Meet our instructors

Cynthia Bleskachek, The Funky Little Chair 

Cynthia has been doing upholstery professionally since 2001 – before that, she grew up making buttons and pulling staples in her mom’s home upholstery shop. Her journey has cultivated a deep love and appreciation for the character and quality of older furniture – in a market overwhelmed by disposable options, reupholstery provides a viable alternative. 

The Funky Little Chair began as a Facebook blog of sorts, providing bits of education from whatever project was on the horses. The idea was to bring students and clients into this lovely little industry, with all its beauty, history and challenges. In 2016, Cynthia decided to move The Funky Little Chair into a shop of her own.

Now in St. Paul, Cynthia provides upholstery services, as well as hands-on education for students of every level. She has one introductory online class available through Craftsy (find it here) Cynthia was a featured presenter at the 2015 Minneapolis Junk Bonanza, with TV appearances on Kare 11 and Fox 9. She is a member of the PUAM (Professional Upholstery Association of Minnesota) and currently serves as chair to the education committee.

Lindsay Orwig, A Chick and a Chair Upholstery

Lindsay got self-started in upholstery when she kept finding amazing chairs at estate sales and thrift stores. She quickly realized that the old pieces she was bringing home were of better quality than the newer pieces she already owned. In an attempt to do these wonderful old pieces justice, she delved into the world of upholstery: watching dozens of videos, pouring over the internet, and checking out every upholstery book from the library. She learned a lot, but still had many questions. Upon discovering The Funky Little Chair, she jumped in with both feet. She now has a bustling home-based business, with clients booked months out.

Amy Otteson, Amy Oh Design

Amy is a former teacher an artist and now an upholsterer. She has been working in the field for five years and is enjoying every minute of it  – in addition to upholstery, Amy is a certified color consultant with a passion for design and bold fabric combinations. Amy is looking forward to working with you!