Access to mentors and professionals is an important part of any training journey. If you are unable to access these types of resources locally, we encourage you to make Virtual Instructor Support part of your education. Instructors can help you trouble shoot as needed, or provide general support and encouragement to accelerate your progress.

Sessions are conducted via Zoom and cost $70 for 30 minutes. You will have the opportunity to fill out a detailed pre-session questionaire addressing the nature of your inquiry. After your session, you will receive a follow-up email reviewing next steps and recommended resources.
About Virtual Instructor Support . . .

Presently, most incoming professionals are learning upholstery outside of classrooms and apprenticeship paths. While books and videos are important resources, there are absolutely times when we need interactive support.

Getting to a live class is, for most students, inconvenient and expensive.

In many cases, a short, high-quality instructor consultation can provide a fully satisfactory alternative – one that is far more convenient and affordable than traveling to attend a full workshop.

A certified virtual instructor can:

  • Talk you through something when you feel stuck
  • Provide a project consultation to discuss technical considerations and recommend appropriate resources (books, videos, supplies etc.)
  • Provide feedback and recommendations on your craftsmanship and how to set goals for improving it.
  • Provide guidance on career development, such as how to set training goals, build a client base or network effectively.

Our goal is to provide the bridge support you need to keep learning and working. Our instructors are familiar with the challenges facing today’s aspiring professionals and are excited to see you succeed – and they will NEVER make you feel stupid for not knowing something.

What do I need in order to use this feature?

A good internet connection, a laptop or smartphone with a camera, and a Zoom account. Payment is processed securely through PayPal, but you can use your credit card without setting up a PayPal account. If you want your instructor to address technical upholstery questions, consider how you can most effectively communicate your questions. (i.e. photos of the project on your laptop versus a smartphone carried into your workspace.)

What can I expect from my session?

Individualized feedback from an experienced professional upholsterer. You will complete a detailed intake survey, which your instructor will review. They will be able to give you customized guidance specific to your immediate concerns.

After your session, they will send a follow-up email summarizing any next steps and additional resources that were discussed and recommended.

When are sessions available and how soon can I meet with someone?

Our instructors have openings Monday-Friday and we require a minimum of 24 hours notice to book. Carla Pyle is available for morning sessions and Michelle Minner is available for afternoon/evening sessions. (Please note, these general times vary slightly depending on which timezone you are in.)

How much does a consultation with an experienced professional upholsterer cost?

Our 30 minute sessions are $70.

I have more questions, where can I learn more?

You can learn more on our FAQs page, and Meet our Team. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, email our virtual coordinator: lauren@thefunkylittlechair.com


Meet our Virtual Instructors

Michelle Minner

Michelle is a Funky Little Chair certified basic level instructor. She 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.

Carla Pyle

Carla is a Funky Little Chair certified basic level virtual instructor. She 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.