Tutorial - Shisha Stitch on Temari


A little tutorial for working the Shisha stitch on a curved, rigid surface like a Temari ball.

To see the completed Temari ornaments go to this post here.


I prepared this little diagram for the first part of the stitch - the foundation. If you follow the numbers on the drawing, you will most likely figure out the foundation part of the stitch pattern right away.

But just in case it will be helpful, I am including photos of each step as well.  In an effort to make things as clear as possible, the stitch is demonstrated on felt and the mirror is a circle of paper.


Begin by running your yarn into the thread layer behind the mirror and bring it out of the thread layer at "1".


Now the images will continue in the same order as the numbers on the diagram. This image shows the yarn coming out of the thread layer at "1" and the needle returning to the thread layer at "2" and emerging again at "3".


Pull the yarn through and the stitch will look like this. Continue around the mirror in this way.












Now begin the "diagonal" framework stitches.













The frame work or foundation stitching is complete.After entering the thread layer for the last time at "16", bring the needle out again close to "1".

Now we will make a series of embroidery stitches by looping around the foundation threads and then securing the loop with a small stitch in the fabric at the edge of the mirror.


1. Begin by slipping your needle through the foundation threads making sure not to catch any threads from the thread ball. Notice the needle is on top of the embroidery yarn, not beneath it.




2. Pull the loop snug against the foundation yarns.


3. Take a small stitch into the thread layer as close to the edge of the mirror as possible.


4. Pull the yarn through and pull snug but not too tight.


5. Loop the yarn through the foundation stitches just to the right of the first stitch.


6. Pull the yarn snug against the foundation stitches.


7. Take a tiny stitch close to the mirror edge and pull snug as before.






Continue making loop stitches on the foundation stitches and tacking close to the mirror.

Below - a couple examples of how the loop portion can appear as you go around the mirror and encounter different foundation stitch configurations.




The important thing is to capture all of the foundation stitches when you make the loop.


Before you know it your little mirror will be secured on your Temari.


Secure your yarn by running it into the thread layer behind the mirror and emerging at the very edge of the embroidery.


Clip close to the embroidery.

I had a great deal of fun with this stitch. I hope you will too!

Amazing tutorial! Well

Amazing tutorial! Well photographed. Yay! I tested this out on big google eyes (years ago) and it works perfectly. That's a great idea for a Halloween ornament! Or a creepy Christmas ornament ... ha!

Wow- that is an amazing

Wow- that is an amazing tutorial! If you scroll fast enough, it almost looks animated-what detail! I think I could actually attempt this with your wonderful instructions!

I have always wondered how to

I have always wondered how to do this - but never knew the name! Thank you so much for this! I don't think I will use the technique for a ball, but I have a couple other ideas in mind, leaning toward a stitch on a flat Christmas ornament or beadwork! Thanks again!!

HAHAHA! Woo-Hoo! Ask and I

HAHAHA! Woo-Hoo! Ask and I shall receive! :-) This is an awesome how-to for a technique I've always wanted to learn. Thanks, Mom!

Wow. That's a fabulous

Wow. That's a fabulous tutorial. Even more stitches than I thought - I can't believe every little mirror's been sewn on this way! Can't wait to try it sometime!

Best tutorial ever. And I

Best tutorial ever. And I mean it. I never understood how this can possibly work, and I've been wondering ever since I was 13 (how do I know? I went to Amsterdam when I was 13 and found a top there on the HUGE flea market with teensy mirror thingys embroidered onto it. Oh how I loved it!) and now, 20 years later, I know. Sticking it straight to my pinterest, hopefully to be found by even more people to enjoy!