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Career Professional ™ Certificates1
Home Study
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Course Descriptions
Window Treatments
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Pillows and Bedding
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Courses offered include window treatment and slipcover fabrication, upholstery,
drapery installation, decorating and business. Whether you are a beginner at the
sewing machine, or experienced in the workroom, you will find classes that fit your
experience level, schedule and interests. You will leave the Custom Home Furnishings Academy with new skills, great resources and a network of supportive
colleagues.
Business6
Slipcovers7
Upholstery8
Installation
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Interior Decorating
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Instructor Biographies
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Tuition Payment Options
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Course Calendar
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Traveling Workshops
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Continuing in the tradition of the CHF School and Drapery Forum, founded by
Cheryl Strickland in 1993, the Custom Home Furnishings Academy is the
premier destination for hands-on learning. The state-of-the-art facility includes
classrooms outfitted with professional workroom equipment, industrial sewing
machines and a design studio. The instructors are experts in their area of study,
dedicated to empowering students with the professional skills necessary to thrive in
the custom home décor industry.
The Custom Home Furnishings Academy is dedicated to supporting the development of creative skills and confidence through lifelong learning.
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A membership to the D&D PRO NETWORK, produced by the Custom Home
Furnishings Academy, connects you with others who share a passion for
textiles and creative talent. Membership includes 24/7 online access to the CHF
FORUM, which boasts thousands of users and a searchable database for past
discussions. Enjoy a bimonthly subscription to the DRAPERY & DESIGN PROFESSIONAL magazine and experience on-demand webinars.
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The Career Professional™ designation is earned by students who have successfully completed a series of comprehensive classes within a concentrated area of study. Much like earning a degree from a trade school or university,
completing a Career Professional™ program at the CHF Academy is preparation for a successful career, adding
value to your products and services. The designation is recognized within the industry as the mark of excellence in
fabrication training and is a valuable connection to new clients who seek trained professionals. All graduates are
announced in the Drapery & Design Professional magazine and linked on the Career Professional™ page
of the CHF Academy website, leading customers to your growing business.
Career Professional Certificate Programs
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Window Treatment Fabrication
required courses
*BU100 Starting a Workroom Business
*WT101 Window Treatment Fabrication I
*WT201 Window Treatment Fabrication II
Advanced Window Treatment Fabrication
required courses
WT301 Advanced Top Treatments
WT401 Advanced Drapery Panels
WT501 Design to Installation
plus one elective course
WT601 A&B Advanced Workroom Skills
and Efficiency
WT521 Draping and Drafting Challenge
UP501/501 Upholstered Cornices
WT411 Arched Panels & WT311 Embellishments
WT511 Advanced Soft Shades
Upholstery
required courses
UP101 Professional Upholstery I
UP201 Professional Upholstery II
UP301 Professional Upholstery III
Slipcover Fabrication
required courses
SL101 Parsons Chair Slipcovers
SL201 Professional Slipcovers
SL301 Advanced Slipcover Workshop
Bedding Fabrication
required courses
PB101 Professional Pillow Fabrication
PB201 Professional Bedding Fabrication
plus one elective course
UP621 Upholstered Headboards
PB301 Canopies and Coronas
Interior Decorating
required courses
ID301 Textiles and Fabric Coordination
ID800 Color With No Regrets
ID811 Redesign and One Day Decorating
OR ID821 Professional Interior Decorating
plus one elective course
BU201 Business Plan Workshop
BU301 Pricing Without Emotion
Drapery Installation
required courses
IN101 Professional Drapery Installation I
IN201 Professional Drapery Installation II
* Course available as a
self-paced HOME STUDY
program (see p.2)
“I've never experienced a better, more
dedicated group of people than the staff
at CHF. You really love what you do and
take great care of each other,and each
student. I feel fortunate to have had the
oppurtunity to learn from such an experienced, knowledgable and loving group.”
- Joy Mayor
Window Treatment Career Professional
Course Guide
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The Custom Home Furnishings Academy offers three courses as the core of the home study program.
By viewing webinar and video lessons online, fabricating instructor-guided sample projects, and participating
in a private forum with fellow students and instructors, students learn the basics of operating a professional drapery workroom and earn the Career Professional™ designation for Window Treatment Fabrication.
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Students begin training the day they enroll, with online access to view lessons and post discussion
questions any time day or night. In addition, each student receives training materials that include
course handbooks, miscellaneous workroom supplies and a few helpful tools to complete required
projects.
The flexible approach allows students to learn at their own pace without leaving their home or workroom. Completion time varies based on skill level, experience, and effort. Students committing ten
hours per week, generally complete the Window Treatment Fabrication Career Professional™ program
in 8-12 weeks. However, all students have access to the lessons and online support for twelve months to
complete the program. After twelve months, a $50 reactivation fee applies. At any time within one year, there is
NO FEE to transfer to the same hands-on course at the CHF Academy. Home study participants must be current
Drapery & Design Professional Network Members (Premium Level) to enroll.
BU100-Starting a Workroom Business
Home Study
$398.00
Learn how to turn your love of sewing and
creativity into a workroom BUSINESS. This
course provides a comprehensive overview
of the custom window treatment sector of the
home decorating industry. Students explore the
fundamentals of small business start-up, listing
necessary equipment purchases and gaining
a full understanding of potential earnings and
career investment costs. Topics include window
treatment classification, wholesale versus retail
pricing, measuring, invoicing, work orders, supply resources and more. Whether you are considering a career change or you have already
launched a workroom business, this course will
provide key information to manage a successful
workroom business and earn the respect of your
customers, vendors and competition.
WT101-Professional Window Treatment
Fabrication I
$1125.00
This comprehensive course provides the foundation for custom window treatment fabrication.
Students learn how to use professional tools and
equipment while they construct four fundamental window treatment styles: rod pocket panels,
pinch pleated panels, stationary balloon shades
and Roman shades. Students learn how to write
and read window treatment work-orders, calculate yardage with any size and/or type of repeat
and employ trade secrets to improve workroom
efficiency. Students develop their sewing skills
and become comfortable with the use of the
industrial straight-stitch machine, blind hemmer, and serger machines. A detailed classroom
handbook and all materials and supplies are
provided.
WT201-Professional Window Treatment
Fabrication II
$900
Professional fabrication methods are further
explored in this fast paced course. Each student
completes a straight box-pleat valance, a basic
swag and cascade top treatment, a grommet top
panel, and either a stationary trapezoid shade
or a stationary London shade. Each treatment
incorporates detailed embellishments, such as
straight and mitered banding, cording, fringe,
and twisted braid cord.
Contact Peggy Brewer
Education Coordinator
[email protected]
or call 704-333-4636
to begin your training today!
“The home study program allowed me to learn professional workroom techniques without having to leave
my business and family. I learned so much and it was
really convenient to work on projects at my own pace.
Thank you CHFA for the opportunity to learn from
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Betsy Douglas
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$1125 5-days
This comprehensive course provides the foundation
for custom window treatment fabrication. Students
learn how to use professional tools and equipment
while they construct four fundamental window treat­
ment styles: rod pocket panels, pleated pan­els,
Roman shades, and a decorative board mounted
valance. Students learn how to match pattern repeats,
calculate pleats and spaces, calculate yardage with
any size and/or type of repeat and employ trade
secrets to improve workroom efficiency. Students develop their sewing skills and become comfortable with
the use of the industrial straight-stitch machine, blind
hemmer, and serger machines.
WT121-Working with Sheer Fabric
$225 1-day
Join the fun while focusing on the specific challenges of working with sheer fabric. Students
learn professional techniques for cutting and
“taming” sheers while creating a sheer pinch
pleat panel sample. Students use specialty
products like sheer buckram and fusible bonding
tape, and explore a variety of methods for French
seams and sheer banding.
WT201-Professional Window Treatment
Fabrication II
$900 4-days
Professional fabrication methods are further explored
in this fast paced course. Each student completes an
embellishment sample incorporating techniques for
straight and mitered banding, welt cord, and twisted
braid cord. They also complete a straight box-pleat
valance, a basic swag and cascade top treatment, a
grommet top panel, and either a sta­tionary trapezoid
shade or a stationary London shade
WT221-Soft Cornices and Interior Awnings
$675 3-days
Learn innovative techniques for fabricating soft cornices and interior awning treatments. Students make
their own shaped soft cornice samples with banding
and trim as they learn to use materials such as Skirtex™ and fusible tapes. Students learn professional
upholstery techniques as they build and cover awning
frames to complete an awning valance. In addition,
students learn to measure and plan for the fabrication
and installation of soft cornices and awnings in difficult
bay and corner windows.
WT301-Advanced Top Treatments
$900 4-Days
Utilizing classic M’fay professional drapery workroom patterns, students learn all the necessary
theory behind the timeless Kingston and Empire
valances, eliminating all intimidation from these
advanced treatments. In addition, students learn
the step-by-step fabrication of shaped box pleat
valance using professional workroom techniques for scale drawing interpretation,
pattern drafting, motif placement and
shaped banding. Students complete
these advanced top treatments
while exploring alternative board
mounting techniques which include
floating board mounts, pole mounts
and medallion mounts. Students
complete the course with the confidence to approach complicated
valances of any shape or size.
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WT401-Advanced Drapery Panels
$900 4-days
This advanced course surveys
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the world of beautiful, high-end
drapery panels. Beginning with
the creation of a plush, bump-interlined panel
with hand-sewn decorative trim and progressing towards panels with attached valances,
ruched headings and embellished leading edges.
Students practice the use of several authentic
interlining techniques including English Bump and
French Blackout methods. Each student creates
a collection of incredible drapery panel samples
that can be used to present their fully developed
skills to potential clients.
WT311-Fabric Embellishment Workshop
$225 1-day
A sample speaks a thousand words to your clients. Focus for a full, fast-paced day
on manipulating fabric into samples
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that will allow you to showcase your
creativity. Use them to illustrate your
skills and as a sales tool. In-seam embellishments
include: knife pleats, box pleats, inverted pleats,
circular flounce and a bias twist insert. Surface
embellishments will include: hand sewn trims,
bow-tie pleats, Celtic work and ribbon work
Window Treatments
WT101-Professional Window Treatment
Fabrication I
WT321-Ultimate Sample Kit
$675 3-days
Creating a sample kit is an essential marketing
tool for any business. Allowing clients
to actually see and feel items that the New!
window specialist or workroom is trying to describe. It allows them to compare options
and “feel and see” the differences of upgrades
and add-ons. In this class, the student will create
this necessary selling tool. Students will complete
several edge samples showing details such as
bow-tie edging, bias ruffles and banding all organized in a binder ring. Students will also make a
drapery panel with various pleats and interlining/
lining options, an industry-compliant shade, and
a soft and hard cornice. They will also receive
several hardware sample cards and examples to
complete their kit.
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WT411-Arched Panels
$449 2-days
Learn the process for
measuring, turning a
template into a pat- Updated!
tern and fabricating arched drapery treatments.Day
1 – pattern making and fabricating a
pleated, arched drapery panel. Day
2 – take the foundation process to
the next level and fabricate a swaged
drapery panel. Leave with the confidence and the knowledge to tackle any
arch shaped treatment.
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WT421 Extraordinary Panels
Window Treatments
$675 3 days
In this advanced drapery class students will
create panel designs using
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creative elements such as
uncommon pleats, skirts, overlays and attached valances. Discussion topics
include trends, hardware, selecting materials,
lining methods, proportions and how to dress
drapery designs. Students will be encouraged to
challenge industry standards, attempt new ideas
and apply techniques that might be unfamiliar in
drapery making.
WT501 Design to Installation
$1125 5 days
Students experience a comprehensive and exhilarating hands-on program learning the complete process of the window treatment business,
from design to installation. Students visit a home
to measure and interview a home owner who desires custom window treatments. Students assess
the client’s style and desires and collaborate to
create a design presentation for the client’s approval and selection. Fabrication and installation
strategies are discussed, work orders drawn-up
and implemented to create a final product to be
hung in the clients house. Because of the unique
nature of this class, it’s always one-of-a-kind and
never duplicated! Students can take this class
over and over for a guaranteed enriching and different learning experience each time.
WT511-Advanced Soft Shades
$900 4-days
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Students expand their custom workroom skills while exploring several
innovative methods for compliant soft
shade manufacturing. Each student
creates three shades, Hobbled roman shade,
Stitch Tuck Roman and Shaped Bottom Roman.
Then, with guided step-by-step instruction each
student learns to mount these shades utilizing
three different lift systems (Merril Landis Lite
Touch™, Rowley EZ Rig™ and Sure-Shade™).
In addition, students learn how to motorize soft
shades, leaving with Somfy Expert™ Workroom
Certification and a fully functioning motorized
sample. All materials and lift mechanisms are provided, a $500 value in just lift mechanisms! Plus,
students leave with a full understanding of the
shade cord safety standards and an action plan
for ongoing compliance.
WT521-Draping & Drafting Workshop
$675 3-days
This class focuses on the challenges of draping and drafting new and unique
designs. Students will be presented New!
a series of window treatment renderings from imaginary clients, and
with guided instruction complete each step of the
workroom fabrication process from draping, drafting patterns, specifying hardware and supplies,
fabrication methods and installation techniques.
This course fulfills the elective requirement for the
Advanced Career Professional™ designation and
brings increased value to any workroom or design
business.
WT531 Pelmet Top Treatments Workshop
$675 + $50 supply fee 3-day
A pelmet is a top treatment made to look like a
soft cornice but is rigid like a traditional cornice. No more wavy or flim- New!
sy top treatments! Joanna’s method
of pelmet making involves using chipboard, an
upholstery product that does not require power
tools. You can easily cut an intricate and detailed
pelmet base by cutting with scissors only. The
treatment is lightweight, thin and very strong. In
this class students will make pelmet samples
using unique techniques and learn methods for
creating bowed shapes, intricate bottom edges,
cut-outs, banding, and elegant embellishments.
WT541 Advanced Top Treatments with
Cornice Crowns
$675 3-days
Adding an upholstered cornice to the top of
valances creates detailed, unique designs and
allows for more height without disturbing proportions. In this hands-on workshop students will
create two different styles including an arched-top
cornice, learning cornice construction and how to
design, fabricate and attach valances.
WT551 Mastering Bay and Corner Windows
$449 2-days
Discover how to measure and cut
angled and mitered mount boards the
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way a carpenter does; by using a mathematical formula to make accurate cuts
quick and easy. You will learn how projection will affect the
finished size of your window treatment, how to scale your
design for different size windows and the best construction methods. Students will create one
full bay and one corner window treatNew!
ment in class.
WT601 Advanced Workroom Skills and Efficiency
$900 4-days
This fast-paced course distills years of experience
into two days of fundamental workroom skills. The
emphasis is on streamlining systems for cutting,
fabricating and installation, and how to document it all
in an indispensable workroom reference book. With
a theme of support and ongoing evaluation, students
experience a variety of workroom tools and tech­
niques to boost their efficiency, minimize mistakes,
guarantee product consistency and enhance product
quality.
options. In this hands-on class students will
gain a full understanding of traversing track
hardware including how to specify and
assembly components, figure fullness,
stackback and installation. Fabrication techniques include sewing
ripplefold snap-tape to unlined or
lined panels, how to determine
seam-placement and doublesided panels that can be used as
room dividers. Students will complete one ripplefold drapery panel
and one flat panel-track sample,
complete with hardware and reusable
reference charts.
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$449 2-days
The swag pattern is an engineering work of art,
but it is often the most intimidating element of
a window treatment design. Referencing Ann
K. Johnson’s books The Professional Workroom
Handbook of Swags, Volumes 1 & 2, the course
begins with the analytical discussion of the six
basic swag styles. For each variation, students
calculate dimensions, draft patterns and drape
them on to vertical pinning surfaces. With guided
support, students build general patterning skills
and learn to troubleshoot swag challenges. In
addition students learn to design and draft patterns for asymmetrical swags. As a result of this
course, each student returns to their workroom
with numerous self-drafted swag patterns and
the critical skills and confidence to tackle swags
of any shape or size.
Window Treatments
WT611-Advanced Swag Engineering
WT621-Historic Patterning Techniques
$449 2-days
Students participate in a fascinating study of
Victorian era patterning techniques, then add a
modern twist. Historical documents reveal window
treatments that look lush and full, but surprisingly
used less fabric than their modern counterparts. In
addition, the techniques solve common fabrication
and design dilemmas. Students will learn several
adaptations of histori­cal techniques through handson exercises and pattern drafting activities and are
empowered to explore efficient methods of dissecting layers and patterning individual components.
Set your­self apart from your competition by offering
the specialty of historic patterning techniques.
WT641-Ripplefold and Panel Track Workshop
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$449 2-day
Ripplefold and flat panel drapery
designs, originally used for commercial applications, are a growing trend in residential interiors
because of the clean, contemporary appearance, ease of operation and attractive hardware
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PB101-Professional Pillow Fabrication
$597 3-days
Beginning with pillow construction basics,
students learn techniques for zipper insertion, button closures, pattern drafting
and embellishment of high-end pillows.
Students learn the step-by-step fabrication of the square, round, boxed,
bolster and uniquely shaped pillows.
Students create several samples demonstrating basic to advanced fabrication techniques, including covered welt
cord, decorative braid cord, fringe, ruffles,
appliqués, and flanged edges with mitered
corners. The instructor shares trade resources
and tips for purchasing a variety of quality pillow inserts including down/feather and synthetic
blends. By the end of the course students leave
with the critical skills to pattern and fabricate
nearly any style pillow.
Pillows and
Bedding
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PB201-Professional Bedding Fabrication
$796 4-days
This course is a comprehensive overview of
custom bedding fabrication. While fabricating
samples suitable for showroom display, students
learn the step-by-step methods for creating beautiful bedding ensembles. Projects include a variety
of bed skirts, bedspreads, and pillow shams. The
instructor shares techniques for adding embellishment details such as lapped zipper closures,
bound button holes, pleated ruffles, banding, welt,
flanged edges, covered buttons, and contrast
inverted pleats. In addition, students learn to measure, calculate yardage, price and complete work
orders for subcontracted quilting resources.
PB301-Canopies and Coronas
$675 3-days
This informative and exciting course details the
rich history of canopy and corona design. Students observe various fabrication and installation
techniques, then practice by fabricating samples
of their own, made to fit the sample beds used in
PB201-Professional Bedding Fabrication. Students learn how to measure, calculate yardage,
and price their work. All materials and supplies
are included, but students may wish to bring
fabrics to coordinate with other bedding samples
they have created.
“Michele’s approach is extremely positive, inspiring and empowering. She helped us work through real numbers to
arrive at an hourly goal. Now I feel that I have the power within myself to value what I do and to communicate
that value to my clients. Honestly, I never knew that a discussion about dollars and gross profit could be so
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exciting!....I am still smiling over this weeks later! I highly recommend taking the Pricing Without Emotion
class at the Academy or organizing a class near you.”
BU100-Starting a Workroom
Business
Business
$398 2-days
Learn how to turn your love of sewing
and creativity into a workroom BUSINESS.
This course provides a comprehensive
overview of the custom window treatment sector
of the home decorating industry. Students explore
the fundamentals of small business start-up, listing necessary equipment purchases and gaining
a full understanding of potential earnings and
career investment costs. Topics include window
treatment classification, wholesale versus retail
pricing, measuring, invoicing, work orders, supply
resources and more. Whether you are considering
a career change or you have already launched a
workroom business, this course will provide key
information to manage a successful workroom
business and earn the respect of your customers,
vendors and competition.
BU201-Business Plan Workshop
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$449 2-days
Whether you are starting in business or growing
one that is well established, a business plan can
be the difference between success and failure.
Jen Assetto
Create a plan tailored to your custom home furnishings business and your personal goals for success. Participate in an honest and heart-warming
discussion of real-life business successes and
failures that will leave you laughing and crying,
but most importantly, facing your own challenges.
Gain a comprehensive understanding of the
financial side of your business by producing your
own Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Cash
Flow forecast, and learn how each of these three
reports indicate the health of a business. Begin all
standard sections of a business plan, including a
break-even analysis and the start of a marketing
plan, and learn what you should focus on NOW to
achieve your goals.
BU301-Pricing Without Emotion
$449 2-days
Pricing is often the most dreaded task for design
professionals. This course takes the fear and mystery out of custom workroom pricing and students
leave with a better understanding of their specific
pricing needs, and the skill and confidence to
charge what they are worth. Pricing discussions
include wholesale and retail pricing, tiered pricing,
and how to price something you have never made
before. The instructor shares real-life experiences,
BU401-Designer-Workroom Relations
$449 2-days
With the guided assistance of an experienced
workroom manager, students participate in reallife scenarios of wholesale drapery workrooms
partnering with decorators and designers to create fabulous window treatments. With an emphasis on communication, students explore a variety
of reliable workroom procedures and systems to
SL101-201-Professional Slipcover Fabrication I & II
$1125 5-days
Prerequisite: View Fit-Like-A-Glove Slipcovers™
DVD (available through the CHF Academy Store)
The topics of Professional Slipcover Fabrication I
& II are combined to offer a thorough, hands-on
overview of the reverse-pin method for Fit-LikeA-Glove™ slipcovers. Students learn the art and
skill while completing two beautiful slipcovers that
are suitable for showroom display. Students use
industrial walking-foot machines and industrial
sergers to complete a form-fitting Parsons chair
slipcover with a short pleated or gathered skirt
and a wing chair or arm chair slipcover with a box
cushion. Other topics include: supply resources,
pricing, marketing, fabric selection, and yardage
calculation. Students have the option of working
with fabric and chairs provided by the school, or
they can bring their own chairs and fabric. Parsons chair forms are available for purchase.
minimize mistakes and improve the collaborative
process between designers, wholesale
workrooms and drapery installers. The
instructor shares a wealth of information and practical experience,
including a thorough review of
window measurement techniques,
yardage calculation, labor quotes,
workorder writing, rendering/
sketch interpretation and the many
items that need to be considered
when establishing written terms and
conditions. This course is a must for
the entire creative team.
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SL501-Cushion Workshop
$499 2-days
Students are challenged to improve their skill and
efficiency while making a variety of indoor and
outdoor cushions. The instructor shares professional step-by-step methods for the construction of box cushions, waterfall cushions, Turkish
corner pillows and single-welt cushions, while
sharing time-saving tips critical to workroom
profitability. Students practice making
each style using industrial walking foot
machines and foam cutters. Topics
include pattern matching, pattern
placement, as well as sources for
welt cord, thread, zippers, and
inserts. With instructor permission,
students may bring their own challenging cushion projects to work on
during the class.
Business
and no question is taboo in the supportive group
learning environment. If pricing does not come
easy, or if you struggle with confidence in your
pricing, this course is for you. No accounting
software experience necessary.
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$900 4-days
Prerequisite: SL101-201 or instructor recommendation
Beginning with a self-assessment of slipcover challenges, further develop skills as a professional slipcover fabricator. Learn efficient methods for creating
several styles of slipcover skirts including waterfall
skirts, floor-length banded tailored skirts, and skirts
with faux welt. Document step-by-step procedures
for zipper insertion and other challenging tasks. In
addition to pin-fitting the most complicated slipcover
projects, students learn to pattern the inside curve
of a barrel-back chair, plan for openings for easy
sofa-bed function,practice using difficult fabrics
such as plaids and stripes, and learn to create a
tidy tuck-in for chair decking that is not covered by
a separate cushion. Particular emphasis is placed
on streamlining techniques for efficient and profitable slipcover fabrication. Students may bring their
own challenging projects or practice on furniture.
While at the CHF Academy, students use premium
quality drapery linings provided by Hanes fabrics.
Slipcovers
SL301-Professional Slipcover III
Slipcover and upholstery students enjoy a generous supply of performance fabrics donated by
Glen Raven, Inc.
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UP101-Professional Upholstery I
$1125 + $100 supply fee 5-day
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tial beginning for all
professional upholsterers. Students will construct a
cushion as they learn the proper
operation of a walking foot machine
and industrial serger. The instructor will demonstrate techniques for
tearing down furniture as well as many
re-upholstery practices. Students will
learn the wrap-and-staple techniques
while constructing different types of slip seats.
Instruction will be provided as they complete the
upholstery of medallion-back chairs and several
different versions of a parson chair. All materials and supplies will be provided. Students will
keep (or ship home) samples of their completed
parsons chair.
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UP201-Professional Upholstery II
Upholstery
$1500 + $100 supply fee 5-days
Prerequisite: UP101
This intensive course provides
comprehensive training in the
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area of furniture upholstery.
Students learn professional techniques and
practices to establish an upholstery business or
add the service to an existing workroom. The
instructor shares trade secrets, tool and supply
resources, and provides the support and motivation to build confidence. Hands-on activities
progress at the pace of the individual student
as each is challenged to complete a small wing
chair from start to finish, beginning with the basic
wooden frame. Extensive training is provided in
the areas of webbing, padding, cut plans, and
cushion fabrication. All materials and supplies
are included. Students keep (or ship home) the
completed wing chair project as a sample for
showroom display.
UP301-Professional Upholstery III
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$1125 + $100 supply fee 5-days
Prerequisite: UP101 and UP201
This advanced course is for
the career upholsterer looking to
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improve efficiency while mastering
some of the more difficult furniture styles. Students
build on their basic upholstery skills learned in
UP201 and are challenged with a variety of different
inside back styles, such as attached pillow back,
channel back, barrel back chairs and split back
couches. Students leave with multiple patterns and
samples so that they can confidently and efficiently
approach any style. Waterfall patterns, multiple
cushions and skirts are covered. All sample chairs,
materials and supplies are provided. Tear-down
is ongoing as each inside back is completed, and
prepared for the next student. All material and supplies are included.
UP501/UP502-Upholstered Cornices
$1625 5-days
Students experience a comprehensive and exhilarating hands- Updated!
on program learning basic to advanced methods for cornice fabrication. Students
use power tools and a variety of materials to cut
and construct several full-size cornices and several small samples for a complete portfolio display
kit. Beginning with a straight bottom cornice with
plywood construction and progressing to shaped
top and bottom cornices with bendable fiberboard
construction, students explore creative upholstery
techniques. In addition, the instructor shares
measuring and pricing tips to prepare each
student for the challenges of bay window angles
and corner windows. Advanced topics included
arched cornices with shaped dust caps, pagodas,
lambrequins, and embellishment techniques such
as welt cord, decorative braid cord, shaped banding, shirred banding, ant-trails, cut-outs, button
tufting, foam rolls and multiple welt trim. Students
learn how to translate scale drawings and create perfect templates for complicated styles and
participate in creative brainstorming and development of interesting new techniques using the
latest materials. All materials are included.
UP601-Upholstered Ottomans
$449 + $100 supply fee 2-days
Designing and manufacturing custom ottomans
highlights workroom creativity while increasing
profitable add-on sales. In this two day program,
students complete their own semi-attached pillow top ottoman on a pre-built frame and learn
professional techniques for upholstery that can
be applied to upholstered benches, bar stools,
boxed dining room chairs, and other seating. In
addition, students will build and upholster a round
ottoman with a tailored skirt, mastering the construction and upholstery steps while using basic
materials such as, bendable plywood, Skirtex™,
foam and batting. Students learn how to use a jig
saw, electric foam cutter, pneumatic stapler and
a button press. In addition, the instructor shares
years of workroom experience providing sources
and uses of various types of foam and fabric, tips
for pattern placement and techniques for yardage
estimating. Students leave with the confidence to
design and build nearly any style ottoman.
UP611-Frame Up with Springs
$449 + $100 supply fee 2-day
Prerequisite: UP101 and UP201
Spring tying is an essential skill for
New!
upholsterers. Whether completing
a frame-up project or working on
repairs, knowing how to place, tie and finish off
springs is a basic part of many upholstery projects. This class will discuss multiple styles and
rises of springs. The student will complete a flat
or domed spring seat in a full sized wing-back
UP621-Upholstered Headboards
$449 + $100 supply fee 2-days
Students learn different techUpdated!
niques for upholstered headboard construction while
building four headboard samples suitable for
showroom display. Students are encouraged to
think creatively as they design and plan the frame
construction, fabric selection, pattern placement,
yardage requirements and embellishment options.
Students learn how to use the electric foam cutter,
pneumatic stapler and a button press - skills that
can be applied to nearly any upholstery project. Also included are methods for professional
headboard installation, and students explore the
advantages and disadvantages to each method.
UP641-Deep Tufting Upholstery
$449 + $100 supply fee 2-days
Participate in this advanced
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class to expand upholstery skills
and product offerings. Students
learn the two-line method of deep tufting while
creating a small flat deep tufted sample. Students
practice techniques to space holes, join fabrics,
and adjust for a curved surface. In addition,
English tufting is demonstrated as an alternative
method. Students practice their skill by starting
their own deep tufted ottoman.
UP702 Fabricating for Marine Applications
$725 + $100 supply fee 3 days
Fabricating for marine applications is a
growing development in coastal areas
which requires specialized techniques
and materials. Students learn all about
the fabrics, materials, fasteners and
sewing techniques as they are applied
to this specialty niche arena. Particular
emphasis is placed on secure stitching
methods, sewing with Vinyl, and recovering boat cushions. Projects include
sail and boat covers as well as cushions,
both attached and loose.
UP
Upholstery
chair, from webbing to edge wire. All materials
and supplies included. Bring your camera as
shipping the full chair would be costly.
UP651-Upholstering With Leather
Workshop
$449 + $100 supply fee 2-day
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Prerequisite: UP101, UP201
and UP301
Learn tips, tricks, techniques and tools
for working with leather. Full hides will be
displayed and discussed. Students will
complete machine sewing, hand-sewing
and stapling projects with their own halfhide. Student will be taking home projects
and scraps from this class.
UP701-Fabricating for Outdoor Living
$725 + $100 supply fee 3 days
Attractive outdoor living spaces are increasingly popular. Students learn how to create
items to furnish these outdoor living areas.
Recent developments in outdoor textiles ,
trims and hardware are explored by using the
latest materials to create many decorative and
practical items such as outdoor draperies, sail
shades, awnings, umbrellas, cushions and pillows. Particular emphasis is placed on materials
that promote the longevity of soft furnishings in
harsh environments.
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IN101A-Motorization and Professional
Blind Installation
$449 2-days
Students begin by participating in the SOMFY EXPERT
PROGRAM to explore the
world of window treatment motorization. Students gain
the necessary knowledge to not be
intimidated by motorized installation,
and learn the added income potential
of acquiring this specialized knowledge
to their business. (1/2 day) Students
then transition to concentrate on the “hard”
installations of all types of blinds, such as wood
blinds, woven blinds, vertical blinds, and cellular shades. Students learn proper measuring,
specification for ordering, templating arches and
installation of all the various types and scenarios.
An emphasis on proper customer service and
procedure is stressed and discussed thoroughly.
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IN101B-Professional Drapery Installation
Installation
$900 4-days
Never be intimidated by installations again! In
a supportive, hands-on environment, students
learn industry terminology, measuring techniques,
fastening techniques, recommended tools and
supplies, customer service, pricing and sound
business practices. Each student works with their
own full-size window vignette and installs, dresses
and takes down a variety of different styles. In addition, students discuss anchoring hardware in tile
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and cement walls, and bending rods for bay and
bow window applications.
IN501-Shutter Installation
$449 2-days
This comprehensive course condenses months of
shutter experience into just two days of hands-on
practice. Topics include shutter anatomy, shutter
configurations, measuring, selling, ordering, transporting and installing. Students practice mitering
frames, hinging panels, mounting panels, and
caulking frames. The instructor shares a wealth of
practical experience and trade secrets for a successful shutter business.
$675 3-days
Interior decorators and custom fabricators face color,
pattern and other textile dilemmas everyday. This
course provides students with the knowledge and design principals necessary to skillfully and confidently
address each of these challenges.
• Differentiate among textiles, fibers and their characteristics.
• Recognize common pattern types and names.
• Relate historical and period influences.
• Recognize and evaluate the use of color and
design elements through interactive assignments.
ID311 - Overcoming Challenging Designs
$675 3-days
Learn how to design, measure, fabricate and install
challenging window treatments that seem impossible
to do. In this class you will see ideas and solutions from
actual projects including how to design for unusual
spaces, work around architectural obstacles and use
hardware in new and unconventional ways. This class
will give you the confidence to take the jobs that you fear
the most and turn them into profitable and enjoyable
projects.
ID401-Professional Window Treatment
Consultant
$449 2-days
Whether wholesale, retail or some combination, successful window treatment consultants share a passion for knowledge and detail. From pre-qualifying
clients, to contracts and pricing, this course prepares
students for the operational side of the business.
Students establish sound processes for the entire life
cycle of a job, from the initial lead to the final installation. In addition, students explore the many considerations of quality custom window treatment design
and learn to use the considerations to create effective
sales presentations. In a supportive and encouraging environment, students practice client interaction
and gain the confidence to promote themselves as a
trained professional.
With additional home study and the purchase of
the Window Coverings Association of America
Study Guide, students are eligible to sit for the
WCAA Certified Window Treatment Consultant
exam.
your favorite color?” You will be able to eliminate
over 75% of a paint deck in three minutes
with the unique and easy color test. This
system TRULY makes color easy.
ID811-Redesign and One
Day Decorating
$2475 5-days
Offered in partnership with The
Decorating and Staging Academy.
ID
The instructor shares a program
created by the ORIGINAL One Day
Decorators™ who know exactly what
it takes to make this business model
profitable. Combining hands-on training in
real homes along with a variety of classroom
exercises, this class goes well beyond redesign.
It is a representation of what decorating professionals all around the country have told us their
clients want- “quick fix” decorating skills with
elements of custom. Students learn a comprehensive approach to creating beautiful spaces
and successful businesses. This class isn’t about
cutting corners, or even necessarily being done
in one day. Instead, it is about creating beautiful rooms in a creative, timely and cost effective
manner. This is the perfect class for both experienced and brand new decorating professionals.
ID821-Professional Interior Decorating
$2475 5-days
Offered in partnership with The Decorating and Staging Academy.
This program provides students with the skills
needed to launch or grow a traditional decorating business. Interior decorating is about creating beautiful rooms in a creative manner while
building long term relationships with clients.
The instructor provides a wealth of knowledge
and experience, sharing exactly what it takes to
make this business model profitable. Combining
hands-on training in real homes with real clients,
along with a variety of classroom exercises, this
course goes way beyond redesign. It is a well
rounded approach to creating beautiful spaces
and a successful business. This is the perfect
course for both experienced and brand new
decorating professionals.
Interior Decorating
ID301-Textiles and Fabric Coordination
ID800-Color With No Regrets
$995 2-days
This course is offered in partnership with The Decorating
and Staging Academy.
Every conversation about decorating begins with
color, seemingly the most intimidating part of the
process. Color with No Regrets is a patented color
system based on the science of color and the power of numbers. Former students have said again
and again, “This is such a simple and fool proof
system.” Learn how to communicate color with your
clients and never again ask the question, “What is
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Terri Booser is Executive Director of Custom Home
Furnishings Academy. Before moving to Charlotte,
NC to run day-to-day operations at CHFA, Terri owned An
Interior Stitch, a wholesale drapery workroom in Wattsburg,
PA, established in 1990. She joined CHFA as an instructor in 2005 and in 2010 became Curriculum Development
Manager. Terri is the Construction Zone Coordinator for the
Vision-International Window Coverings Expo and is a founding officer of the WCAA Virtual Chapter.
Joanna Braxton began fabricating window treatments in
1984 for McGraw’s Showcase Fabrics in South Vienna, OH,
and started her own business, Braxton Drapery Design in
1986, which is now located in Mansfield, OH. Her passion for creating exquisite home furnishings, combined
with an interest in historic design led to development of a
unique method of producing 18th century replica pelmets.
Joanna’s work has won numerous awards and she has been
published in many magazines. She is a WFCP Specialist
and a member of the WAOA.
Donna Cash is the owner of Designs by Donna, a wholesale/
retail drapery workroom in Flowery Branch, GA, established
in 1988. She is the programs chair of the Atlanta Designers
Workroom Council, and a member of WCAA. Donna has created a successful business through selling, designing, and
fabricating custom home furnishings and has a passion for
sharing her knowledge through leading and teaching so that
others can also have strong and successful businesses.
Jeanelle Dech shares more than twenty years of entrepreneurial business experience and passion for education.
She is a dynamic speaker, known for her Fits-Like-A-Glove
slipcover fabrication and business plan training. She is the
co-founder of Adaptive Textiles™, a digital textile printing
company in West Chester, PA, and has served as an officer
of the WCAA National Board of Directors.
The instructors are
experts in their area
of study, dedicated
to empowering
students with the
professional skills
necessary to thrive
in the custom home
décor industry.
Small classes allow
instructors to give
generous individual
attention. The intimate and encouraging environment
supports the
creative exchange
of ideas.
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Lorraine Bernstein owns Creative Drapery Designs, Inc., a
retail drapery workroom established in 1994 and Full Moon
Canvas Company, a retail boat canvas workroom established in 2009. She holds a B.A. in Communications from
UMass/Amherst and has a passion for sailing, which keeps
Lorraine and her husband near their Catalina 30 sailboat
in New Bern, NC. Lorraine is a founding member and past
president of the Southeastern NC WCAA Chapter.
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Tina Irvan-Parker owns T.I.P Finishes, a custom painting
company located in Charlotte, NC which specializes in
high-quality, hand-applied decorative finishes. She has
been trained and certified in finishes for cabinetry, furniture,
walls surfaces, concrete and the application of metallics
and foils. Tina loves architecture, creativity and design
and has studied under the esteemed professionals Barbara
Skivington, Faux Works Studio and Gary Lord, Prismatic
Painting Studio.
Ann K. Johnson owns Sew Easy Windows, a wholesale/retail
drapery workroom in Avon Lake, OH, established in 1992.
She is the author of The Professional Workroom Handbook
of Swags I & II and managed a custom workroom with a
staff of seven. She is a member of the Greater Cleveland
Drapery Professionals, WCAA, WAOA, and is a representative for Evan Marsh Designs.
Joanne Lenart-Weary is the Creative Director of The Decorating and Staging Academy and has been creating beautiful rooms for over three decades. Her business includes
professional training in redesign, staging, decorating and
her patented Color with No Regrets System. JoAnne inspires students with her creative yet practical and fun-filled
approach to client communications and decorating. She is a
member of IDS, WCAA, IRIS, and IFDA.
Kathy Maddox owned and operated Draperies Plus, Inc.,
a home-based fabrication studio in Charlottesville, VA
for thirty-two years. Now living in the Charlotte, NC area,
Kathy joined CHFA as an instructor in 2010 to expand the
upholstery-training program and to share her passion for
hands-on education. Kathy’s skills and experiences range
from window treatment design consultations to upholstering
walls for home theaters.
Laurie Medford is the business development manager at
Rowley Company in Gastonia, NC, where she offers her
expert services in the areas of drapery workroom product
testing and innovation. Prior to joining Rowley Company,
she owned and operated Centsible Creations, Inc., a design
showroom and workroom in Fenton, MI. She has been an
instructor for CHFA since 2007.
Andy Nance shares more than twenty-five years experience
in the home decorating and construction businesses as a
former supervising installer, wallpaper hanger, cornice fabricator and co-owner of Best Dressed Windows until 2005.
He is the resident jack-of-all-trades for the CHFA, managing
building maintenance, classroom set-up, store inventory
and student services.
Steve Neu owns Blind Wizard Services based in Hurricane,
WV and has more than twenty years of blind and hard
window treatment installation experience. His company,
founded in 2003, has installers in the Blind Wizard Installer
Network currently covering NC, SC, WV, OH, KY, IN, GA and
continues to expand. In addition to installation, Blind Wizard
offers Ultrasonic Blind Cleaning services. Steve was selected as a West Virginia Executive Magazines Young Gun
in 2002 for entrepreneurship and has received numerous
national awards for excellence in installation and customer
service.
Tammy Paradoski is the owner of Daisy Chain LLC, a full
service retail drapery studio, established in 2000. She specializes in high-quality craftsmanship of window treatments,
bedding and slipcovers with attention to detail. Her studio
services clients in both Chicagoland and Metro Detroit.
She is a member of WCAA and a founding member of the
Chicago Soft Furnishings & Workroom Professionals Meetup group.
Scot Robbins is a master artisan of fine custom window
treatments. His work has been featured in numerous magazine publications and in the book, Window Dressings by
Brian Coleman. Scot is the inventor of the Workroom Valet, a
professional fabrication stand, and is the exclusive USA Distributor for the Parkhill Royale Swags and Tails System. Scot
holds an Associate Art Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree in
Design and Visual Promotion and is a member of WCAA,
WFCP Master Level and WAOA.
Jill Robson owns Designs by Appointment, a retail/wholesale workroom in Franklin, TN. She moved to the USA from
England in 1998 with her husband and three children, leaving a career in primary education to follow her passion for
textile arts and sewing. Jill serves as the Chapter Development Manager for WCAA and has been a CHFA instructor
since 2009.
Arlene Sauck owns Chickadee Interiors in Kalamazoo, MI.
She joined the CHFA slipcover training program in 2008
and is an energetic and inspiring teacher. Arlene regularly travels to Uganda, Africa to support a mission school,
teaching women to become self-sufficient by operating their
own sewing businesses. Arlene is a member of WCAA and
WAOA.
Donna Skufis has owned and operated a to-the-trade workroom since 1985, specializing in challenging window treatments and soft home furnishings. Her engineering knowledge shines through when the projects or topics are very
challenging, and she excels at teaching the art of creating
the impossible. Donna is a member and past vice-president
of the Kentucky Workroom Association and has been an
instructor for CHFA since 2004.
Bonnie Templeton and her husband Bill are the owner/
operators of Custom Interiors, a state-of-the-art custom
workroom in Charlottesville, Virginia. Bonnie works closely
with interior designers as well as retail clients, offering a full
range of services from upholstery, slipcovers and window
treatments to small furniture repair and re-purposing.
Ginger Thoerner owns Interior Window Design, a thriving
design business founded in 2000, servicing both interior
design and retail clients. She began her career as a sales
associate which grew to a nationwide sales and training position and later worked for a large company furthering her experience and knowledge of workroom procedures and management.
Ginger has taught a variety of classes from crafts to sewing and
is a member of the Kentucky & Ohio Soft Furnishing & Workroom
Professionals Association.
Cathy Tucker founded Tucks N’ Pleats Draperies in 1990 as a
wholesale/retail workroom and in 2000 became a strictly to-thetrade workroom, supporting and educating interior designer clients. She is a member of the Greater Detroit Workroom Association and has been a CHF Academy Instructor since 2007.
Michele Williams owns The Scarlet Thread, a retail drapery workroom in Alpharetta, GA, which she launched in 2000, after a successful career in financial software design. Michele also serves on
the WCAA National Board of Directors as Vice President and as
past president of the Atlanta Chapter. She is the former Communications Director of CHF Academy and former Editor-in-Chief of
Drapery & Design Professional magazine.
Susan Woodcock is Editor-in-Chief and Network Manager for
DRAPERY & DESIGN PROFESSIONAL, and also serves as
Creative Brand Manager for Beautiful House USA, a design resource center in Charlotte, NC. She served as Brand Experience
Manager for Rowley Company from 2009-2012, and owned and
operated Tavern Hill, a custom to-the-trade workroom from 1988 2009. She has been an instructor for CHF Academy since 2003
and is featured in a series of educational workroom DVDs.
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online store to find tools, supplies and training materials.
Experience the Academy
Hands-on Instruction
Unless otherwise specified, instruction begins promptly at 8:30 am and ends
around 5:00 pm each day. On the last day, instruction may end as early as
3:00 pm, depending on student travel schedules and final project clean-up.
Students are encouraged to dress casually, sweat pants and jeans are welcome, layered tops are recommended and comfortable shoes are a must! All
tools, materials and supplies are provided for hands-on instruction. However,
if you have a camera, a favorite pair of scissors and/or safety glasses, you
are welcome to bring them along. You will be required to wear safety glasses
(or goggles over prescription glasses) when using power tools.
Meals
Lunches are provided by CHF Academy. Please make us aware of any dietary requirements. For dinner, students often make plans to meet at the host
hotel and carpool or walk to nearby restaurants.
Lodging
Our host hotel, Comfort Suites, is conveniently located in Pineville, NC,
with easy access from Interstate 77 and Interstate 485, convenient to CHF
Academy and nine miles from Charlotte/Douglas Internatinal Airport. The
hotel provides many full-service amenities, including a free hot breakfast buffet, fitness center and seasonal outdoor pool. To make your reservation, call
704-540-0069. The hotel offers a special rate of $64 per night if you mention
that you are a CHF Academy Student at the time of booking.
Transportation
The CHF Academy provides van transportation to and from the school and
host hotel. Students gather in the lobby at 8:00 am each day and are greeted by
a CHF Academy Instructor. At the end of each day, the van returns to the host
hotel. Transportation to and from the airport is the students responsibility.
Tuition Payment Options:
• Register today with full
payment by check, PayPal or major credit card.
• Hold your spot with 1/3
down and the balance
is due two weeks before
the course starts. ($20
processing fee applies)
• Layaway Payment Plan:
Register for any class
with 1/3 down and make
regular monthly payments until paid in full.
Class must be paid in full
before attending.
If it is necessary for CHFA to cancel a class
and agreeable transfer arrangements cannot
be made, student will receive a full tuition
refund. Travel and/or trip interruption insurance is recommended. Withdrawal requests
must be made in writing by email to [email protected]
CHFschool or fax 704-333-4639. If received
more than 30 days prior to class, 80% of
paid fees will be refunded. NO REFUNDS
will be issued for withdrawals made after that
point. If unable to attend class, student may
request a credit voucher to be used for class
transfers within one year. A $50 transfer fee
applies. No credit or transfer requests will be
granted after the first day of any class. For
a full list of policies and procedures, please
contact [email protected]
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tuition fees,
facilities and
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change without notice. For
current listings
please visit the
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course registration before making travel plans.
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Jan 4-5 - BU100 Starting a Workroom Business
Jan 7-11 - WT101 Professional Window Treatment Fabrication I
Jan 7-8 - ID800 Color with No Regrets with Joanne Lenart-Weary
Jan 7-11 - SL101/201 Professional Slipcover Fabrication
Jan 9-11 - ID812 Redesign
Jan 12-12 - WT121 Working with Sheer Fabric
Jan 14-17 - WT201 Professional Window Treatment Fabrication II
Jan 14-18 - UP101 Professional Upholstery I
Jan 18-20 - PB301 Canopies and Coronas
Jan 21-23 - PB101 Professional Pillow Fabrication
Jan 23-27 - UP501/502 Upholstered Cornices
Jan 24-27 - PB201 Professional Bedding Fabrication
Jan 28-29 - UP621 Upholstered Headboards
Jan 31-Feb 1 - WT421 Extraordinary Panels
Feb 4-6 - WT521 Draping and Drafting Workshop
Feb 4-8 - UP101 Professional Upholstery I
Feb 7-9 - WT651 Pelmet Workshop
Feb 11-13 - UP701 Fabricating for Outdoor Living
Feb 11-12 - IN101A Motorization and Professional Blind Installation
Feb 13-16 - IN101B Professional Drapery Installation
Feb 14-16 - UP702 Fabricating for Marine Applications
Feb 14-17 - WT511 Advanced Soft Shades
Feb 18-19 - BU301 Pricing Without Emotion
Feb 19-20 - UP601 Upholstered Ottomans
Feb 19-22 - WT301 Advanced Top Treatments
Feb 20-21 - ID401 Professional Window Treatment Consultant
Feb 21-22 - UP641 Deep Tufting Upholstery
Feb 22-24 - ID301 Textiles and Fabric Coordination
Feb 23-25 - WT321 Ultimate Sample Kit
Feb 23-24 - UP611 Frame Up with Springs
Feb 26-28 - WT401 Advanced Drapery Panels
Mar 1-2 - WT411 Arched Panels
Mar 4-8 - UP301 Professional Upholstery III
Mar 4-5 - WT641 Ripplefold and Panel Track Workshop
Mar 6-7 - WT621 Old World Patterning Techniques
Mar 8-9 - WT611 Advanced Swag Engineering
Mar 9-10 - UP651 Upholstering with Leather Workshop
Mar 11-12 - WT601A Advanced Workroom Skills and Efficiency, Part I
Mar 13-14 - WT601B Advanced Workroom Skills and Efficiency, Part II
Mar 13-14 - BU401 Designer-Workroom Relations
Mar 14-17 - SL301 Advanced Slipcover Workshop
Mar 18-22 - WT501 From Design to Installation
Mar 18-19 - SL501 Cushion Workshop
Mar 20-25 - UP201 Professional Upholstery II
Mar 23-25- WT541 Adv. Cornice Crowned Valance Workshop
Mar 26-27 - WT551 Bay and Corner Window Workshop
Apr 2-6 - WT101 Professional Window Treatment Fabrication I
Apr 3-5 - ID301 Textiles and Fabric Coordination
Apr 6-7 - ID800 Color with No Regrets
Apr 8-12 - UP501/502 Upholstered Cornices
Apr 8-12 - ID821 Professional Interior Decorating
Apr 8-11 - WT201 Professional Window Treatment Fabrication II
Apr 8-9 - BU301 Pricing Without Emotion
Apr 10-11 - ID401 Professional Window Treatment Consultant
Apr 12-14 - WT221 Soft Cornices and Interior Awnings
Apr 15-17 - UP701 Fabricating for Outdoor Living
Apr 18-20 - UP702 Fabricating for Marine Applications
Apr 22-24 - PB101 Professional Pillow Fabrication
Apr 23-27 - SL101/201 Professional Slipcover Fabrication
Apr 25-28 - PB201 Professional Bedding Fabrication
Apr 29-30 - IN101A Motorization and Professional Blind Installation
Apr 29-May 3 - UP101 Professional Upholstery I
Apr 29-May 2 - WT511 Advanced Soft Shades
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May 1-4 - IN101B Professional Drapery Installation
May 6-11 - UP201 Professional Upholstery II
May 6-7 - ID800 Color with No Regrets
May 6-8 - WT521Draping and Drafting Workshop
May 8-10 - ID812 Redesign
May 9-11 - WT651 Pelmet Workshop
May 14-16 - WT421 Extraordinary Panels
May 14-15 - BU401 Designer-Workroom Relations
May 16-20 - WT501 From Design to Installation
May 21-22 - UP621 Upholstered Headboards
May 31-2 - WT541 Adv. Top Treatments with Cornice Crown Workshop
Jun 1-2 - SL501 Cushion Workshop
Jun 3-6 - SL301 Advanced Slipcover Workshop
Jun 3-4 - WT551 Bay and Corner Window Workshop
Jun 5-8 - WT301 Advanced Top Treatments
Jun 10-10 - WT311 Embellishments and Fabric Manupilation
Jun 11-13 - WT401 Advanced Drapery Panels
Jun 14-15 - WT411 Arched Panels
Jun 18-19 - WT601A Advanced Workroom Skills and Efficiency, Part I
Jun 20-21 - WT601B Advanced Workroom Skills and Efficiency, Part II
Jun 22-23 - WT641 Ripplefold and Panel Track Workshop
Jun 24-25 - WT621 Old World Patterning Techniques
Jun 24-28 - UP301 Professional Upholstery III
Jun 26-27 - WT611 Advanced Swag Engineering
Jun 29-30 - UP651 Upholstering with Leather Workshop
July 8-12 - WT101 Professional Drapery Installation I
July 8-12 - UP101 Professional Upholstery I
July 13 - WT121 Working with Sheer
July 13-14 - ID800 Color with No Regrets
July 15-16 - ID401 Professional Window Treatment Consultant
July 15-19 - ID821 Professional Interior Decorating
July 15-18 - WT201 Professional Drapery Fabrication II
July 15-17 - UP701 Outdoor Living
July 17-18 - BU301 Pricing Without Emotion
July 18-20 - UP702 Marine Upholstery
July 22-25 - WT511 Advanced Soft Shades
July 22-23 - IN101A Professional Blind Installation
July 23-24 - UP601 Upholstered Ottomans
July 24-27 - IN101B Professional Drapery Installation
July 25-26 - UP641 Deep Tufting
July 26-28 - PB301 Canopies and Coronas
July 27-28 - UP611 Frame Up Springs
July 29- Aug 1 PB201 Professional Bedding Fabrication
July 31- Aug 4 UP501/502 Upholstered Cornices
Aug 2-4 - PB101 Professional Pillows
Aug 5-7 - WT521 Draping and Drafting Workshop
Aug 5-6 - UP621 Upholstered Headboards
Aug 8-12 - SL101/201 Professional Slipcovers
Aug 8-10 - Pelmet Workshop
Aug 13-16 - SL301 Advanced Slipcovers
Aug 14-17 - WT301 Advanced Top Treatments
Aug 17-18 - SL501 Cushion Workshop
Aug 19-20 - BU201 Business Plan Workshop
Aug 19 - WT311 Fabric Embellishment Workshop
Aug 19-23 - UP301 Professional Upholstery III
Aug 20- 22 - WT401 Advanced Drapery Panels
Aug 23-24 - WT411 Arched Panel Workshop
Aug 24-25 - UP651 Upholstering with Leather Workshop
Aug 26-28 - WT421 Extraordinary Panels
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Sept 5-6 - WT601A Advanced Workroom Skills, Part 1
Sept 7-8 - WT601B Advanced Workroom Skills, Part 2
Sept 9-10 - WT641 Ripplefold and Panel Track Workshop
Sept 9-14 - UP201 Professional Upholstery II
Sept 11-12 - WT621 Old World Patterning
Sept 13-14 - WT611 Advanced Swag Engineering
Sept 14-15 - BU401 Designer Workroom Relations
Sept 16-20 - WT501 Design to Installation
Sept 21-23 - WT541 Advanced Cornice Crowned Valance Workshop
Sept 23-25 - UP701 Outdoor Living
Sept 24-25 - WT551 Bay and Corner Window Workshop
Sept 26-30 - WT101 Professional Drapery Fabrication I
Sept 26-28 - UP711 Marine Upholstery
Sept 30 – Oct 4 UP101 Professional Upholstery I
Oct 2-5 - WT201 Professional Drapery Fabrication II
Oct 7-9 - WT221 Soft Cornices and Interior Awnings
Oct 8-12 - SL101/201 Professional Slipcovers
Oct 10-12 - PB301 Canopies and Coronas
Oct 14-18 - ID800/801 Color and Redesign
Oct 14-17 - WT511 Advanced Soft Shades
Oct 14-15 - IN101A Professional Blind Installation
Oct 16-19 - IN101B Professional Drapery Installation
Oct 15-16 - UP601 Upholstered Ottomans
Oct 17-18 - UP 641 Deep Tufting
Oct 19-20 - UP611 Frame Up Springs
Oct 21-24 - PB201 Professional Bedding Fabrication
Oct 23-27 - UP501/501 Upholstered Cornices
Oct 25- 27 - PB101 Professional Pillows
Oct 28-31 - WT301 Advanced Top Treatments
Oct 28-29 - UP621 Upholstered Headboards
Oct 30-Nov 2 - SL301 Advanced Slipcovers
Nov 1 - WT321 Fabric Embellishment Workshop
Nov 2-4 - WT401 Advanced Drapery Panels
Nov 3-4 - SL501 Cushion Workshop
Nov 5-6 - WT411 Arched Drapery Panels
Nov 5-10 - UP201 Professional Upholstery II
Nov 7-8 - WT601A Advanced Workroom Skills Part 1
Nov 9-10 - WT601B Advanced Workroom Skills Part 2
Nov 11-15 - UP301 Professional Upholstery III
Nov 11-12 - ID401 Professional Window Treatment Consultant
Nov 11-12 - WT 641 Ripplefold and Panel Track Workshop
Nov 13-14 - BU301 Pricing Without Emotion
Nov 13-14 - WT621 Old World Patterning
Nov 15-16 - WT611 Advanced Swag Engineering
Nov 16-17 - BU401 Designer-Workroom Relations
Nov 16-17 - UP651 Upholstering with Leather Workshop
Nov 18-22 - WT501 Design to Installation
Nov18-20 - WT521 Draping and Drafting Workshop
Nov 21-23 - WT651 Pelmet Workshop
Dec 3-7 - UP101 Professional Upholstery I
Dec 3-7 - WT101 Professional Window Treatment Fabrication I
Dec 9-13 - SL101/201 Professional Slipcover Fabrication
Dec 9-9 WT121 Working with Sheer Fabric
Dec 10-13 - WT201 Professional Window Treatment Fabrication II
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Traveling Workshops
The Custom Home Furnishings Academy offers a variety of courses
as traveling workshops for small groups or organizations. Select from the list
below, or call for customized program options.
Step 1: Choose one of the following two-day workshops
WT321-Ultimate Sample Kit (p.3)
WT601A-Advanced Workroom Skills and Efficiency Part I (p.4)
WT601B-Advanced Workroom Skills and Efficiency Part II (p.4)
WT611-Advanced Swag Engineering (p.4)
WT621-Old World Patterning Techniques (p.4)
WT641-Ripplefold and Panel Track Workshop (p.4)
BU201-Business Plan Workshop (p.5)
BU301-Pricing Without Emotion (p.5)
BU401-Designer-Workroom Relations (p.7)
ID401-Professional Window Treatment Consultant (p.10)
Step 2: Coordinate date, location, lunches and instructor lodging
The group is responsible for naming a coordinator, choosing the dates of the workshop and securing a suitable location. The coordinator is responsible for providing lodging for the instructor and
purchasing lunch and refreshments for attendees and instructor on workshop days. The coordinator receives 30% off tuition. If seven or more registrations are confirmed, coordinator receives 50%
off tuition. Instructor travel and teaching fees are paid by CHF Academy. In addition, the CHF
Academy will reimburse coordinator up to $14 per attendee, per day for lunch and refreshments
(receipts required). Instructor lodging costs can be divided among attendees and added to registration fee.
Step 3: Register 6-12 attendees
CHF Academy will provide registration forms and an online registration link to promote attendance.
A minimum of six paid registrations are required five weeks prior to scheduled workshop. Events
can be kept private or the coordinator can elect to have the workshop publicized through the CHF
Academy and the Drapery & Design Professional Network.
Step 4: Consider adding a third day of hands-on education
WT121-Working with Sheer Fabric (p.3)
WT311-Fabric Embellishment Workshop (p.3)
Private Training
Create a training program specific to your business needs. Use the workroom facilities of the CHF Academy,
or invite a CHF Instructor to your business location. Examples of private training topics include workroom skills
and efficiency, employee training, product development, pattern drafting and business consulting. Private training fees start at $500 per day and vary depending on nature of training, size of group, and training location.
Contact Peggy Brewer, Education Coordinator
[email protected] or call 704-333-4636
to schedule a traveling workshop for your group or chapter!
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The Custom Home Furnishings Academy
thanks the following Drapery & Design Professional premium
level sponsors for their ongoing support of hands-on career training.
Connexion Software
www.connexionsoftware.com
Dofix
www.dofix.com
Glen Raven
www.glenraven.com
M’Fay Patterns
www.mfay.com
Merril Landis
www.
mylltd.com
Minutes Matter
www.minutesmatter.com
Orion Ornamental Iron
www.ironartbyorion.com
Rowley Company
www.rowleycompany.com
Somfy
www.somfysystems.com
Textol
www.textol.com
Trend
www.trend-fabrics.com
WCAA
www.wcaa.org
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