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Books make great gifts!

 

Take a look at our range of books next time you are in the shop; you’ll find something for all the stitchers in your life, perfect for presents at Christmas or for yourself at any time!

You’ll find we’ve got books on sewing techniques aimed at every skill level, from total beginner, to expert in search of a new challenge or skill set. We’ve also got plenty of books full of ideas to get children into sewing.

If you’d like to explore a new craft using our gorgeous fabrics, and want information and inspiration, then we have a fantastic range of books – come and browse!

 

Whether it’s ideas for a simple project like bunting or christmas decorations, or something more advanced like quilting or upholstery,we’ve got the books to take you, or your nearest and dearest, further!

Don’t forget that Livingstones also do gift vouchers that can be bought (and spent) in either of our two shops; these are in several denominations, are valid for a whole year – and are the perfect accompaniment for that book you’ve just bought!

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More New Books!

We posted a few weeks ago about how we were excited to venture into the retail of Sewing Book Standsewing books. These have been so popular that we decided to invest into some new titles. These range from bag making, using felt, using your sewing machine to a book on overlockers and many more titles.
So pop over to our shop in Bridport and have a look at our fabrics and our new books – you might be inspired to take on a new project.
If there are ever any other craft books you are interested in looking at, do ask us as we will be happy to see whether we are able to get hold of them.

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Sewing Books and Craft Books in Stock

Sewing Book StandThese craft and sewing books have just arrived in our store in Bridport, and we are excited to share them with you. Lots of lovely ideas for items to make from cushions to fabric brooches with clear pictures and instructions. You can find stash-busting suggestions on what to do with all your fabric offcuts, and Christmas crafts are also covered with a wonderful book on how to make Christmas Stockings. We are concentrating on books related to sewing, but the full range, including craft and knitting books, is available to order from our catalogue. Lots of temptation for the staff as well as the customers!

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New Chatham Glyn Books

DSC_4468 Both of these new fabric swatch books have a beautiful range of colours that compliments our already vast range of fabric hangers and swatch books.

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This material is the lighter of the two swatch books photographed its has a 100% polyester fabric composition, and can be washed at 30′. The fabric doesn’t feel polyester and it has a lovely soft almost brushed feel to it.  It is a tight woven material and would be suitable for curtains, cushions, bedding and upholstery.  This fabric shetlandbook comes with a beautiful range of over 20 vibrant  colours to choose from.

 

 

 

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AOSTA- £16.70 per metre 140cm wide.

This is the heavier of the two swatch books, it has a looser more uneven weave compared to the Shetland swatch book.  This material also has a composition of 100% polyester and can be washed at 40′. It is suitable for curtains, cushions, blinds, bedding and upholstery. This book also has over 20 beautiful vibrant colours to choose from.

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These fabrics are on show in our shop in Bridport Dorset where you see our full range of roll stock, hanger and swatch books. We offer a curtain making service and can work out your materials requirements from your window measurement. We also offer a upholstery service so if you have an old loved chair came and talk to us and we can see what we can do.

If you would like any further help or advise on curtain materials please contact us and we will be happy to help.

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Fabric Manipulation

We’ve got a great new book in stock.  It shows you how to create some great forms with fabric that appear across textile art pieces.  The techniques are all carefully explained and illustrated with some really original ideas that you can put into practice straight away.

 

Using basic geometric shapes and folds as a starting point, you can learn variations on the basic method and develop different decorative effects.  Many of the techniques have been resourced from historical garments and museum pieces as well as more modern books and resources.  The author explains that most of her knowledge of smocking came from books published in the 1970’s!

 

All of the illustrations clearly show the patterns you can make with cuts and folds, pleats and ruffles and the guide at the beginning of the book lists suitable fabrics, tools, measuring techniques, hand sewing methods, pinning, cutting and pressing methods to help you achieve good results.  Some brilliant designs can be created by folding, stitching and cutting layered fabrics in different ways and the complimentary colours can create some rather explosive effects when they are cut into and folded back.

These pictures show how to achieve the stunning textures that are often used to create arty scarves and interior design projects.  The velvet cushion looks particularly striking and the enclosed stuffing balls give a fabulous bobble effect over the surface so it becomes more like a piece of tactile art.

The instructions for this are very straight forward and the fabric calculations are a lot simpler that you would think.  This is such an exciting book and this is definitely one of the projects that we will be trying ourselves.

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10 % Discount on Christmas Fabrics!

We’re very excited to offer our customers a 10% discount across all of our Christmas fabrics until the end of January 2019.

We still have some beautiful timeless designs in stock that you can now pick up at a great price and squirrel away ready for next autumns projects.  Now is also the time to come and browse our extensive collection of craft books too.  You can spend a little time with yourself and get acquainted with a new project for the cold months ahead.

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Fancy Dress Fabrics – New Years Eve

It’s neary the end of 2018 and time to think about those New Years Eve parties…and your outfit!

What better way to celebrate the end of this year and to welcome in the start of 2019 than all dressed up in fancy dress. We have a huge range of fancy dress fabrics and the limit to your costume possibilities is only your imagination!

If you’re struggling to think of an outfit idea then we have our New Look and Simplicity pattern books with pleanty of costume patterns to choose from. With fabrics ranging from crazy colured fux fur to glitzy sequins and sparkly metalic look fabrics even pirate like stripes you can transform yourself into anything or anyone.

There are of course more glamorous party outfits that can be made if costumes aren’t your thing.

We are open between Christmas and New Year for those last minute ideas if you don’t manage to make it in before Christmas, to see our opening times over the festive period please click here.

 

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Gift vouchers

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Livingstones very own gift vouchers make a great gift for the creative person in your life, and make a fantastic partner to one of our range of sewing and craft books. Give the gift of a creative New Year!

Our gift vouchers are available to buy from £10 to £50 in value from Livingstone Textiles, are valid for one year, and can be bought in Bridport and Yeovil, to spend in either shop.

 

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Beautiful new fabric hangers

It’s always fun to unpack a box at Livingstones, especially when it’s full of beautiful new fabric hangers to put on display for our lovely customers! All of these beauties arrived recently, so remember to take a look at the fabric on hangers and in books next time you’re thinking about furnishing fabrics – there’s a world of choice, and you can borrow your favourites to take home and mull over for a tiny £10 deposit, which is given back when you return the hangers. We can always make up curtains and roman blinds to your specification so you get the exact result you need for a perfect finish to your room.

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Do you need ideas for christmas craft projects?

 

 

 

 

 

We have so many gorgeous fabrics, felts, ribbons and trimmings here at Livingstone Textiles, we thought you might need some crafting inspiration for ways to use all the lovely things that catch your eye!

Among our extensive range of sewing and crafting books we’ve found these three lovely Christmas craft books for you to have a look at (and maybe take home!) next time you’re in the shop. They’re full of ideas, instructions, and patterns for a whole range of beautiful craft projects, for gifts, for sales, or for your home, so why not treat yourself? Perfect to give as a gift too.

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Make Your Own Soft Toys – Book Review

In the run up to the festive season it has become more popular for people to make gifts to give family and friends and the investment of time is so much appreciated by the reciever.

If you’re looking for inspiration on what to make this winter whether for festive giving or otherwise we have some brilliant books in the shop for you to browse and choose from.  This month we are looking at the fun toy designs in this one…..

It has really simple to follow instructions and clear diagrams that show how to construct and sew all of the featured toys.  We love the cheeky owl and think he would look great as a hanging decoration or toy.  But if owls aren’t your thing then check out the retro horse. There are plenty of other designs to choose from too, including traditional rag dolls. And unlike similar books, no enlarging is required to make these patterns usable because they are all printed on pull out sheets at the back of the book.  We stock everything to help you finish your project, from fabric and buttons to stuffing and thread.  Pop in to browse our book corner and stock up on winter craft items at Livingstone Textiles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review: Boho bags

 

This lovely book by Beate Schmitz is full of ideas for making a variety of useful bags, perfect for using up the small pieces of fabric we all have at home, or for treating yourself to a half metre of something gorgeous from the huge range of furnishing fabrics here at Livingstone Textiles!

There are detailed, illustrated instructions  for a range of bags from small bags for keys and change through to large tote bags and striking messenger bags. Also included are full-size patterns in a storage pocket in the back of the book; all in all a useful and well thought out addition to your bookshelf, and a bargain at only £8.99!

Most curtain fabrics can be used for making bags, and also many craft fabrics are suitable for smaller bags, or larger ones with use of a heavier interfacing. Browse our online selection by clicking on the pictures below, or visit our stores in Bridport Dorset or Yeovil Somerset to see a larger range.

 

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Last Chance for 10% Off

It’s the final week of the Prestigious Textiles offer of a 10% reduction on any cut lengths of their fabrics that you order through Livingstone Textiles.

Prestigious are celebrating 30 years in the fabric business and we have a huge range of their sample books and hangers that you are welcome to borrow and take home.  We always recommend you do this as it’s very difficult to carry a colour in your head so having the samples at home will enable you to see the cloth next to your existing colour scheme and to try it out in both natural light and electric lighting.

 

The offer runs until August 31st and any of the fabric that you order can be made up into high quality hand made curtains, blinds or cushions by any of our approved seamstresses.  If you are not confident in your sewing abilities then click here to discover more about our curtain making service

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Subtle NEW stretch fabrics

These are just gorgeous!

With so many tempting patterns in our pattern books now using stretch fabrics,  we are hunting far and wide to source delicious new fabrics to add to our range.

These two beauties are both soft, heavy knit fabrics with a beautiful feel and drape – and look at those lovely  prints!

With so many of these patterns in the books now, we also stock stretch bias and stretch interlining; everything you need to make sewing stretch fabrics easy. With fabrics this good and the clothes so comfortable and stylish – why not give it a try?

 

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Save on Prestigious Textiles Fabrics

Prestigious Textiles produce many popular fabrics and we have a large selection of hangers and books with their wonderful curtain fabrics.To celebrate their 30th birthday this year, Prestigious Textiles are offering a 10% discount on all cut lengths ordered from their hangers at Livingstone Textiles in Bridport or Yeovil until the end of August 2018.

You can order the fabric to make up yourself into curtains, blinds, cushions or use for upholstery. Or make use of our competitive high-quality hand-made curtain making service or our sister business Benchmark Antiques’ upholstery service for your treasured furniture. Order now and save on your curtains!

Please Note:- Offer does not apply to roll stock in store, only new orders from hangers or books.

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Childrens Sun Hats

Love To Sew are a collection of books that contain quick little projects to make, with        small amounts of fabric.  Parents and Grandparents often have a hard time finding a hat that a child will keep on its head so let us introduce you to Childrens Sun Hats by Gill Stratton.  The childrens hats in this book are delightful and really easy to make, even if you only have the very basic sewing skills.  You could make them for your own little ones or as a gift for someone else.

Containing step by step instructions including the measuring of a childs head circumference right through to the top stitching hints for crisp and clean brims, this book is a great way into making hats for the first time.  The photographs showing each stage are clear and the instructions are written in laymans terms making them really easy to follow.  There are some clever cutting tips to limit the fabric waste and a full list of the sewing equipment and fabrics needed for each project.   The designer shows you how and where to use interfacings to give strength to different parts of the hat and shows you how to make some clever and co-ordinating trims and accessories.

 

 

 

 

 

At the back of the book you will find half size templates for all of the hats included with simple enlarging instructions and there are some clever tips on upcycling old clothing into hats and linings if you don’t fancy buying anything new.  This book can be browsed and purchased at Livingstone Textiles in Bridport, Dorset and we highly reccomend it.

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Fabric Dolls

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There are some beautiful books in the fabric shop at Livingstone Textiles, Bridport.  These are some of our favourite doll making books because they are fanciful and appealing to all age groups.

 

 

 

We also stock a helpful bit of kit for dollmakers called a doll needle.  This very long needle is great for attaching limbs, hair and facial features as you can pass the fine needle throught the fabrics without distortion.  Pop in to the shop and browse our books if you’d like some inspiration for a new project.  We stock kapok stuffing, calico, organzas and beautiful buttons for you to style your dream doll.

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Knit and Natter Group

The Knit and Natter Group is a fun and friendly group for those who enjoy knitting and crochet, or for those who would simply love to learn how it’s done!

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It is held every Wednesday between 10am and 12pm, at our Yeovil shop. The group is for absolutely anyone, whether you have been knitting or crocheting (maybe even both) for years, or whether you would like to begin learning these crafts. Here you can gather together with other crafty people to share tips and ideas, whilst having a good chat and working on your latest knitting or crochet projects. To keep you all knitting and nattering, refreshments; including tea, coffee and biscuits are also provided.

The group only costs £1 and is a walk-in group, so there is no need to book a place, you can just turn up on the day and join in.

This is a great place to learn more about knitting or crochet from the other members and build on your current skills, it is also an opportunity to share your knowledge with others and exchange tips. A few members have started the group as beginners and worked on smaller projects such as clothes or accessories for babies, by doing this and building up the basics, with help from the other members, they are now able to begin larger projects.

At Livingstones Textiles, Yeovil we stock a variety of yarns in many colours and compositions. We also stock needles, crochet hooks and other knitting and crochet supplies, along with many pattern books so there is lots to choose from and lots to inspire you for your next project, however big or small!

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Jim Dickens Fabrics

In both our Bridport and our Yeovil shops we have samples of the wonderful Jim Dickens fabrics available for you to come and look at. These fabrics are fabulous for upholstery or for curtains and will add a touch of class to any home.

We have the following sample books for you to choose from in our shops so you can see and feel these fabrics first hand.

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Carousel collection from Jim Dickens

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We also have a few other samples available to look at that are from the Merlot collection, the Olympos collection, the Isabella Collection, the Corsini collection and the Avalon collection. We are able to loan you the pattern books to check colours and designs in your room, and can give you a no obligation quote for curtains and upholstery from your measurements. If you are not able to measure, one of our seamstresses can visit in the local area to determine your requirements.

 

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Happy 1st Birthday Livingstone Textiles Yeovil

Birthday 2Today we are celebrating a wonderful milestone for our Yeovil store. Although they are ‘the new kid on the block’ as far as Livingstone Textiles is concerned, the people of Yeovil have welcomed them into the sewing and home-making community and their first birthday sees them well established supplying wonderful fabrics and curtains to Yeovil and Somerset.

A year ago we saw the end of a very busy time moving stock from Bridport to Yeovil, getting the empty building Birthday 5(previously the Town Museum and then the Scrapstore) ready for occupation, and making everything pretty. Here is a picture from when we were just starting to put stock in place. Since then we have found out what works for Yeovil and the kinds of fabrics, projects and home furnishings you like us to have for our customers – everything from craft books and fabric to Jim Dickens, iLiv and Sanderson fabrics for the home.

You can see below how different the shop is looking now, with sewing machines and knitting yarn as well as all the fabric, and workshops on Saturdays. Why not call in to the Yeovil shop at Manor Stables, Hendford BA20 1UN, opposite the Octagon Theatre to say Happy Birthday.


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Juki Sewing Machines in Stock

juki sewing machineAre you looking for a great quality sewing machine at an excellent price for yourself or to give as a present? We think this Juki machine fits the bill perfectly.

Some machines today come with a bewildering array of stitches, but here we are keeping it simple. This machine covers all the basics you need when starting out, or for dressmaking or home furnishing. It has straight and zig-zag stitches as well as a blind hem stitch. It can also handle buttonholes with an automatic stitch to make them easy. The reverse stitch lever is nice and chunky and easily accessible on the front of the machine.

The machine has a bright led long-life light and an automatic needle threader to make setting up to sew extra easy. There is an accessory storage box within the extension table, and you can slide this off to allow for free arm sewing on smaller areas such as cuffs and armholes.

You may already know about the WEEE – Waste Electronic & Electrical Equipment Directive which is now law in the UK. This directive means that you can return waste electrical equipment to the retailer when you purchase a new item. So that means we will take your old machine off your hands on purchase of a new Juki machine. tsr logoEven better is the fact that these old machines are not sent to landfill. We work with the charity Tools for Self Reliance, who collect the old sewing machines from us. Any which can be repaired or are in working order are sent to be used in Africa to alleviate poverty, with training given to people setting up businesses using the machines. Any machines beyond repair are used for spares so they do not go to waste.

If you need any help with tips or techniques for dressmaking or how to use a sewing machines, you can check out our wonderful range of sewing and craft books, with everything from a basic sewing machine guide through to detailed quilting projects. The sewing machines also come with a DVD showing you how to use the machine.

This machine is an excellent price at £125 and will cover all your basic sewing needs. Call in to our Bridport or Yeovil shops to take a look or purchase.

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Christmas Fabrics and Trims for the Card Makers

Christmas fat quarter bundleWe know our crafters work on their Christmas cards and gifts long before the actual day, so we thought it would be nice to share with you a selection of the lovely ribbons and trims we have in store. There are some fabulous sparkly trims which can be used at any time of year to add a bit of bling. We also have a wide range of Christmas fabrics that are available to purchase all year round, we understand that most people won’t want to be thinking of Christmas yet but for those crafters out there already busy preparing don’t forget where we are and if there is anything that you need that we don’t currently stock please ask a member of our team for their help it might be something we can get in for Christmas card making stripyou, so why not drop in at St Michaels Lane in Bridport, Dorset. You’ll find us on the first floor at the bottom end of Waitrose car park (on Rope Walks). Alternatively you can visit our Yeovil store at Hendford, Yeovil BA20 1UN, where they also stock knitting yarn and books with a Christmas theme.

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Summer Holiday Fun

Yay the summer holidays are here, most schools will have broken up for the summer by now, you might have had your children at home with you for a few days already or maybe even a week? Are they getting bored yet? Have they already been watching too much TV or they haven’t moved from the computer?

DSC_5631Have you thought about getting them into sewing? We sell a range of books for sewers at every level and for the younger sewer. This is a great way to get them having a productive summer and they can learn a very valuable skill.

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Texola sewing packs

If your child is not quite ready for the sewing machine but you want to get them into sewing, why not have a look at our sewing packs. Livingstone Textiles has a range of pre- packed sewing sets to help any eager sewer on their way. These packs range from cushion packs with in-depth instruction and everything they will need to make their cushions. We also have lovely craft packs which come with felt, ribbon and buttons and great way to get your little ones sewing this summer.  We also have a wide range of craft fabrics, ribbons and buttons in both our shops in Bridport Dorset and Yeovil Somerset which would be ideal for any craft projects you might want to undergo with your little ones this summer.

We also have a range of craft cottons on our webshop Buy online via our Webshop

 

 

If you would like any further information on what either of our stores have to offer please contact us and we will be happy to help.

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LIVINGSTONES AT YEOVIL SHOW

20170714_144951We’re making our first appearance at the Yeovil Show.  Come over and say hello and take a look at the sample of fabrics that we have brought along to show you.  It’s just a taste of the massive range of stock that we hold across both our Yeovil and Bridport shops as well as our beautiful ribbopns and tapes, bindings and zips. 20170714_181104 20170715_081431We cater for crafters, knitters and sewers and hold a great selection of books for those of you wanting to try learning a new skill.  Our staff are all sewers and knitters and will be glad to answer your questions and help you. IMG_0094We also make up beautifully hand sewn curtains and blinds to order from any of the furnishing fabrics you choose in our shops.  We have a vast roll stock for you to choose from and give it free samples to make colour matching selection in your home easier and if you really can’t find anything there, you can browse our beautiful books and inspiring hangers and we’ll order your chosen fabric in for you. IMG_0099 (002)We pride ourselves on our customer service and are here to listen and do things well for you so come over and say hello if you’re at the Yeovil Show this weekend.  And if you can’t make it, find us opposite The Octagon Theatre where we provide free parking, a lift and ramps to enable full access to everyone.