Upholstery Workshops & Events2018-09-26T20:18:04+00:00
Workshops & Events at NaturalUpholstery.com

Workshops & Events at NaturalUpholstery.com.

Upholstery Workshops with Carla Pyle

Make new friends and take home upholstery skills that will last a lifetime – sign up for a weekend workshop in Livingston, Montana!

Fall 2018 Workshops are ended. Read more about the weekend workshops

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Learn creative ways to repurpose instead of throwing stuff away!

Go Wild! Chair Workshop This is an easy class to set up at your local Maker Space. Go wild and explore your creative muse! Energize your work with an infusion of creativity – brainstorming & idea-sharing with others in the class. Students have commented on the powerful feeling of being swept up in the collaborative energy of the workspace!

Got a group of friends who want to do a class around a theme, celebration, or just want to CREATE some wild chairs together? Contact Carla to schedule a custom class tailored to your group’s theme! Workshops in Livingston, Montana or at your location (additional travel charge will apply).

We all have a story about our furniture.

a simple chair + your creative vision = a unique maker’s story

What’s your Uphol-story? Whether your particular chair means the world to you or you’re just looking for a way to not throw it away here’s your chance to give that piece of your life a new story.

Share your story:

Choose a specific project and answer these two questions, and be sure to include ‘my uphol-story’ in the subject line:

  1. What makes your chair special to you?
  2. How do you think your story can inspire others to join the upholstery maker movement?

Share in the comments below, and you may be chosen to have your project featured in an upcoming video.

Community Projects.

We love participating in projects that benefit our thriving art community here in Livingston, Montana, and we’re always excited to meet new people, and create something together for everyone to enjoy! We organized the Funky 50s Sofa project to benefit The Shane Center for the Arts. Fifteen volunteers participated in our series of free workshops over the course of several months – a collaborative effort that everyone can be proud of.

Got a project you’d like us to consider? Let us know in the comments below!

Upholstery in the maker space.

Our Mission is to share the knowledge and skills you need to complete your own upholstery project. We believe that transformation of the current wasteful practices in the furniture industry begins with empowering people at the local level. And yes. We know that acquiring the tools and skills to do this may not be an easy step for many of you who are ‘making’ at home.

We want to see upholstery become a core offering in maker spaces around the country and the world. Here in Livingston, Montana we’re located far from a large population center, and have no established maker spaces nearby that can accommodate regularly scheduled upholstery workshops. For now, our local workshops and community events are the stand-in for a maker space. Carla continues to travel to learn more about what’s happening in other parts of the world. She recently traveled to NIMBY in Oakland, CA to conduct an informal workshop.

We’re excited to be building a comprehensive online educational resource with this website. We hope that our videos & free downloads will help you learn upholstery and make healthy furniture on your own.

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  1. Angela Swan April 3, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    I reside in Louisville, KY. and I’m interested in possible taking online classes to learn furniture upholstery. Is that possible?

  2. Carla Pyle May 4, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Hi Angela,

    2017 update: I’m excited to share our new NaturalUpholstery.com educational resource for natural upholstery. Stay tuned for more videos and free downloads that will be added weekly to the site.

    We’ll also be adding resources for other websites where you can learn upholstery online as well as brick & mortar locations for those who want to learn with a hands-on instructor.


  3. Patricia Key October 23, 2016 at 10:27 am

    I have a recliner that needs to be reupholstered…any suggestions on that type of class? Thanks

  4. Carla Pyle November 4, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Hi Patricia,

    A recliner would be advanced upholstery project. Unless you have extensive upholstery experience, I recommend taking a beginner level class before taking on anything with upholstered arms. Recliners may require specialized tools to disassemble and reassemble due to the springs and levers associated with the reclining mechanism.

    Thanks for a great question,

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