This striking fabric by Prestigious Textiles is a real eye catcher; with it’s big bold colours and large poppy flower print, it will bring a garden freshness to any room.
One of our makers has recently made this up into a roman blind and some scatter cushions for a customer, to personalise their new home, and it looks fabulous! The design is digitally printed and has the effect of being painted with big brush strokes.
In stock in Bridport and available to order for £29.50/metre
We have a new range of bias binding coming in with a new colour range and wider fold these new bindings will be replacing the old style. The new range will be phased in as the older ones sell out so we don’t yet have the full range of the new style but we’ve got a good selection to start us off.
The colour choices we have in this new range are lovely and are more in keeping with our fabric stock, so you’ll nearly always find a match. The fold over on the new range is also much wider and meets in the middle of the tape.
We are constantly updating our webshop to include more and more of our stock, so there is a wide range of fabrics and more to choose from and always something new to look at.
The latest additions to our website are these two animal themed fabrics, the first is a lovely simple bumble bee furnishing fabric and the second is a viberant fabric with a stylised woodland theme. They would both be great for curtains, cushions, blinds, bags and more.
Invisible zips give a polished finish to your handmade garments, but they can be fiddly to put in neatly. We’ve recently been asked if we can stock a zip foot specifically for these zips, so as well as a standard zip foot from Prym, we’ve now added this excellent special zip foot to our haberdashery range.
Prym says: For easy sewing of zip fasteners, Prym offers two different versions of zipper feet for the sewing machine. The standard foot made of die cast steel and zinc is suitable for all sewing machines with a clip foot and makes sewing standard zip fasteners tremendously easy. The special zipper foot on the other hand is the perfect aid for sewing invisible zip fasteners and can be mounted with its three different sized mounting adapters for different brands such as Elna, Pfaff, Singer, Master, Bernina, Privileg and Universal, as well as for sewing machines with slanting needles. Its white plastic sled guarantees a precise guide and thus ensures best results when sewing zip fasteners.
There are instructions with the special zip foot for sewing an invisible zip, but this video made by Prym is much better, and really worth a watch!
With Autumn creeping up on us, it’s time to start thinking about those warmer wardrobe items. New here at Livingstones we have a gorgeous range of corduroys in rustic Autumn colours, ready to be made into the perfect seasonal outfit.
Most of our cords are 100% Cotton with some that have a small percentage of stretch fibres, making them easy to work with and easy to wear!
We have a choice of larger jumbo cords through to smaller needle cords in great colours. With lots of great patterns to choose from why not come in for some inspiration for some new garments.
As we move into the autumn, maybe you would like to brush up on your sewing skills with a workshop in our dedicated teaching room at our Yeovil store? Our workshops are running on Saturdays through September, October and November. They run from 10am to 4pm , with tea and coffee included, though you will need to bring your own lunch. These classes all require you to bring your own sewing machine with all its feet and power lead, as well as a basic sewing kit. We have a car park right outside which is free to use while you are with us, and disabled access is available to the teaching room in our platform lift. All these full day workshops cost £45 payable on booking, which you can do in person at our Yeovil store or over the phone on 01935 422631.
Here is a reminder of the classes we are running this autumn:
Sew a Sample Curtain
This is a beginner’s class, though you will need to be familiar with your sewing machine and have basic sewing skills. You will learn how to hem a curtain and how to create curtain headings. You will make up a sample size example curtain – please note you are not able to make a full size curtain in this class due to space limitations. This class is running on Saturday 7th September 2019, so book now and gain the skills you need to upgrade your home decor this autumn.
Learn to Love Your Sewing Machine
Want to get more confident with your machine? Unsure even where to start? This class will help you gain in confidence on your own machine under expert guidance and will cover issues such as tension and stitch length, as well as the function of different feet. This class has been extremely popular and given a real boost to the participants’ sewing. This class is running on 21st September and 16th November 2019.
Learn to Machine Quilt
Machine quilting is the process of joining together layers of fabric, usually with a cushioned layer in between. This gives a decorated effect as well as adding texture to the finished item. This class is suitable for beginners, although you will need some familiarity with your machine and basic sewing skills. This class is running on 5th October 2019 and is almost sold out!
This class is a mystery, what delights will our wonderful teacher Lynn Horniblow come up with? All you need to know is that we will be having fun with a selection from our range of fabulous Christmas fabrics and making a home made decoration you couldn’t buy in the shops. Join us for this class on 2nd November 2019 and you will have time to go home and add to your stash of decorations before the tree goes up!
Our fantastic range of colourful cottons for children (or for the young at heart!) are now to be found in our Fun Fabric Room, with fleeces, felts, brushed cottons, dress nets and all our gorgeous fancy dress fabrics. Come and browse!
As the offer of free lining (terms & conditions apply) is ending soon (on 31st August 2019) we thought it would be interesting to learn a little more about the Bill Beaumont brand, which can trace its history back to Victorian times. Bill Beaumont joined the family textile business as when he played rugby in the 70s and 80s it was an amateur sport and even top players needed a day job. Bill bought the firm from the family in 1998, and ran the firm with his wife Hilary until handing over to their eldest son Daniel, who is the sixth generation at the helm. He still runs the company as part of the Al Guthmi textiles group.
What all that means for today is that Bill Beaumont offers a fabulous range of contemporary fabrics at really competitive prices. This month we have an extra selection of sample books for you to choose from and some fantastic fabrics on the shelves at discounted prices while stocks last. Just remember that the free lining offer ends on Saturday 31st August 2019, and is only available on Bill Beaumont fabrics purchased through our Yeovil store.
A stunning new collection of digital watercolour prints for the home. The new Studio G book from Clarke & Clarke is now available in both of our stores and with designs named Sagono, Arielli, Impasto and Tropicana to inspire you, the designs will allow your imagination to run freely and create a space that truly reflects your personality.
Interior design and decoration used to be about recreating a look from a department store or magazine with little thought to your own touches. Thankfully the flounce and frills of Lawrence have long since disappeared and these days its all about expressing your own personality. By creating a space that YOU want to be in, surrounded by things that you love and that mean something to you will make your home design far more individual. If you like dark and cosy colours, embrace what you love and go for bold pattern and dark colours in your new room scheme. Fill your home with plants, natural materials like wood, woven basketry and fur or wool blankets if that’s what you love and proudly place those pictures of your family. If you are a cool and calm personality, pare it right back and go for cool and clean with light colours and space between posessions and furniture to create a Zen space.
All of our staff are super knowledgeable in interior design and colour so dont be afraid to bring in samples of paint, wood and carpet to help give us an idea of your vision, we love helping you to get the right soft furnishings for your home!
We’ve started to order in our new autumn/winter collection of fabrics and there are some exciting things for you to get creative with and we’re starting with this very cool reversible denim.
Following the trend for denim and also checks, we fell in love when the rep showed us all this cloth. Both sides can be used equally and it would make an amazing reversible denim jacket or skirt. We also thought you could turn the fabric over on just some pattern pieces of a garment to create a really funky effect.
This fabric is currently available in our Bridport shop along with many other decorated denim fabrics.
Look out for our massive range of autumn corduroy coming very soon!
More cushions for you again today. Delicious remnants were pieced together in sections to create these unique cushions. Braids and the pompom trims were purchased from Livingstone Textiles and added as features along the joins. Glorious luxury.
We don’t just do curtains and blinds here at Livingstone Textiles, we do an array of cushions. You can choose from zipped, piped, envelope, boxed cushions and chair pads as well. These kitchen chair pads were made with ties and stitched in the centre to create a buttoned effect through this very cool looking Ikat fabric. When you bring us an idea for a project you have been thinking about, our staff and makers will endeavour to create something to fit your requirements and take into account everything you explain to us before helping you decide on fabrics and colours. Pop in to either of our shops and speak to us. We’ll do our very best to help you realise the look that inspires you, all without expensive design consultation fees.
Elegantly gracing the drawing room of a modern home in West Dorset are these lined pencil pleat curtains made from the collection ‘Elspeth’ by Bill Beaumont. We currently have a large quantity of heavily discounted roll stock in Bill Beaumont designs at our Yeovil shop and throughout the month of August we are giving away free poly cotton lining with every curtain order placed until the 31st.
If you can’t find a suitable design on a roll we can offer a good selection of Bill Beaumont designs on our hangers and whilst these will not be as competitively priced, they will still qualify for free lining until our offer ends. You can upgrade too, just pick another lining such as Blackout,Thermal or Cotton and only pay the difference! We also offer a bespoke Lampshade making service so you can create a whole new integrated look for your room.
Follow Bill Beaumont on Pinterest for great ideas on where to use his fabrics
We now have bra forms back in stock on the haberdashery wall. These are just what you need for making (or repairing) bras, swimwear, sundresses etc, and would be a good match for the swimwear fabric we stock now. Availalbe in black and white.
As all the packs currently out are a 34″ cup size, I’d like to know what sizes would you like to see us stock?
Look what recently arrived in the shop! this beautiful collection of patterns and plains from Prestigious Textiles features muted, sophisticated colourways and would be perfect for curtains, blinds and other soft furnishings. It looks (we think) rather more expensive than its modest price tag, and for a similarly modest fee our expert makers will fashion it into beautiful soft furnishings for your home – ask us for a quote
Pop in and take a look at these beauties, or borrow the book to try the colours at home for a £10 refundable deposit.
Fabric only £21 per metre patterns, £24.60 per metre plains.
There’s a very special promotion currently running at Livingstone textiles, just in our Yeovil store! We have a whole range of Bill Beamont fabrics ordered in specially. They are ready to buy off the roll, and at a very special discounted roll price which we are passing on to you!
With their gorgeous quality and timeless designs, choosing from our range of Bill Beaumont fabrics for your curtains, blinds and upholstery will bring contemporary style to transform your home.
As an extra bonus for our lovely customers, we’re also offering free curtain lining in August for all curtains made from Bill Beaumont fabric. You can buy this off the roll or order from a hanger, and ask us to make them up, or make them yourself. As usual, this is for polycotton lining, or you can choose ourcotton lining and just pay the difference.
With so many clothes patterns now using strech jersey fabrics, we’re really pleased that we got some gorgeous new fabrics in to tempt you! Sophisticated prints and gorgeous colours in lovely soft fabrics, these are perfect for making comfortable, simple, sophisticated clothing ready for late summer and early autumn, with designs to please everyone!
Worried about sewing with stretch fabric? You don’t need an overlocker, you can use a simple stretch stitch, found on most modern sewing machines. Come in and have a look through our pattern books for some simple sewing inspiration, or for information and patterns together, have a look at our range of books, or try Youtube for step-by-step guides!
Summer is well under way with all of the long and hot days we’ve been having and we’re very lucky to have the beach so close to enjoy after work or at weekends with family and friends.
Many of us will probably have a holiday planned and we always see a lot of holiday makers in our Bridport shop at this time of year, stocking up on their fabric stash and buying Christmas Fabrics too – don’t forget that these fabrics have 10% off during July as well.
As we move further in to the holiday period, ideas for childrens activities can start to dry up so we suggest you try our new Craft Packs. A bargain at only £2 they all contain various textures and weaves of fabric from samples we are sent by our suppliers. We also put in small end pieces of trim like lace or pompoms plus a reel of thread and usually some vintage buttons or other haberdashery and each of the packs is based on a colour theme so whatever you decide to use it for, everything will work well together. They are excellent for creating textile pictures and small projects like dolls clothing or patchwork mug mats and can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike. We have a strong recycling and reuse ethic here at Livingstones and for us it proved to be an excellent way to make something out of small pieces of fabric that might otherwise go into the dustbin.
Livingstone Textiles have a vacancy for a Saturday person to join our team in Bridport to work 9am to 4pm every Saturday, starting from September.
Duties will include serving customers by cutting fabric and ribbon to their requirements. The job will also involve working out curtain quotes, and advising customers on different fabrics suitable for their projects!
Fear not, as all these skills will be taught on the job, all thats needed is an interest in textiles and an eagerness to learn !
Confidence with numbers is an advantage. Must be able to lift and carry rolls of fabric, and there are lots of steep stairs in our building!
Some holiday cover hours may
also be available.
For more details/to apply: email firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 01308 456844 or speak to Tom.
The arrival in our bridport shop of a couple of rolls of cheesecloth prompted a lot of reminiscing amongst staff and customers of a certain age! But now it’s the season of summer festivals, cheesecloth’s moment has come. It’s cool, airy, 100% cotton, and perfect for shirts, skirts, dresses and tops.
Cheesecloth is a lightweight, plain-weave fabric with a soft, open texture with many uses besides clothing, including food making, printmaking, and fire safety testing, and in Victorian times it was employed to create the illusion of ‘ectoplasm’ by dodgy spiritualists. It hails from India, where it is used to make summer shirts, and became popular in America and England in the 60’s and 70’s.
We’ve curently got these two colourways in stock, both with a stitched multi stripe, at a very modest £7.50 per metre.
Summer is the time for outdoor swimming and here in Bridport we are very lucky to have the sea right on our doorstep to be enjoyed.
When you are out on the beach or even away on holiday by the pool you need to feel comfortable in your swimwear, and finding one that is right for you can sometimes be tricky. So why not make one to fit you in a style you love! We have have a choice of swimwear fabrics in currently and patterns to choose from.
We also keep in stock bikini clasps and bra cups in our haberdashery section so we have every thing here to hand to get you started on great looking swimwear!
We often get asked in the shop, as customers are choosing some lovely curtain fabric, if curtain lining is really needed. We understand the question! Curtain lining lives under the table in the big room in bolts of unexciting neutral colours; it looks a bit boring, and although it’s just a few pounds per metre, it might seem like an unnecessary spend when you’re more interested in the gorgeous show fabric.
So here’s a great example of why you need curtain lining! We often dress the shop with fabric that is quickly stapled into place, rather than use our beautifully hand-finished curtains, and a couple of us recently decided to change the fabric that had been up at the window for almost two years. It wasn’t lined, and when we took it down you can see from the picture that the fading was very obvious indeed, even though the windows do not even get direct sunlight.
We also sell a lightweight polycotton curtain lining, but the best choice is the standard cotton lining that we use when we make your curtains (unless you ask for blackout or thermal lining, of course) Our standard cotton lining comes in cream, white and stone, and is available online as well as in our shops. It is Solprufe, which is a superior 100% cotton fabric, designed to withstand the effects of light for twice as long as other linings without fading or degrading.
As we’re lucky enough to live in the sunny southwest, and especially if you live near to the sea, curtain lining will make your curtains live longer and keep the colours bright and true for longer. They’re worth it!
The lovely Miss Haversham has been given another amazing makeover by Evie – this time she’s modelling a skirt in a gorgeous lightweight polyviscose leafy print fabric ( £13.50 per metre) and a host of brightly-coloured butterflies, which recently landed amongst our large collection of iron-on motifs, and are selling at only 75p each. Get your summer on!
Bank Holiday Opening:
Monday 23/12/19 - 9am - 4pm
Christmas Eve 24/12/19 - closed
Christmas Day 25/12/19 - closed
Boxing Day 26/12/19 - closed
Friday 27/12/19 - 9am - 5pm
Saturday 28/12/19 - 9am - 5pm
New Years Eve 31/12/19 - 9am - 4pm
New Years Day 01/01/20 - closed
All prices are correct at time of posting but may be subject to change. Please telephone or email us to check prices or availability of fabrics.