We’re really excited about our new programme of sewing workshops, starting this month at our Yeovil store, so if you’re ready to blow away the Christmas cobwebs and learn something different, or improve your sewing techniques, get booking! All our courses give you the chance to learn new skills on your own sewing machine, so that you don’t have to waste time on the day learning how a different machine works, so please make sure you have a working sewing machine available to bring with you on the day.
The workshops are taught by the talented Lynn Horniblow, and cover a range of useful sewing skills; you can learn to get to grips with your sewing machine and use it to its full potential, master the more fiddly details of sewing, or learn a whole new skill like crochet, or machine patchwork. All our workshops run from 10am to 4pm and cost £45 for the day. tea and coffee are provided, you just need to bring your lunch.
Places are limited, so please pop into our Yeovil store, or phone up to book your place 0n 01935 422631. Payment is needed upon booking.
In the New Year we will be running more sewing workshops in our Yeovil shop, for those of you who would like to improve your sewing skills or for the complete beginner. These would make a great last-minute Christmas gift for someone or would be a great to consider if you’re lucky enough to receive a sewing machine for Christmas and need some pointers!
The workshops will be run by the lovely Lynn Horniblow. You will need to bring along your own machine, giving you a chance to become more familiar with it and allowing you to focus on the sewing rather than learning all about a new machine. Each class is £45, this is non-refundable so please make sure that you are able to bring a machine and that you are able to attend on the date of the class. There are limited places so please book soon to ensure you have a place.
Tea and coffee will be provided; however, you will need to bring along your own lunch.
Saturday 12th 10am – 4pm Learn to love your sewing machine
Saturday 23rd 10am – 4pm How to seams, hems and pockets
Tuesday 16th April 10am – 4pm Zipped and piped cushions
If you would like to book in for any of the above workshops then or have any questions then please contact our Yeovil shop on 01935 422631, or pop in and see them. Please note payment is needed upon booking.
Do you love sewing and fabrics, but are looking for a course to help you gain confidence and inspire you?
At Livingstone Textiles we offer a range of sewing workshops and groups to help you improve and learn new sewing skills. Our workshops are run by members of our team who would love to share their knowledge and skills with you in a friendly and welcoming environment.
Later this year 2019 we will again be running sewing workshops in our Yeovil shop, for those of you who would like to improve your sewing skills and learn something new.
The workshops will be run by the lovely Lynn Horniblow. You will need to bring along your own machine, giving you a chance to become more familiar with it and allowing you to focus on the sewing rather than learning all about a new machine. Each class is £45, this is non-refundable so please make sure that you are able to bring a working machine and that you are able to attend on the date of the class. There are limited places so please book soon to ensure you have a place.
Tea and coffee will be provided; however, you will need to bring along your own lunch.
Saturday 7th 10am – 4pm Sample Curtains
Saturday 21st 10am -4pm Learn to love your sewing machine
Saturday 5th 10am – 4pm Learn to machine Quilt
Saturday 2nd 10am – 4pm Christmas Decorataions
Saturday 16th 10am- 4pm Learn to love your sewing machine
If you would like to book in for any of the above workshops, or if you have any questions then please contact our Yeovil shop on 01935 422631, or pop in and see them. Please note payment is needed upon booking.
Maybe you’re thinking about joining one of our sewing workshops in Yeovil and haven’t used your machine in a while, or maybe your trusty workhorse is struggling with your latest sewing project? If so, don’t get mad, get a service!
All makes of machine are serviced or repaired by our talented repairs man Mark. He travels over from Bristol once a month or so, to tend to your ailing machines, and in most cases will fix them on site and on the day. He will repair overlockers too.
For an initial deposit of £10 (non-refundable) Mark will initially check that the machine is serviceable. The charge for a service is an additional £49.90 and if any parts are needed, Mark will give you a ring before spending any more of your money.
Mark services the machines at our Bridport store, but you can drop off and collect your sewing machine at Bridport or Yeovil.
If your machine is unfortunately deemed unrepairable, you have the option to donate it to Tools for Self Reliance – we also accept donations of working, unwanted machines for this fantastic charity at both of our stores.
This beautiful patchwork was constructed in Wales and gifted to a friend in the 1970’s.
The hexagons are very clearly Laura Ashley cotton dress fabrics from that period and have been beautifully hand pieced together using a technique known as English Paper Piecing or EPP, to create a double bedspread. One of our makers was asked to remove the nylon bedsheet that had been used as a backing and to replace it with something more suitable.
She decided that a plain white cotton sheeting would look the most fitting as a backing fabric as it compliments the blue and white design of the patchwork top. She also created a thicker quilt by adding a layer of batting between the top and the sheeting. The batting used is our Warm & Natural needle punched cotton and it is a completely natural product that does not seperate or bunch up. It can be machine washed and because the fibres are pure cotton, the needle can pass through the layers quickly and easily when quilting by hand or machine.
The batting can be purchased from either of our shops or you can order it by ringing us and we will ship it out to you the same day. This product is not currently available to buy on our webshop but we are happy to send out free samples on request. We stock both cotton and polycotton sheeting in plain black, white and royal blue and can also mail out samples and whole pieces. We have a few more colours to choose from in the poly cotton. The quilt was made using an unconventional method where the layers were placed right sides together along with the cotton batting and then bagged out through a gap left in the top. The gap was carefully top stitched together then the centre of the quilt was marked. The Hexagon that fell in the centre of the patchwork was then hand quilted followed by random other hexagons. In this way the quilt could be enjoyed very quickly as a coverlet but added to at any time our seamstress wanted to do a little hand sewing. And of course January is the perfect time for disappearing under a mountain of fabric layers to quilt on a winters evening.
If you would like to learn more about patchwork and quilting, or just take some basic sewing lessons then have a look at the classes we will be running over the next few weeks.
Today 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 (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.
Bridport is known for its ambience and hosts some lively community festivals. We also have a vibrant music scene in the town, one genre of which is Folk Music and a handful of regular folk music performers have decided to showcase some of the best local talent in Dorset by hosting the First Ever Bridport Folk Festival. What’s more, it’s a Free Festival!!
Folk music, song and dance are part of our rich British culture and it is positively thriving among the young and old alike in the town and deep into the hills of Dorset. To showcase our heritage, The Bridport Folk Festival will be hosting over 76 acts, more than 50 of these acts are musicians that will be singing and playing at several venues across the weekend of the 11th, 12th and 13th of August. There will be 3 main stages all within the town centre, one in Bucky Doo, one in The Borough Gardens and the main stage will be on the Millenium Green. All stages are free to enter and any money collected will be shared in half with the RNLI.
Livingstone Textiles are very proud to have supported this event with both sponsorship and materials to build the stage sets and providing a venue large enough for a community sewing bee to stitch the vast quanities of extra wide calico needed for the stage roofs. The calico that has been used is 3 metres wide from selvedge to selvedge so it’s ideal to use as a lightweight cover in the event of showers and as shade from the sun. The stages will also be featuring backdrops made from our polycotton plains and draped with our two tone organza and we’ll be featuring pictures of these on the blog after the event.
Folk Festivals are renowned throught the UK and as well as the numerous song, dance and instrument workshops that take place are always the Morris.
Morris dancing can be traced back at least to the time of Shakepeare in our country and it is widely believed that the Moors people brought it here when they settled in this country, hence Moorish/Morris dancing. This is just one of many different theories but one things for certain, it’s certainly not just for men. We have some great female and mixed dance teams in Dorset and they can all be seen dancing enthusiastically throughout the summer at West Bay, Bridport, Charmouth, Lyme Regis, Swanage and at many small villages between from May to September. Livingstone Textiles holds a vast stock of ribbons and bells, threads and fabrics and are suppliers to Bridport’s very own morris team, Wyld Morris, based at Monkton Wyld, Bridport. They have recently furnished themselves with colourful tatter jackets made from scraps of fabric that we’ve supplied along with their own odds and ends. Indeed, Livingstones has it’s very own incognito Morris dancer working in one of the shops!
We regularly see the local Morris dancers in our shop getting ribbons, fabric and other habadashery supplies they need from us so we are all very excited about this event.
For more information on the folk festival please visit their website.
Hello and welcome to our first newsletter of 2012 – how did it get to be May already?
Of course, like you, we’ve been busy here at Livingstone Textiles, so I thought I would update you on some of the things we have been working on to make our business work better for you.
First of all, I’m pleased to report that after a very long process it looks like we have approval from the listed building officer for installation of a stair lift on the front stairs. This will be available for public use once it is fitted, which we hope will make access easier. There will still be around 4 stairs to negotiate at the top of the stairlift, but we hope it will go some way to helping our customers get up to the first floor.
Secondly, we’ve been expanding our offering of craft fabrics as you can see here. We also have a good range of plain cottons and also wadding for quilting. This is a new area for us, so we’re always pleased to hear what you might be looking for to help us develop in the future.
Last, but not least, we’re making progress on our plan to start holding classes and workshops. This picture is of the table in what will become our teaching area. As you can see the industrial nature of the building is ever-present, but we’re hoping to make this into a welcoming space none-the-less. Attendees will all be able to sit around the large table, giving a friendly atmosphere. We’re planning both weekly general classes and weekend workshops on specific topics such as ‘Learn to Love your Sewing Machine’, so do get in touch if you might be interested.
For our customers who are further away, please remember that we are always happy to send out samples, so if there is something particular you are after do give us a ring or drop us an email and we will do our best to help.