Last Sunday friend Janey invited me to an embroidery class that was being held in the Brisbane City Library. This was an event to celebrate Harmony Day and Nowruz , (Persian New Year). We joined the Iranian Society of Queensland for a 'hands on' introduction to coin embroidery (sekkeh doozy), traditionally used to make decorative objects. Let me start by saying I was hopeless. It wasn't that I didn't know what to do it was just that I couldn't get those threads to stay put on the coin. But I am not giving up. I will keep trying till I am an expert.
I made sure that I took some photos on my phone for future reference. This technique is similar to the Indian 'mirror embroideries' but is more decorative. There are a number of ways that you can attach those coins. When it came to keeping them in place on the fabric a spot of glue was used to keep them still.
We were to make this embroidered bracelet.
We started with the dingle dangles and these were the ones I found difficult. The thread provided was just too slippery and had too much give in it.
The stitches are mainly based on button hole and needle weaving.
English is a second language for Shabnam and she was not a trained instructor but we all learnt so much. (Some more than others.) There is a series of videos on their Facebook page that I intend to sit and work through. I am starting to save all those 5 cent pieces now that I have a great use for them, other than clogging up my change purse.
You know, we are so lucky to live in such a culturally diverse society. We have access to so much of other cultures all of which enriches ours.