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Needle Rock celebrates 10 years!!!

Needle Rock celebrates its 10th birthday on 22nd March 2023; and what a journey it has been!!! Here, Ali reminisces over a few of the major events that have taken place over the years…

March 2023 – The fifth series of upholstery classes started this month. There’s still some spaces
available if you fancy joining us, click here for more details.

Needle Rock is exceptionally proud to be shortlisted for two awards – both happening this month!

Needle Rock is 10 years old, and is a finalist in the Modern Makers Awards in the Traditional skills category.
The winner will be announced on 31st March 2023.
FSB Awards Finalist
Ali & Gord will be attending the FSB Wales Awards in Cardiff on Friday 24th March 2023.

March 2022 – The Inspirational Women in Business book was launched, and became an Amazon #1 bestseller. Chapter 1, is about Ali and the Needle Rock journey.

February 2022 – Needle Rock exhibited a selection of pieces at the London Welsh Centre.

The staff at The London Welsh Centre made us feel right at home!
The display at the exhibition.

February 2022 – Rosie and Jason joined the team as the first apprentices at Needle Rock. They have both made great progress and are on schedule to complete their apprenticeships in May this year. A big thanks to the team at Myrick Training for all their support especially Russ and Nick.

Jason – looking proud as punch with his very own upholstered chair.
Jason & Rosie with a giant custom-made window seat.
Rosie cutting out the most expensive fabric… eek it’s £256 per metre…

September 2021 – Needle Rock acquired a tired and worn 23-year-old motorhome. Now wearing a fabulous Needle Rock makeover – she is transformed into the utterly amazing Flyaway Fanny mobile, with her very own Facebook page!

The story continues…

June 2021 – Ali joined a 12 month Business Mentoring programme with business entrepreneurs
Dawn Evans & Tracey Smolinski.

May 2021 – Needle Rock recruited its first official staff member, Ann, who was one of Ali’s first
students whilst running upholstery classes.

May 2019 – After a conversation with a local farmer in the local pub, Needle Rock moved to their
current location at The Barn. The workshop at Ali’s home is now used as a frame repair workshop.

The AMUSF affiliation… this was a BIG DEAL!

April 2019 – Needle Rock became affiliated with the Association of Master Upholsterers & Soft
Furnishers (AMUSF)
as a full member.

September 2018 – Ali trekked to the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru raising £5000 for Cancer Research Wales. It was on this trip she met Dawn Evans, who was later to become one of her business mentors.

April 2018 – Ali was awarded a Distinction in the Craft of Traditional Upholstery Level 3.

August 2015 – Ali was awarded a Credit in the Craft of Traditional Upholstery Level 2.

For 3 days every month, Ali travelled and stayed over in Hereford to work through her upholstery Diplomas with the AMUSF
All the time Ali was
learning new skills, she came home and put them into practice straight away…

The earlier years…

2015 sometime – Needle Rock acquired a sales space in “The Malthouse” in Narberth.

April 2014 – Needle Rock created an upholstery workshop at their home address.

31st March 2014 – After five years of service, Ali left her professional role as a Plant Health Inspector with the Food & Environment Research Agency (an Executive Agency of DEFRA), to focus on the Needle Rock business full-time.

2014 sometime – Needle Rock secured a sales space in “The Old Curiosity Antiques” in Carmarthen.

2013 sometime – Needle Rock acquired their first business premises at ‘The Cellar Bar’ in Llanon. Ali & Gord worked so hard to make this work, but the premises had issues with humidity problems, and tidal flooding from the drains that made it impossible to stay.

A nursing chair is a chair that’s comfortable when nursing an infant. In Victorian times the nursing chair was a low seated partially upholstered chair. Nursing included caring for children as well as breastfeeding. The low seat of the chair allowed the mother, who would have been wearing a stiff corset, to interact with small children without bending over. This chair form was particularly popular in England and found primarily in upper class homes. Nursing Chair. The types of wood most frequently used were oak, rosewood or walnut. The seat was often sprung and could be button decorated or adorned with a circumferential braid or pair of braids. The chair legs were frequently of a cabriole style or a straight-legged spindle design. Needle Rock upholstery repair refurbish new vintage period piece.

22nd March 2013 – Needle Rock Limited was incorporated at Companies House.

Contact Dr Ali Wright: 07534 216297

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