FLC Upholstery 200: Fundamentals
(Instructor Supported + Certificate Track)
This in-depth online program is designed to get your upholstery skills launched on solid, professional footing.
205 Boxed Cushion – Plain Seam
206 Boxed Cushion – Welt
210 Slip Seat – Fabric
211 Slip Seat – Vinyl
212 Slip Seat – Boxed
215 Fabric for Upholstery
220 Coil Springs
225 Diamond Tufting
251 Basic Side Chair
290 Business – Marketing and Sales
296 Business – Financial
Required Tools and Supplies
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Students are welcome to register at any time for the FLC Upholstery 200: Fundamentals Self-Paced track and have the option of upgrading later to the Instructor Supported + Certificate Track when registration opens.
Looking for certification? FLC Upholstery 200 (Instructor Supported and Certificate Track) is a structured, 12 week, online training program designed for students who are pursuing upholstery as a career.
This program combines thoughtfully designed curriculum with instructor support and a peer group to keep students focused and moving forward.
Each week, review a video lesson and complete a small project according to written instructions. Then, join your peers in an instructor-led cohort to ask questions and receive feedback.
Confirm your knowledge with quizzes and assessments along the way, submit project photos for a final portfolio review, and work with your FLC instructor to identify and achieve your training goals.
This program is entirely online, but students will need access to a basic professional set up, including a sewing machine they can comfortably operate, and project components. Equipment selection is discussed throughout the program for those who are learning independently.
Students should plan to spend approximately 8-10 hours per week completing course work.
- Accurately identify, select and use modern professional tools and supplies
- Accurately name the components and steps associated with a simple project.
- Demonstrate safe and consistent technique through all stages of a basic upholstery process.
- Apply professional methods for determining yardage, including use of a cut list, cut diagram, and consistent labeling convention.
- Apply professional methods for centering, tensioning and finishing fabric to simple frames.
- Demonstrate mastery of basic sewing skills for upholstery, including turning and aligning corners, sewing smooth curves, and making welt cord.
- Execute skills to build a simple modern foundation.
- Execute multiple methods to close an edge with no visible staples or stitches.
- Increase familiarity with relevant business and marketing skills
Wednesday Cohort with Instructor: Michelle Minner
Date: April 13th, 2022-June 29th, 2022
Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm CT
Instructor: Michelle Minner
Thursday Cohort with Instructor: Carla Pyle
Date: April 14th, 2022-June 30th, 2022
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm CT
Instructor: Carla Pyle
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Meet Our Instructors
Michelle Minner specializes in custom furniture upholstery and loves helping her clients bring their visions to life. She fell into the upholstery trade by accident. As a DIY blogger looking for a project she decided to try her hand at re-upholstering an old chair and fell in love with the transformation process. Self taught, Michelle is passionate about sharing knowledge and supporting fellow upholsterers.
Instructor, Michelle Minner, shares some helpful tips for creating a French Mattress Style Cushion.
Carla Pyle owns Natural Upholstery in Livingston, MT. An obsessive explorer, she has worked as a wildlife biologist, textile artist, furniture designer and upholsterer. She has been an active promoter of healthy upholstery since she helped develop a line of organic and sustainable furniture in 2009. She has been teaching modern upholstery since 2011, working with students using both conventional and natural/organic materials.
Instructor, Carla Pyle, shares words of welcome with her student cohort . . .
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely – this program is for any student interested in learning at a professional level, but there’s certainly no obligation to pursue a career. DO NOTE that there is an assumption of access to professional tools and supplies. If you are hesitant to invest in equipment, we recommend attending a Weekend Warriors Workshop before, or instead of, registering for this program.
We have designed these particular courses to be completed in sequence, allowing students to build skills progressively from project to project.
We do offer an introductory double course – Boxed Cushion: Fundamentals which encompasses the first two courses of the FLC 200 program: 205 Boxed Cushion – Plain Seam and 206 Boxed Cushion – Welt. It works well as a stand-alone experience, or as an introduction to the full 200 level training path.
Not at this time, but Weekend Warriors is a great place to explore any of the individual skills covered in this program.
Absolutely YES. While there are many upholstery workrooms currently in need of a skilled employee, taking on an apprentice is INCREDIBLY challenging, due to the complexity and expense of training someone while also running a small business. Using an online training program is a great option for acceleration. FLC Upholstery 200 is carefully structured to walk apprentices through key skills and processes that they’ll need to thrive inside a business.
Actually, we designed this program largely based on individuals like you. We LOVE self-taught professionals, and have incredible respect for those who are coming in without well defined roads. But we also noticed a trend among many of the students we were seeing in person. Due to the unstructured nature of today’s training landscape, most students were coming into expensive, live workshops with skill gaps, and a lack of good professional habits and basic processes. This makes it very difficult to train effectively for intermediate and advanced skills. We wanted to make sure students had a more accessible option for reviewing fundamentals in depth and detail. Having a firm handle on critical skills and processes prepares you to move into higher level work with absolute confidence – AND it improves your quality, consistency and efficiency on the “easy” stuff.