2nd Annual Upholstery Meetup – Gastonia, NC

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Join us in Gastonia, NC, for a fun-filled 3 day Upholstery Meetup in July 2019!

As upholsterers, most of us work alone. As an educator, I see the need for networking with our peers. Members of our upholstery community have the ability to meet their peers through our Annual Upholstery Meetups. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about new vendors and new products in the industry.

The Meetup offers a bit of education, a lot of networking and a TON of FUN.

There is no cost to attend this event. Just pay for your own expenses.

Through Crypton Fabrics we are excited to offer a block of rooms with a substantial discount at the Courtyard Marriott in Gastonia, NC.


With 20+ years of experience, Kim Chagnon has become a trusted name in both upholstery and instruction.

In 1996, she started her own business, Kim’s Upholstery, which continues to thrive and give clients the custom upholstery they truly want.

When she’s not busy in her workroom, Kim is busy teaching upholstery online and by way of in-person workshops. For the past eight years, she’s led classes for the Window Coverings Association of America as well as popular trade shows and conferences.




What people are saying about our upholstery meetup…

“I attended the 2018 Upholstery Meetup and had a blast. In my business, I focus on more draperies and pillows than upholstery, so I decided an upholstery meetup would provide me with information I had little knowledge about. And it did! We had many educational opportunities but we had time to socialize and get to know the other attendees, who I now call friends. I had so much fun I decided to attend the 2019 Upholstery Meetup too.”

Donna Cash, Owner, Designs By Donna

“The 2018 meet-up was a great experience. Where else would I have had the opportunity to see chair frames manufactured from start to finish? Or have personalized service at an industrial sewing machine store where I saw machines that I did not even know existed? All of the fabric stores were fantastic – and shopping is so much better when you are doing it with 20 new friends!”

Kip Ford, Lulu Kate Designs

“When I signed up for the first Upholstery Meetup, I had no idea what a lasting impact just 3 days would have! Kim went above and beyond to make sure the trip was packed with relevant tours, visits and networking opportunities that had a real & practical benefit to those attending. Aside from the structured activities, meal times provided a relaxed atmosphere to really get to know the other individuals.”

Donna Scott Johnson, Lulu Kate Designs


Learning, exploring, making new friends…




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