For several years now we have been making up curtains using our eyelet header tape, where plastic rings click into a tape applied to the curtain. Eyelet curtains give a wonderful modern finish and mean you do not need any rings on your pole as the rings are contained in the curtain. We still have this eyelet header tape available for our customers’ use along with our easy to follow instructions on making eyelet curtains. We are pleased to be able to announce that we have upgraded our service on our made to measure eyelet curtains to offer punched metal eyelets as standard. You can see below some pictures of the eyelets being applied to a pair of curtains. Buckram is used within the curtain header to provide stiffness, then holes are punched at intervals, and finally metal eyelets are applied.
The advantages of punched metal eyelets are that there is a clean finish with no tape visible at the rear of the curtain, and heavier fabrics can be used without the fabric pulling out from the rings. This means that eyelets can now be used even on heavy weight curtains and room dividers where the curtain can be seen from both sides. The punched metal eyelets are available in silver and gold colour finishes.
If you would like eyelet curtains making up, simply call into our Bridport or Yeovil stores and browse our extensive range of fabrics from roll stock and sample hangers. You can even borrow the sample hangers to take home and check colours. Alternatively you can check out our online selection of curtain fabrics. Then supply us with your curtain measurements and we will be happy to give you a quote. With making prices for eyelet curtains starting at only £28 per width of fabric our prices are very competitive both locally and nationally!
It’s no secret that we recommend lining your curtains! Linings give protection from the sun, add body to your curtains, and just give a nicer finish all around. So why not take advantage of our offer of free polycotton lining with your curtains or curtain fabric this May? If you want a superior lining, no problem. Simply choose the best lining for you and your room (we know a lot of people favour a blackout lining) and all you will pay is the difference in price.
Our free curtain lining offer is now half way through, but it’s not too late. You can still browse our extensive choice of fabrics from roll stock and sample hangers, choose whether to make the curtains yourself or have our experienced makers hand finish them to your specification, and get a no-obligation quote so you can see how reasonable our rates are for a superb quality finish. Just choose your fabric, take your measurements and request a quote before the 31st May. All quotes given during May will be honoured for one week after the end of the offer.
New in as part of our spring and summer range, we have these lovely double gauze fabrics. Made out of 100% cotton, they have the crinkled cheesecloth look, but the double layer gives more body and means they are not so see-through. We think these fabrics would be lovely as a floaty scarf, or a boho top (hint: we have a pattern sale on during May 2019!). They are also suitable for baby uses – you could make a baby wrap-style carrier or just a more robust baby muslin. At the Bridport fabric shop we have these fabrics in pink and grey, and at our Yeovil fabric shop you can choose from pink and blue. Whichever colour you choose, we think you will love these high quality gauze fabrics.
We’ve been talking for many months about re-designing our bottom room to make it safer for everyone as a retail space. This has historically been our delivery area but we also have some rolls of cloth stored on shelving that our customers enjoy having a look at. We were sad to see another long established business go in Bridport this year with the closure of ‘This & That’ however the legacy lives on because we now have some of their shelving in our delivery area!
We’ve used the shelving to divide the room off and create a new shop display area with a great new space for us to work in behind it. We had to relocate one or two things as anyone does when they’re having a shift around so we dismantled our old Coats thread stand. We’ve been selling off all the old Coats stock at massively reduced prices as we’ve gone over to selling Gutterman threads instead so don’t forget to look at the colours we still have left in stock when you’re next passing, you can top up your thread stocks really cheaply because they are now reduced to 50p per reel for the small size and £1 a reel for the large!!
We took the opportunity to have a bit of a play last week and created a colourful fish from old cotton reels and we’ve hung him in the stairwell next to some of our gorgeous new woven tapestry fabrics that are available in these new wave designs and don’t forget that you get FREE LINING with curtains ordered throughout May. We will be developing this theme over the coming weeks to create a summer carnival feel to the entrance that we hope you enjoy it as much as we do creating it.
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.
We’ve just taken delivery of two great new quilted fabrics in navy and coffee colours to go with our super shiny silver quilted material.
The navy colourway is available in a traditional diamond quilt pattern as is the silver and the coffee colour is a little bit different because it has a quilted flower pattern. All three are great for projects like a gillet which having no sleeves is quite quick to make up and the fabric can also be made into a funky picnic rug or an anorak if you fancy a more involved project.
The navy and the coffee designs are available in a 148cm width and cost £7.50 per metre and the silver quilted is 110cm wide and costs £9.80 per metre. They are not yet available on our webshop but you can purchase by mail order over the phone or pop in to one of our shops at either Yeovil or Bridport. Clicke here for our contact details.
If you would like to choose a different curtain lining, don’t worry, the price of the polycotton lining will be deducted from your order and you will only pay the price differential. We stock sun-resistant cotton linings in 3 colours, blackout lining which is particularly useful at this time of the year with early morning, and thermal lining. Coloured linings can be ordered from our sample book.
We have a full bespoke curtain making service at both our stores, using local seamstresses who make and hand finish your curtains to your own measurements so they fit your windows exactly. For local clients a measure can be arranged, or see our simple guide to how to measure your own windows. We can supply a no-obligation quote, please contact us or call into our stores for details. The length of time from placing your order to receiving your curtains varies according to demand, but is usually around 4 weeks.
If you are making the curtains yourself, you can still qualify for our offer and can have free lining up to the number of metres of curtain fabric purchased. You can even take advantage of this offer when shopping online – simply quote “please add free lining” in the order notes when placing your order before 31st May 2019 and free polycotton lining will be included. Click on the link below to see all the curtain fabrics this offer applies to.
TERMS & CONDITIONS : Applies to purchases of curtain fabrics or made to measure curtains. Dress and craft fabrics are not included in this offer, and we reserve the right to designate which fabrics are included. Sale fabrics are not included, only fabrics purchased or ordered at full price. Maximum quantity of free lining is the same as the quantity of fabric purchased. Polycotton lining will be supplied free, other linings are available on payment of the price differential. Offer ends 31st May 2019, quotes for curtains requested by this date will have the lining offer honoured for one week only after the end of the offer.
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.