12 x 12–Mirrors

This was the theme I chose because of a demo I saw at the 2011 Houston show.  It was done by Martie A. Winkelman in the Friday Sampler class.  The “class” was held in the ballroom and there were 29 different presenters at different stations around the room.  Attendees were free to move around the room to observe whatever interested them most.  I definitely wanted to try Shi-Sha Mirror Embellishment and thought this was the perfect opportunity for some self-imposed motivation.

To my chagrin, I found my initial attempts to follow the direction sheet were looking rather pitiful.

I tried to find further assistance online but this alternate version was the closest I could find–http://www.embroiderersguild.com/stitch/stitches/shisha.html.  There were good directions but it still took quite a bit of practice (as you can see from this trial) to get it right.

Along the way, I had an additional idea from Debbie’s post about Shibori dyeing using white on white fabric–more reverse image really but compatible with the mirror theme.  I experimented with dyeing but did not like the reverse side of my first fabric at all.  Next I chose a different fabric and liked how each side took the color but I decided to nix my Shibori circles–and the pink.

I used green and purple dyes for my final project.  I also told myself I had to start playing with machine quilting but the corner motif I liked was too hard for me to get right.  I’m going to rip out the two corners and maybe put in a few hand stitches.  Otherwise, I felt pretty good about my little quilt.  I even liked the backing fabric that I found in my stash.

About quiltfever

I retired in 2004 and have never missed the 8-5 grind even for a minute. Now I spend my time reading, traveling, quilting and trying to learn new things like Spanish and blogging.
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7 Responses to 12 x 12–Mirrors

  1. jennyklyon says:

    This looks like fun! WAIT-you were in Houston?? I would have loved to meet up with you!

  2. Lisa says:

    That looks like fun, I can see how you would need some practice to get it just right. End result is wonderful!

  3. OH says:

    Happy you are working on something simple for a change! HaHa

  4. debmoyes says:

    Nice work! My mother learned how to do the shizo (sp?) mirror work and did some pretty embroidery with it. I always like the mirrors in Indian clothing too….

  5. As lovely as this is, what I took to heart was that this was from the 2011 Houston market! Good to know others are “getting around to things”…

  6. Lani Longshore says:

    How cute! I’m impressed you soldiered on from a demo. I usually stash the handouts and tell myself in my next life I’ll get around to the technique.

  7. Auntie Em says:

    Cool technique! I think your initial attempts were actually pretty good!

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