Archive for the ‘Fascinating Fabrics’ Category

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.

Ruth Carter’s Wakanda Wonderland

When I went to see Marvel’s Black Panther  movie, I went with a mission…. to see and be inspired by Ruth Carter’s creative manifestation of  Marvel Studio’s  artistic concepts in all its masterful glory.  I was not disappointed. From the alluring grandiosity of Zulu-inspired headpieces worn by Wakanda’s queen mother Ramonda (Angela Bassett) and the eye-poppingly ornate armor adorned with chevron print worn by the all-female based warriors, to Nakia’s (Lupita Nyongo) sumptuously textured, kente cloth-inspired green gown that seemed to mold to her form, the creative collaboration of both visionaries left theater goers in awe and aspiring designers wanting more from Ruth.

Celebrating African Fabric Textile Contributions !



As Americans celebrate the inventions and legacies of Africans / African-Americans throughout history this month, reflections of their art, history and cultural traditions can be found in almost every aspect of our society. In recognition of their traditional African fabric textile contributions,  the J&O Family would like to take a moment to highlight some of the beautiful waxed prints and metallics available for your crafting and quilting pleasure.

Her Name Is Indigo.



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!


Category Of The Month: African Fabric

Widely appreciated for their craftsmanship and vibrant colors, the textile and designs of African fabric often create the kind of appeal that inspires breathtaking traditional garments,  eclectic home  decor, memorable celebratory events  and more. From waxed metallic cottons most popular in Nigeria and other West African countries, to traditional Kente from Ghana and Bogolanfini mud cloth from Mali, the creative uses offer a multitude of options to satisfying an array of project needs not only for special occasions, but everyday use as well.

Fun Ways to Use Denim Fabric

The following are some fun ways to use denim fabric. Find your favorite denim fabric in our online store and get inspired to create your own version. Who knew there were so many uses for denim? Don’t forget to share your finished projects and tips with us on Facebook!

Denim fabric

This sweet bedset from Sweet Peaches Bedding shows the versatility of denim for bedrooms!

Fun ideas for crafting with denim fabric

Top 3 New Arrival Fabrics from J&O

This just in: There are 3 new arrival fabrics from J&O and all are affordable and chic! These 3 fabrics feature black as the prominent color and each has something special to offer any room or décor vibe.

The following selections of fabrics are new and available in our online store for a discounted price:

new arrival fabrics

Black Stripe Lace Fabric (Product ID: lac36295)

This quality fabric offers the traditional elegance of lace with a decidedly dark side. It has a rich floral design over polyester material to show the intricate detailing. This is how you get all the luxury of designer fabrics at a discounted price! Ideal uses for this type of lace fabric include table dressings, elegant garments, evening gowns, cabinetry and small touch items like lampshades.

Fabric Covered Chair Tutorial and Fabrics!

Furniture does not have to be permanently mundane! Because it is such a substantial investment, many people hold on to furniture items for many years, even though they may become bored with them. The solution is simple: Fabric! Grab some fresh fabrics from our online store and get started covering chairs using the tutorial below!

Fabric Covered Chair

Boring old chairs sitting around? Cover them with fabric and fall in love with them all over again!

You will need:

  • Choose a fabric that fits the room. It can be matchy or contrast for an edgy appeal. Don’t be afraid to play with splashes of color!

The Cutest No-Sew Scarf Tutorial

This attractive no sew scarf can be crafted from a tee shirt or your favorite soft fabric. I just love the ruffled texture and simplicity of this fashion fabric project and how easily it can jazz up any ensemble! The best part? It can be made in about a half hour without touching a needle. Click over to our fabric store and find what you are looking for to get started! (Or stop in, if you are in the area!)

Scarf-no sew t-shirt

You will need:
• About 30 minutes
• Scissors
• Imagination
• Fabric of your choice or unwanted shirt
• 9” paper plate
• Fabric flower or other embellishment (optional)

NFL Fabric For Your Little (and Big!) Sports Fans

Looking for a way to personalize the space of your little sports fan? Check out our selection of NFL fabrics featuring all the top teams! Available in cotton, flannel, NFL polar fleece or vinyl, there is no project out of reach with these cool NFL team prints!