This week on YouTube, we're starting the cushions for Aunt Bea (watch the video - don't forget to like and subscribe!) Rumor has it, back when Minneapolis VoTech had a degree program, the first thing students had to do was sit down and sew a cushion. By which point, a certain percentage said forget it, … Continue reading It’s time to have The Talk . . . about cushions.
Last week on the blog, we discussed project selection for our advanced workshops. It was then brought to my attention that we needed a post for beginners - duh!!! So let's chat. We love beginners in the shop. Most of our students begin as Weekend Warriors in a 12 hour open workshop. What should you bring? … Continue reading So you want to try upholstery: a beginner’s guide to choosing the perfect project.
As you hopefully know by now, we offer hands-on upholstery education. Most of our classes are open workshop style, meaning you bring in a project of your choosing, and we coach you through it. Some of our classes are labelled, "Advanced" and people wonder what level they should be in. Am I advanced enough???? If … Continue reading Advanced Upholstery Workshop: Are you ready? How to tell, and what to bring.
One of my favorite job perks is that I get to listen to a lot of audiobooks. My hands and eyes are usually busy, but my ears? They get bored. In fact, I find that I'm far more productive with a good audiobook. I can put in headphones, switch my phone to airplane mode, and … Continue reading Audiobooks for the upholstery shop
A few years ago, I gave my mom a roll of 54" wide polyester batting for Christmas. For reasons of practicality and frugality, she only ever purchased the 27", and I knew it was an indulgence she'd enjoy. Another year, I found a button press under the tree. My mom happened across one on Ebay and … Continue reading These are a few of my favorite things . . .
"If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one." Mother Teresa Lately, it feels so easy to watch the news, or get on social media, and just spiral into despondency. Who am I, in the the face of so much anger and sadness, to make the world a better place? What could I … Continue reading If you can’t feed a hundred people . . .
A few weeks ago, someone on this American Life was sharing his approach for teaching other men to pick up women. The idea, as it was explained, was to "lay five bricks every day." Talk to a woman, just in passing. Deliver a compliment. Engage. Not necessarily with intent. Just lay five bricks and see … Continue reading “Lay Five Bricks”
If you've ever stopped to consider this question, you've likely reached the vague conclusion that wings are decorative. And in the modern sense, they are. We stick wings on everything from recliners to headboards. (Wing chair recliner reupholstered by Sitzen Design & Upholstery in Missouri) But in truth, wings were an ingenuous design solution: They … Continue reading Why are there wings on a wing chair?
Last week, a woman dropped by The Funky Little Chair to inquire about classes. We answered a bunch of questions, and she started to leave, rather jazzed to give this upholstery thing a try. Then she turned back and asked, "So what kind of people do well in upholstery? Who ends up really liking it? … Continue reading Would you do well at upholstery?
I think every teacher/artist/athlete/craftsperson sees their "medium" as a metaphor for life. It's one reason I love quotes - we can all be inspired by the passionate people around us, even those who have passions different than our own. Some examples: Whether you're a boxer or a welder, a knitter or a chef, the things … Continue reading Upholstery: a Little Life Lesson