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 - October 2019


The trees are starting to lose their leaves, and it’s time for us to let go of summer 2019. It’s been avery busy season; with the relocation of Needle Rock to the new workshop, building thesummerhouse to store the rolls of fabric, and moving equipment around to get the most out of thenew working space. Unbelievably, the new workspace is now rather full, but as the old saying goes,‘nature abhors a vacuum’.With the days becoming shorter, the nights getting longer, and the weather on the whole, like a boxof Liquorice Allsorts - warm and sunny one minute; dark and cloudy the next - autumn is suddenlyupon us. I’ve been very fortunate in acquiring some luxury deep-red woollen carpet which, with thehelp of hubby, we fitted in the main work area of the workshop last weekend, along with some thicklined curtains which are now hanging at the windows. The workshop now has a very regal and sumptuous feel to it, which in turn should help to keep me nice and warm during the run up to Christmas (oh no I’ve said the ‘C’ word)!


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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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