When I reflected on the theme word Reflection (!), I remembered two photos I had taken of granddaughter Lia (Lelia Jane) (now 15) when she was three years old and taking ballet lessons. One was taken at home in front of her mother’s standing mirror, and the other, at the barre in front of the mirror in the ballet class.
I also recalled a type of embroidery using tiny mirrors I had seen on garments, scarves, and home décor items from India. This embroidery is called Shisha embroidery, and I found a wealth of instruction material on the Internet.
I ordered a package of small round mirrors from Amazon and practiced the simplest of the many Shisha embroidery techniques until I had mastered that one. This involves stitching a framework of stitches (using six strands of embroidery floss) from the top down and from side to side, all around the mirror, eight lines of thread over the mirror’s surface. Then you do what is basically a blanket stitch along the edge of the mirror, and with each stitch, you catch a section of the framework threads and pull it down. This is how the mirror is secured to whatever it is embellishing. (This is hard to explain using only words and likely confusing to read, but many You Tube videos and blogs explain and picture the technique clearly.)
For the quilt, I layered the pink fabric onto batting, machine stitched a diagonal grid, and then glued the mirrors down to the background with Allene’s glue. I then did the Shisha stitches first, and then further embellished the little mirrors by embroidering chain stitches around each one, using various shades of purple, violet, and lavender.
Then I printed Lia’s photos onto Jacquard ink jet photo fabric. These were fused onto the quilt with Wonder Under and then machine blanket stitched around all edges. I bound the quilt with the same purple Kaffe Fassett fabric that I used on the quilt’s back, purple to tie in with the decorative chain stitches.