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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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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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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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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.

Carousel Collection

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.

This book is aimed at a younger child maybe 7 or 8, it has a DSC_5632range of sewing games to give the child sewing machine skill but alongside, it also teaches the child safety skills that they will need to know to sew safely.

 

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.

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Yarns at Yeovil

Yarn unit 3Livingstone Textiles Yeovil Somerset sells a different range of materials to Livingstone Textiles in Bridport Dorset, making both of them worth a visit. One of the items that Yeovil has that Bridport does not stock is knitting wool or Yarn. In their shop, they have a wide range of different types in so many colours and textures and they also stock a wide range of pattern books.

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So whether you are an expert knitter, love crochet or are thinking of trying something new, Livingstone Textiles Yeovil is definitely an ideal destination and with its in-house knitting experts, you can be sure of all the help and advice you need to get started with a project.

What are the different types of Yarn or Knitting wool and what does it mean?

You may hear the term “ply” used when talking about knitting wool or yarn, and ply is the weight of the yarn or thickness. It really means strands of thinner yarn have been twisted together to produce that thicker yarn. So for example, 4 ply is where 4 strands of thinner wool have been twisted together to create a thicker or stronger piece. Another term that might be heard is double knit or DK. This is just another way to classify the weight of the wool, double knit is heavier than 4 ply, which again is heavier than 2 ply. Aran wool is another weight of knitting yarn and wool, it is sometimes known as 10 ply and is a great weight for garments like thick winter jumpers and accessories.  It’s traditional to knit elaborate cables and knots into aran garments that add extra warmth and different areas of the UK all have their own unique designs.  This important aspect of our British heritage also served a practical purpose as when a Fisherman was found drowned at sea, they could identify his home fishing village by the patterns knitted into his sweater and return him to his loved ones. Many patterns were spread down from the North by the women who would sit knitting on the quay waiting for the catch to come in.  They would migrate down the East coast with the pilchard fishing and share their regional shapes and patterns with each other before helping land and gut the catch.

What does Livingstone Textiles sell?

IMG_0284We sell a big range of King Cole knitting Yarns in different weights and colours, ranging from 4 ply knitting yarn in a big section of colours, double knitting yarn also in a big range of colours and Aran knitting yarn. We also have some more specialist wools such as cuddle chunky, which is a super soft ideal yarn for teddies and soft toys, we have King Cole Riot which is a gorgeous multi coloured wool which adds a rainbow effect to your knitting and King Cole double knit Drifter yarn which is also a multi colour knitting wool with an unbelievably soft quality..

To complement your King Cole knitting yarn we also sell King Cole knitting patterns. We have 5 whole books of patterns for you to choose from, and these patterns will tell you what type of wool needs to be used to complete the pattern and which stitches. There are also craft books with projects to knit and sew from tiny to large.IMG_0272

And for those of you that are completely new to knitting, we also have a wide range of kntting acessories such as different size needles, counters and clips. And when you need to finish your project, we also have a massive range of buttons and trims for you to choose from.

If you would like any advice on anything metioned in this post please contact us or pop in and see us at our shop and we will be happy to help.

 

 

 

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Advent Calendars

IMG_2190It may seem like a long way of with the sun shining very hot on us all, but our Yeovil shop has been busy getting ready for Christmas! Yes, it’s that “C” word that we normally don’t want to hear until at least December, and the word we don’t want to think about until at least half way through December. But Livingstone Textiles Yeovil is busy sewing and getting ready for their Christmas launch on the 25th of July!

It may seem like a long way off but for us sewers who want the makes ready in time for the beginning of December it’s not that long really. For those of you that are like us keen sewers, you will be pleased to know that we stock Christmas fabric all year round, although not a full range that we would normally have from around July onwards.

Already in stock and able to purchase at our Yeovil store is a range of lovely advent calendars in three different designs, each of these are really easy to make up by simply folding each line to make a pocket and then sewing. A great way to have an advent calendar that can last you for years and years to come.

These can be purchased either as a 60cm panel at £9.00 each or in a pack which contains all materials needed to make then except thread.

Coming Soon

Coming soon to Yeovil are some very cute felt packs that you can make and decorate your tree with, a fun way to get the kids involved in the lead up to Christmas.

Excited about Yeovil’s Christmas Launch? If you are then why not pop over to see us, located opposite the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil, where we stock not only a wide range of Christmas materials but also curtain, upholstery and dress fabrics, knitting yarn and craft books, including some with lovely Christmas makes from both yarn and fabric.

Got a question? Contact us and we will be happy to help.

 

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Pattern Hacking

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Livingstone Textiles are up to date with this season’s fashions with the new summer edition of the New Look and Simplicity pattern books. At both our shops in Bridport Dorset and Yeovil Somerset we try to stock all the patterns that are listed in the books and if we don’t have them available we can easily order them in for you.

These books have hundreds of different patterns for all occasions for both children and adults, male and female, all in a wide range of sizes. The great thing about making your own clothes is you can tailor them to you and your size, so if your waist is a different dress size to your bust you don’t have to compromise you can tailor the pattern to you. A great way to do this is with Simplicity new pattern range that helps you to pattern hack giving you the confidence to change other patterns. Watch the short video below to learn more about pattern hacking.

With the new Simplicity pattern book, you can tailor your outfits to you with the range of patterns designed for pattern hacking. Each hacking pattern comes with multiple pattern pieces for design hacking and extra paper to help you. Simplicity’s pattern hack collection is designed to put the creativity in your hands. Starting from basic shapes using these patterns and instructions to sew unique pieces and build your perfect wardrobe. We present several options but challenge your creativity to look for other unique ways to hack the patterns. See how far you can take it.  Also, see other patterns in the range to hack – 8375 knit dress, 8376 knit top, and 8377 knit cardigan.

All of these patterns are available at both our Yeovil Somerset store and our Bridport Dorset store. If you require any more information please contact us and we will be happy to help. If you are hacking one of the regular Simplicity sewing patterns and need more paper to avoid cutting into your pattern pieces, we sell dot and cross pattern paper by the metre.

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Cloth Dolls

These two beautiful cloth dolls were made by one of our customers at Livingstone Textiles Bridport Dorset, and they have been made with such precision that we wanted to share them with you. They have been made with Livingstone Textiles fabrics and inspired by one of our books.

As can be seen in the image each doll is relatively big at over 30cm tall. with the man (image on the left) bending down with his dog and the girl down to the detail of her fishnet gloves. They are both very fun.

A lovely make, so thank you to our customer for being them in to share with us.

 

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Curtain Makers

At Livingstone Textiles we are proud to have excellent curtain makers working for us.

In Bridport we have 3 makers covering West Dorset, one in the popular town of Beaminster, one in Charmouth and one in Abbotsbury.  They will come and measure up for your new curtains and blinds, discuss your requirements for soft furnishings and will happily show you samples as well as books of fabric.  They will also quote you for box cushions and window seats on request.  Call us on 01308456844 to arrange a visit. We have a curtain maker working from our Yeovil shop as well, please call 01935422631 to arrange an appointment if you live in the South Somerset area.

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Christmas Materials

Summer might just be over but us crafters and sewers are thinking sbout christmas already. bron-win_20160824_132600

We stock everything your craft project might need from felt, bells, trims and fabrics. And at our shop at Bridport Dorset we also have a range of sewing books which would make the prefect stocking fillers.

For more information on anything you have seen on our website or for more information on what we stock please contact us and we will be happy to help.

We regret to say that not everything shown in images above are guaranteed at both shops so before you make a special trip please contact us and check on stock.