Chairs come in all shapes and sizes and there’s probably at least one chair in most, if not all, of the rooms in your house. Whether it’s a comfy armchair for lounging in front of the TV, a set of upholstered dining chairs clustered around the family table, a delightful occasional chair for reading by the window overlooking the garden, a bedroom chair used to sit on to tie your shoe-laces in the mornings, chairs in all shapes and forms are an essential component of our daily living. Just as well that Needle Rock specialise in chairs. We can take your most cherished rickety chair and transform it into one that is solid, stable and beautiful that will serve you for many years to come, creating your very own piece of bespoke furniture.

With such a variety of chairs available in today’s marketplace, it’s no wonder that Ali is obsessed with chairs, in particular chairs made during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. These chairs were simply made to last and this explains why there’s still so many to be found at antiques shops and auction houses. Already 100 years old, when these chairs are refurbished and traditionally reupholstered, you can be sure they’ll last another 100 years.

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 .

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"Really pleased with my item, Ali has done a wonderful job to my item and would recommend her work to anyone".
Gwen Evans

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