There is a rich history of embroidery in India, spanning hundreds of years and encompassing many traditions and techniques. One tradition that remains strong and has grown in popularity throughout the world, is mirror-work. Known as Shisha, this is the practice of adorning ones clothing and textiles with mirrors or other reflective objects. It is thought that these “mirrors” have talismanic properties and are able to deflect evil spirits and protect against illness and death.
This virtual class is inspired by the Indian folk traditions of re-using and recycling fabrics, and creating decorative items out of whatever materials are available to you in your home.
Participants are invited to create their own talisman using whatever materials are available on hand, or buried in the bottom of their craft box.
All levels welcome.
**This class will be recorded. A link to the recording will be emailed to all those who register following the live session. This link is live for one month for you to watch at your convenience.
Dates Friday, March 1st, 2024 Time 2 – 4 pm ET
Location Zoom, a link will be sent to participants the day before class.
Scraps of fabric
6 strand embroidery floss
Something shiny: dime size sequin, small coins, DIY mirrors made from soda cans.
Large needle: Chenille #22, tapestry needle, or any needle large enough to fit 6 strands of floss
Small needle: Darning #8, or any needle small enough to attach beads or sequins to your work
Felt (if available), or several layers of woven fabric