Special Events

We occasionally run special events, extra classes, technique workshops or bring in guest instructors – anything out of the ordinary will be found here. The best way to stay up to date? Sign up for The Funky Little Newsletter and we’ll send you a monthly update!

Pillows 1 with Liz Woolf, Design Works Studio: Sioux Falls

Have you ever walked away from a class feeling like an expert?  You will when we are finished with Pillows 1!  We will cover everything from types of pillow inserts, the different types of finished pillows, how to properly cut fabric, sewing with a variety of trims, finishing off trims, and how to close a pillow.  We’ll even cover stylish custom options like shirred welt and flat welt! Adding those skills can be a lucrative addition to any fabricating or upholstery business.  

About the instructor . . .

Liz Woolf has been sewing for over 40 years and for over 16 of those years she has run her own fabricating business.  She has a degree in painting and weaving, built weaving looms, ran a fabric store, designed fabric, trained designers on how to use fabric design software and worked at Levi Strauss and Company as the brands CAD manager.  Through all of those careers it is sewing/making that makes her the happiest!  

Saturday, October 28th 10:00-4:00 (register now)

cost: $159/person (includes light lunch)



Cushions are bread and butter to the upholstery world – but that doesn’t make them easy. In this 12 hour workshop, we’ll break down the whole process step by step for sewing a basic cushion with boxing, welting and a zipper. Fee includes basic sewing supplies, handouts, instruction, and access to our industrial sewing machines (we have two sewing machines and have determined that this class runs best with 3 people – expect to do a bit of sharing with your classmates!)

Foam and fabric may be purchased through the shop at a student discount if needed.

Most students complete 2 cushions within the 12 hours.

2017 Dates:

November 5-8 (Monday-Wednesday) 5:00-9:00 pm (REGISTER NOW)

Instructor: Cynthia Bleskachek

Cost: $300/person


Advanced Open Weekend

Want to tackle a more complicated project, but can’t make it to the cities every week? Mark your calendar for a 3 day weekend with Cynthia Bleskachek.

This class will run Friday-Sunday from 10-5 so roll up your sleeves and eat your Wheaties! You’re going to leave sweaty and proud!

If you’re traveling from out of town, this class is a perfect option for exploring foundation work (springs, burlap, padding, etc.), complex sewn styles (attached cushions, channeling, skirts) or fully upholstered chairs. You should have prior upholstery experience, on your own or through the shop before registering for this class. We’ll be happy to recommend prep work you can do in advance to make the most of your long weekend!

2017-2018 Dates:

January 12-14 (REGISTER NOW)

February 16-18 (REGISTER NOW)

Cost: $390/person (includes tools and supplies – foam and fabric are available through the shop at a student discount if required)