Shahnaz has always been an embroidery enthusiast, but it wasn’t until a 2018 trip to India to learn about textiles that her passion for traditional embroidery was ignited. Connected through her cultural heritage to Pakistan and Greece, Shahnaz loves what can be gleaned about culture and history through the various adornments of cloth with a needle and thread.

Shahnaz lives in New York City where she works as a costume tailor for Broadway, film, and television, and also teaches sewing and embroidery classes. She has an MFA in costume design and is currently studying textiles and patternmaking at The Fashion Institute of Technology. Her interest in embroidery has led her to take classes at The Royal School of Needlework and Hand & Lock in London, and The San Francisco School of Needlework and Design. She continues to seek out classes and workshops in all embroidery traditions and techniques, both locally and abroad.

Shahnaz loves teaching and hopes to be able to inspire her students to incorporate traditional embroidery techniques into their contemporary work.

Upcoming Classes

Shisha Variations

September 28, 2019

Learn to embellish with mirrors!

Shisha Mirrorwork was popularised in India during the 17th century and became a fashionable technique for embellishing a variety of clothing, accessories and textiles.  Recent trends have seen Shisha mirrors appear on designer clothing and luxury goods.

Come along to this workshop and be inspired to learn about embroidery, culture, and history!

Four variations of the Shisha technique will be taught, covering traditional and contemporary versions.  Students will have the opportunity to practice these methods, before designing and creating their own Shisha sampler. Register here.

Past Classes

Shisha Mirror Embroidery

Indian mirror work, known as Shisha, is the ancient Indian embroidery technique of attaching tiny mirrors onto fabric.  Developed during the 17th century, it is practiced widely throughout India and the East and has many variations.

In this class, students will learn the basic Shisha technique, along with a couple of complimentary stitches.  Students will have the opportunity to complete a project incorporating a single mirror, which can be worn as a pendant, and begin work on a small design of their choosing.

Students will be encouraged to add their own creative flair to their projects, while reflecting on the cultural significance of embroidery, and what it can teach us about the history and traditions of our own and other cultures. Register here.