How was Covered established? Well, it started with a vision, drive, and passion. Great. But then what? Where does one learn the skills in a trade that seems (seams) to be dwindling, comparatively speaking? For me, it started with approaching a pro (by accident). He took me into his shop, showed me the ropes, and encouraged me to reach. And that’s what it takes. Reach. But reach where? There are plenty of free You Tube ‘tutorials’, books that may or may not be current, and, well, let’s be honest, there is a distinct difference between hobby and trade. For anyone interested in professional fabrication techniques and tips for running an efficient and profitable workroom, the Custom Workroom Conference is coming this fall! A gathering of industry professionals for the fabrication of all things soft furnishings, from slipcovers and upholstery, to pillows and curtains, the CWC offers several short courses, an industry marketplace, and camaraderie. You will find leading industry experts such as Jeanelle Dech of The Workroom Channel, Home Dec Gal of Workroom Tech, Grant Trick (yes, THE Grant Trick!) of Design Industry , Cynthia Bleskachek of The Funky Little Chair, Nancy Letts of Pinehouse Drapery, Ceil DiGuglielmo of Sew Much More, Michelle Williams of Scarlett Thread Consulting, several more….and ME! I am so very honored to join this all-star league of instructors. I will be presenting a short course in traditional upholstery techniques. So, if you are searching for a place to start your upholstery, slipcover, or drapery workroom, learn a new fabrication technique, review the latest tools and machines, mark your calendars and plan your trip to Spartanburg, South Carolina to join me and so (sew) many others at the CWC in October. Until then, happy stitching, keep learning!