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What is Viscose ?

Viscose is a man-made fibre that is manufactured from a plant-based material called cellulose and is typically made from woody plants, such as trees and bamboo. It is a low-cost fabric and has many of the desirable qualities of more luxurious fabrics. It is used to make clothing because it is breathable, drapes well, is highly absorbent and does not trap body heat. Because viscose is made from renewable plants, it is frequently cited as an environmentally friendly fabric, particularly when bamboo is its source.

Viscose can be blended with other fabrics such as linen to get the benefits from each cloth at a lower cost. Viscose and viscose blended fabric are great for this time of year being cool and lightweight. We have a range of viscose fabrics in bright colours and patterns, as well as linen blends.

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Yeovil Show on Today

Today is the first day of Yeovil show, we have set up our stall bright and early ready for the weekends events!

If you missed our previous post, we are in the shopping mall tent and we are in the same place as last year. Over the last few weeks we have been busy putting together some great makes and carefully choosing some of the best designs we wanted to show you all.

Come along to Yeovil showground and pop in to see what we’ve been up to!

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Haberdashery – Prym Tacking Adhesive

New in, is this tacking adhesive for crafts and sewing projects made by Prym, it is great for fabric to fabric tacking and fabric to card/ paper.

It is simple to use and comes in a handy 250ml spray can allowing it to be evenly applied to surfaces. Once you have tacked the fabrics etc together with this adhesive, you can then sew or permanently fix another way without it moving, afterwards you simply pull the sides tacked together apart. The spray adhesive is colourless, odourless and acid free it is also completely washable so won’t damage your fabric or leave a residue.

Watch this video for a demonstration.

 

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Website and Webshop – Work In Progress

Livingstone Textiles webshop is being redesigned!!

We are currently having work carried out on our webshop and website to freshen it up, make it more user-friendly and get it more up to date with our newer stock. This is very exciting for us as we will soon be able to have all the fabulous fabrics we stock on the webshop for everyone to see and purchase from far and wide! This will take some time to get everything on there in the way we would like, as there is a lot of fabric to process, however, once we’ve got it all set up it should all fall smoothly into place.

We have got most of the framework up and running and some of the fabrics have made their way across already but there are many more to go, so watch this space!! Why not take a peek at our new look here and see the transformation?

 

 

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Yeovil Show 2018

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Yeovil show will be taking place this year on the 14th – 15th July 2018 at Yeovil Showground, Barwick, Yeovil, BA22 9TA and Livingstone Textiles, Yeovil will be there!

We will have a stall area in the shopping mall tent, it will be in the same place as last year, for anyone who saw us then. We will be displaying a selection of our craft fabrics, haberdashery and knitting supplies, which will be available to buy on the day. A display of the fabulous makes and things we have been up to over the last year will also be on show for you to see.

We hope to see some familiar faces so come along and say hello!!

 

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Waxtastic Beeswax Wraps from Damers First School Eco Enforcers

We have a strong ethos about waste at Livingstone Textiles. Wherever possible we reuse plastic and we recycle almost everything! So we were happy to be approached by Damers First School when they were looking to source fabric for their Eco Enforcers newest project. They have developed a product called Waxtastic No Plastic, which is cotton dipped in beeswax to make a natural antibacterial alternative to cling film for wrapping or covering food other than meat. The wraps can be washed and last for up to a year.

Sales are going well and you can pick up your own Waxtastic wraps at  Poundbury Farmers Market on Saturday 7th July from 9am to 12pm, getting into the spirit of Plastic Free July. The Eco Enforcers will also be attending Dorset Food and Arts Festival on 4th August in Poundbury and both days of the Dorset County Show on 1st and 2nd September.

We congratulate Damers First School on their fantastic product.

If you want to reduce your own use of plastic still further, don’t forget our new Waste Not Want Not shop on South Street in Bridport, and you can also make yourself a stylish sandwich holder using our instructions.

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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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NEW – Lightweight summer denim

With the British summer in full swing we have added some lovely lightweight summer denims to our shelves ready to be snapped up and made into summer shirts, dresses, skirts and more!

These fabrics are 100% cotton denims, lightweight and light in colour with the added bonus of both of these new rolls being revesable, so you have the choice of four different colours from two fabrics. there are endless style possibilities for this fabric to be worn or made into accessories.

 

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Book Review – A Beginner’s Guide to Making Curtains, Shades, Pillows, Cushions and More

 

This book written by Vanessa Arbuthnott with Gail Abbot, sets out everything you need to know, to begin making your own soft furnishings for your home. As mentioned by Vanessa at the beginning of the book, the advantages of being able to make your own curtains and shades etc, are the freedom to create exactly what you want for your home, while saving you money on making costs, enabling this to be spent on more luxurious fabrics if you desire. All the fabrics featured in the book are designed by the author and are inspired by the natural things in her surroundings.

 

It is set out into the following chapters to allow you to easily browse through the different designs and styles of each category: 1- curtains, 2- shades, 3- pillows, 4- covers, 5-accessories, 6-basic techniques. Each item included in the book is set out clearly on the page with a stunning picture of the final make, set up in a room, to help visualise the most suitable designs for you. The instructions include a list of materials and tools you will need, a guide on how to work out how much fabric you will need for the project and top tips to help you before you begin. The step by step instructions are clearly illustrated throughout with coloured drawings for each step.

Overall the book has a very homely feel in the projects it has, and is simple to follow for the beginner, so it’s easy when reading this and refering to it, to imagine making these things and putting them in your home to add that personal touch. This book is available to by from our Bridport shop, why not come and have a look at it for yourself.

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Blind & Curtain Pole Fitting Service

 

If you are unable to do DIY then our Curtain Pole & Blind Fitting Service may be of some assistance.  We can offer a full service to supply and fit both blinds and curtain poles and can hang your new curtains for you as well.  Our fully trained fitter will assist you in deciding the best place to put your new curtain pole or blind.  He can fit both wooden and metal curtain poles, traditional system Roman Blinds as well as the modern cassette systems.  Available to do domestic, holiday and commercial properties, he offers a friendly and helpful service and will always leave your property in a clean and tidy condition. Click here for a handy guide on measuring for curtains. Contact us for more details.

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New In…..Dressmakers Curve

 

 

We are so excited to finally be stocking this professional dressmakers curves.  It’s taken a while but we’ve managed to source one of excellent quality from Prym because some things are worth paying a bit more for.

 

 

 

This investment in your sewing apparatus will assist you in altering patterns by transferring your measurements on to a bought pattern because you can then shape it to your waist and out to your hip measurement on the pattern and draw in your own personal shape, ensuring a really professional fit when you finish the garment.  It’s also brilliant for pattern drafting.  This is when you take a block and manipulate it to create your very own dressmaking pattern.  All items of clothing are made by starting with a basic pattern block that is added to.

If you dressmake then you are probably  already making adjustments to the pattern to create a good fit, after all looking good in a handmade garment is firstly about Fit and secondly about wearing what you want to wear.  By creating your own personal pattern block you can always start with a good basic pattern from which you can design in any style you choose.  Using a dressmakers curve you can create sleeve curves, hem curves and armhole openings as well as hip shapes and waist curves.    Its not just for dresses either, you can use your dress block to also design your own skirts, blouses and tops.

What is a block?  Well, a block is a personally tailored pattern for a very very basic dress or pants.  It has no style details at all so it’s a blank page waiting for your design.  Starting with the basic outline shape, you make adjustments to the block using your own measurements to achieve an absolutely perfect fit.  You then use the block as a starting point for every single pattern you create, knowing you won’t have to make any size adjustments at all because you’re starting with your own bespoke shape.  You can add in style and shape by slashing and spreading to create fullness in a skirt, add ruffles, a neckline shape or by adding darts to pull a shape in for a closer fit.  Once you’ve created your block you can let your imagination go free with the creative detail, knowing its totally unique to your figure.

For more information, some great tips and advice on creating your dressform to match your own figure, click here

To buy your dressmakers curve you can either pop in to your nearset branch of Livingstone’s or contact us and we’ll mail one out to you.

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New In ——-V Cushions

 

 

These cushions are new in and are a good way to add extra support where it’s needed.

They can be used as extra padding when reading in bed or in a chair and can also be used help to make a sick or elderly relative much more comfortable when eating if they are prone to slipping sideways.  It eliminates the need for lots of pillow stuffing to keep them upright.   Made from our top quality polyester wadding by our man in Devon, this locally made product can also be laundered in the washing machine.  The V shape makes it ideal as a sleep support as it fits easily between the knees and can help if you suffer from aching legs at night as well as being invalubleif you are pregnant and struggling to get comfortable.  When baby is born, it makes an excellent support for breastfeeding mums as you can prop baby at excatly the right height and angle to latch on properly.  And when baby get bigger you can use the V cushion to support him while you play together.

We tried the V cushions at work and found them so super comfy that we’ve named them the Livingstones Zen Cushion.

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Chess Fabrics – New Atlas Collection

 

 

A stunning new collection of fabrics from Chess. Made with natural fibres and featuring some beautiful iridescent colours as well as subtle hues across all designs, this range can be used to make blinds, curtains and cushions.  All of the fabrics in the collection have a Martindale test of 20,000 rubs making them suitable for upholstery as well.  This means that you can co-ordinate your look across your whole room and create a very smart look.

 

All of the fabrics in this collection are available to order from Livingstone Textiles and we have a made to measure service too where you can choose from Blinds and curtains as well as cushions.  Our in-house upholsterers will also be pleased to discuss your requirements for updating any modern or traditional pieces.

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Paintsplash Velvet

This astoundingly beautiful fabric has given all of the staff here at Livingstones a great deal of angst.

We all love its bright coloursand artistic style and are busy plotting ideas on how to use it to its full potential.

One of us wants a skirt and that would be a great priced piece of clothing at £16.40 as it would only need about half a metre.

Another really wants a sixties swing coat which would look so dramatic, luckily her mum is the talented Meg who owns Livingstones so hopefully she’ll get her wish…watch this space.

I think I’d quite like a pop of colour to go with a purchase from Dorset Arts Week so I might buy a piece for a cushion to give my living room a lift. What would you use it for?  Come in to the shop and have a feel, it’s so unbelievably soft.

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Summery seaside dress fabrics

 

Ahoy there, shipmates!

Amongst racks of dress fabrics at Livingstone Textiles, we’ve got some gorgeous boat prints laying at anchor and waiting for you. Perfect for a shirt, a dress, or a skirt, these are just some of the delightful dress-weight seaside themed prints you’ll find in our shops, so sail by and have a browse!

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New soft-touch tabling

Protect your table – beautifully.

As an option to our popular vinyl tabling, we now also stock these lovely soft-touch acrylic coated table fabrics. Soft enough to feel almost like a fabric tablecloth and with a stylish matt finish, these fabrics have a stain-proof wipe clean surface, and can even be gently machine washed or dry cleaned to keep them looking good.

The orange flowers on a natural-coloured background and the blue and off-white teacups are both available off the roll in our Bridport shop, while the delicate grey and white flowers and the small vintage rose print are stocked in Yeovil. All the designs can be purchased from both of our shops, and are 138 cm or 54 inches wide, and £14.25 per metre.

 

 

Another tabling option is this PVC coated cotton, which is almost as soft, and comes in a cheerful geometric  print or subtle almost-plain shades. Also avaiable from both our shops, the print fabric is 132 cm wide and £9 per metre, while the plainer shades are 140 cm wide, and £7.50 per metre.

 

 

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Beach hut bunting strips

Our popular beach hut bunting strips are back in stock, so come and get some and get creative!

In the shop we’ve used some of the fabric to make some lovely bunting, with the beach huts alternating with cute little triangle flags that pick out the red. What will you do with yours? we’d love to see pictures of your bunting project!

Beach hut bunting strips are £1.60 for a half strip or £3.20 for a full strip; you can also buy this fabric off the roll for your bigger projects or for curtains and blinds.

 

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Toucan Play

This rather special bag was made by one of our very talented Bridport customers who from time to time pops into the shop to share her latest creations.

This time she has been working on a stunning little satchel to wear whilst riding her bike.  She has used our vivid toucan fabric with bright orange twill as a contrast on the sides.  We adore the fuschia pink lining that picks out the colours in the parrot on the front.  She has also made a matching hat and definitely adds a bright splash of colour when she cycles around the town. Thank you for sharing this with us, we love to see anything you’ve made 🙂

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NEW: Vintage tractor fabric

This lovely heavy cotton curtain fabric is new in at Livingstone Bridport, and we love it! with a beautiful ‘vintage’ colourway, this fabric has a print featuring lovely vintage tractors placed over a subtle farm-based texture – fields away from the usual brightly coloured nursery prints, yet perfect for the little ruralist in your life.

The fabric is 100% printed textured cotton, and 135 cms (53 inches) wide.

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Beeswax wraps

The children at Damers first school, Poundbury, Dorchester have been taking part in the National Young Enterprise Fiver Challenge. They have come up with the great idea to make Beeswax wraps, which are 100% cotton material covered in bees wax, dried, then they can be used as an alternative to cling film to wrap or cover food except meat.

The school came to us for some donations of dots/spots or plain fabric made of 100% cotton, which we have provided to help them with their project. They have also managed to source local Dorset beeswax to make these.

We have been sent a picture of the finished product all packaged up and looking very professional!

 

These wraps will be on sale at the Dorset Food and Arts Festival on 4th August on Poundbury. Also, the school will be at both days of the Dorset County Show on 1st and 2nd September.

These wraps are great for the environment and are easy to make, so if you can’t make it to either of the above events then why not give making them yourself a go! We have plenty of fun and bright fabrics in 100% cotton to choose from here at Livingstone Textiles, this would be great for something to do with your childeren over the summer holidays.

 

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NEW: multicoloured machine embroidery thread

NEW!

New in store at Livingstones this week, we have these gorgeous multicoloured cotton threads from Gutermann, perfect for machine embroidery.

There are some beautiful shades available, with single reels for £3.65 for a substantial 300m, or a choice of two sets of 5 reels in different, shimmering colours for only £17.50.

These threads are beautiful, so come in and take a closer look, and choose some to take home!