About Us

Needle Rock is owned and managed by Ali Wright, a local lady from the village of Llanrhystud, on the glorious coast of West Wales. With a degree in botany and a doctorate in plant disease, Ali is really excited to be working with the exquisitely drawn botanical and natural world themed fabrics from the Designers Guild. Since leaving the countryside employment sector, Ali has trained professionally with ‘The Association of Master Upholsterers & Soft Furnishers’ (AMUSF) in the craft of traditional and modern upholstery. With Ali’s obsession with chairs, perhaps she should have called her business ‘The Chair Doctor’ but opted for the name 'Needle Rock' instead. The name Needle Rock was inspired by the now vanished 'Gulls Needle', a rocky pillar that stood on our local beach a short distance from the Needle Rock workshop until it washed away decades ago. Moreover, the name is reminiscent of the needles used in traditional upholstery as well as referencing the constantly changing coastline of home.

The Needle Rock mission is to provide a friendly and professional upholstery and furniture restoration service for antique, vintage, modern and commercial furniture. Ali is helped by her husband, Gordon, who with his passion for woodwork, can assist Ali with any projects needing furniture repairs.

At Needle Rock, we value your custom, strive to realise your hopes and ambitions, and offer our customers an honest evaluation and sound advice for each piece of upholstered furniture you want us to work on; whether it’s a set of dining chairs, an unusual chair for the bedroom or the hallway, a precious armchair handed down through the generations, a chaise longue, day bed, or a really useful ottoman; regardless of its history and condition. It’s amazing the pieces of furniture out there, and with a little vision and the creative know how – Ali can create something unique just for you. We will guide you, the customer to choose the best combination of upholstery options to suit your taste and your budget.

Needle Rock, Furniture Repair

Needle Rock provide professional advice and a furniture re-upholstery and repair service for antique, vintage, modern and commercial upholstery. Ali is professionally trained by ‘The Association of Master Upholsterers & Soft Furnishers’ (AMUSF) in traditional and modern upholstery techniques.

Our mission is to provide a friendly and personal upholstery service; to conserve and sympathetically restore antique furniture for future generations; and to promote traditional methods and materials in a modern context.

We aim to provide a suitable and honest evaluation for each piece, guiding customers to choose the best combination of upholstery options to suit the commission and budget.

Through The Workshop Door - July 2019

July has come and gone, and my feet have hardly touched the ground! The month started with a well-deserved holiday on Dartmoor and Devon, and for the rest of the month I’ve been playing catch up!

Highlights this month has been the reunion of the Leather Club chair with its delighted owners. As mentioned previously, the chair has a twin so its sibling has already been stripped down and is eagerly awaiting its rebuild in the Needle Rock workshop. The fabric has also been chosen for the seat cushions, so hopefully in next month’s blog you’ll see the twins together with matching seats!

July has also seen the commission of several furniture painting jobs – these seem to come along like buses – none for ages then several at the same time. The first commission was to give a new lease of life to some bedroom pine cupboards, which were solid, but looked rather dated. My customer had just had the bedrooms decorated and had a colour scheme which she’d acquired from a printed canvas – so I took the printed canvas away and matched the colour scheme accordingly. The results were superb.


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"Deserves a 5 star because I think it is a lovely way to renew pieces you would normally discard. Lovely on the eye and great for the planet. And wears well x"
Tracey Walton

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