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The NUA is Proud to Introduce our New Board Officers!

We're thrilled to announce new NUA Board officers as well as brand new Board members. These new positions will be held from 2022-2024. Learn more about our new leadership team on the Meet the Board page of the NUA website.
Our new President is Harmony Maraldo of Tack & Tuft. Prior to serving as an officer, she was a Board Member and Chair of the Membership Committee.

Read her first State of the Association letter here.
Our new Treasurer is Grace Reff of Grace Ann Upholstery. Prior to serving as an officer, she was a Board Member and Chair of the Finance Committee.
Congratulations and Welcome to our Newest Board Members!
From Left to Right: Kevin Fuller, custom furniture designer; Keaven Hartt of Willa Hartt; Manda Yost of Manda Marie Upholstery
Farewell and Thank You
We offer our deepest gratitude to our outgoing Board members: Cynthia Bleskachek of the Funky Little Chair and Founding Board member; Carla Pyle of Natural Upholstery and Founding Board member; Jamie Facciola of Furniturecycle; and Terry Knollenberg.
The NUA Shop is Open for Business

Show off your NUA pride with some great new swag! Every purchase helps support the National Upholstery Association. Check back next month for new products!

Notice the modified logo? For our new merchandise, we needed to simplify our logo to offer more options. We hope you like the look! 

Congratulations to Ray Hart, who won our store launch raffle. He will be receiving an NUA tote bag.
Go Shopping

Make Community Connections

Shop/ Workroom Tour
Friday, Jan. 28 at 2pm EST

This is a fun annual tradition. Even if your place is a mess by Friday, it's always fun to see other shops and workrooms!

Register here to join us

Get Involved and Help Lead the Way

Volunteer Recognition
Volunteers are the heart of our organization. Our board and committees are composed of unpaid volunteers who are passionate about supporting and advancing the field of upholstery. To celebrate our colleagues’ stand-out efforts, we're recognizing a Volunteer of the Year and a Volunteer of the Quarter. Nominations are welcome any time during the year.
Volunteer of the Year - 2021
Carla Pyle


 
Carla has been with the NUA from the beginning. She has been involved in so many behind-the-scenes aspects of the Association that it's hard to list them all, but we'll try. Carla is one of the Association Founders and was the NUA's first Secretary on the Board of Directors. Later, as a Director at Large she was instrumental in writing many of the organization documents the NUA uses today. It doesn't sound glamorous, but it was oh-so important! Most recently, she was the Team Leader for the Volunteer Committee, which helps recruit volunteers and keeps the NUA organized.   
 
Outside of the NUA, Carla owns Natural Upholstery in Montana and is a Virtual Instructor for FLC. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram.
Volunteer of the Quarter - Q4, 2021
Amber Robertson

Amber has been instrumental in bringing the NUA shop to life and has brought a lot of enthusiasm to the NUA! Her coordination of this project gives members the opportunity to show their NUA pride on various shirts, hats, and bags. Amber plans to continue helping the NUA coordinate special events, along with the merchandise store.
 
Outside of the NUA, Amber owns Renovo Upholstery & Sewing in Montana. Follow her work on Facebook and Instagram
 
 

Thought Leadership


The NUA's Webinar Committee collates fresh content every month to highlight the expertise of our community and to enrich our members with tools, skills, and resources.

Webinars

Our next webinar is Tuesday, February 8 at 1:00pm EST: Enhance Your Upholstery Business by Offering Chair Caning Services.  Have you ever given thought to learning the related skill of chair caning and then offering it as an additional service to your customers? In this presentation, Cathryn Peters, aka The Wicker Woman, will touch on some of the historical aspects of the ancient chair seat weaving craft and its materials. She will then suggest ways to incorporate this newly learned skill into your business, creating more income for you and added services to the public. Members, check your email to register today!
 
Members can view all past webinar recordings here.
Have an idea for a webinar? Email us!
Blogs
Ceil DiGuglielmo: Paying it Forward in Precious Space
By Monica Rhodes, NUA Volunteer and Owner of Monday Wash Furniture



One day in August, I was in my workroom prepping my machine. As I adjusted my lamp to thread the needle, Ceil DiGuglielmo began her fifth anniversary podcast. She talked about being astounded by the opportunities the podcast has brought her, about fear being her constant companion, and about learning to ask for help. We tend to see our present status as a situation, not a process; so busy with what we are doing that we fail to witness what we have done. During her anniversary podcast, Ceil encouraged her listeners to get out their photo albums and reflect on all the past moments, big and small, that form the foundation of their businesses.

Read why Ceil encourages listeners to appreciate themselves and all they have done.
Reframing the Future: A Departing Board Member's Call to Action
By Jamie Facciola, Departing NUA Board Secretary and Founder of Furniturecycle


As the circular economy dawns, is our industry ready to meet this moment? It won’t be without a strong trade association. While other industries try to match up to our ancient mindset and skill set, we need to catch up with their resources, partnerships, power and messaging. How will the reupholstery industry position itself to take full advantage of this forthcoming wave? To me, this is the NUA’s ultimate task. Continue reading

Industry News

Upcoming Grants
Repair and Reuse Grants, hosted by StopWaste. Projects must be located in and/or serve the residents and/or businesses of Alameda County, California. This grant is available to nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Applications are due 2/15/22 at 5pm PT. Learn more
Upcoming Events
MasterTech Expo, hosted by Mobile Solutions, Mesa, AZ, March 6-9, 2022. The event is open to upholsterers, fabricators, designers, 12 volt technicians, and more.

What We're Reading

Industry News

This Company Has a Way to Replace Plastic in Clothing, Fast Company

Inside Baker’s domestic upholstery operations, Home News Now

Blog: Re-sale furniture marketplaces, sustainability and the circular economy, Home News Now

Inside Bassett’s BenchMade upholstery manufacturing complex, Home News Now

Bassett Furniture: BenchMade Part 2, Home News Now

As some custom upholstery orders rise, challenges ensue, Furniture Today

North Carolina’s Furniture Hub Is Booming. What Comes Next? New York Times

From the basement to the attic: The best interior decors for each room, Uswitch

Spruce-up splurge: Consumers willing to spend on home décor projects, Furniture Today

 



 
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