slipcover summit

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Slipcover Summits have been going on for 14 years.  Starting in 2000 which was a sleepover at Shirley’s as a “pj party” to share how we each make slipcovers, to Maureen Thomas and Trina Bell hosting at a school in VA, then Pat Reese in Texas in her workshop in Fort Worth and then I (Karen Erickson) started hosting the Slipcover Summits in St Louis, Missouri

From 2 days to 3 days to 4 days back to 3 days, during weekends to holding it during the week.  We have had Slipcover Summits in sewing workrooms, churches, hotels, schools, a furniture mart and retreat centers. Training the Instructor Class was given day before, so the instructors had the same goals and objectives while teaching attendees during the Summit. The Entrepreneur Slipcover Business Class was also added the day before to help folks with their business goals and management and Social Market and Web to help all become Internet savvy.

ottomanr&CAttendees: The largest Slipcover Summit had 45 people and the least was 12. We never really wanted big numbers, as class size was limited to 12 in a class session for best hands on learning experiences. Over 500 people have attended Slipcovers Summits in the past 14 years.

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Time for Change: After much discussion with teachers, and past students, having one location only one time of year just isn’t working. Folks just aren’t traveling as they did before. Sooo…it looks like it is time for change!


  • What if there were several slipcover workshops offered in your various locations at different times of the year, in several areas of the country? We could even do this in Canada!
  • The Slipcover Workshops could be 1 or 2 days.  It would depend on who would be hosting or teaching, and the site location. If the site can only hold 4 then its 4, 10 then it’s 10. No place to set up 8 machines and furniture, then it is a demo lecture type of workshop. It is your choice! Hook up with your local WCAA Chapters, or sewing store or any other sewing groups where you live. Or slipcover classes could be offered as part of an already yearly event in your area.
  • The Slipcover Network would post these workshops on “Slipcover Classes website” and would happily list Slipcover classes or workshops that are being offered.  This would be a separate website just for Slipcover Classes.
  • Instructors could team with each other to do these classes and even teach out of their own workrooms. Teach folks how to make Slipcovers for business or pleasure, knowing the tricks and tips, so folks don’t waste time trying to figure it out.
  • The Slipcover Network already has an Online Class for Training Teachers, and new instructors could take that training to get better background in understanding and teaching others. Keep to the highest standards, giving handouts in class with real instruction or DVD’s for students to refer to for future reference.
  • Stay close to home. No need to travel to far off places! But if you want to, you could attend a workshop or class that’s offering on a different slipcover method or particular type of furniture that is being address.

Question Is: What Do You Think?groups shot on stairs 2

If you want to host Slipcover Classes or teach Slipcover Classes or have feedback to add to these ideas please contact the Slipcover Network via email at We can schedule a time to talk on the phone.

Change is always good.  It means creativity is in action, and we grow!

Karen Erickson


Scholarship Deadline is April 21st!

by SNorg on 04/07/2013

Have you been thinking about attending Camp Slipcover which is being held at the Quaker Retreat and Conference Center in Ben Lomond, CA just outside of Santa Cruz but need some extra funds to get you there?

Every year there is one scholarship available a $400 value. The scholarship is available to anyone who has never attended the Slipcover Summit.

Tell us why you think you would be a great scholarship awardee and how you would use your knowledge for the future. click here to print your application.

Camp Slipcover (2013 Slipcover Summit) is a unique opportunity to learn from professionals who are and have been in the Business of Slipcovers for Furniture.  click here for a quick rundown of Camp Slipcover

Go to for all information, about scholarships, design contest and registration for classes.



Therese Davis – Fabrications-Studio with Home Fashions U Blog Talk Radio

April 28, 2012

Fabrications Studio home based business focuses on custom slipcovers for clients in the Northwest Chicago Suburbs. Therese is a 2008 Slipcover Design 1st Place Winner, has attended the Slipcover Summit in 2009 and will be teaching at the Slipcover Summit in Hickory, NC June 27 – 29, in 2012. Listen to the Interview on Home […]

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Slipcover Summit 2012 Will be in Hickory – North Carolina

January 18, 2012

This year’s event is in Hickory, North Carolina being held at the Hickory Furniture Mart. “Thank You” to our local hosts for 2012 Linda Meeks of Pencil Me In and Lisa Devita of Devita Fabric Arts who have been making all arrangements, so we can join together to learn all about the art of fabricating […]

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