Currently on display in my workshop is my award winning parson's chair slipcover beadazzled with austrian crystals. Soon I will pack it up and head west to Hickory for show-n-tell at the 2012 Slipcover Summit. I'll be teaching a class on displaying slipcovers and will be demonstrating the beading technique I used in my slipcover design. Class participants will leave with their own beaded samples! The class is Friday June 29 8:30-noon and class size is limited to 12. For more information and to register visit slipcoversummit.com .
Here are two of my favorite Slipcover friends. On the left is Jackie Soderling, owner of "Running With Scissors". And to the right is Lisa DaVita, owner of "DaVita Fabric Arts". Back in 2010 we took a roadtrip to Prosperity and discovered we had a lot in common: we have a passion for taking the scenic route, we love discovering local dining digs, we love toasting on the side porch, and we love all things slipcovered. If you are in search of slipcover friends, come to Slipcover Summit in June! Lisa and Jackie and I will be there. Classes will be held in the Hickory Furniture Mart, where you can shop for deals in between classes. The Hickory Crowne Plaza is our Host Hotel, where you will find superb southern hospitality. For more information or to register for classes, visit SlipcoverSummit.com .
I am pleased to announce I will be co-hosting Slipcover Summit June 2012 at the Hickory Furniture Mart. The only event of its type in the country totally devoted to the art and profession of making slipcovers for furniture. Organized by Karen Erickson, this event moves around the country each year, and I am excited to be bringing it to NC for the first time.
Pencil Me In hosted the Triangle WCAA August meeting. Together, Jackie Soderling and I presented the program on “Covering it With Slips - What it is Really Like to Run a Slipcover Business”. It was a fun morning of conversation with this great group of Small Business Owners.
My name is Brandon Saunders and I was fortunate enough to be the first intern at “Pencil Me In”. The volume of what I learned far exceeded any expectations. I figured I would come in everyday and complete small tasks to help things operate more quickly around the shop. But being an intern for the summer wasn’t a job, it was a learning experience. I learned what it takes to start a business and more importantly keep it running and how to communicate to multiple generations in order to fit the customers’ needs. I got the opportunity to go to a workshop on generational insights run by Gary Tomlinson and speaker, Cam Marston. At “Pencil Me In” I learned that before you can allow people to love your business and product, you have to love it yourself. I am lucky to have worked in an environment that helped me grow as a person and better prepare me for the workforce after college.
The 12th annual Slipcover Summit was a gathering of experts from across the USA coming together to share their knowledge with veterans as well as novices to the industry. Among the instructors were Karen Erickson, Claudia Buchanan, Angie Knowles, Bernice King, and Kim Newell. My first day was spent in a “Train to be an Instructor” course. Other classes I took were “Tips for Wings and Barrels”, “Pin Fit Hybrid Method”, and “Pattern Matching”. Summit participants also had a little creative fun with a Slipcover Project Runway competition. Special thanks to Susann Schneider of The Stitch Witch Decor for hosting this event.
Great weekend at Leslie Fehling’s Slipcover Retreat in Prosperity, Pennsylvania. Road trip to Prosperity included comrades Lisa Davita and Jackie Soderling.