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Customer makes – Chair upholstery

We love seeing and hearing all about our customers makes and so it’s always nice to be sent in pictures of what you have all been up to with the fabrics bought from us.

The latest picture we have been sent is from the very talented Linda who has used our crane fabric to reupholster her arm chair and it looks amazing! The fabric works really well with the piece of furniture and the before and after photo really shows how great the transformation is. She has managed to get the fabric tight around the chair and so the finished look is very effective, also the pattern matching on the cover buttons shows a great eye for detail so well-done Linda!

We sell upholstery supplies here at Livingstone Textiles along with loads of great fabrics so there is plenty to choose from if you have been inspired by Linda’s great work. The crane fabric is available on our website and in our Bridport shop, to buy it online or just find out more click here.

If you have made something recently with our fabrics and would like to share it with us then we would love to see it, you can send your pictures to us by email to people@livingstonetextiles.com.

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What is Calico?

Ripe cotton plants

Calico is a very basic cotton cloth which gets its distinctive speckled and natural look from the way it is made. It is made from partly processed and unbleached cotton fibres, and the fabric usually contains flecks of the cotton seeds which get woven in. The natural fibres are what gives the fabric its versatility allowing it to be used for just about anything. It is durable, cheap and can be easily dyed, painted or printed on.

Plain weave – warp and weft are equal

Because of the way calico is made, this is what makes it cheap and versatile. Calico is made with a plain weave; this means that the warp and weft are equal (the up to down and left to right weave of the fibres) are woven equally. It can therefore be easily and quickly be made on mechanised looms as it is now and also on non-mechanised looms as it was made back in the 11th century in India.

There are there are also different weights/ grades of calico available which can lend themselves to different uses. Calico is great to use for toiles to practice your pattern on an inexpensive fabric before setting off with your chosen and generally more expensive ones. It is also great for bags, aprons, cushions, and can be painted on and dyed just about any colour you can think of! It is also used in traditional upholstery as a lining etc. It can be used as for just about any clothing, accessories or household furnishing and so is one of the most versatile fabrics available.

Calico is normally sold as a loomstate fabric, which means it has not been bleached or treated after weaving. Because of this it is liable to shrinkage and should always be washed before being used to make up an item that is likely to be washed in the future.

History of calico:

The history of calico is very long and can be traced back as far as the 11th century. Calico originated in Calicut in southwestern India and this is where its name is derived from (Calicut). At this time India was the biggest producer and exporter of cloth in the world and this was mainly because of how cheap and easy the calico was to make and also for traders to buy.

We have a range of different weights of calico available to buy at both our Bridport and Yeovil shops or click here to follow the link to our website where you can order these.

 

 

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Chambray Now In Stock

We have some rather cool cotton chambray in stock at both our Bridport and Yeovil stores and we think they’ll look really fabulous made into a bag or a denim style jacket.

The cloth is lightweight and has a little stretch in it so would also look great as a jeans style skirt or trousers and you can now buy all three designs  from our online shop by clicking on the links below the videos, but first have a look at how they sparkle!

 

 

 

 

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New Look Patterns on Sale

Good news for all the Dorset Dressmakers and Somerset Stitchers! New Look patterns are now on a massive 40 per cent discount until Saturday 8th June 2019. Call in to our stores in Bridport, Dorset and Yeovil, Somerset to pick up your bargain patterns and some lovely new season dress fabrics to make them up with.

This offer brings the price of a New Look pattern down to only £4.50 while the offer lasts, a great time to top up your stash. We keep the patterns in stock so unless someone else got there first you will be able to take your pattern home and get cutting your cloth immediately!

If you know the pattern number you want, you can buy by mail order by phoning 01308 456844 and we will send the pattern out to you.

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Farbics from Iliv

This is one of our frequently used suppliers as they have a great range of fabrics from children’s designs through to traditional country homes and everything in between.

With fresh colours and designs there is a fabric for everyone. We have recently bought in a large range of new roll stock from Iliv with many fabulous colours and patterns that will add to any home. These Iliv fabrics are available in both our Bridport and our Yeovil shops and will shortly be listed on our website so keep an eye out for these soon!

 

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New striking tapestry fabrics

Brand new in!

We have extended our range of bold and striking tapestry fabrics; these are in a range of beautiful bright colours and are very hard wearing making them perfect for upholstery projects and much more.

This range of fabrics have been so popular that we have had to add more to our range and we think these are just as fabulous as the first few we have had in. These are all available online and in our Bridport shop and for even more different designs why not visit our Yeovil shop.

 

 

 

 

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Happy May Day – watch out for our special May Offer – details tomorrow

Happy May Day to all.

This year we’ve been delighted to have customers in the shop buying ribbon for their maypole, so it was lovely to see an illustration on The Crone’s Grove facebook page of how to weave a maypole. Click here to see details.

We have a strong May Day tradition in Dorset, and you can read more about it here.

It’s not a tradition, but we also have a special offer in both our Bridport and Yeovil fabric stores for this May … check back tomorrow or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for more details!

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New tapestry fabrics arriving soon!

 

 

We’re just excitedly unpacking some lovely new tapestry fabrics from the same family as these ones –  the perennially popular ‘Lollipop’ and ‘Big Holland‘.  All of them strong, tactile and colourful, perfect for upholstery, curtains and cushions, available in store and online.

We can’t wait to see the new ones…can you?

While you’re waiting, you can check out the current range!

 

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Curtain making in Bridport

In both our Bridport and Yeovil shops we offer a bespoke hand-made curtain make up service, along with roman blinds and cushions as a few more examples. With a local team of self-employed makers at each shop we can offer a wide range of high-quality hand-made, soft furnishings for your home at competitive prices.

We are proud to say that we have a huge range of fabrics to choose from and our friendly and knowledgeable staff are happy to guide you through choosing the right fabric for you. We are also able to offer a measuring up service in the local area for people who need it, we can also offer advice on this in the shop if you just need a little guidance. Also see our guide for measuring curtains here.

Here are some of the latest bespoke curtains with matching scatter cushions we have made for a happy customer.

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NEW – Colour changing fabric in UV light

New in to Livingstone Textiles is this amazing new fabric with UV colour changing technology!

This fabric is a jersey with a difference, the colours start as black and white but when it is exposed to UV light, the colours change to pink, purple, blue, yellow! UV light comes from the sun and is even present on cloudy days so this fabric changes almost always when you head outside. When the fabric is no longer exposed to UV light it will revert back to the plain balck and white.

To demonstraight this we have a UV torch in the shop so you can watch the fabric change before your very eyes! Come in to our Bridport shop and have a look, this product will soon be in our Yeovil shop to.

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How to make a scrunchie

We are now doing scrunchie packs here in Livingstone Textiles Bridport, this is a little pack containing all the fabric and elastic you need to make four hair scrunchies. These would make great gift packs for people learning to sew or getting back into it, they would even be fun little projects for the Easter holidays to keep children busy for an afternoon.

We have written this step by step guide on how to make these with lots of pictures to make it easy to follow!

Here’s how to get making…..

What you get in the pack (makes 4 scrunchies) :

  • 2 long strips of fabric (approx 7cm x 112cm)
  • 1m of elastic
  • 1 Safety pin

What you will need:

  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Needle (for hand stitching, optional)
  • Iron

Step 1 – Take your long strips of fabric and cut them in half, this will give you the four pieces of fabric that will be your scrunchies.

Step 2 – Fold one of the shorter strips in half lengthways with right sides together (wrong sides out) and press with an iron to keep the fold.

Step 3 – Using a zig zag stitch sew along the edge of the fabric to create a tube.

Step 6 – Overlap the ends of the elastic by around 2cm (1″) then secure them to make a loop. Carefully pin the ends of the elastic together ready to be sewn. Stitch together the ends of the elastic with a zig zag stitch (this will allow the elastic to stretch still), make sure the are firmly secured.

Step 7 – Tuck in the raw edge of one end back inside the tube by 1cm (1/2″) next take the other end with the raw end and poke this inside the tube where you have already folded in, this will complete your loop neatly.

Step 8 – The final step is to stitch the ends together to secure them. This can be done with a machine stitch through both the fabric and the elastic over the join to keep it secured. However, for a slightly neater finish you can hand stitch the seam, this allows you to only stitch through the fabric and not also through the elastic so the seam is less noticeable.

 

 

 

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Easter Opening Hours

Our regular opening hours are Monday to Friday from 9am – 5pm but over the Easter period they are slightly different.  We will be putting a sign on the front doors of both shops as well.

Monday – Thursday      9am – 5pm

Good Friday                   Closed

Easter Saturday             9am – 5pm

Easter Sunday                Closed

Easter Monday               Closed

Tuesday 23rd April        Normal Opening Times resume

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Cushion Covers

 

We had an order in this week for a pair of curtains and two scatter cushions in this fresh spring fabric and they looked gorgeous when they came back from the maker.  We know that our customer will be so pleased with them, the cream piping perfectly compliments the soft white of the flowers.

Remember that we can make up all sorts of soft furnishings for you, from pencil pleat curtains and roman blinds to boxed and piped cushions and our prices are very competitive, just pop in to the shop and ask for details or take a look at our website, our making prices are the most competitive in the area.

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Stripy Spring

 

The light in the evenings and the burst of flowers everywhere tells us that despite the chill wind, Spring has definitely sprung.

We decided to change our downstairs fabric display from Autumn’s Oranges to these fresh and vibrant stripes and greens to bring the outside in.

All of the fabrics shown in the picture can be purchased in store and some are on our online shop.

The sad news is that we can no longer get the lovely grey elephant fabric, however you can pop in and buy one of the cushions if you’re so inclined but first come first served though as stock is very limited.

Meanwhile you will be thrilled to know that the fabulous circus monkeys on the pompom cushion (just seen) are very much available and new in.  We just know that this one is going to fly out because we all love it already.

Remember that we can make up a bespoke Roman Blind for you using either a traditional wooden batten system or the smart new cassette system. We also handmake all of our curtains to your exact requirements and you can choose from a variety of headings including modern eyelets using our new in house press.  We are proud of our team of curtain makers in and around Bridport,Dorset and Yeovil,Somerset and we can provide you with boxed and piped cushions for the home and caravan as well as scatter cushions and are happy to ome out and measure if you’re unsure. Don’t forget that we also have an in house workshop where our skilled upholsterer can breath new life into a favoured chair or settle.

Contact us for more details.

 

 

 

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Remnants Revamped

 

I know we all love the treasure-hunt feeling of digging through the remnants, but we realised that our remnant bin looked just a little disapointing, so it’s had a revamp and a rebrand, and is now our glorious new remnant basket!

Inspired by these vintage bundles we found in the attic, we’ve sorted out our best remnants into lovely labelled bundles, so you can see at a glance how much fabric is there. …however, if you still need to unroll and check if there’s going to be just enough, then that’s okay too.

You’ll find fabric in our remnants for skirts and tops, small upholstery projects, maybe even a blind, and there are some amazing bargains to be had because the prices have stayed the same. In amongst our shop remnants, you’ll also find some fantastic designer pieces, so take a look next time you’re in – it’s a real treasure trove!

 

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Luxurious Kobe ‘Como’ fabric – and an amazing price!

Newly arrived in store, and also available from our webshop, this luxuriously soft chenille fabric is perfect for curtains, blinds and crafting as well as being tough enough (rated heavy domestic use, Martindale 50000) for upholstery. It’s also fire resistant, which makes it a great choice for soft furnishings in holiday cottages, as well as in your own home. As ever, our skilled makers stand ready to help you achieve the results you desire for your curtains, blinds, cushions, window seats etc if you don’t want to attempt the project yourself.

 

We currently have a range of colours, including a gorgeous two tone blue/purple, all available at an astounding sale price, while stocks last:

 

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Bean bag filling

Here at Livingstone Textiles we sell bean bag filling, which are the little polystyrene beads that make bean bags….. bean bags.

To source more of these Tom and Meg went to visit the factory in Birmingham last week to collect some more stock and see where they come from and how they package them up, which is you’ve ever dealt with these tricky little beads you will know is a nightmare. When they were there, they found the most enormous bean bag ever along with huge polystyrene blocks, here are some picture of Meg stood next to these giant things to give you an idea of the scale.

 

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Customer makes – Brilliant Bee Dress!

We love seeing what you all are making with our fabrics, it’s great to see the variety and the creativity that everyone has.

We have been sent these pictures by Debbie who has made this stunning dress from some of the fabrics found in our curtain and furnishings range, showing how versatile fabrics really can be, the limit is your imagination!

The sewing on this dress is so neat and the overall look is really effective so well-done Debbie!

Debbie has also been busy making another dress, from one of our cotton poplins, this dress has lovely summery look to it and again is brilliantly sewn.

 

If you have been busy making something from some of our fabrics and you’d like to share it with us, then please send us an email to people@livingstonetextiles.com with a photo attached. We love writing about the great thing you all get up to with fabrics.

 

 

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New In – Pure Wool

New in stock now, are these pure wools in three great colour ways, they are perfect for making skirts, jackets, bags and even curtains!

The colours are muted and subtle with a soft fade throughout to give a stripe effect. They are of a really high quality with a great feel and lovely drape.

Wool is such a warm and versatile fabric and really can be used to make almost anything and why wouldn’t you with these great colours available!

They are 144cm ( 56″) wide and are on sale at £26.50 per metre.

 

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No Business like ‘Sew’ Business

 

 

Bridport Arts Centre is all ready to kick off its Fashion Week event to celebrate fashion history, costume and the recent upsurge in the popularity of sewing.  Starting on Monday 4th March and running through to Sunday 10th March there is sure to be something to whet your appetite and inspire you to get your sewing machine out.  Livingstone Textiles is very proud to have been able to sponsor this event and during the week we will have a stand in the Arts Centre foyer where you can pick up information about our locations and the products and services we provide as well as a huge selection of fabric and haberdashery to choose from.

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The events consist of talks on pattern drafting, pattern reading, historical fashion and the influences of modern London fashion through the experienced eye of Saville Row tailor, author and tv presenter James Sherwood. Also visiting Bridport to talk about the Royal Wardrobe are the Curators of Bath Museum of Fashion. They will be explaining their current exhibition on modern royal fashion as well as the royal wardrobe of Queen Alexander, Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and our current Queen Elizabeth. Continuing the fashion history theme, Bridport museum will be giving a unique insight into their textile and costume collection dating back 150 years and Arts Centre Director Curtis Fulcher will be giving an informed talk on Tudors and Historical costume. Curtis is an experienced costume designer and maker and has made a couple of recreations to demonstrate his talk with questions. There are also a great range of films to watch about some of the greatest fashion designers that have ever lived and you can find more information about the whole weeks events here

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New Show Trims

We have an exquisite array of new trims now in stock at Livingstone Textiles that we picked up on our recent visit to the Stitches show in Birmingham.

Imported from India, they have an exotic feel about them and combine sumptuous velvets twisted with metallic threads to create a trim that can also be seperated out top use as individual motifs.

 

One of our favourites is the embroidered 3″ wide trim seen here in the top of the picture.  It has a distinctly Eastern European folk feel to it and would look authentic adorning any dance or national costume.  You can see more Boho trims that we have available here. 

Please message us through the website if you would like samples of any of our trims, we have a vast range in stock.

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Ceiling Mounted Tracks

We handmake beautiful soft furnishings at Livingstone Textiles and we are very proud of our products and services but did you also know that we supply and fit curtain poles and rails?

We have a selection of up to 3 metre long metal poles with brackets and finials in different colours to finish off your room.  We also supply and fit Roman Blind cassettes and curtain tracks.

Nowadays you can choose from a selection of plastic or metal tracks to suit your window or door, they can be bent around corners and you can even have ceiling mounted tracks to match in with the colour of your paintwork.  This means you can transform a bay window with a curved track, even curving it back around the reveal enabling you to hang a curtain that sweeps effortlessly around the bay but sits well away from the windows without taking light from the room.

Shown below are some pictures of a ceiling mounted track that we recently fitted from which to hang a draught excluding curtain with a thermal lining.   The curtain had to hang across a rear door to the property and a stairway so it was important that the curtain could be pushed back on either side as required.  The curtain was made from a heavy wool fabric and with the weight of the thermal lining as well it was quite a substantial curtain.  However it was no problem for our mini professional curtain track as it’s made from strong and durable metal and once secured in place it can easily bear the weight of heavier fabrics.

For more information on pole, rail, blind and track fitting contact us here.