Posts Tagged ‘cotton’

When Cabin Fever Hits, Grab Yourself Some Tapestry !


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For some, the colder and often restricting weather of the seemingly never ending winter season can lend to feelings of restlessness, lack of motivation, and even cabin fever. For others though, being hunkered in while Winter is in full swing can create just the right setting for some serious sewing. In fact, starting or completing sewing projects while waiting for the fullness of spring can be just the perfect remedy for the ‘winter blues’ that occasionally blow in and sometimes stay. My testimony started with a winter storm and some tapestry.

J&O Top 20 MLB Cotton Craft Ideas


jandofabricsOne thing we’ve learned through our over 50 years in the fabric business is that all the textile goods that come through our doors, are looking to be made into something special. From silky satins aspiring to be prom dresses and clear vinyl yearning to protect beautiful mahogany table tops, to polyester fleece desiring to warm an old mans’ cold night or novelty cottons hoping to quell a child going through chemo with themed images from their favorite movie…like Elmo maybe. MLB cotton is no different. With so many baseball fans eager to show their FANatic love through some crafty means, our new major league baseball cottons arrive with just one goal in mind…to create that wonderful opportunity!

Celebrating African Fabric Textile Contributions !


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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.

The Wait Is Over! MLB Cotton Fabric Is Finally BACK!


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You asked. We listened.  The long awaited MLB cotton fabrics are finally back in print and come May 2015, over twenty-five of the Major League Baseball teams will be available for purchase. Hip Hip Hooray!

No more searching for hours on Google or digging for hidden treasures on Ebay. No more avoiding demands from clients or adding on to wish lists  from family and friends. From the Yankee’s, Tigers, Giants and Rockies, to the Dodgers, Royals, Cardinals, and Mariners… East Coast New Yorker or West Coast Californian, your favorite teams are ready and waiting, and we are more than willing to start rolling out the yardage as you are to purchase.

DIY Iron Caddy Saves Clothes and Money Too!


jandofabricsBeing 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.

J&O’s 10 Top Most Popular NFL Fabrics!


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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

J&O Celebrates National Keep Kids Creative Week 2014


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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.

Quilting With Calico


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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.
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Check out some of our selected calico:
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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.

Celebrating July 4th, Food, Fabrics and YOU!


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With summer quickly passing by and sun worshipers trying desperately to slow her pace down, many find themselves scrambling to prepare for one of the seasons biggest festive occasions… the Fourth of July.

Celebrated on that day with fireworks, cook outs, commemorations, and trips to the shore, Independence Day offers a time for reflection, human connection, great food and so much more. At J&O we keep our special occasion fabrics stocked year round for our quilters and artisans to gather and coordinate their projects and quilts well before the rush. Here are a few such popular themed prints and designs to fit the holiday theme and offer nostalgia.