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Announcements

Call for NUA Board Members

The National Upholstery Association is looking for new Board Members for a two year term starting 2023! If you would like to volunteer your time and expertise, or know someone who may be an excellent fit (they do not need to be an upholsterer) please nominate them or yourself by sending us an email at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

We are looking for hands-on individuals who wish to give back to the upholstery trade and help shape it’s future. If you just wish to learn more about what being a Board Member entails, please email us or get in touch with a Board Member today!

FLC Set to Close Its Doors


In July, Cynthia Bleskachek announced, with a heavy heart, her decision to close FLC.

Hands-on workshops conclude in August. FLC Upholstery 200: Fundamentals (Instructor Supported) will teach out Fall semester, and the FLC Upholstery 200: Fundamentals (Self-Paced) online course will remain available for purchase on the FLC website through the end of this year.


To read more about what this news means, click here.

NUA Sponsored CWC Pre-event:
Colonial Williamsburg Tour - SOLD OUT


The Colonial Williamsburg tour is sold out! This event will be held prior to the Custom Workroom Conference on October 10th, 2022.

In the case of a cancellation, additional spots may open up. If you'd like to be put on the waiting list, click here for more information.

Get Involved and Help Lead the Way

Volunteer with the National Upholstery Association!


Volunteers are the heart of our organization. Our board and committees are composed of unpaid volunteers - such as small business owners, manufacturing professionals, and upholstery students - who are all passionate about supporting and advancing the field of upholstery. The NUA needs more volunteers - it's as simple as that. Most volunteer positions only have a time commitment of 2-3 hours per month. Please consider becoming an NUA Volunteer - learn more here.

Thought Leadership


The NUA's Webinar Committee collates fresh content every month to highlight the expertise of our community and to enrich our members with tools, skills, and resources.

Webinars


The NUA holds webinars on the second Tuesday of every month at 1:00pm ET. Here's what we have planned next:

Industrial Sewing Machine Maintenance by Sailrite


Tuesday, September 13th
1:00pm EDT

Basic care and maintenance and valuable troubleshooting information to help you deal with common issues when sewing on your industrial walking foot machine. Matt Grant will demonstrate adjusting the timing on the Sailrite Fabricator.

Members - Watch your emails for registration information. Coming soon!

Yoga for Upholsterers


Tuesday, October 11th
1:00pm EDT

Discover the foundations of yoga and experience its transformational effects. Lisa Bohlin, Ph.D., RYT 500 offers useful techniques to alleviate tension in the neck, shoulders, and low back, as well as moves to counteract pain and stiffness in the hands and wrists that can result from repetitive movements and overexertion on the job.

Members - Watch your emails in September for registration information.
Members can view all past webinar recordings here.

Not a member? See what you're missing.

Want to know what else we have scheduled?
Check out our list of Upcoming Webinars.

Have an idea for a webinar? Email us at
webinars@nationalupholsteryassociation.org
Blogs

Furniture Manufacturing Expo 2022 - In Review


By Rachel Fletcher, NUA Board Member

The National Upholstery Association was invited to show at the Furniture Manufacturing Expo (FME) for the first time this past July. Our purpose for attending was to connect the gap between the upholstery world, manufacturers, and software makers. 

Read more about our participation at FME 2022 here.

Bulk, Bulges, and Raw Edges


By Tina Ortman, Sturdy Stitching Upholstery

Tina taught a two week upholstery class at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado. In this article, she shares student projects and photos from her June class.

Read about the two week upholstery class here.

2022 NUA Member Survey Results: How Did We Measure Up?


By Harmony Maraldo, NUA President

The National Upholstery Association held its second annual Member Survey this April, where we asked our members how they use our benefits and what matters most to them.

Read a summary of the results here.

Industry News

Upcoming Events

Custom Workroom Conference


We're exhibiting! Join us at the Custom Workroom Conference, held at Embassy Suites Hilton Hotel & Hampton Roads Convention Center, Hampton, VA, October 11-13, 2022. This event is open to upholsterers, drapery, and soft furnishings professionals. 

 

National Upholstery Frame Business Workshop 2022


Offered by North Carolina State University Wood Products Extension

Thu, November 10, 2022
9:00am – 4:00pm EST

Conover Station Building
403 Conover Station Southeast
Conover, NC 28613

A one day workshop that focuses on the design and manufacturing of upholstery furniture frames-business and design topics are covered. 

This is a free, in-person event. Click here for more information about this event. Registration is required.

News From Our Partners

Albright's Daily Deals


Join this Facebook group for daily deals from Albrights Supply!
 

Albright's Supply Presents: Upholstery Diamonds

August 2022 Upholstery Diamond

Jim Shoulders III of Seat Cover Jim (Paducah, KY) answers questions about his upholstery journey.

Click here to read about Albright's current Upholstery Diamond.

What We're Reading

Industry News

Designers say vintage is in  |  Chairish

Furniture Academy looks to solve industry labor problem, one class at a time  |  Furniture Today

IFAI Selects Advanced Textiles Association As New Name  |  ATA

Three soft home categories top the list for redecorating after a renovation  |  Home Textiles Today

Why furniture recommerce?  |  Furniture World

5 Interwoven trends that will shape the look of 2022 and beyond  |  Designers Today

Why Carroll Leather poured red wine on its latest leather introduction  |  Furniture Today

Style Spotters  |  High Point Market

Textile vendors bring recycled, sustainable fabric lines to forefront  |  Furniture Today

WithIt Leadership panel offers 9 tips for work/life balance  |  Designers Today

Performance fabrics: How do they really perform?  |  Home Textiles Today

Alternative leather from cows?  |  Specialty Fabrics Review

Trends from the Las Vegas Market  |  Furniture Today

CertiPUR-US Program No Longer Certifying Foams Containing Stannous Octoate  |  Home Furnishings Business

Fabric manufacturers take steps to address PFAS chemical bans  |  Casual News Now

Annual Innovation+Design competition narrowed to field of 49 finalists  |  Furniture Today

HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams Unveils 2023 Color Collection of the Year  |  Home Furnishing Business
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