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!


January 2019

Happy 2019 to you all, the time of year when we're making plans for the year ahead. Here at Needle Rock, I'm launching a new arm to the business with some highly desirable and unique creative upholstery pieces available for you to buy. Check out the one-off pieces on the For Sale page. With access to some of the world's most desirable designer fabrics, I am reworking both vintage and antique seating options into pieces of beauty. If you are looking for something different then give me a call at Needle Rock, I can design something just for you. I have lots of stock available ready for the magic to begin, and if you're after something we don't have - we can source it for you from our network of dealers across the UK. I'm just absolutely loving it! I could do with another me really - but the days are already getting longer, and with more daylength there's a natural rhythm of increased productivity! With the brand new website launched last year, coupled with social media campaigns - yes you are finally going to see me on Instagram, Pintrest as well as Facebook, I am hoping it will be the most enjoyable year yet!

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"Absolutely brilliant. 100% dependable. After delays by the fabric suppliers, the work was turned around and delivered within 24 hours. We are delighted with the chaise longue. Diolch, Ali!"
Terwyn Tomos

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Telephone: 07534 216 297

Email Address: ali@needlerock.co.uk

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