Fred the Needle

About Us

Fred the Needle was started by Simone O’Carroll in 2003. Simone’s career began as an Accountant, and patchwork and scrapbooking were her hobbies. After the birth of her son, Simone started Fred the Needle as a home based business. At first Fred the Needle only had one product (Color Plus Inkjet Fabric), but as this started to become popular, the product range slowly grew. We soon started selling fabrics, trims, buttons, books and patterns. And in choosing the stock Simone did her research in the local area and tried to choose items that were unique and not available in mass production. Simone sources fabrics, trims and ephemera from all over the world and the biggest compliment that she receives in her shop is “It’s so nice to find a shop that doesn’t have what everyone else has”. It just means that all those hours scouring the internet for unusual products (not to mention losing a lot of sleep) has paid off. Simone also tries to find hard to get fabric for people and takes custom orders for a wide variety of things. The product range has now expanded to include scrapbooking and general craft products (even a gift section!). 

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We are now located at
Unit 4, 18 Abel St Penrith NSW  2777

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