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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

    • March 07, 2024
    • 9:00 AM (MST)
    • March 09, 2024
    • 5:00 PM (MST)
    • 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

    • March 12, 2024
    • 1:00 PM

    Everything you need to know to profitably sell custom furniture creations.

    With Nancy Sargent

    Nancy Sargent is the owner and creative heart behind Cobani Bleu, The Art of Sitting Soft. With a hoard of vintage chairs and ottomans and a passion for fabric, her mission is to create the Sit Soft life for her clients. Using both traditional and non-traditional fabrics, she searches the world for artisan textiles, and from frame to fabric she creates one of a kind chairs and ottomans.

    Nancy’s desire to share the art of upholstery has lead her to teaching this craft in both workshops and one-on-one classes. Online courses will be launched soon to further share the skills of this trade.





    • March 14, 2024
    • March 16, 2024
    • Workroom Tech, 104 Palmer Street, Tryon, NC 28782


    In this hands-on class, students will participate in a thorough introduction of slipcover design and fabrication, and master basic fitting, sewing techniques, pattern placement, pin-fitting, and stitching. Students will create form-fitting slipcovers with or without welt, and their choice of skirt style, and leave with the confidence and skills to add this popular style of slipcover to their workroom services.  Students can bring their own armless Parsons style chair or barstool, or one will be provided. 

    Learn more and register at: https://www.workroomtech.com/product-page/parsons-chair-slipcovers


    • March 28, 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Community Meetings are held via Zoom and open to all!

    Join the NUA for our upcoming Community Meeting on Teaching & Education in upholstery. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting out, this gathering promises to be an enriching exchange of ideas, offering valuable guidance on how to contribute to the education and skill development of aspiring reupholsterers. Possible topics include: addressing the current shortage of upholstery instructors, pricing your work as an instructor, where to find upholstery education, how and where to start teaching upholstery, and more.

    Click here to register for this event!

    • April 04, 2024
    • 9:00 AM (MDT)
    • April 06, 2024
    • 5:00 PM (MDT)

    With Rhonda Shanahan

    I will be teaching a 3-day leather workshop April 4-6, 2024. If you’ve been wanting to add leather to your upholstery skills this is the workshop for you. This class is limited to 4 students for individual attention.

    More Information and Registration HERE

    • April 20, 2024
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (MDT)
    • Castlerock, Colorado

    With Rhonda Shanahan

    Do you will learn how to make a lampshade? This class is limited to 6 students for individual attention. The supplies you need to build this lampshade are included in this workshop. You will need to supply 1 yard of your own fabric. You will learn how to build, and assemble your 12″ lampshade. You’ll leave with your finished lampshade and the skills to make more. You can purchase additional lampshade kits at the workshop to make at home.

    More Information and Registration HERE

    • May 02, 2024
    • May 04, 2024
    • Workroom Tech, 104 Palmer Street, Tryon, NC 28782


    In this hands-on class, students learn professional methods for pillow construction and how to sew custom cushions for chairs, sofas, window seats, and more. Pillows taught include knife edge, knife edge with Turkish corner and bolster. Cushions include a boxed cushion with welt cord and zipper, and a waterfall cushion.  Nancy will share how to cover and attach welt cord in one step, using invisible zippers next to welt cord, and how to select the best foam and pillow forms.

    Learn more and register at: https://www.workroomtech.com/product-page/copy-of-pillows-and-cushions-masterclass-with-nancy-letts

    • May 02, 2024
    • 9:00 AM (MDT)
    • May 04, 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

    • May 15, 2024
    • May 17, 2024
    • Courtyard Marriott Hickory - 946 13th Avenue Drive SE Hickory, NC 28602

    Join Kim's Upholstery in Hickory NC, for our 5th Annual Upholstery Meetup on May 15-17, 2024!

    We will tour 4 vendors and have an all-day event at our host hotel.

    This year's event is limited to 60 attendees.

    For our 2024 Upholstery MeetUp, we will be gathering in Hickory NC and lodging at Courtyard Hickory in the heart of Hickory NC the furniture capital!

    For more information and to register, visit:
    https://kimsupholstery.com/event/5th-annual-upholstery-meetup-hickory-nc/

    Also, check out Kim's Upholstery's upcoming workshops:
    https://kimsupholstery.com/live-events/workshops/

    • June 07, 2024
    • 9:00 AM (MDT)
    • June 08, 2024
    • 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Castlerock, Colorado

    With Rhonda Shanahan

    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.

    More Information and Registration HERE

    • June 13, 2024
    • (EDT)
    • June 14, 2024
    • (EDT)
    • Hickory Metro Convention Center, Hickory, NC

    The Show for Home Furnishings Manufacturers

    Furniture Manufacturing Expo is the opportunity to take part in the only trade show in North America showcasing the largest gathering of suppliers and the latest solutions for manufacturers of home furnishings.
     
    Over two days, attendees have the chance to engage with exhibiting suppliers and see first-hand the latest innovative products, equipment, and machinery as well as gain a better understanding of the services and new technology making a critical impact on warehousing, logistics, finance, and the bottom line. The show also features an engaging education program developed by leaders in the upholstery, woodworking, and consulting industries.

    Gain a fresh industry perspective, generate new product ideas, develop new relationships, and enhance existing connections in the industry!

    For a free attendee badge, register with promo code: NUA24

    Register Now to Attend

    • June 22, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Castlerock, Colorado

    With Rhonda Shanahan

    Do you will learn how to make a tuffet? This class is limited to 4 students for individual attention. The supplies you need to build this tuffet are included in this workshop. You will need to supply 1 yard of your own fabric and four 4-6″ feet. You will learn how to build, and assemble your tuffet.  The fabric will be patterned and sewn so it is ready to cover your tuffet. You’ll leave with your finished tuffet and the skills to make more.

    More Information and Registration HERE

    • 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: https://www.workroomtech.com/product-page/ottoman


    • 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: https://www.workroomtech.com/product-page/button-up-leather-tufting


    • 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

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