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Cozy New Fleece Designs

We’ve just got some gorgeous new fleece designs in and they’re super soft!

Lots of new designs are available for snuggly projects and some are reversible.  We’ve even got a couple that feature a different design on each side and the wonderful thing about fleece is that it needs absolutely no hemming at all, making it perfect for quick and easy projects like scarves, hats and ponchos.  Its competitive price means that you can make some quick and easy handmade christmas gifts without breaking the bank.

 

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Christmas fat quarters

 

 

We’ve had fun putting together these lovely fat quarter bundles, and they’re not just for quilters! With Christmas approaching fast, take a look at our fat quarters next time you’re in the shop – you might find that a usefully sized square of fabric in one of our gorgeous Christmas fabrics is just the thing you’re looking for. Our fat quarters are generally 18″ x 22″  (that’s 45cm x 48 cm if you prefer) and so are a useful way to buy smaller pieces of fabric for your christmas craft projects as well as for quilted christmas projects. Available singly, or in a pack of 4 pattern and 2 plain.

 

 

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Do you need ideas for christmas craft projects?

 

 

 

 

 

We have so many gorgeous fabrics, felts, ribbons and trimmings here at Livingstone Textiles, we thought you might need some crafting inspiration for ways to use all the lovely things that catch your eye!

Among our extensive range of sewing and crafting books we’ve found these three lovely Christmas craft books for you to have a look at (and maybe take home!) next time you’re in the shop. They’re full of ideas, instructions, and patterns for a whole range of beautiful craft projects, for gifts, for sales, or for your home, so why not treat yourself? Perfect to give as a gift too.

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May’s Steampunk costume

 

 

 

 

 

 

This fabulous steampunk costume has been made by 14-year-old May Robinson. May loves costume design and is just starting her GSCE’s including textiles.

The fabrics May has used can be found here at Livingstone Textiles, and the pattern, 1819 from Simplicity, was available last season, however there are plenty more to choose from in Simplicity’s new Autumn/ Winter catalogue. If her make has inspired you to get your machine up and running and start your own project why not come in and have a look at the other patterns available.

We’d like to say a big well done to May for this great costume, keep up the good work! We hope to see you back in the shop soon for your next project.

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Foam Offcuts

We know we’ve said this before, but don’t forget that if you’re passing the foot of our stairs that we have a huge basket full of foam offcuts that you can make use of.

Ideal for packing out a gap where a draught is bothering you, propping up a sagging cushion, for crafting projects, or just to use as a sponge to wash the car, there are different shapes out there every day.  We just ask that you make a small donation to our charity box for the benefit of Harbour House in West Bay, so we can continue to support the residents’ activities.

Of course we also supply and cut foam to your specific requirements – bring us a template or your measurements, and we’ll do the rest, usually within the hour.

 

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Christmas Fabric

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The time for Christmas makes is well and truly upon us, and we’re ready for it!

We’ve got a fantastic array of Christmas fabric waiting for you at Livingstones, and with traditional prints, christmassy patterns and rustic scandi to choose from, you’re bound to find exactly what you’re looking for.

See you in store!

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Cutting out plastic curtain hooks

At Livingstone Textiles we are very conscious of our environmental impact and are always trying to find new ways to reduce the amount of waste we produce and our overall impact on the planet, even if it’s just by making small changes here and there!

Our latest policy to reduce our environmental impact is that we will no longer be stocking plastic curtain hooks, once our current stock of plastic hooks runs out we will only be selling metal hooks. This is a small change but every little helps, with the current state of our planet and the vast amounts of ‘disposable’ plastics being added to the planet everyday this small change will be a step in the right direction!

These metal hooks are available in two colours, brass and silver. These hooks are far stronger than their plastic alternatives, so will not need to be replaced due to snapping in the same way that plastic ones do. Metal hooks will also stand the test of time and won’t go brittle in the sun, as so often happens with the plastic hooks, so no more pieces of plastic pinging around the place in years to come!

Being metal these hooks can be recycled at the end of their life and made back into something useful with less harmful chemicals and energy than plastics. Even if they dont end up being recycled they are inert and won’t leach out harmful chemicals into the environment or be ground down into micro particles.

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Animal and Autumn Fabrics

We have some new fabrics on our shelves this autumn we would like to share with you. This delightful flower and fruit themed jacquard woven fabric feels autumnal to me, as all the locally grown apples appear in our local farm shops. This fabric is absolutely stunning with its red tones on a light cream background and is equally suitable for curtains and upholstery, so you could even match in your furniture. You can buy this fabric online or request a sample using the link below, or see it on the roll at our Bridport store.

Two new additions to our popular ‘pop art linen look’ range are this stag fabric and pheasant design fabric. These have a small all-over print with different designs. The pheasant fabric can be joined across widths when making curtains, but the stag fabric has been cut down from a wider fabric and does not join so is only suitable for curtains up to one width in size. These fabrics are also suitable for craft projects and we are sure you could make some lovely presents from them.

Another animal fabric is heading to the farmyard with delightful stylised farm animals and birds. These are large designs printed in rows across the fabric, and the large size of the print lends itself to use for applique. You could cut out individual animals and put one on the middle of a cushion or bag, which would be a really economical use of the fabric. Of course, if your preference is for curtains (maybe for a country kitchen?) we are happy to make curtains to fit your individual windows. You can also browse our full range of animal fabrics.

 

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New in! Vibrant wool fabrics

New in are these gorgeous and vibrant coloured boiled wools, perfect for making that statement coat or jacket. We have 100% boiled wool in a vibrant cerise, and 95% wool in lime green and a rust colour these are all fabulous and warm fabrics ready for the chilly winter months ahead.

These lovely fabrics are a real eye catcher and could be made into beautiful garments. We have this vintage 1950’s style simplicity pattern in stock, that would look great made up in one of these fabrics! However, there are plenty more patterns to choose from that would also look fabulous, if 1950’s isn’t your style.

 

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Happy Halloween

It still is really not too late to get yourself kitted out for………………………………………………..

                                                                                                       H A P P Y                H A L L O W E E N !

Get yourself along to Livingstone Textiles this half term and bring the kids too. We’ve dozens of delicious sparkle, stars and spooky stuff to drape yourself in and for decorating the house.  Whether its shiny holographic stretchy stuff or gossamer net with metallic rainbow cobwebs (and it’s reversible too!), we’ve got lots to choose from and starting at only £3.50 per metre you can afford to make some great costumes this Halloween.

 

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Make Your Own Soft Toys – Book Review

In the run up to the festive season it has become more popular for people to make gifts to give family and friends and the investment of time is so much appreciated by the reciever.

If you’re looking for inspiration on what to make this winter whether for festive giving or otherwise we have some brilliant books in the shop for you to browse and choose from.  This month we are looking at the fun toy designs in this one…..

It has really simple to follow instructions and clear diagrams that show how to construct and sew all of the featured toys.  We love the cheeky owl and think he would look great as a hanging decoration or toy.  But if owls aren’t your thing then check out the retro horse. There are plenty of other designs to choose from too, including traditional rag dolls. And unlike similar books, no enlarging is required to make these patterns usable because they are all printed on pull out sheets at the back of the book.  We stock everything to help you finish your project, from fabric and buttons to stuffing and thread.  Pop in to browse our book corner and stock up on winter craft items at Livingstone Textiles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monthly Colour Trend – Mellow Yellow

We’ve just taken delivery of this beautiful new design on a half panama cotton. It has a very slight slub in the weave that adds to its texture and the background while looking grey in these pictures actually is a pink tone.  Please click here for a sample of this fabric for true clarity.  We have lots of complimentary styles and colours in stock at Livingstone Textiles to help you bring some sunshine indoors for the next season.

For ideas on styling with yellow tones in your home, follow our Pinterest page.

If you would like to purchase this fabric online then follow the link

 

 

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New plush fleece fabrics!

Wintery designs and cute cuddly animals are the perfect theme for fluffy fleece to cuddle up with as the evenings are getting colder and darker. We have some lovely new designs just in with more on the way! These fleeces are soft and warm to the touch making you want to snuggle into them.

With deigns including unicorns, flamingos, teddy bears, swans, cats, jungle animals, west highland terriers, jigsaw puzzle pieces and much more! Some of these designs are even double sided giving you two different designs on one piece of fabric.

They would make great blankets, dressing gowns, jumpers, hats or even super soft and warm PJs for all the family. We also have a wide range of colours available in plain fleece.

There is lots to choose from in both our Bridport and Yeovil shops, why not pop in and see what all the fuss is about.

 

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Glittery fabric patches

Here’s a fun new product we’ve got in stock, just in time for your Christmas crafting!

These squares of glittery self-adhesive fabric in a range of colours can be easily cut to shape with scissors to add glittery detail to all sorts of things, so get creative!

As they are self adhesive, that can be used on wood, metal and card to add a little glitter to almost anything, but this glitter fabric can also be used on clothes and other fabric items; simply cut to shape and remove the backing, then stick in place and iron for 60 seconds. Once cool the finished item can be safely washed at 30 degrees (hand wash recommended)

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The secrets of the upholstery workshop

Reupholstery can transform your furniture, and we sell some gorgeous upholstery fabrics that will do the job, but there is much more to bringing new life to old furniture than just picking a delicious new fabric. We sell everything you could possibly need to complete a reupholstery job yourself, but if you’d rather hand the job over to the experts, then read on!

Hiding at the back of our Bridport shop is an upholstery workshop, a place where you can bring your furniture for the magic to happen. Our skilled upholsterers Laura and Di specialise in modern and older furniture respectively, so you can be sure that your work will be done by someone who really knows what they are doing.

 

Di recently completed this little chair, and as well as showing some of the finishing touches, these photos also show a little of the process:

 

The restrained grey of this simple-looking piece of furniture conceals (from the bottom) many layers of webbing, springs, hessian and coir, horsehair, wadding, calico and more wadding before it’s finally ready to have the show fabric carefully stiched and buttoned into place. The upholsterer’s work also includes repairing and restoring the wooden frame while it is fully stripped down, so your newly upholstered piece will continue to look good for years to come.

If you have a much-loved piece of furniture that you would like to see restored to it’s former glory or reborn in a fresh new way, come and talk to us. We can give you an initial no-obligation estimate and, of course, advise you on the huge range of fabric we carry on the roll and ready to order.

 

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Halloween Bunting

Halloween has become a much-celebrated festival in the UK, with children and adults joining in the fun, dressing up and throwing fright nights and parties to celebrate.

Here at Livingstones we have some brilliant Halloween fabrics in stock that can be used for dressing up outfits and decorating.

Some of them are double sided, giving you a silver cobweb on one side of the black mesh fabric and a vibrant rainbow effect cobweb on the reverse.  This makes it ideal for party bunting as the effect can be seen from both sides without having to go to all the trouble of making and sewing two lots of traingles or squares together. Simply cut out the shapes and pin them to a dark cotton tape.  This can then be whizzed under the sewing machine in record time to make a really effective decoration for your celebrations.  Try mixing in our sheer sparkly stars too for an even better effect!

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New Look New Catalogue

It’s time to make new outfits in time for the array of party opportunities over the next few months, plus cosy leisure wear and smart workwear for the colder months ahead.

Take a good look through the ‘New Look’ pattern book that’s just been put out in the shop, or browse online and pop in for your pattern.  We stock the whole range and if we’re out of one we can normally order it within a few days.

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Aztec Braids

We have some zingy Aztec styled braids in stock in perfect tones for autumn.  They are sure to liven up any outfit or hat that you choose to adorn them with and are just a sample of the hundreds of trims and ribbons that we keep in stock at Livingstone Textiles.

if you’re looking for trims and finishings, pop in and look at our vast button collection that we keep along with a great stock of elastics and haberdashery items .  Don’t forget that we have stores in both Bridport & Yeovil with parking next to both!

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What is…………Interfacing

How to choose and use Interfacing

 

If you have never purchased interfacing for dressmaking it can be a rather confusing subject.

Interfacing is an extra layer of fabric applied to the inside of a garment in order to give it some strength and stability.  It is normally used on cuffs, collars, shoulder areas and waistbands to add structure and stop the fabric from being floppy.

You can buy interfacing specifically for your fabric and it comes as either iron on or no-iron on.  Iron on interfacing is especially good for beginner dressmakers as once ironed into place it doesnt shift about when sewing the layers under your sewing machine. It is suitable for most fabrics made from natural materials, ie cotton and linen.   Iron on (or fusible) interfacing is not suitable for any fabrics with a knapp, like velvet, cordurouy or fur because it will crush them.  It’s also unsuitable for sequinned fabric, vinyls and metallics because they are not designed to have direct heat applied to them or for lace or scrim because the nature of the open weave fabric means that glue will always seep out through the other side.  These fabrics are far more suited to a sew in interfacing as it will not affect the drape nearly as much.  Sew in interfacings are only normally used by professional dressmakers, along with linen interfacings that are used by tailors to add structure to coats and jackets.

Once you have decided on sew in or press in interfacing, you need to make a decision on the type.  Most popular is a non woven interfacing because it has no grain and is therefore suited to virtually any fabric.  However if you are sewing jersey, you will need a stretch fabric so that the garment retains its flexibility.  The basic rule is to match the interfacing so that its qualities are almost identical to the fabric that you are working with.  Indeed very lightweight summer cottons can get by with another piece of the fabric used as the structure layer. Interfacing also comes in a dark, charcoal shade and a creamy white and again, you need to match the colour, as far as possible to the colour of the cloth you are cutting.

 

 

 

To use iron on interfacing, first do a test on a scrap of fabric to see how it behaves, ie wrinkles, shrinks etc.

Lay the cut fabric wrong side up on an ironing board then place the interfacing shiny side down on top of it.  The shiny side has the glue on it.  Lay a damp pressing cloth over the top and gently lay on the iron, just using the weight and a pressing action.  Don’t move the iron around as this may disturb the layers of fabric.  Allow the everything to cool slightly then check to see if it’s adhered by trying to lift a corner.  Once in place it is not repositionable so make sure everything is accurate before you start.  Always use a wool setting for pressing unless it’s a really lightweight fabric in which case you can turn the iron up a little higher and never skip using a pressing cloth as it diffuses the direct heat and protects the fabric as well as the iron.

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Halloween

Time to get planning for the ultimate Halloween costume.

We’ve got some brilliant fabrics in stock for you to create an eye-catching outfit. Pumpkin orange cotton, shiny black material with silver cobwebs, black netting with rainbow spiders webs and netting with sparkling stars all over it to dress your room or front windows.
We’ve also got black ravens feathers, black lace, sequins and elastic to trim with.
Pop into Livingstone Textiles and explore our range of material and trimmings and see where your imagination takes you or choose from our huge catalogue of patterns if you’re not sure where to start

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Foam Offcuts

We cut sooooo many pieces of foam for our customers at Livingstone Textiles and we have a re-use or re-cycle policy where we every member of the team makes maximum effort to minimise waste. Part of our efforts to do this include recycling all of our packaging, both plastic wrappings and cardboard and also our foam.

When the foam is delivered to the shop it arrives in enormous sheets measuring over 2 metres square! This is manhandled up the 3 flights of stairs to our roof where it is carefully unrolled and laid out for use. We then cut your requirements from the sheets in a way that creates as little waste as possible. Obviously, you all want different sizes and shapes, from window seats to sofa cushions and dining chairs to campervan beds so we always generate odd pieces that we cannot make use of. These offcuts are saved up and the really small and hopeless pieces are returned to the foam company where they are chopped up into little pieces and used to make the coloured chip foam that we also supply, but we also have other pieces left over that can be quite a useful size and because reuse is even better than recycling,  we pop all of these into a basket that we put outside our shop door every day that we are open. Folks can then come and choose what they need and make use of it when packing parcels for safe transit, stopping draughts and wedging into gaps in sofas or caravan beds for better comfort. We only request a donation that we collect for Harbour House in West Bay, for the benefit of the residents.  Follow the link for more information on our foam and services we can offer you.

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What is……….Half Panama Fabric?

Ever come across the term Half Panama and wondered what on earth it means or is referring to?
Half Panama is sturdy cotton fabric that has been woven with two threads in parallel instead of one. This creates a fabric which is heavy duty yet lightweight and easy to clean. Particularly suitable for curtains and roman blinds, this fabric base cloth is often used for high quality prints.

An example we have in stock is this lovely geometric print which is available in two colourways, blue and orange.

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The Elephants are Back!!

Our unforgettable Elephant friends are back in stock

In two authentic colourways for an awesome Boho look

Available to purchase from either of our Livingstone Textiles shops, and online through the links below.

These fabrics can also be made up into curtains and roman blinds for you, please ask for a quote to your measurements.

 

 

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Simplicity Patterns still on Sale

 

 

Don’t forget that you can still get 25 % off your patterns for a little while longer, with the offer ending on Tuesday 2nd October.

It’s the perfect opportunity to try out a new style for the autumn and maybe even go for the new pocket trend in skirts. We have the new autumn release of patterns so it’s the perfect time to treat yourself to the latest patterns.

 

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Last day of free lining offer!

Curtain lining saleToday is the last day of our free curtain lining offer!

Throughout September we have been offering free polycotton curtain lining when buying any curtain fabric, you may choose to upgrade your lining to cotton, blackout or thermal and you only have to pay the difference between this and the polycotton lining.

Any quotes given in September will be honoured for 1 week after today, so hurry in to catch the last day of this great offer!

Click here to see a range of the fabrics we have to offer, there are also plenty more to choose from if you visit one of our shops.

We are able to offer a free no obligation quote for your curtains, you just need to bring in your measurements and we’ll do the rest! If you can’t get in to the shop in either Bridport or Yeovil, choose from one of the curtain fabrics below and email us your measurements taken following our curtain measuring guide. Or purchase your fabric through the webshop and put ‘add free lining please’ in the order comments to receive polycotton lining with your fabric for no additional cost!!