Professional Upholsterers Association of Minnesota
Our Mission Statement The Professional Upholsterers' Association of Minnesota is an organization of individuals and firms, joined together to advance, support and promote the field of upholstery.

cynthia bleskachek

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Types of Upholstery Offered

• Residential

• Commercial

• Classes/Workshops

THE FUNKY LITTLE CHAIR St. Paul, MN

Contact Info: 651-424-8877

E-mail: thefunkychair@gmail.com

Website: thefunkylittlechair.com

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 These barrel chairs received a bold new stripe by Barrow Fabrics.  Lining up the patten was a challenge, but one we quite enjoyed tackling!

These barrel chairs received a bold new stripe by Barrow Fabrics.  Lining up the patten was a challenge, but one we quite enjoyed tackling!

 This pair of tufted chairs left looking fabulous after a bold fabric update. Heirloom furniture needn't be boring or bland!

This pair of tufted chairs left looking fabulous after a bold fabric update. Heirloom furniture needn't be boring or bland!

 

“Cynthia has been working as a professional upholsterer since 2001 and teaching since 2010. In 2008 she won a first place craftsmanship award through The Upholstery Journal for a tufted chair.
She was a featured presenter at the 2015 Minneapolis Junk Bonanza, with appearances on Kare 11 and Fox 9. She’s also presented at numerous events for the PUAM (Professional Upholstery Association of Minnesota) in 2014, she was contacted by Craftsy to help create their first online upholstery class, Getting Started with Upholstery, a class which now has a 5 star rating and thousands of enrolled students from around the world.
She currently chairs the Education Committee for the PUAM and continues to look for new ways to share upholstery with both clients and students.”

About

Welcome to The Funky Little Chair! My name is Cynthia Bleskachek and I’m a professional upholsterer, working and teaching in St. Paul, MN. A little about me . . .
I first started learning upholstery from my mom. She was a determined self-teacher who turned a basic set of sewing skills into a
steady stay-at-home income. After graduating college with a degree in vocal performance, I did a good deal of reflecting and decided that professional upholstery deserved a much closer look. . .

To make a long story very short, the more I learned, the more I loved: The history, the people, the projects, the skills. I love old things. I love interesting things. I love comfortable things. And I love sharing this beautiful-but-under-appreciated craft with clients and students. I love that, in an age of so many disposable options, people still want to learn, fix, restore.

They just need to know how.

I’m delighted that you’re reading this. Whether you’re a student or a client, a hobbyist or just curious, I hope that

you’ll find something about upholstery to love.

Cynthia

 

Website: thefunkylittlechair.com

Email: thefunkychair@gmail.com

facebook  facebook.com/thefunkylittlechair

online class : cynthia's craftsy class

 
 Before and

Before and

 After!

After!

 This beautiful pair of chairs belonged to the client's Grandmother-in-law. After searching for something suitably small, she and her husband decided to look into reupholstery as an option. The frames were cleaned and re-glued, but we kept the original down seat cushions and selected a simple linen by Greenhouse to show off the shape of the chairs. A little striped fabric provided just a touch of fun in the back!

This beautiful pair of chairs belonged to the client's Grandmother-in-law. After searching for something suitably small, she and her husband decided to look into reupholstery as an option. The frames were cleaned and re-glued, but we kept the original down seat cushions and selected a simple linen by Greenhouse to show off the shape of the chairs. A little striped fabric provided just a touch of fun in the back!

 
 This midcentury thrift store gem is coil sprung and made in America - with new foam, a modest restyle, and hard wearing polyester fabric from Greenhouse, it's ready to WORK in the client's busy home!

This midcentury thrift store gem is coil sprung and made in America - with new foam, a modest restyle, and hard wearing polyester fabric from Greenhouse, it's ready to WORK in the client's busy home!

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