Archive for the ‘Tassels’ Category

J&O Celebrates Cinco De Mayo


cinco_de_mayo

 

Originally observed in commemoration of the Mexican army’s triumphant victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in Mexico on May 5, 1862, generations later,  Cinco de Mayo has come to be known not only as a liberating feat for Mexico, but for the sustaining richness of its culture and celebration of artisan craftsmanship as well.  From their popular clay pottery, vibrant designs, and embroidered cotton garments to their wool shawls, colorful baskets and rugs, their hand-crafted items are just a few of the cultural creations associated with Mexican art. In celebration of the elaborate designs and artistry of Mexico,  J&O offers an array of dress fabrics, southwestern prints, and colorful trim to make your Cinco de Mayo festivities a memorable one.

History Of The Easter Bonnet


Garland in white organza Derby bonnet with pink and violet rosettes

 

Although bonnets started out as a practical form of head wear they became more and more elaborate as the 19th Century progressed. Worn initially to keep the hair tidy when indoors and the dust and sun off of it when outdoors, women would wear a heavier bonnet for winter and a lighter one, possibly made from straw for spring. By the early twentieth century, Americans became more and more invested in the Easter outfit—the hat, in particular. Because Easter coincides with seasonal fecundity, women garnered fresh flowers to wear in their hair and in their bonnets. Lilies, daffodils, azaleas with their red, pink or even crème colored blooms, and Hyacinths in purple and white were, and still are considered traditional Easter flowers. Fabrics such as organza, tulle, netting, satin and seersucker are just a few popular materials that helped to create a crown of Easter glory fit for the occasion.

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.

It’s Tassel Mania Time!


 

Before the Industrial Revolution (18th Century), trim was called passementerie. It was made and applied by hand, thus making heavily trimmed furnishings and garments expensive and high status. Eventually machine-woven trims and sewing machines put these specialized trimmings within reach of modest dressmakers and home seamstresses. The result, by the 1930’s, applied trim lost its value and became a signifier of mass-produced clothing.  Today, though most trimmings are commercially manufactured, the creative appeal that they offer have made trims, tassels and cording highly sought after for unique one-of-a-kind creations. A compliment to any fabric project  where that ‘something extra’ makes all the difference, modern day passementeries offer the perfect touch.

RV Road Tripping In Style With Summerdale Fabrics


 

 

With the camping and ‘road tripping’ season coming up soon, many RV owners around the country are upgrading their beloved houses on wheels, making destination plans, and mapping their scenic travel routes. From converted buses, pop-up campers and teardrop trailers, to hybrids, totter homes and 5th wheels, RV lovers are making their way to resort style campsites, rustic KOA’s and secluded destination locations across the USA in classic style.

Something Old, Something New….5 Cool DIY Wedding Craft Tutorials for You!


 

Although largely a British custom, the old English rhyme “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” connected to weddings is said to attest to the human tendency to value continuity and new beginnings, unity and separation. Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness; something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity; and a sixpence in your shoe is a wish for good fortune and prosperity. While various renditions of this tradition have been adopted into wedding ceremonies crossing both cultural and ethnic divides, it’s symbolic meaning has remained intact offering traditionalists and new-agers alike the opportunity to incorporate and make their special day as unique as the love the two of them share.

Back to School: Fabulous Fabric Bookmark


Fashion a few of these fabric bookmarks and become your child’s favorite subject! Stock up on fabric in all prints and styles in our online fabric store and get started!

Fabric Bookmarks

These fabric bookmarks are a breeze

You will need:
•  Fabric. I recommend multiple prints to add interest and contrast or our NFL fabric for the sports fans!
•  Random buttons
•  Complementary or contrasting thread
•  Rectangle to trace (or draw one)
•  Thin cardboard for center

Fabric Bookmarks

Use a contrasting fabric on the backside, essentially creating a reversible bookmark

Do It Without Mr. Singer—No Sew Pillow Covers


In CASE you haven’t noticed, designer and decorative pillow covers are quite expensive! The fabulous ‘Centsational Girl’ stepped up to the challenge and created an online tutorial to make simple no-sew pillow covers from fashionable fabric napkins! Tip: If you prefer to select your own fabric, browse our online fabric store and just hem the edges to start this innovative and affordable approach to home décor!

Machine not needed!

Bright fabric pillow covers transform the look and feel of a room in a flash!

Who Knew? Fabric Scraps Make Stellar Button Brooches!


Boring and tired items in your wardrobe can be appealing and even sophisticated again when you add a simple fabric brooch! Much like fabric flowers, the classic brooch adds flair and a personal sense of style (hello, Jackie-O!) that may be missing in your walk-in!

We love this fab tutorial from Chasity of Belle and Burger! Get going by browsing our decorative fabric selection and don’t forget to show us your finished projects on Facebook!

Brooches are back–and oh-so glam! Dress them up or down for fun & flirty appeal!

Decorating with Sheer Fabrics


J&O Decorative Sheer Fabric Uses

One of the complains that we often hear about sheer decorative fabric is that does not have that many applications. As a group of people who pride ourselves in knowing all about fabric and its applications we wholeheartedly disagree! In order to help dispel this thought and give our customers a few helpful tips, we compiled the top applications for these beautiful threads. Enjoy!

Curtains

J&O Sheer Decorative Fabric Curtains