Stools

Stools are just so multifunctional, and are used in the house much more frequently than you might think. Footstools - as well as their obvious use as for putting tired feet on at the end of a long day; footstools can be used as additional seating for extra visitors; are often the perfect height for kids to sit on; for laying the newspaper on whilst you watch the football, or for the tray whilst you enjoy afternoon tea. See the footstool below with foxes and hares on it, was actually made from an unused coffee table. Similarly, there is a stool at exactly the right height for its owner made from a disused Nestle milk churn. With a bit of tender loving care, old loved piano stools can be brought back to life by stripping off the old varnish and applying a fabulous new top fabric. Needle Rock can recover or restore your stool, whatever it's size or shape. Needle Rock can make stools for you to specific dimensions and with a choice of legs, both with or without castors. Check out our gallery below to inspire the creation of your next stool.

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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