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UPHOLSTERY RETREATS & PRIVATE PARTIES

CURRENT WEEKEND RETREATS

PRIVATE PARTIES

UPHOLSTERY CAMP FOR ADULTS

Last year I hosted my Upholstery Retreats Locally at The Newton of Ypsilanti, a historic home in Ypsilanti, MI. In 2024 I am taking these Weekend Camps on the road to a town hopefully near you! Check the schedule from the link below.

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Weekend Upholstery Retreats

PRIVATE PARTIES

Learning how to restore a chair or small project is the perfect experience for those looking to try new things. Sad because I live so far away and you can’t come to my classes? I do like to travel you know. I’m open to conversations with you or your local maker and upholstery shops to take this show on the road! Whatever your need, a private party may be the right solution for you.

HOW TO GET FREE UPHOLSTERY CLASSES

Students who wish to participate in the Sponsor a Student Program only have one requirement to be able to participate. You MUST have completed a project that was started in my class. That’s it! I make my classes Buy 3 get 1 Free so that you can focus your time and energy on getting through your first project, and provide you with FREE access to my private Facebook Group for virtual hands-on support at home for free.

HOW TO GET FREE UPHOLSTERY CLASSES

Students who wish to participate in the Sponsor a Student Program only have one requirement to be able to participate. You MUST have completed a project that was started in my class. That’s it! I make my classes Buy 3 get 1 Free so that you can focus your time and energy on getting through your first project, and provide you with FREE access to my private Facebook Group for virtual hands-on support at home for free.

HOW TO GET FREE UPHOLSTERY CLASSES

Students who wish to participate in the Sponsor a Student Program only have one requirement to be able to participate. You MUST have completed a project that was started in my class. That’s it! I make my classes Buy 3 get 1 Free so that you can focus your time and energy on getting through your first project, and provide you with FREE access to my private Facebook Group for virtual hands-on support at home for free.

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QUESTIONS ANSWERED

I am working on reupholstering a Lazy Boy recliner – an older style with wooden arms.  I am confused as to how to attach the back covering.  I understand the top attachment and the use of metal tack strips on the upper part of the back.  On the lower part there are side pieces that I need to attach somehow .  They are partially attached to the cushion frame and then they velcro  to the chair frame.  In the pictures I’ve attached them as I thought they would go but when I put it on the chair frame & velcro the top part of the piece just hangs out loose.  You’d have to push it in after every recline.  I cant get it to work. Also for reference sake is there a name for these added pieces?   Thank You!.

I am working on reupholstering a Lazy Boy recliner – an older style with wooden arms. I am confused as to how to attach the back covering. I understand the top attachment and the use of metal tack strips on the upper part of the back. On the lower part there are side pieces that I need to attach somehow . They are partially attached to the cushion frame and then they velcro to the chair frame. In the pictures I’ve attached them as I thought they would go but when I put it on the chair frame & velcro the top part of the piece just hangs out loose. You’d have to push it in after every recline. I cant get it to work. Also for reference sake is there a name for these added pieces? Thank You!.

Heya! It's hard to tell from the image, but based on your description, it sounds like your back panel isn't long enough, because when it reclines, it stretches out, and the velcro becomes unstuck. Try adjusting the length and cut a longer piece. Determine how much you...

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I’m heart broken ? the contest is over I’ve wanted to learn reupholstery for years & could find no Apprenticeship anywhere near I live. I’m celebrating 15 years clean from Breast Cancer in December this would have been such a wonderful gift a new beginning. I signed on to your TT months ago. I don’t know how missed this opportunity ?

I’m heart broken ? the contest is over I’ve wanted to learn reupholstery for years & could find no Apprenticeship anywhere near I live. I’m celebrating 15 years clean from Breast Cancer in December this would have been such a wonderful gift a new beginning. I signed on to your TT months ago. I don’t know how missed this opportunity ?

I'm so sorry you missed this opportunity! I have some good news for you though! I will be taking my Upholstery Camp on the road beginning this Spring to visit other states and towns! We will begin with the Great Lakes States and branch out from there. If you have a...

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DIY UPHOLSTERY SUPPLIES

Upholstery Foam
Upholstery Webbing
Upholstery Welt
Upholstery Tack Strip
Upholstery Adhesives
Upholstery Foam
Upholstery Springs
Upholstery Needles
Upholstery Roll Edge
Upholstery Tools
Upholstery Filling
Upholstery Spring Twine
Upholstery Thread
Upholstery Zippers
Upholstery Staplers

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

THE FUNDAMENTALS OF FURNITURE UPHOLSTERY AND RESTORATION

Become well-versed in the art and science of upholstery and furniture restoration. From choosing the right fabric and making repairs, to understanding the intricacies of restoration, we’ll dive deep into the know-how you need to revive and reimagine any piece.

CREATING UPHOLSTERY ESTIMATES FOR CIENTS

Gain the confidence and know-how to accurately assess and price your projects and the value of your time and skillset. We’ll guide you through the estimating process to ensure you’re fairly compensated for your work and clients understand the value they’re getting.

PROJECT INTAKE AND EVALUATION

Understand how to effectively evaluate potential projects, from understanding the client’s needs to gauging the scope and complexity of work involved. You’ll learn to streamline your process, saving time and reducing headaches.

FURNITURE REPAIR

Learn to tackle a wide range of common and not-so-common furniture problems. I’ll arm you with the most common repair techniques to ensure you can bring any piece back to its former glory.

FINISHING TECHNIQUES

Discover how to apply the perfect finishing touches that can make all the difference. We’ll teach you the techniques to make your work truly stand out and win over clients.

PROJECT AND CLIENT MANAGEMENT

Learn to juggle your projects, meet deadlines, set boundaries, and communicate with your clients during your workflow. This crucial skill will ensure you can make raving fans of your clients, and deliver top-quality work on time, every time.

INVENTORY MANAGEMENT

Master the art of keeping your supplies in check. Understanding what you have, what you need, and when you need it can save you time, money, and stress.

WORKING WITH CLIENTS

Learn the ins and outs of maintaining good client relationships. From setting expectations and boundaries, to handling feedback, I’ll help you navigate the world of client communication.

SETTING BOUNDERIES

It’s incredibly important you don’t burn out in this business. Working beyond your means is extremely stressful and can lead to actual trauma that will drive you out of this business for good. Find your balance. Learning from my own professional and personal experiences I’ll help you establish personal and professional boundaries that protect your time, your creativity, and your mental health, wellbeing, and quality of life.

DEFINING THE VALUE OF YOUR TIME AND SKILLS

Understand your worth. Learn how to price your work and your time appropriately, ensuring you’re adequately compensated for your talent and hard work. Learn when to raise your prices and how to recognize red flags early on to prevent legal disasters for your business.

SOCIAL MEDIA & MARKETING

100% of my business came from social media. Even now, teaching classes, that’s how you will find me. It’s because that’s where everyone is at! Ever wonder how you’ll attract new clients? I’ll show you how to market your talents and connect with potential clients through social media communities and other online platforms.

SELF EVALUATION

Become your own critic. I’ll guide you on how to objectively assess your work and continually improve. Learning from every piece you work on will build your confidence and skill. It’s about always striving to be better, for yourself and your clients.

PATH TO EMPLOYMENT

As part of my sponsorship program, I’m not just teaching you a craft, I’m preparing you for a career. Whether you’re interested in going into business for yourself, or joining an upholstery team locally, you’ll gain insights into the upholstery industry, job search strategies, and how to make a positive impression on potential clients and employers. I’ll equip you with both the technical skills and the professional acumen to excel in your path to employment.