Archive for the ‘Organic and Natural Fabrics’ Category

Organic Bamboo! Best Summer Fabric In Town.


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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.

Her Name Is Indigo.


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When we think about African fabric design, rarely do we as consumers give much thought as to the history, craft, and meaning behind the symbols, patterns, or design elements we see. Instead we ‘ooh‘ and ‘aah‘ at the bright colors and creative print, thinking about what we can make with this, what we can do with that . But until we have the opportunity to see its manifestation from concept to completion, we will never really appreciate the finished textile  that seems to silently whisper…i am special, buy me!

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3 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day


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Earth Day was born on April 22, 1970 as was the foundations of the environmental movement. Now, forty-two years later, we are still finding new ways to live a greener lifestyle and create a smaller carbon footprint for the good of our planet and future generations. Crafters have even picked up the baton and found new ways to repurpose clothing and recycle household waste into some pretty amazing craft projects.

What Does Your Fabric Say About You?


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As a crafter I find myself drawn to certain color schemes time-and-time again. I prefer cheery, vintage-inspired prints. If I’m looking for a solid color I’m often drawn to blues, greens, and pinks–cool colors. I’ll occasionally venture out of my comfort zone and wear a bright red or orange–warm colors. Oftentimes I prefer more muted shades. So, what does your fabric say about you? Check out some of the prints I’ve profiled below and see which one suits you best!

 

Pure Organic Cotton Prints for Every Project


Living a green lifestyle has been popular for several years now. It seems everywhere you turn from your favorite magazine to the label on your household cleaner everything is becoming greener and more environmentally friendly. I have been striving to live a greener lifestyle for at least 5 years now. So, I must admit the pure organic cotton prints we offer are some of my favorite products. If you design your own clothing, sew handbags, create baby clothes, toys and accessories to sell it’s amazing how you can create a buzz over offering organic fabric for your customers. A lot of customers are willing to pay more to be green, which in-turn creates more green for you!

Fascinating Fabric: Cotton That Monitors Your Body



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Positive to positive, negative to… cotton? Scientists and Cornell University have created an electromechanical transistor with cotton fibers. “Creating transistors from cotton fibers brings a new perspective to the seamless integration of electronics and textiles, enabling the creation of wearable electronic devices,” says Cornell University fiber scientist Juan Hinestroza, who was part of the international team that developed the transistors using natural cotton fibers.

So what the heck does this mean in laymen’s terms? The advancement of this technology would result in fabrics that could sense body temperature, automatically heat up or cool down, track heart rate and blood pressure in high-risk patients, and monitor the effort being put forth by high-performance athletes. Cotton was chosen as a base because it is naturally comfortable, durable, sustainable, and relatively inexpensive.

Fascinating Fabric: Sensational Seaweed


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Recently, a number of organic clothing lines have sprung up promising that their processes are easy on the environment as well as bright and trendy. However, all too often companies only follow through with the organic aspect of that promise. We at J&O are happy to say that IMAGINE GreenWear breaks the mold and comes shining through as an answer to the prayers of the fashion conscious consumer interested in reducing their carbon footprint.

 

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Just Folkin Around


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The Philadelphia Folk Festival is a three day long music extravaganza. During those three days, three generations of people come together in a farmer’s field in Schwenksville, PA to listen to (and play) some amazing music, camp, and bond with their fellow hippie compatriots.  When you step onto grounds, you take a step back to fifty years ago when ‘Fest’ began. Not only is the entire vibe of the festival the same now as it was then, so is the style of clothing. Along with friends and music, another attraction to Fest is its craft area. There, you will find one of the most unique assortments of clothing and goods ever brought together in one place.

Fascinating Fabric: What A Beautiful Web We Weave


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It is hard for us at J&O Fabric to think of spiders as anything other than the creepy crawly things that give us goosebumps. However, upon finding out that more than a million Golden Orb spiders were used to create a 13-foot-long silk textile masterpiece, we had to give the spindly legged buggers their due.

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To make the fabric, the spiders were collected each morning and put into ‘harnesses’ that linked them to specially made machines that would extract their silk. At the end of each session, the spiders were returned to the wild. This is a sharp contrast to the fate of silkworms whose pupa are killed in their cocoons to produce commonly used silk.

Fascinating Fabric: Milking Fabric For All It’s Worth


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When we at J&O think of milk, we think of cows and delicious goodies that one might drink milk with (like chocolate cake for example). The last thing that we think of is what we know best, fabric. That is why we were incredibly surprised when we found out that German designer and scientist Anke Domaske created an organic fiber using spoiled milk.

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