know that two styles are trending now - contrast in sari and blouse (so a red blouse for blue sari) and plain sari with embroidered blouse. So, all her plans changed and she wanted to embellish the blouse.

But she didn't know mirror work and even YouTube couldn't help her. Her husband also tried ( Can you imagine that?? - lucky girl!!! ) She told me this..and here we are..

This is one side with gold beads. Easy peasy..and this was done by her. Doesn't it look awesome?

The mirrors had already been glued.  Her plan was to leave it like that, but it didn't look good. I couldn't let that happen, could I?

Here's the close up. The material is raw silk .I am doing the traditional grid based shisha stitch, nothing fancy. I was keen on trying gold thread around shisha, but she wanted red. Well, she knows better.
If you look closely, you can see the jagged edges of the mirrors. It was not a smooth ride . :)

The bottom row is done. Now I need to start off the top row. Her wedding anniversary falls on the second half of November and this is the attire for the special occasion.

Let me finish this off..
Till then,
Love,luck and sunshine,


  1. It looks great Deepa - good for you for even attempting those mirrors!

  2. what a good friend you are have done a tiny bit of shisha work when studying embroidery yours looks so much better than the glued ones she is going to be thrilled I am sure

  3. Good luck with the finish. I'm sure you'll get it done in time!

  4. Well done Deepa! You are truly a good friend!
    I'm sure you will have finished the mirrors.
    Barbara xx

  5. I love mirror work in dresses. I even bought a few mirrors long ago before the "age of internet" in hopes of sewing them to a dress but since I couldn't figure out how to do it I gave up but I still have those mirrors somewhere.

  6. The combination is good. I always love mirror work, recently could not work with mirror work.
    If the mirrors are simply glued, after some wash, those come out. The mirrors on edges are really hard to work with , I know.
    Your friend is really lucky to have an embroider like you :)

    I will look forward for your Brazilian embroidery, I will always have regret of not learning that from you.

  7. Hi Deepa,
    Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. Sorry ot took me so long to visit your blog.
    The mirror work is so beautiful.What a good friend you are!


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