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Books on Sale !!

The Search Press Sale is still on and is running throughout June. This sale gets you 20% off of the RRP of your chosen Search Press book. Here are a few of the books we have on offer here at Livingstone Textiles.

Here is the A-Z range of books, these books are all Search Press classic books and are great for beginners or more experienced sewers. These books are a must have, go-to guide on their topics! The titles include: A-Z of Quilting, A-Z of Sewing, A-Z of Heirloom sewing and A-Z of Smocking. With each title containing hundreds of step by step instructions with accompanying photos to match, this makes following them simple and easy for the beginner and also the more experienced sewer.

Alongside the A-Z range, we have the Absolute Beginner range, these are perfect if you are just getting started on learning a new skill or if you know someone else that is, these would make a great gift! These books start by explaining the basics of the topic and the equipment you need and what it all does. It then goes through to give you small projects to do these are all written out clearly with step by step instructions with detailed photos to teach you the basic skills you need while doing a handy project at the same time!

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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.

SHETLAND-  £21.50 per metre 145cm wideshetland close

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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Quick – it’s the last few days of our big book promotion!

You’ve only got until the end of June to snap up any of our Search Press titles with an amazing 20% off, so pop down to either of our stores to see what takes your fancy!

Also, check out our competition on Facebook where you can win one of two Search Press books – just like our post and tell us which of these two books you’d like to win!

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Book Sale Continues in Bridport and Yeovil

As you may remember this month (June 2019) we have a special promotion on our Search Press craft books at Livingstone Textiles in Bridport and Yeovil. These high quality craft books are always popular and make fantastic gifts. And all this month they are an absolute steal at 20% off!

You can see from the picture above one of the latest titles which has just arrived in our store, and is by the wonderful author Debbie Shore. This book is an addition to the Sew.. range of books which includes other titles such as Sew Brilliant Bags, Sew Bunting and Sew Baby. In this book you can find a range of projects including cushions, tablecloths, barbecue accessories and even a child’s play teepee! There are rustic table accessories, stencilled bunting and a bean bag stool. All of these projects have us just itching to get stitching, now all we need is the weather to co-operate!

Debbie Shore is one of Search Press’s most popular authors and has put together other ranges for the company. One of these is the Half Yard range. Of course here in the UK we buy in metres, but it is amazing the projects you can complete with only half a metre of fabric. You may have a few half metres hidden away in your stash that could be put to use straight away.

The newest series from Debbie Shore is her Sewing Room Secrets, starting with this title all about Machine Sewing. Learn tips and tricks from the expert with projects to practice on.

Other titles in this series coming in the future will include Quilting and Dressmaking & Alterations. We will certainly be keeping a lookout for those. Meanwhile why not pop into store to pick up one of our current titles with 20% off!

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Search Press Craft Book Sale!

Today is the first day of the Search Press book sale!

Our Search Press book stand

With loads of new and exciting titles in for you to choose from, all with 20% off RRP! All books published by Search Press (only) are on sale until the end of June.

Whether it’s a book you’ve had your eye on for a while, a present for someone or even a treat to yourself this is the perfect time to come in and have a look!

We have a great range of books everything from sewing for the beginner to quilting and dressmaking along-side many knitting, crochet and craft books to get you inspired and teach you new techniques.

Some of our “20 to…” range

We have a range of ’20 to…’ books that include 20 quick projects that are lots of fun these include; tiny toys to knit, crocheted granny squares, One-patch quilts, knitted beanies, mini bunting and many more. We are also giving away free instructions for a small projects from some of the 20 to books so look out for these when you visit. These books are reduced from £4.99 to £3.99 this month (June 2019) only, so maybe it’s even worth putting them away for presents?

Free Craft Book Giveaway

Our book competition starts soon so for your chance to win a free book head over to our Facebook page and follow us, so you don’t miss out on the information on how to enter.

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Book review – Make and Mend

Here is one of our new books that we think is absolutely great !

This is about the Japanese Art of Sashiko Embroidery and is a lovely book that will really get you inspired.

With fast fashion and with such a throw away culture because clothing has become so cheap, this make and mend book is a great way to teach you how to repair clothing or other fabric items in a stylish way.  This in itself is a great skill to have, to make your garments last that bit longer and give them a totally new lease of life. The designs in this book are so lovely that even incorporating them into new things you make will add beautiful detail and a unique style.   You can even add them to a bought item to make it your own individual style.

In this book Jessica Marquez starts with an introduction to how much waste we get through with fast fashion and cheap clothing and takes you back to the history of why the Japanese art of Sashiko Embroidery was so important.

The author takes you through all the tools and equipment that you will need and describes in detail what the tools or materials are that you will need to complete the projects throughout the book, this is great for an absolute beginner to mending and the tools are minimal because the author encourages you to use what you already have.

For each project there is a list of materials you will need at the start of it so you can get these ready before you begin. The book contains lots of detailed patterns for stiches that will become your mends and patches so its easy to follow and get right, you just need accuracy and a little patience when stitching the basic running stitch and the book guides you through the rest.

There are great ideas in here for new things to make and also really pretty designs for mends! This would make a great gift for someone or even a treat to yourself as it’s a great skill to have at any age. And as the saying goes a stitch in time saves nine, this is just a really stylish way of doing it.

Make sure you Follow us on Facebook and look out for our Upcoming Book Competition with prizes to be won and details of other exciting Totally Locally special offers that are coming up very soon!

 

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The Wild Wild West

Welcome to the Wild Wild West, home of the fastest drawn scissors at dawn.

Livingstone Textiles has two fabulous fabric outlets in the Westcountry bursting with hundreds of metres of gorgeous material ready to be made into lovely projects.  Did you know that as well as stocking fabric for dressmaking and material for making curtains, blinds and cushions, we also stock a number of wipe clean pvc tablings and oil cloths that are not only used for covering tables?

Here you can see that this vintage design of Cowboys and Indians has been made into a waterproof bag or shopping, books or school/college stuff.  It’s been lined with one of our bright and cheerful childrens fabrics featuring orange dinosaurs and has strong canvas straps stitched firmly between the layers.  The whole bag is robust and we think the design has a vintage vibe cool enough for both adults and kids.  The fabric is 130cm wide and costs £8.50 per metre and can be bought at either of our shops in Yeovil or Bridport.

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Crazy cacti to crochet!

We’ve got some lovely new books in stock right now, including Crocheted Cactuses by Sarah Abbondio.

 

 

This one particularly appeals appeals to me both as a gardener (the patterns are for botanically correct, named cacti!) and as a beginner at crochet because these gorgeous little cacti are manageably quick makes, and there are useful illustrated guides to stitches and techniques. Also…no watering, ever!

Hardback book, only £6.99 from Livingstone Textiles

 

 

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Stitches Show News

Some of the Livingstone Textiles staff had an exciting day out as we headed up to Birmingham at the weekend to look at all the new products being launched this year.

There are some superb new fabrics available from our Reps and we’ve chosen some bright and exciting designs to stock in the shop in the coming months.

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We also have a very exciting announcement to make…………..

Many of you already know that we sell a great range of wool and knitting patterns plus all of the accessories at our Yeovil shop and its all proved to be very popular with our customers.  We do frequently get asked for it in our Bridport shop as well and so we have listened to you and decided to stock some gorgeous knitting and crochet yarns in our Bridport shop now too!

The yarn we will be stocking comes in an array of beautiful colours and has a nice handle, being made from acrylic it will wash really well and its light twist means that is strong but still really soft and plump.

We’ve also chosen a range of excellent books with a very distinct ‘Bridport feel’ about them so here is a sneak preview.

We’ll be announcing the stock arrival on Facebook so watch this space…………………………

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Thermal Door Curtain

We had to make a door curtain to cover a rear door that was situated at the bottom of a staircase and creating a cold draught in the main living room of this home. A number of fabrics had been mixed by the customer to create a comfortable country living look so we had to find a fabric that didn’t fight with the rest of the colour scheme.  After careful consideration of fabric books and several swatches the customer settled on this fabic by Isles.  The Dove grey colour really softens that corner of the room while complimenting the colour scheme of blues and being made of wool it has thermal qualities that keep the room warmer.  The customer also decided on a thermal lining to eliminate any cold air passing through the cloth and this has made it look very thick and luxurious whilst doing exactly the job intended.  Isles Harris can be purchased from Livingstone Textiles and we can send out samples of any colour in the series.

 

 

 

 

 

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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?