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What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice and everything nice. That’s what little girls are made of! Ask any mother of a little girl and she will agree with this poem whole heartily! There is just something fun about sewing for girls. All the lace and sparkles, netting and organza still makes me get excited. I suppose I’ve never outgrown dressing in pink and enjoying girl-y prints. Thankfully J&O has just the selection of fabric I need to fulfill all little girl’s fairytale fantasies.
As our Facebook Fan page continues to grow, more and more of our crafty customers are showing off their cool creations for our J&O family and community to view, share and comment on. One such fan is Karen Jordan of Jenny’s Angels, a line of custom made aprons and christening outfits designed in honor of Karen’s best friend Jenny who passed awaiting a kidney transplant. For Karen, all babies are angels, and since her line is named for Jen, a portion of every design sold is donated to the American Diabetes Foundation in her name . Jenny also loved butterflies, so on all of Karen’s custom christening gown designs there is a butterfly somewhere. Since Karen is a religious follower of our J&O Fabrics acebook page, she is constantly replenishing her fabric stock with cool prints from our store and has this to say about our fabulous collection of Michael Miller prints and more…
Being a mobile retailer, I am often traveling to and fro with my freshly created and pressed garments in tow to do a fashion show or event hours away. And while many times my destination will have an iron provided for needed touch ups, certainly that has not always been the case (especially w/provision of one that suits my taste). It is as a result of these past experiences that the decision to tote my own trusty iron along was finally made. Enter the DIY iron caddy.
With an exciting 2014 NFL football season already well underway (Go Eagles!!) quilters, crafters and die hard fans are buying up NFL fabric stock to make everything from quick-n-easy no-sew-fleece-throws to customized gifts rep’n the teams they (and others) love with visions of Superbowl 2015 wins dancing in their heads or if nothing less, some great games and stories along the way.
So what does all this mean for manufacturers and distributors like J&O Fabrics alike?
Demand! Demand! Demand! :O
Celebrated the last week of September, National Keep Kids Creative Week was started in the fall of 2003 by illustrator and author Bruce Van Patter. Bruce created National Keep Kids Creative Week to encourage kids to use their ideas and imaginings instead of relying on video games and television to do it for them. Once word got around, teachers began to celebrate it in their classrooms and since 2006, KKCW (Keep Kids Creative Week) has been listed in Chase’s Calendar of Events, a high-profile, national directory of holidays and celebrations.
As the summer season comes to an end and teachers around the country convene on closed up classrooms looking to revive them on shoestring budgets in preparation for the influx of new students about to descend upon its furnishings in the weeks to come, DIY crate seats built for comfort and storage rate high on the time sensitive to-do-lists. But have no fear, J&O Fabrics has just the right selection of child-friendly fabrics at the click of a button to help our wonderful educators inspire impressionable minds while educating at the same time. From alphabet and addition themed prints to colorful character filled material and funky geometric designs, our assortment is as endless and our shoppers’ creative minds. With the right fabric and just a few steps, your classroom can go from outdated to updated before the first class bell rings.
Originally produced in Calicut on the southwestern side of India by traditional weavers called Chaliyans before becoming popular in Europe during the 1700′s, calico fabric is one of the most popular fabrics for quilt projects and hand crafted creations. Made from unbleached cotton, calico consists of a plain-woven textile featuring miniature prints in an assortment of delightful designs, patterns and colors making it a great accent or base for many quilting projects as well as dresses, blouses, skirts, purses, bed sheets and more.
Also known as Chintz, calico is truly a fabric rich in history, pride and legend. Because of it’s natural fibers, calico offers a harmonious union between fiber and flesh, is washable, durable, and eco-friendly (if non-gmo based). Quilting with calico has never been so much fun, and at J&O Fabrics we carry a selection of both vintage and modern day calico to suit almost every creative nitch.
Check out some of our selected calico:
It’s been a while since we’ve shared the talents and creativity of one of our crafty customers with you, but we’re back on track with a young woman from Watertown, NY and her handcrafted dolls too.
With the summer quickly moving along and temperatures running high, naturally anti-bacterial and odor resistant organic bamboo fabric which is breathable even in the hottest weather, is also one of the coolest summer fabrics in town and we have Mother Nature to thank for that!
Traditionally used in China and Japan to make hats and shoes, and in the South Pacific for housing and utensils, bamboo has undergone many processes to create the fiberous form found in modern day wear. Whether you’re decorating your summer home, designing a collection, or simply making a few pieces for yourself, be beckoned by bamboo and keep your cool at the same time.
When this past winter’s weather dragged on well into the spring, thoughts of warm sandy beaches and the hot sun shining down on us melting the chill away stayed on the minds and wish lists of many. Now that the blazing rays of summer are here, longings for cooler days and the festivities of the winter season fill our imaginings in such a delightful way we can hardly wait for the season to come back around. Enter Christmas in July!