I saw the ballerina’s dancing around a mirror. This was as I was driving home after a massage where loads of emotions passed through my body. Where I saw windows on the soles of my feet and was visited by the Lioness, demanding and protective.
I knew I had a small round mirror in one of my old wall hangings, which was in the chest in the living room. The mirror was sewn under netting from a wedding dress. I carefully pulled the stitches and removed it.
In my studio, I found the right piece of backing and laid out an applique piece. A few times I tried to replace the mirror with a butterfly, flower or doily, but it wasn’t right. It had to be the mirror. Once I was convinced I had the design right, I had the problem of attaching the mirror. I tried wrapping lace around the edge and stitching it on the fabric, but it easily came undone. I tried a few different edgings and none of them worked. I knew it could be done. I’ve been wearing Indian clothes since high school, many of them with tiny mirrors stitched into the fabric. So I Googled how do you sew mirrors onto fabric. I found Tutorial: Indian Shisha (mirror) Embroidery It took me a few tries, but I finally got it down. A simple embroidery stitch that reminded me of crocheting. Not perfect, but hand done. Now I’m excited, but too tired to do more, I might just have to go into the Studio tomorrow and finish this one up.