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 / reupholstery and furniture repair / furniture restoration service for antique, vintage, modern and commercial furniture; to conserve and sympathetically restore antique furniture for future generations; and to promote traditional methods and materials in a modern context. Ali is helped by her husband, Gordon, who with his passion for woodwork, can assist Ali with any projects needing furniture repairs.

Needle Rock, Furniture Repair

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 utterly 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.

Little giggler: In the early days Ali planned to use the outline of the rock as the 'Needle Rock' logo, but when a local business adviser pointed out that it looked phallic, that idea was quickly shelved!

Through the Workshop Door – June 2019

We've had a busy month in June; settling into the new workshop has been a delight, and I’m so pleased with the extra space at my disposal. I’ve been working hard to try and catch up with the backlog (not quite there yet – but nearly!)

With help from Gordon - my husband, Needle Rock has gained an integral workshop fabric store. Whilst the lovely barn provides adequate workspace, we need to ensure that even in winter, the fabrics are stored in warm, dry conditions. The fabric store is based on a flat-roofed summerhouse which Gordon has modified internally to provide racking for rolls of fabric. We soon realised that being flat-roofed, it would be possible to have additional storage on the summerhouse roof. To achieve this, the roof has been strengthened and we’ve fitted an old staircase giving us easy access. All has been made safe with handrails, and we have compartment bays to store large sheets of foam. The inside of the store resembles a medieval building with timber columns, roof beams and cornices.

The highlight this month has been the renovation of a glorious Victorian Settle that I rescued a couple of years ago from the old RAFA Club in Bridge street, Aberystwyth (which has now evolved into Bar 46). It was pretty beaten up when we rescued it; I removed the old upholstery, and Gordon made it a new arm, a new front spill and ensured all the joints were solid. It’s been in storage for the last couple of years, but with the additional space I am now able to move along some of these projects – and the journey into its new life has gained momentum. The entire piece has been painted in a multitude of greys reinstating the natural aged and distressed look. It’s been fully reupholstered to the highest standard; with a superb burnt orange seat, complementary upholstery nails, and the back has a touch of decadence, using the ‘Talisman’ fabric by French designer ‘Christian Lacroix’ sold through the Designers Guild. The fabric design is reminiscent of looking through a church window on a dark night – and the velvety feel is just superb! This piece is ideal for a hallway, kitchen or landing and is looking for its new home! Further details and dimensions are listed at www.needlerock.co.uk/sale .

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"Have had two chairs reupholstered by Ali at Needle Rock and am over the moon with both. The first one, a rocking chair, was of great sentimental value, and now I get to use it and enjoy it every day. The second one needed rebuilding really, and is now as good as new. One happy customer!"
Liz Butler

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Email Address: ali@needlerock.co.uk

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