Looking for a hands-on multi day event? Join Cynthia in North Carolina in March: Modern Upholstery: Open Skills Workshops (three day at Workroom Tech)

This NEW hands-on, retreat style event has been designed with the new or aspiring professional in mind. Join us for 4 and a half days of hands-on skills training and networking in the heart of the Twin Cities!

May 5-9
4 days of skills training on a modern wing chair project. Students should be prepared to watch videos and do some homework before and between class days.
What else??:
Stay with other participants in a local air bnb – network with our community of professionals, instructors and students
Cynthia Bleskachek, The Funky Little Chair
& Steve Cone, retired instructor and author of Singer: Upholstery Basics, Plus

The Funky Little Chair, Minneapolis Minnesota
Cost: $975
(includes 4 instructed workshop days, tear back party, lodging, ground transportation to and from class, closing reception)


(Once you have paid, additional registration details will be sent via email)

Reupholster a wing chair, from planning a cut list to making a cushion – explore and better understand  the most common and versatile skills you’ll encounter in a modern upholstery project . . .

Spend your evenings at a local air bnb, connecting with other participants, exploring the Twin Cities or just relaxing – Lodging has been included in your fee so you don’t have to worry about making extra arrangements! You’ll have your own room in one of two houses we’ve selected for the event.

Meet and work with our local community of instructors, professionals and students. Enjoy a closing reception hosted by The Professional Upholsterers’ Association of Minnesota!

Members of the PUAM at Fabric Supply Inc., Minneapolis

More important details. . .

Students may choose to bring a wing chair and fabric – wing chair should be structurally sound and fabric must be solid or random (our schedule will not allow for foundation work or pattern matching.) Projects must be approved in advance – photos may be sent to our event coordinator, Lindsay Orwig at

If you are traveling, we can arrange to provide a donated chair and fabric for you. At the end of class, it will be given to Bridging, a local furniture bank that supports families and individuals in transition.


What do I need to bring? What does the fee include? 
Participants who wish to bring their own project are responsible for bringing a chair and 10 yards of upholstery weight fabric (yes, that’s more than you’ll need, but let’s play it very safe!) You are encouraged to bring a pair of scissors and safety glasses, along with any tools you prefer to use. However, our shop is equipped with all necessary tools and supplies for class use, and they are included in your fee. Fee also includes lodging, ground transportation to and from class, two dinners and four lunches. You are responsible for getting to the air bnb on Sunday (address and specifics provided upon registration) and for getting home. You are also responsible for three dinners and any snacks or food you wish to have at the air bnb. (BIG thank you to Fabric Supply Inc for making this event possible!)

What if I’ve already reupholstered a wing chair?
That makes us extra happy! Since this workshop focuses on refinement, and comprehension, you’ll actually be most successful if you have some experience with the material we’re covering. We’ve specifically chosen a wing chair because it incorporates so many important skills and techniques – we hope this workshop will help you achieve more consistent and professional results in all your upholstered projects!

Can I bring in a different project? 
Since we are using videos and printed materials to support your workroom experience, it is necessary that participants stick to the project guidelines. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation – we’re excited to explore a structured, blended model for professional upholstery education with you! If there’s another project you’d like to bring in, we’d encourage you to look for an open workshop with us or another educator!

What is your cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel before April 5th, we’ll be happy to give you a full refund! If you cancel after that, your fee will be non-refundable unless we are able to fill your spot.

What if I have more questions?
We have an event coordinator for that!!! Just email Lindsay Orwig at (and tell her thanks for keeping us organized!)