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About Needles & Bolts

Needles & Bolts is a destination for modern makers in the charming Mt. Airy Neighborhood of Philadelphia. Founded in 2022, we cater to quilters and stitchers of all kinds - from machine piecing & quilting to hand stitching, our desire is to build community through inspiration & education. What would you like to stitch?

Needles & Bolts was born from the idea that stitching should be accessible to anyone who wants to experience it. Our shop is designed as a creative space for sewists of all types to congregate and collaborate, and we encourage everyone to bring their authentic selves through the doors. Originally conceived as a mobile stitchery in early 2022, Needles and Bolts set out to become Philadelphia's first mobile quilt shop. As luck would have it, the perfect shop space became available as plans were being made. We pressed pause on the mobile idea, opened the storefront, and voila, Needles & Bolts was born! 

At Needles & Bolts, we specialize in offering a curated collection of quilting fabric, linen, select garment fabric & quilting supplies, along with cross stitch, hand embroidery, sashiko, and other stitchery tools.

About the Owner

Owner Stella Singleton has been stitching since she was in her single digits. Starting with pre-printed cross-stitch panels, her Nana taught her how to thread a needle and make a series of "X"s that turned into a sweet floral placemat. Once cross stitch was mastered, she moved on to macrame, embroidery, and machine sewing.

Stella learned to crochet in college and in 2002 took a knitting class at The Tangled Web in Chestnut Hill, eventually working at the shop part-time and teaching knitting and crochet classes. In 2006, Stella took an intro to quilting class at Fabrics on the Hill, also in Chestnut Hill. Once she learned the magic of creating quilts, her immersion into the quilting world was imminent.

After moving to Phoenix, she joined the PHX MQG and quickly enhanced her skillset learning foundation paper piecing, English paper piecing, applique, and any other skills she could put in her toolbox. Not long after, Stella moved to North Jersey and immediately joined the NJMQG becoming the Vice President of the Guild for a year and then the Programs Director for a year. She loved the camaraderie the guild brought with stitchers of all skill levels coming together to share their fiber love.


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