Ask Netfah: Grandmother’s Cording

Dear Netfah,

I am an artist and do-it-your-selfer from the millenial generation who inherited bags of assorted trim and cording from my grandmother who was a seamstress for what seems like FOREVER! One of my past time hobbies is refurbishing and reupholstering antique furnishings into funky works of art. There is a big project I agreed to do for a client of mine that requires corded scarlet trim around the perimeters of her dining room chairs but I am short yardage of the particular color she wants. I do however, have the same exact color in a lipped version.

Go Green Gina: Fast Fashion vs Ethical Fashion

We are living in the age of fast fashion vs ethical fashion , where textile mills and design houses are now belting out new fashions almost 52 times a year instead of at the standard semi annual rate. Where the fashions are cheaper and the mentality cultivated  in consumers is one of waste. The desire for instant gratification and an embedded, incessant need for the latest ‘in’ thing means once a new trend comes in, the easily affordable fashions are now disposable before they really had a chance to get any wear really. And since the new fashions are more accessible to the masses, what’s the incentive in saving them anyway? Do we really need to over-consume like this to make us FEEL rich or successful inside? And are we taking a moment to even question what the price being paid is on the other side?

J&O Fabrics Now Carrying Trimland String Curtains

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Originating out of Istanbul, Turkey and one of the leading manufacturing mills for window dressings and trim, Trimland is making a name for itself  with their versatile, eye-catching selection of trims and funky string curtains for home, work, or play.

Available in more than 500 assorted styles, colors and specifications, their curtains come in made-to-measure customized widths of between 30-500 cm and heights between 45-1100 cm allowing the imagination to dictate just how creative you may want to be with your design vision. With their easy to hang options even the novice do-it-yourself-er can turn an ordinary space into an EXTRA-ordinary experience.

From France to Harlem…Sheila Bridges Toile De Jouy


Though toile is said to have been produced in Ireland in the mid-18th century, research pins its earlier origins to France in the 1760′s. Also known as ‘ toile de jouy ’ which in French means, “cloth from Jouy-en-Josas” after a town in the south-west suburbs of Paris, its style of print is characterized by vignettes scattered over a white or off-white cotton background in a type of repeated pattern depicting a fairly complex scene generally of a pastoral theme. But more recently, the single colored palate [most often black, dark red, or blue] has given life to another scene. Harlem, NYC.

Decorate With Duralee at J&O Fabrics

duralee collection at jandofabrics


Returning from World War II to NYC, Lenny Silberman faced changing times. As a result, he found himself answering an ad in The New York Times promising “a HUGE opportunity” as a textile shipping clerk for $35 a week. He landed the job and went to night school to expand his industry knowledge and learn the fine art of selling. Together with his two partners and seven other hands-on employees, Silberman eventually launched Duralee Fabrics in 1952 from an office smaller than most modern-day walk-in closets.

When Green Is All There Is To Be…ADORN Yourself!

It’s not that easy bein’ green
Having to spend each day
The color of the leaves
When I think it could be nicer
Bein’ red or yellow or gold
Or something much more colorful like that

It’s not easy bein’ green
It seems you blend in
With so many other ordinary things
And people tend to pass you over
Cause you’re not standing out
Like flashy sparkles in the water
Or stars in the sky

But green’s the color of spring
And green can be cool and friendly like
And green can be big like a mountain
Or important like a river or tall like a tree

J&O Fabrics 5 Tips For Sewing Silk Rayon Velvet

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With the prom and wedding season upon us, fashionable fabrics meet with creative designs that span the spectrum from traditional and conservative to the outright modern and courageous. When considering the marriage of a silk rayon velvet with a design of equally exquisite distinction, the proper handling of its watery drape and softer hand can be somewhat  intimidating to the novice seamstress. To take some of the fear out of the equation, the experts at J&O fabrics have these 5 important tips for sewing silk rayon velvet to share.


5 Tips for Sewing Silk/Rayon Velvet


10 Reasons Why We LOVE Elephants


Whether you have an affinity for elephants because of the mythologies surrounding them, or simply find fascination with the many cultural symbolism’s that have garnered affiliation, one thing is for certain… no other land mammal is as famous for its gentleness and intelligence than this mighty land mammal. In ode to this magnificent creature of sacred idolization by some and good luck wishes by others, J&O fabrics offers a mix of old and new prints in cotton and tapestry to inspire elephant themed crafts and home textile creations throughout the seasons.  From our vintage Elephants of India and Grant Elephants Tapestry to our recently ordered Novelty Cotton Suzani Elephant Caravan ,  we are sure they will offer a bit of inspiration of your own with your next DIY home accent piece or themed fabric craft creation.

Ask Netfah: When Is White Right?

Dear Netfah,

I was raised in the south where the rule of thumb surrounding the wearing of whites was simply that one should never wear it BEFORE Memorial Day or AFTER Labor Day. Does this rule still apply to the trendy fashionista?

~To White or Not To White, Pennsauken-NJ


Dear To White or Not To White,

Before I answer your question regarding whites, I must first ask if a trendy fashionista is known to obey rules, break rules or simply create rules?

How To Spring Into Your Outdoor Living Space With J&O Fabrics

outdoor living space

March 20th marks the first day of spring, and whether it feels like it outside or not, this is the time to start assessing the condition of your outdoor living space and furniture. Is your wood patio in good condition? Are their dead trees and shrubs that need to be removed? Are the cushions, padding or frames of your furnishing in need of replacement? Check off your list now so that when the warmer days come, you are ahead of the game.