3-Day Advanced Upholstery Workshop – Flowery Branch, GA

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Join us in Flowery Branch GA, for a fun-filled 3-Day Advanced Upholstery Workshop, October 10-12,2021.

Attend all 3 days for only $860

Are you ready to dig in a little deeper? Has your addiction to upholstery gotten you wanting more? If you answered yes to these questions I have just the class for you. This advanced class is for those who have several upholstery projects under your belt. In this class of 4 students, you will get the opportunity to dive into a more detailed piece and hone those skills you are struggling with or delve into the ones you’ve been hesitant to tackle on your own.

This class will be intense and fast-paced but together we will get the job done.

Expect to learn new techniques, acquire new skills, and have fun!




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. As of 2018, as a result of the growing requests for upholstery education, Kim’s Upholstery now focuses exclusively on educating DIYers and professional furniture upholsterers.

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.

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Limited to 4 students

  • Upholstery Workshop duration is 3 days (by the end of 3 days your project will be mostly completed, but this depends on you)
  • Cost is $860 (50% non-refundable payment due upon registration to hold your spot) – Plus Kim’s travel expenses
  • Your specific chair MUST be pre-approved by Kim (see below)
  • Teardown of your chair MUST be done prior to the start of the workshop
  • Support systems and Springs should be completed prior to this advanced class
  • Students will come prepared with their own fabric for the project – Pattern Matching is allowed for an Advanced Class
  • Sessions will run 8:00 am to 4/5:00 pm – with a 1-hour break for lunch
  • You will need to come with all necessary supplies for your project (see below)
  • Cushions are not part of this upholstery workshop

Prior to this hands-on small chair upholstery workshop, students are required to submit a picture of the desired project they would like to work on for approval by email to Kimberley@kimsupholstery.com.

Fabric yardage can be determined by watching the “Measuring for Fabric Yardage” video.  Approval of your project piece will be based on skills you have and what skills you are wanting to gain from this advanced upholstery workshop.  By attending this workshop you agree to allow Kim’s upholstery to take photos or video of you for marketing and promotional purposes.

Final Payment is due four weeks prior to the workshop.

By attending this workshop you agree to allow Kim’s upholstery to take photos or video of you for marketing and promotional purposes.


  • 4 students per workshop
  • Cost is $860 (50% non refundable payment due upon registration to hold your spot) plus Kim’s travel expenses divided by the number of attendees.
  • Final Payment is due 4 weeks prior to workshop.


Hostess: Donna Cash
Designs by Donna
5837 McEver Road,
Flowery Branch, GA

Email: donna@designsbydonnaatlanta.com


Kimberley Chagnon
Email: kimberley@kimsupholstery.com


Hampton Inn

Holiday Inn Express



Arrival – Students arrive between 8:00 am and 8:30 am.

Introductions – Once everyone’s projects are unloaded and set up, we take a few minutes to visit and get to know one another.

Getting Started – Then it’s time to start upholstering.

What to Expect on Day One – By the end of day one, spring systems are in place and the deck or seat of your chair is completed. Depending on the style of your chair the inside arms may also be underway.

Lunch Time – At 12:30 pm we take a 1-hour break

Quitting Time – Expect to end the day between 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm


Start at 8:30am

What to Expect on Day Two – Today is the day we get the insides of our projects completed and some students may even start on the outside arms.

This is the “dig in and get-it-done day” in order to reach the finish line on the final day.

During day two the bonds between the students have formed and there is usually lots of lively discussion and laughter.

By the end of day two everyone is usually tired, but more importantly, feeling very proud of all they have accomplished.

Lunch Time – At 12:30 pm we take a 1-hour break

Quitting Time – Expect to end the day between 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm


Start at 8:30am

What to Expect on Day Three – It’s the last day and often times we will be finished mid-afternoon…but that is not always the case.

On day 3 we finish up the outsides and attend to those little details that some pieces have, such as attaching double welt, adding decorative tacks, or hand stitching.

We may also address the unexpected details that a student might have decided to add to their piece.

Today you leave with a piece you can be proud of!

Lunch Time – At 12:30 pm we take a 1-hour break

Quitting Time – Expect to end the day no later than 4:00 pm


  • Wire cutter
  • Wooden Mallet
  • Scissors
  • Staple puller(Osborne 120 ½ )
  • Tape Measure (soft cloth)
  • Regulator
  • Goose-neck Webbing Stretcher
  • Pneumatic Stapler
  • Portable Air-compressor
  • Magnetic Tack Hammers
  • 6″ Curved needle
  • Workhorses (directions available in the Free Membership )
  • Tin Snips
  • Chalk
  • Pencils
  • May vary depending on your project piece
  • Bonded Upholstery Dacron 54″ Wide by 1 oz.
  • 1 roll upholstery cotton (natural or synthetic is fine)
  • Foam(depending on piece)
  • Jute Webbing –Red stripe
  • Ruby Jute spring tying twine
  • Edge roll ( 1 ¼” for deck) Other sizes depending on piece
  • Button Twine
  • Deck Fabric
  • Burlap
  • 5/32 welt cord (Make your cording prior to class)
  • Muslin or scrap fabrics
  • Upholstery Thread to match fabric
  • Fabric –Pattern matching is allowed in this Advanced Class
  • Curve Ease (Medium)
  • Metal Tack Strip

What people are saying about our workshops…

“What a fun weekend. Five very different chairs, all complete and looking incredible. I enjoyed Ashfield so much. I stayed at a wonderful Air BnB owned by two artist and their dog Charlie. Each day we worked non stop, in this spacious and well lit barn, provided by our host Amy, along with incredible comfort food. Kim guided us with every detail, introduced us to new tools and tricks to give us confidence and pride in the results. Big thank you to Bill and Kim for setting this up. We are fortunate to know you.”

Heather Taylor, Owner, Custom Textiles
“The three day upholstery workshop I took with Kim from Kim’s Upholstery was fabulous! I found Kim to be energetic and knowledgeable. The class was composed of five women with five different chairs. This did not phase Kim in the least. She was able to transition from assisting one attendee to another with ease and made it seem effortless. I am very happy with my finished chair and feel confident in attempting to upholster another chair after taking this class. I know she is an email or phone call away if I have any questions. I highly recommend this class to anyone interested in upholstering, beginner or intermediate.”
Julie Wood, Owner, The Leading Edge Drapery
“I attended a three day workshop in Northborough, MA last year with 4 other ladies and we had a blast learning and enjoying each other’s company whilst working hard. We had Kim with us all the way, and each of us having a different chair, we learned different skills watching them do their chairs. Kim helped us from the bare wood upwards until the finished product and it was a pleasure. She explained every technique we did and the correct order of upholstering our piece of furniture. Now, if we have any questions we know that she is only an email or phone call away from asking her questions. I am a hands on learner so this was very helpful having Kim by my side all the way.”
Linda, Student, Upton, MA


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