We are all working hard on adding products to our new webshop and wanted to let you know that all our curtain linings and interlinings are now available to buy online for delivery anywhere in the UK. Not sure which lining to choose for your curtains? Check out our handy guide to choosing a lining here. Not sure what interlining (also known as bump) is or how to use it? Click here to learn more about curtain bump. Alternatively just take a look at our wonderful selection of linings below.
You can request free samples by clicking the link in each product or by contacting us and letting us know which items you would like to compare. Sometimes we know you have to touch the fabric to feel the quality.
At least once a week at Livingstone Textiles we have someone new through our doors who is just starting out on their sewing adventure.
They are usually rather bewildered at the array of fabrics, haberdashery and techniques and have many questions for us so we have devised a little step by step guide to help rookie stitchers through their first sewing project.
1] GET A SEWING MACHINE
Beg or borrow a machine that does a straight stitch, a zig zag and goes forward and back. Anything else will be of no use for quite a while so arm yourself with a basic machine for sewing garments. You can try before you buy in many fabric shops (including livingstone textiles) or order one on line at a reasonable price.
2] GET BASIC TOOLS
To start with any basic sewing pattern you need a basic set of tools. Needles (hand & machine) pins, large scissors, a seam ripper, marking chalk and a tape measure. You will also find an iron and ironing board very helpful.
3] PICK A PROJECT
Decide on a pattern that you want to wear or use, it’s important to really want what you will be making as that is what will motivate you to finish it. A garment should be a basic shape with simple features like short sleeves and little shaping. A bag should be unfussy with simple lines and few pockets or fancy features.
Grab a cup of tea, a piece of cake and a fabric remanant and settle down comfortably with your sewing machine manual. Have a quick read through then practice lifting and dropping the presser foot, threading up the machine and sewing backwards and forwards until you feel a bit more confident with the pedal. Practice stitching a straight line at various speeds and practice a zigzag stitch that runs parallel to the edge of your remnant
5] BUY FABRIC!
This is the one area that you will get very good at very quickly. Buy a fabric that is recommended on your pattern for the project you wish to create along with a matching thread and any other bits and pieces that are mentioned.
6] START SEWING….
Read your pattern carefully, lay it out on your fabric and cut out your pieces. Label them and copy on any lines or markings from the pattern. Thread the machine up and off you go! Remember, it doesn’t matter if you make a mistake, just unpick it and try again. Remember that there are many helpful tuition videos on Youtube and lots of hints and tips can be found here on our website
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
Take a look at this lovely new fabric range, freshly arrived in store!
Contemporary designs in subtle colourways are printed on the softest soft-touch fabric you can imagine. This range is perfect for bringing a fresh, crisp, understated style to your home when made into cushions, curtains and roman blinds; ideal for your spring homemaking project, or our expert makers can create any of your soft furnishings to your complete satisfaction.
Come in to Livingstones to discuss your ideas, and borrow the hanger to try the fabric out in your home; it’s available to order from us now.
100% polyester, 138cms wide, and only £21.50 per metre
Did you know we stock a range of bra extenders at Livingstone Textiles? These useful little things can help to make a new bra feel like an old friend until it’s worn in, or to keep you comfortable if you’ve gained some temporary weight. Easy to use, they simply hook on to your bra, so no sewing is required.
We stock a range of sizes to fit all widths of bras, in black, white or nude. You’ll find them on the wall by the till, along with lots of other useful haberdashery items, so pop in and get one to keep for when you need it!
One of our makers has used this gorgeous print to make a cushion for our Bridport shop, and now we all want it! The colourful retro print monkey design is set off perfectly with another shop favorite, an edging of playful teal blue pompoms. Perfect for cushions, stylish yet playful curtains, or a roman blind – and don’t forget we can make them for you.
Retro printed linen, available from stock now from our Yeovil store, or pop in to see us in Bridport and we can have it bought down from Yeovil for you. Heavens, we may even order some for ourselves!
A beautiful range of Velvets that carry a soft sheen are now available to order on our website,for just £19.50 per metre (excluding shipping fees). These 100% polyester velvets are 140 cms width, and have a gorgeous soft touch and luxurious semi-matt texture. They’re suitable for curtains, cushions and domestic upholstery, and with a range of colours large enough to match any room scheme, would be a fantastic way to add a touch of luxe to your home.
If you’d like to see the full range of colours the hanger can be borrowed for a small deposit or we can send you samples.
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.
Introducing two lovely new net curtain designs, available both in our shop and from our online store. All out nets come with a channel sewn ready into the top to take either a wire or a curtain rod, so you can put them straight up. We cut the nets to exactly the size you need, and can help you with getting the measurements just right too.
‘Grenada’ is delicately patterned with bands of airy grasses and cow parsley set on a background of fine dots and a notched edge. It’s available in several drops between 36″ (91 cms) and 60″ (153 cms) with additional drops available to order from the shop (minimum order applies).
‘Seychelles’ is a denser net giving greater privacy. It features a bold pattern of swirls against a dotty, texture background and has a more deeply scalloped edge.
See below for our full range of net curtain options available by mail order, or select the net curtain category from the product category drop down menu.
As the nights start to cool down, we are once again offering our popular FREE curtain lining offer for the whole month of September, so now is the ideal time to order new curtains against the winter chill.
The offer includes FREE polycotton lining, or if you prefer, choose a cotton lining and just pay the difference.
It’s time to get planning if you’re running a craft stall anywhere this autumn and start making up your Christmas Crafts.
We have 3 lovely Advent calender kits in stock ready for you to make up and a panel of the twelve days of Christmas repeated three times so there are lots of opportunities for card making, stitched gifts and lap quilts.
We also have a great selection of new Christmas fabrics in stock and we are steering away from the more traditional designs. One of our favourites is the navy fabric with the white polar bear constellation across it. The penguins are pretty cute too.
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
Here is a fabric we have featured before, with a really sumptuous look at a very reasonable price. This exotic bird and floral design has wonderful deep colours printed on a high quality cotton background. The background has a variety in the colouring also, so it looks textured. We have managed to restock this fabric in time for the autumn curtain season and at the same fabulous price as last year. This amazing fabric is a steal at only £13.50 per metre.
You can now buy this fabric online directly from us using the link below, where you can also see additional pictures and request a sample. If you need help calculating your requirements see our guide to measuring for curtains, and remember we can also get curtains, blind and cushions made up for you with a variety of headers using local seamstresses who hand make and finish all products.
As we are coming up to the autumn, look out for a special offer with our curtain fabrics, coming up in September – watch this space!
Quite a few young and older women are discovering the liberating comfort of the Bralette.
Many of them are made from supersoft polymide and elastane and are just unbelievably comfortable to wear however some of the really pretty ones can be fairly pricey, especially if you have a love for lace or back detail.
We came up with a little idea to give you the expensive look without the price tag. Go and grab yourself a couple of bralettes from any of the discounted clothing shops and add some of our stretchy lace to the bottom panel. You only need around 80cm for one bra and at 145mm it is good and wide to extend as a sheer panel over your rib cage. It’s priced at £2.75 a metre and we stock it in both white and black.
You may already know that we love to be as eco friendly as we can in our stores – we wrote recently about our recycled polyester thread. We would also like to share with you our eco felt, which is made from polyester produced from post-consumer plastic bottles. As you know, the success of recycling all depends on having an end product which uses up the recycled raw materials, and this is a really great example.
This is an inexpensive felt, with a good range of colours and is suitable to sew or glue. It can be used for children’s craft projects but equally is really useful for applique as it does not fray when cut.
In addition as it is an artificial fibre it will melt when heated, which is required for some craft uses. If you need a felt with some wool content you can take a look at our vintage felt range.
This felt is available to buy online by the metre at 36″/90cm width, and also at our Bridport store in 9″ squares. Please click on the link below to see the full range of colours, find out more information or request a sample.