May 12, 2012
Judy ~Doin' the Shisha and Half-Chevron Stitch
Tuesday while walking down one of the halls at the UW Medical Center, I glanced up and noticed that one of the "way-finding" art pieces was a very large piece of Indian tapestry with, you guessed it, a bajillion little shishas sparkling up at me! Sadly I didn't have my camera, but then I remembered that our daughter brought me a tiny purse back from one of her trips in 2007 to India when she worked for Unitus. Can't for the life of me remember where I put it, but we did take a photo.
This all happened the day after I did the shisha.... Before I read Debra's suggestion to use a button, I ventured off on a "shisha hunt" to Jo-Ann's where the clerk told me she'd worked there for years and never heard of such a thing. Improvision, here we come..... After finding something that I thought might work, I headed home to give it a try. By then this week's stitch had been posted and the Half Chevron became my first practice...no problem there. But the perfect-shisha-mirror-substitute turned out to be a big curvy clear crystal thing instead of the expected flat silver piece that was really the backside. Anyone need some? (Note to self: Turn the package over next time!) Anyhow after several unsuccessful tries at decoding my embroidery book, I read through Debra's links and found the one from Sharon's friend to be the most helpful. Said Shisha is now attached to my sampler and will serve as a weight to keep it from blowing away! It kind of looks like a headlight! No way will Sue be getting one of these for her wardrobe, even if she throws a tantrum.
My suggestions: Practice with something flat and don't use any thread finer than the full 6 strands of floss. The suggestion to remove the hoop after getting started was very helpful as my thumbs were killing me by then.