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Events for all NUA events are displayed in the calendar below. Members can view events not available to public. 

If you are an Industry Partner, you can advertise up to 6 trade show appearances/events on the calendar each year. If you are an Educator member, you can advertise up to 12 classes on the calendar each year. To add events, contact us

Upcoming events

    • June 06, 2024
    • 9:00 AM (MDT)
    • June 08, 2024
    • 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Castlerock, Colorado

    With Rhonda Shanahan

    This class is great for students wanting to start or expand their upholstery skills. It is limited to 4 students for individual attention. You will be responsible for your project and all your supplies. I’ll have supplies at the workshop for purchase if needed. The piece must be approved before the class starts. You can bring your tools or use the tools I have in my workshop. I have several industrial sewing machines for students to use. I hope these workshops will help you move forward in your upholstery journey.

    More Information and Registration HERE

    • June 11, 2024
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)

    With Ella Hall

    Join us as we explore efficient workroom practices. Learn about tech's role in productivity and get hands-on with tools. Gain workspace organization tips and share experiences in the Q&A. 



    Ella is the co-founder of Stitchroom, an exclusive trade-only upholstery company catering to prestigious clientele in the hospitality sector, including luxury hotels like Four Seasons and Marriott. With a background in fashion design from Parsons, Ella transitioned into interior design, where she honed her expertise in understanding the unique needs of high-end designers. Recognizing a niche in the market, Ella founded Stitchroom to provide tailored solutions for upscale hotels, renowned restaurants nationwide, and high-end residential spaces across New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and the Hamptons. Through the integration of technology and a commitment to craftsmanship, Stitchroom has established itself as the premier destination for sophisticated upholstery design in commercial, hospitality, and residential settings.

    • June 13, 2024
    • (EDT)
    • June 14, 2024
    • (EDT)
    • Hickory Metro Convention Center, Hickory, NC

    The Show for Home Furnishings Manufacturers

    Furniture Manufacturing Expo is the opportunity to take part in the only trade show in North America showcasing the largest gathering of suppliers and the latest solutions for manufacturers of home furnishings.
     
    Over two days, attendees have the chance to engage with exhibiting suppliers and see first-hand the latest innovative products, equipment, and machinery as well as gain a better understanding of the services and new technology making a critical impact on warehousing, logistics, finance, and the bottom line. The show also features an engaging education program developed by leaders in the upholstery, woodworking, and consulting industries.

    Gain a fresh industry perspective, generate new product ideas, develop new relationships, and enhance existing connections in the industry!

    For a free attendee badge, register with promo code: NUA24

    Register Now to Attend

    • July 09, 2024
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)

    With Ceil Diguglielmo


    The Library includes webinars on topics ranging from starting your business to workroom efficiency. There are instructional webinars on how to make drapery panels, cornices, slipcovers and more. The original Drapery and Design Forum has been saved to searchable PDF’s and includes 17 years of content and over 500,000 posts. There are back issues of Sew What? Newsletter dating back to 1993 and back issues of Sew What? Magazine, The Custom Home Furnishings Academy Magazine, D&D Pro Magazine and the Drapery & Design Digital Digest from 2017 to the present.

    • July 23, 2024
    • Workroom Tech, 104 Palmer Street, Tryon, NC 28782

    An ottoman is the perfect introduction to upholstery because the skills learned can be used to build confidence and progress to larger and more complex upholstery projects.

    This class includes:

    o Building an ottoman frame with pocket hole joinery

    o Fabricating the foundation with webbing, foam, and Dacron

    o How to make neat corners and proper tensioning for a professional and lasting finish

    o How to sew single welt cord

    o Using tack strip

    o Choosing fabrics and design ideas

    Students will provide their own fabric and ottoman feet. Once you are registered, the instructor will provide information on yardage needed and sources for furniture feet.  All other supplies are provided including foam, Dacron, welt cord, webbing, and lining.

    Learn more and register at: https://www.workroomtech.com/product-page/ottoman


    • July 25, 2024
    • July 26, 2024
    • Workroom Tech, 104 Palmer Street, Tryon, NC 28782


    In this hands-on leather tufting upholstery workshop, you will learn specialty skills that will take your upholstery education to the next level.  You will complete three 16” x 16” tufted leather sample boards using a variety of traditional methods and techniques. The finished boards can be used as examples to show your clients, you can hang them on the wall, or you can add feet and turn them into a footstool.

    Learn more and register at: https://www.workroomtech.com/product-page/button-up-leather-tufting


    • September 05, 2024
    • 9:00 AM (MDT)
    • September 07, 2024
    • 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Castlerock, Colorado

    With Rhonda Shanahan

    This class is great for students wanting to start or expand their upholstery skills. It is limited to 4 students for individual attention. You will be responsible for your project and all your supplies. I’ll have supplies at the workshop for purchase if needed. The piece must be approved before the class starts. You can bring your tools or use the tools I have in my workshop. I have several industrial sewing machines for students to use. I hope these workshops will help you move forward in your upholstery journey.

    More Information and Registration HERE

    • September 10, 2024
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Gareth Rees has been working as an upholsterer for over 25 years. He gained his training on the shop floor, working in various workshops in England and Wales and is versed in many aspects of furniture making from cabinet work to mattress making. 

    Gareth started his own company in 2004 and in this time has taken commissions and private work for high end interior design companies, bespoke furniture makers, private collectors, antique dealers, embassies and museums.

    Here in the US, Gareth is the course writer and primary tutor for Upholstery Education, offering continuing education classes to upholstery professionals and aspiring individuals new to the trade. Back home in the United Kingdom, Gareth is a Director and full time instructor at the British School of Upholstered Furniture in Oxfordshire, UK where he teaches the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF) Diploma program. He is also the lead tutor for the Advancements in Traditional Upholstery Diploma, run in association with the Guild of Traditional Upholsterers (GTU). 

    In October 2020, Gareth was voted Chairman of the Guild of Traditional Upholsterers. In this new role, Gareth is eager to promote and celebrate the craft and trade of upholstery to a broader spectrum of people.

    Although a full time educator, Gareth still takes on commissions from select clients, predominantly focusing on the decorative arts from 1840-1950. 


    • September 16, 2024
    • (EDT)
    • September 20, 2024
    • (EDT)
    • Metuchen, New Jersey



    On this 5 day course you will learn all about traditional upholstery.
    You will make a beautiful, hardwood, footstool from scratch. This will be webbed the traditional way, sprung with double cone springs, stuffed and stitched into perfect shape using coir and a horsehair mix.
    There will be 10 layers and you will learn the reason why all of them are so important. You will learn all about traditionally lashing springs correctly so they will last and all about the different stitching techniques involved in traditional upholstery.
    You will sculpt, tack, stitch, pin and perfect something beautiful to keep and show off.

    This course is taught by master upholsterer Polly of Polliander Studios. Polly has been an upholsterer for 16 years, she has a teaching studio in Cornwall, England. From there she carries out commissions and teaches both leisure and professional courses in upholstery and restoration. Polly is a member of the
    Association of Master Upholsters and is also an approved training centre for their Diploma course. There to assist the course is the very talented Amanda Coe. Amanda has completed her diploma training course in the UK and has been working with Bruno Paulin-Lopez for over a year. In short, you’ll be in
    good hands!
    This course is open to beginners or more advance upholsterers wanting to gain more experience and knowledge of traditional upholstery.
    The course will be held at a lovely space in Metuchen, New Jersey.
    Dates – 16th – 20th September 2024

    Cost is $1600 and that includes all materials. We only ask that you bring 1 meter of your own top fabric.

    Spaces are very limited. To book e-mail – polly@polliander.com

    • September 22, 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick: Bristol Room
    • 83
    Register

    CWC Pre-Event: NUA Plate & Panel

    Join us for a buffet dinner and moderated forum discussion featuring a distinguished panel of upholsterers within the industry. Moderated by Ruti Wajnberg of Find The Thread Upholstery.

    NUA Member Rate: $75
    NUA Non-Member Rate: $85

    Skip the hassle of dining out after CWC registration – dinner is served at our event!

    Sunday, September 22nd, 2024

    6:00pm - 9:00pm

    Crowne Plaza - Bristol Ballroom


    Dinner seating begins at 6:00pm after CWC registration

    Panel Discussion starts at 6:45pm


    Cash Bar. Non-alcoholic beverage options will be available at no extra cost.


    Confirmed Panelists include:

    • Cynthia Bleskachek
    • Ella Hall
    • November 12, 2024
    • 1:00 PM (EST)

    With Nancy Letts

    Nancy Letts started Pine House Drapery in 2001 and brings over 50 years of sewing experience to provide window treatments, bedding, pillows, cushions, and slipcovers to interior designers in northern lower Michigan. In 2012, her drapery design was chosen for the Custom Home Furnishings Academy Alumni Showcase and was displayed at the International Window Coverings Expo in Chicago. Nancy taught seminars at Custom Workroom Conference for five years, starting at the first CWC in 2016, and has been teaching hands on classes at Workroom Tech since 2018. She has written articles for Drapery & Design Professional magazine and Drapery & Design Digital Digest, is a Contributing Partner at the Curtains & Soft Furnishings Resource Library, and a WCAA member.


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