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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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Crafting inspirations – a child’s lampshade

Our Yeovil store shared this adorable lampshade made with Animal Alphabet fabric!

To get the look, this cute fabric is available in store at £17.85 per metre, and we also sell lampshade kits, so you can easily get a smart, professional-looking finish either with this fabric, or the fabric of your choice.

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Spring Florals

 

Spring has sprung and to celebrate, we’re sharing some charming cotton prints with you.

Perfect little designs that are ideal for dressmaking, craft projects and patchwork, these are just a few selected from the huge delivery we’ve had this month.  We’ve a wealth of new fabrics in stock for you, from plush velvets in stunning colours to exotic botanical prints in some really exciting colours so come and pay us a visit over the easter holidays and get a new project going.

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Dreamy two tone Organzas

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We have them back!  The glorious two tone organzas that flew out of the shop last year are back and we’re so delighted to have more colours to offer you.  The blue/green colourway is one of the favourites and we expect this to sell really fast but while you’re in the shop, check out the others as well.

 

The grape is delightful.  A combination of deep pink and petrol blue, it shimmers and changes as it moves under the light.  If you can’t get in to see us over the easter Break, remember we can always send out samples in the post and you can order by telephone on 01308456844, email or online at www.livingstonetextiles.com

 

 

 

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Easter Opening hours

HAPPY EASTER FOLKS

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Over the Easter period Livingstone Textiles will be open as follows in both Bridport and Yeovil:

Thursday the 29th March – 9am-5pm

Good Friday – CLOSED

Easter Saturday 31st March – 9am- 5pm

Easter Sunday – CLOSED

Easter Monday – CLOSED

Tuesday 3rd April – 9am – 5pm

 

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New in! – Colourful Batik fabrics

We have had many new arrivals over the last few weeks including these vibrant batik fabrics with funky patterns!!

With lots of bright colours to choose from just in time to brighen things up for spring. They are all 100% cotton and most are priced at either £7.05 per meter or £8.25 per meter.   IMG_20180321_154057 00000IMG_00000_BURST20180321153916_COVER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The staff in our Yeovil store were inspired to create this lovely patchwork cushion cover, and I think you will agree that it shows off these batik fabrics to their absolute best!

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Dolls clothing

This is Barbra, the doll, she belongs to Bev Taylor of Taylor Made who is one of our regular customers. Barbra has popped into visit us to show off her great new outfit which has been made for her by Bev using our fabrics and trims.

She has used mainly 100% cotton fabric, which is the red with cream leaf/ floral design that you can see, this particular fabric we have in stock in many different colour ways. She has also included red fleece on the bonnet which can be bought online here or you can visit one of our shops to purchase, again we have this fabric in a range of colours. The trims used around the edges of the dress are also in stock, why not have a quick look at our range here, we also have plenty more designs in stock for every occasion. To finish this garment off Bev has used our 3D ribbon roses, follow this link to have a look at our range.

Why not have a go at making your own dolls clothing, this would be great for a small project to keep you busy and indoors during this cold weather!

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Washable, Wearable and non-Disposable ‘CosyPads’

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We are very pleased to supply CosyPads with fabric for their reusable sanitary wear.
Based in France, this cottage industry uses many of our pure cotton fabrics to create super breathable and absorbant pads for ladies and girls.

 

The pads are all handmade to a very a high standard and don’t feature any nasty disposable plastics.  They are fully washable and you can choose your own bespoke colour and pattern combinations.

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Sophies’ Sandwich Keeper

With all of us becoming very conscious of throwaway plastics and trying to reduce our use and consumption, one of our Bridport team members decided to make up a bag to put her sandwiches in.  Made from less than a fat quarter of fabric, she lined it with a ripstop nylon and popped a velcro closure onto the top and bottom of the first two corners that fold over the sandwiches.  She then made a button hole in one corner and stitched a button onto the showside of the remaining corner that make a neat little packet when closed together, keeping her lunch fresh and looking very pretty in the staff fridge.  Needless to say that we all want one!

Adorable!  Look out for her next experiment with waxed fabrics.

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Hearts to make for Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s day coming up fast, why not treat yourself to a book full of ideas for some lovely heart-themed projects and quick makes? these projects will also be good for craft fairs, Christmas, or just for making life more pretty all the year round!

For the smaller makes, choose from our huge range of fabrics on the roll, or browse through our fat quarters to get  a smaller piece of something lovely. To finish it off, indulge yourself by choosing some pretty things from our selection of ribbons and buttons – you’re bound to find something you like!

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Fabric Dolls

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There are some beautiful books in the fabric shop at Livingstone Textiles, Bridport.  These are some of our favourite doll making books because they are fanciful and appealing to all age groups.

 

 

 

We also stock a helpful bit of kit for dollmakers called a doll needle.  This very long needle is great for attaching limbs, hair and facial features as you can pass the fine needle throught the fabrics without distortion.  Pop in to the shop and browse our books if you’d like some inspiration for a new project.  We stock kapok stuffing, calico, organzas and beautiful buttons for you to style your dream doll.

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Lovely Linens

At Livingstone Textiles we are proud to stock a great selection of linens suitable for dressmaking and curtain making.  We hold beautiful soft linens from Russia, rough and slubby linens from Lithuania and beautiful herringbone weaves as well as traditional Irish linens.  As well as our regular stock lines in natural colours we can also occasionally source limited colours in gentle washed out greens, oranges, yellows and blues.

We sell a lot of our linen as curtain fabric as its weight allows it to drape beautifully but one or two of our staff members have sewn clothing items from the lighter weights as it hangs really well and below we can share with you a lightweight hoodie that was made from a green/blue linen that was in stock last summer.  Sadly this particular colour has not become available again but we still have other colours in stock.  Some of our customers also print on our linens and turn them into unique cushions and tea towels.

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Puppy Pawprint Fleece

Is it time for a new blanket for your dog?  This new colourway in our soft cuddly fleece is perfect for a luxury dog blanket and you could easily make a dog beanbag out of it as well.  Of course, you can use it for other projects as it’s a perfect fabric for dog lovers.  Available in both of the Livingstone Textiles fabric shops in Yeovil, Somerset and in Bridport, Dorset.

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Fancy Dress for Last Minute Flappers

It’s not too late to put an outfit together in time for New Years Eve.  We’ve still got plenty of sparkle here at Livingstone Textiles so pop in and get some sequins and stars to add to your party outfit.

We’ve also got some fabulous feathers and flapper fringe to give you the Charlston Feel and fur in a rainbow of colours plus ribbons and buttons as well as trouser, skirt and bra extenders if last years outfit is a tad unforgiving.

 

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Penguin Power

 

DSC_0973Deep in the back recesses of the 2nd floor of a seldom visited corner of Livingstone Textiles, but not quite as far up as the attic there lives a dusty box.  This box is the resting place of the Livingstone Penguins that flew over Bridport one winter and mistook our shiny tin roof for ice.  Of course, once they’d landed here they couldn’t very well leave because they’d made so many friends with the children that visit our fabric shop with their parents.  They also rather enjoyed the chocolate coins that we fed them on from the till so they decided to take up residence here and requested a nesting box to sleep in.  We had a word with Tom and he granted them leave to stay with the proviso that every Christmas they must entertain the children by sliding down the stairwell.  We’ve built them a new ice slide as the temperature has warmed up somewhat since last week and they seem pretty happy with it although we should tell you that we think there have been some pecking squabbles in the box over the summer because when we fetched them out, a couple of them had their eyes missing!  If you’d like to make your own penguins out of felt, you can find instructions on how to do it here

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Fabulous two-way sequin fabric!

This gorgeous two-way sequin fabric is new into both Livingstone Textiles Bridport and Livingstone Textiles Yeovil and just in time for Christmas!

This fabric can change colour with just a brush of the hand so you can have two colours on the same fabric. This allows you to draw designs or simply choose which colour you would like to see. Once you have started though you cannot stop, so come into our Bridport or Yeovil shop to see for yourself!

This would be great for cushions, as a Christmas present or even a jazzy addition to a party dress.

 

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We are selling panels of this fabric for just £5! These are the perfect size for cushions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Warm Wincyette

New in are these fabulous designs in soft cotton wincyette.

Perfect for soft pyjamas, nightdresses and babies bedding in a cot and mosesbasket, we are now stocking this range of lovely designs and some soft pastel shades as well.

 

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Bag and Purse with lining – Customer make

BagOne of our customers brought in their latest make last week and we wanted to share it with you. This lovely bag is made with one of our range of tapestry fabrics, which gives a great heavyweight strong bag. Bag liningThe bag has a bright colourful striped lining as well.

Also inside the bag is this delightful fishy purse, when you open up the purse you find another insert for your coins. The detail and work in this make is just great.

If this has inspired you to make your own, or maybe a thoughtful home-made present for a friend or family member, why not pop into our shops in Bridport, Dorset or Yeovil, Somerset to see our range of craft fabrics? There is sure to be something perfect for almost anyone you could care to mention.

We are always thrilled to see and share what you have been making with our fabrics, so why not send us a picture? Your make could be the next one to inspire everyone!

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SIMPLICITY PATTERNS ARE STILL HALF PRICE !!

Browse the collection online and just pop in to the shop and collect your pattern.  You can HAVE IT TODAY as we stock all of the patterns here in the shop and rarely sell out.

You probably are thinking, ‘Well if I browse online then I may as well buy online and be done with it’.  Thats all well and good but we think you should visit us for three very good reasons

  1.    The P&P cost…………….combine your visit to us with your shopping trip to Bridports historic market, it’s easy to park right outside the building in the Waitrose car park. Or alternatively visit our Yeovil shop opposite the Octagon theatre with free parking for customers.
  2.    You can join our in house exclusive pattern club FOR FREE then for every four patterns you buy (yes, even the half price ones) you can have your fifth pattern free.  Quite simply, even  if you buy the most expensive patterns from Simplicity and fill your card up before the middle of November you can have FIVE patterns for UNDER £20!!  Bargain.
  3.     You get the opportunity to look at our absolutely massive selection of Dress Fabrics at unbelievably competitive prices. You can feel the quality and see how the fabric will work in your pattern properly.

     

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Happy Halloween Fabric Fiends

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Lots of you have been in this week to buy shimmery, sparkly, witchy fabrics for costumes not only for your little ones but for yourselves as well.  Don’t forget to take extra care with shop bought costumes as many man made fabrics are highly flammable.

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If you are at all concerned, it’s not too late to pop in to the Bridport Shop and buy our Flame Retardent Spray, suitable for home application, it makes these synthetic fibres a lot safer when the instructions are followed correctly and we’ll issue you with a fire certificate as well.  It’s also a legal requirement for any fabrics in public buildings to be flame retardent treated, including curtains, stage sets and costumes.  Worth bearing in mind if you’re currently rehearsing for panto season.  We’ve seen evidence of a lot of pumpkin carving going on as we’ve travelled to and from Livingstone Textiles from across West Dorset.  Have a great time tonight and stay safe, whatever your plans.

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Halloween Fabrics

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Pop in to our magnificent fancy dress section at Livingstone Textiles.  In both our Yeovil and Bridport shops we have a great selection of cobwebby, spooky and sparkly fabrics as well as fur, all ready to turn you into the scariest werewolf or witch in town.

 

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Elastic Adjustable Belt

 

We decided to make some new belts for holding our scissor pouches as well as show off this gorgeous new coloured elastic that we now have in the shop.  We were so pleased with how they looked that we decided to share it with you with step by step instructions.

All of the components are available from both of our outlets in Yeovil and Bridport and we think they would make great presents for Christmas.

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Snake Hips shows off the belt! Why don’t you try making your own?  It’s a great functional belt and works well as a gardening tool belt, scissor pouch or just a great fashion accessory.  You can choose from some of these gorgeous new elastics in several widths including a fabulous sparkly one!

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Creative Ideas for Decracraft Felt

ronnie robin jomilOur lovely range of Vintage Felts in store are very inspiring for the creative crafters in our area, but if you are in need of any inspiration about what to make you might be interested in a new website Creation Location, launched by our felt suppliers. There are patterns for some craft projects, including a couple of (dare I say it?) Christmas makes and a lovely bag pattern. You can download and print the patterns at home then pop into the shop for your supplies.

We have everything in store at Bridport and Yeovil to make up the robin, and you can see how ours turned out below. Yeovil also stock a range of felt craft kits which include everything you need for each project. These make great gifts or projects for yourself.

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The Great Dorset Steam Fair

We are very proud of our country and particularly our farming roots in Dorset  and so when every year the county holds The Great Dorset Steam Fair some of us go a little tractor crazy.

The Great Dorset Steam Fair has been running in Dorset for 49 years, the show started small as an event where people could come and see how people lived and work in years gone by. The show is now widely recognized as a National Heritage show as well as being regarded as the leading show of its type world wide.  Now because of its huge size and reputation, people visit and travel with their vintage exhibitions from all over the country and the world. The Great Dorset Steam Fair is now thought to be one of Europes biggest shows.

As mentioned above some of our members of staff (being collectors themselves) go a little crazy when it comes to tractors and vintage machinery so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to you all that we have a few tractor and farm like fabrics within our two shops. Our longest standing member of staff is a farmers wife as is our manageress at Livingstone Textiles, Yeovil.  DSC_5655

This first fabric is a light weight cotton with beautiful and vivid illustrations of vintage tractors at work. This fabric really takes you back to years gone by and how the fields were worked with these beautiful old machines. This fabric is only available at our Bridport Dorset store but can be ordered from Yeovil Somerset. It is an ideal weight for patchwork and dressmaking.

The second fabric tractor fabric we have in stock is a curtain weight material, it is a lot heavier than the cotton one above and work make ideal curtains, cushions and blinds although it is not quite heavy enough to upholster with. This fabric features a range of tractors in more of a sketchy artist way, slightly more cartoon like. This is a fun design that work be ideal for a tractor crazed child (or adult!). This fabric, similar to the one above shows the tractors at work in the fields and also puts the mind back to years gone by.

If you are traveling down for The Great Dorset Steam Fair, why not have a day out from the vintage work and come and see our vintage inspired fabrics in our Bridport Shop and take some of the Dorset Life home with you.

If you would like any information on the fabric mentioned in this post please contact us with your details and the information you require.

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Pattern Sale Starts 9am tomorow

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It’s exciting news! There’s still time to make a new summer outfit or get ahead and start creating your new autumn look before A/W17 hits the shops.  All of the New Look and Simplicity patterns we have in stock are HALF PRICE FOR TWO WEEKS!!  You can browse online if you’ve no time to come and browse the catalogues in the shop.  When you come to collect your pattern you’ll see that we also hold the most beautiful fabrics and you can grab yourself another bargain while you’re here too because our FABULOUS SUMMER FABRIC SALE is on as well!  We really want you to get sewing and discover the enormous pleasure you’ll find when you make garments for yourself, for your loved ones, your grandchildren and friends.  All our staff are mad keen sewers and really happy to offer you help and advice with your projects.

See you soon

The Livingstones Team