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)!

The shiniest highlight since the last peek through the workshop door has been the completion of the ‘Designer Reupholstered Vintage Italian / French Louis-style Rococo 3-seater sofa’. Now this jaw-droppingly beautiful Collection of sofa with two matching chairs, is looking for a new home. Maybe you are looking for a statement piece for your luxury residence, or perhaps it would be perfect in the reception area of a boutique hotel. One thing is for sure, you certainly won’t find anything like it on the high street. The two chairs are not quite finished yet, as I need to fit these works of love in between my weekly commission pieces, but when a buyer is found these pieces will take the highest priority in the Needle Rock Workshop. If you follow me on Social Media you will have seen the photographs of the G-Plan two-seater sofa that was in for a full refurbishment. It was reunited with its delighted owners last week, and now takes pride of place in one of their bedrooms. The house from which it was from, has now been handed down to the next generation and it was of great sentimental value, as it was one of the first purchases the newly married couple made, about 60 years ago. Apparently, the new couple had had to wait for a year before their new sofa was delivered to them, so it was very special for the family to bring it back to life again. The fabric choices worked a treat, a beautiful butterscotch yellow on the carcass, whilst a nostalgic pattern of large ‘Ws’ were used on the inside back and cushions. I won’t mention the little mishap of the fabric being orientated a different way to begin with, oh dear I just have (oops), but let’s just say that all was well in the end! Yellow seems to have been a theme in the Needle Rock workshop of late, as another chair that has made it’s exit was the fluted back chair. This chair was fully rebuilt, reupholstered, and covered in a bright bold yellow fabric from the Christina Marrone Collection, teamed up with a contrasting grey cord to highlight the fluted edges. I can see many a winter’s evening come and go whilst sitting in this chair reading your favourite book.

Oooh I nearly forgot to mention, that we had a lucky winner for the competition chair that was run throughout the month of September. Olwen Jones from Ceredigion was the lucky winner, and she was delighted to pick up her prize when she visited the Needle Rock workshop. Keep your eyes peeled, as we will soon be launching our next competition – this time I am donating a chair worth hundreds of pounds, and I’ve teamed up with Cancer Research Wales, to raise some money for this very worthwhile cause. Make sure to buy your ticket, as you never know, you could be the lucky winner!

Until the next time through the workshop door…

"Needle Rock rocks!! Our puppy had demolished the front of our sofa and Ali fixed it so you could never tell it happened. Thank you Ali x"
Jo Creasey

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