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Events Calendar

Events for all NUA events are displayed in the calendar below. Members can view events not available to public. 

If you are an Industry Partner, you can advertise up to 6 trade show appearances/events on the calendar each year. If you are an Educator member, you can advertise up to 12 classes on the calendar each year. To add events, contact us

Upcoming events

    • July 23, 2024
    • Workroom Tech, 104 Palmer Street, Tryon, NC 28782

    An ottoman is the perfect introduction to upholstery because the skills learned can be used to build confidence and progress to larger and more complex upholstery projects.

    This class includes:

    o Building an ottoman frame with pocket hole joinery

    o Fabricating the foundation with webbing, foam, and Dacron

    o How to make neat corners and proper tensioning for a professional and lasting finish

    o How to sew single welt cord

    o Using tack strip

    o Choosing fabrics and design ideas

    Students will provide their own fabric and ottoman feet. Once you are registered, the instructor will provide information on yardage needed and sources for furniture feet.  All other supplies are provided including foam, Dacron, welt cord, webbing, and lining.

    Learn more and register at:

    • July 25, 2024
    • July 26, 2024
    • Workroom Tech, 104 Palmer Street, Tryon, NC 28782

    In this hands-on leather tufting upholstery workshop, you will learn specialty skills that will take your upholstery education to the next level.  You will complete three 16” x 16” tufted leather sample boards using a variety of traditional methods and techniques. The finished boards can be used as examples to show your clients, you can hang them on the wall, or you can add feet and turn them into a footstool.

    Learn more and register at:

    • August 13, 2024
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Groz-Beckert  is the world's leading provider of industrial needles, precision components and fine tools as well as systems and services for the production and joining of textiles. 

    The presentation will cover various parts of the sewing operation and how to decide on the appropriate sewing needle for the job. There are so many factors that need to be considered with the fabric, thread, material, machine, and the most important of all, the sewing needle size and point style. Groz- Beckert offers several Special Application Needles (SAN) that help the sewer maintain their sanity.

    "Most people know very little about the needle. They search for the best fabric and the best thread. They spend lots of money on a great sewing machine, but the often forget about the part that makes everything work."

    Ron Russell is the Sales Manager INH Quality Management for Groz-Beckert, responsible for the U.S. Canada, Central America, and the Caribbean for Brand Owner Sales and training for compliance regulations in the apparel market.


    • September 05, 2024
    • 9:00 AM (MDT)
    • September 07, 2024
    • 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Castlerock, Colorado

    With Rhonda Shanahan

    This class is great for students wanting to start or expand their upholstery skills. It is limited to 4 students for individual attention. You will be responsible for your project and all your supplies. I’ll have supplies at the workshop for purchase if needed. The piece must be approved before the class starts. You can bring your tools or use the tools I have in my workshop. I have several industrial sewing machines for students to use. I hope these workshops will help you move forward in your upholstery journey.

    More Information and Registration HERE

    • September 10, 2024
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)

    In this webinar, Gareth will offer an informative lecture covering a brief history of the spring and its use in upholstered furniture. Followed by an in depth investigation into spring dynamics, how they work, effective lashing methods for a range of furniture styles and methods for choosing the right gauges and heights.

    Gareth Rees has been working as an upholsterer for over 27 years. He gained his training on the shop floor, working in various workshops in England and Wales and is versed in many aspects of furniture making from cabinet work to mattress making.

    Gareth started his own company in 2004 and in this time has taken commissions and private work for high end interior design companies, bespoke furniture makers, private collectors, antique dealers, embassies and museums.

    Here in the US, Gareth is the course writer and primary tutor for Upholstery Education, offering continuing education classes to upholstery professionals and aspiring individuals new to the trade. Back home in the United Kingdom, Gareth is a director and full time instructor at the British School of Upholstered Furniture in Oxfordshire, UK where he teaches the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers (AMUSF) Diploma program. He is also the lead tutor for the Advancements in Traditional Upholstery Diploma, run in association with the Guild of Traditional Upholsterers (GTU).

    Past Chairman of the Guild of Traditional Upholsterers. Currently he sits as its vice chair and examination/journeyman secretary.

    In March 2023 Gareth was awarded the Master Upholders certificate from the Worshipful Company of Upholders.

    Although a full-time educator, Gareth still takes on commissions from select clients, predominantly focusing on the decorative arts from 1840-1950.

    Gareth is eager to promote and celebrate the craft and trade of upholstery to a broader spectrum of people.

    • September 16, 2024
    • (EDT)
    • September 20, 2024
    • (EDT)
    • Metuchen, New Jersey

    On this 5 day course you will learn all about traditional upholstery.
    You will make a beautiful, hardwood, footstool from scratch. This will be webbed the traditional way, sprung with double cone springs, stuffed and stitched into perfect shape using coir and a horsehair mix.
    There will be 10 layers and you will learn the reason why all of them are so important. You will learn all about traditionally lashing springs correctly so they will last and all about the different stitching techniques involved in traditional upholstery.
    You will sculpt, tack, stitch, pin and perfect something beautiful to keep and show off.

    This course is taught by master upholsterer Polly of Polliander Studios. Polly has been an upholsterer for 16 years, she has a teaching studio in Cornwall, England. From there she carries out commissions and teaches both leisure and professional courses in upholstery and restoration. Polly is a member of the
    Association of Master Upholsters and is also an approved training centre for their Diploma course. There to assist the course is the very talented Amanda Coe. Amanda has completed her diploma training course in the UK and has been working with Bruno Paulin-Lopez for over a year. In short, you’ll be in
    good hands!
    This course is open to beginners or more advance upholsterers wanting to gain more experience and knowledge of traditional upholstery.
    The course will be held at a lovely space in Metuchen, New Jersey.
    Dates – 16th – 20th September 2024

    Cost is $1600 and that includes all materials. We only ask that you bring 1 meter of your own top fabric.

    Spaces are very limited. To book e-mail –

    • September 22, 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick: Bristol Room
    • 75

    CWC Pre-Event: NUA Plate & Panel

    Join us for a buffet dinner and moderated forum discussion featuring a distinguished panel of upholsterers within the industry. Moderated by Jeanne Henzel of Joona Fabriculture.

    NUA Member Rate: $75
    NUA Non-Member Rate: $85

    Skip the hassle of dining out after CWC registration – dinner is served at our event!

    Sunday, September 22nd, 2024

    6:00pm - 9:00pm

    Crowne Plaza - Bristol Ballroom

    Dinner seating begins at 6:00pm after CWC registration

    Panel Discussion starts at 6:45pm

    Cash Bar. Non-alcoholic beverage options will be available at no extra cost.

    Confirmed Panelists include:

    • Cynthia Bleskachek
    • Ella Hall
    • Mike Mascelli
    • Claire Wright
    • September 23, 2024
    • September 25, 2024
    • Warwick, RI

    Education - Events - Exhibitors

    CWC is the only annual educational event and trade show specifically for custom drapery and upholstery workrooms.

    • September 24, 2024
    • September 26, 2024
    • Anaheim, CA

    For a century, Advanced Textiles Expo has been the industrial fabrics industry’s flagship show. As the premier textiles event, Expo is the place where industry stakeholders and leaders connect, discover, and source in order to grow their businesses.

    ATA (formerly IFAI) is a member-owned, member-driven trade association representing the global industrial fabrics industry.

    ATA provides events, publications, education, networking, business resources, industry advocacy and more. We work with members to provide sourcing solutions and referrals throughout the sales and production cycle. We deliver timely industry content to help you stay informed about your marketplace. Our member groups provide market-specific activities and benefits to members.

    • November 12, 2024
    • 1:00 PM (EST)

    With Nancy Letts

    Nancy Letts started Pine House Drapery in 2001 and brings over 50 years of sewing experience to provide window treatments, bedding, pillows, cushions, and slipcovers to interior designers in northern lower Michigan. In 2012, her drapery design was chosen for the Custom Home Furnishings Academy Alumni Showcase and was displayed at the International Window Coverings Expo in Chicago. Nancy taught seminars at Custom Workroom Conference for five years, starting at the first CWC in 2016, and has been teaching hands on classes at Workroom Tech since 2018. She has written articles for Drapery & Design Professional magazine and Drapery & Design Digital Digest, is a Contributing Partner at the Curtains & Soft Furnishings Resource Library, and a WCAA member.

    • December 10, 2024
    • 1:00 PM (EST)

    Presented by Lewis Mabon

    Lewis Mabon is a furniture designer, specializing in upholstery, with experience in residential, commercial, office, hospitality, outdoor and healthcare furniture. He has worked most recently for Leggett & Platt, and before that, Herman Miller. He is a scholar on furniture history with vast private library.

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