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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 irridescent 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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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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Nets in Stock at Yeovil

With the closure of Ponden Mill in Yeovil, we thought we’d remind you that you can still buy your net curtains in town.  We sell a great range of nets at Livingstone Textiles in Yeovil and you can PARK FOR FREE right outside our door.

Pop in and ask to see the designs we hold and well cut to your requirements.

All nets are ready hemmed and come with the channel sewn in at the top ready to hang,  We also stock a great range of plastic extending poles as well as the traditional hooks and wire.

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NEW!!!! Sale Rack

We have a little treat for you at Livingstone textiles.  In both our Yeovil and Bridport shops we have introduced a PERMANENT BARGAINS RACK!

All of the fabrics on this entire rack have at least 20% off the ticket price.  Some have only small amounts left on the rolls for cushions and others have lots, certainly enough to make curtains with and lots more besides.  There are some real beauties and the only limit is your imagination.  Pop in and grab yourself a bargain.

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A Splash of Velvet

This glorious velvet is settling happily on our velvet shelf but we don’t think it will be around for long.

The rich splashes of colour are as enchanting as a Monet painting but that not all.  This glorious fabric has the feel of the softest kitten fur.  In fact, we don’t just stroke it each time we pass it by, we have been spotted giving it a hug too.

Come into the shop and have a feel for yourself, nothing like seeing the real thing before you buy and kluckily for you guys we have a roll in each of our stores 🙂

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How to hang a Roman Blind

Livingstone Textiles Guide:

Note: your batten should already be in place and should also have the Velcro and eyelets attached at this point.

Step 1: Threading the cords

If you have had your blind made by us then your it should already be threaded with cord. However, if you find you need to thread the cords then follow these instructions.

Lay the blind down on a clean table/surface face down. Next thread the cords though the eyelets from the top of the blind to the bottom and secure them by threading through the safety device. You now need to decide on which side of the blind you would like the pull cord to be on for opening and shutting the blind as this will affect the direction the cords.

Secure the blind onto the batten by pressing the Velcro together. You should now thread the cords through the eyelets on the batten starting with the corresponding eyelet for each line of cord, either work left to right (cord will hang on the left) or right to left (cord will hang on the right). Thread all of the loose cords through your wooden acorn to keep them together and tie a loose knot to stop them slipping back through. Do not cut the excess cord off at this point.

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Step 2: Adjusting the cord length

In order to ensure you have the correct length of cord pull the blind up and down a few times to make sure it runs level. To determine where to cut the cord you should let the blind hang all the way down so that the acorn will be at its highest point you should have a short distance between the last eyelet on the batten and the acorn. Tie a small knot here to keep the cords together and then cut off the excess, the knot should be hidden inside the acorn when it is pulled down over it.

If you have found that your blind has moved slightly after doing this and is no longer level, you can fix this easily by tweaking the length of the cord, by pulling it through the safety devices on the bottom of the blind, making where it hangs longer or shorter.

Step 3: Fixing the cleat

The cleat should be secured next to the blind cord at least 1.5m above the floor, this is to reduce the risk of small children getting the cord caught around their necks which could lead to strangulation. The cleat requires two screws to be screwed through it and into the wall (or other fixing point) in order to secure it.

Safety note: When the Roman Blind is pulled up the cord must be fully wrapped around the cleat, so that there is no excess cord hanging down for small children to be able to reach.

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FINAL DAYS OF OUR FREE OFFER

 

 

Remember to come in and order your new curtains before the end of April.

We are offering you FREE LINING with all orders placed by next Monday the 30th and we’ve got some gorgeous spring fabrics in for a fresh new look.

 

 

Not sure where to find us?  Look out for Toms Van parked near one of our shops.  We currently have fabric showrooms at Yeovil and Bridport

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Last week of Free lining offer!

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Don’t forget that until the end of April, at both our Bridport and Yeovil stores, you can take free polycotton lining (or an equivalent discount on our other linings) with all curtain fabric purchased at full price. This also applies to our competitive made to measure curtains. Free lining is limited to the same number of metres as the main fabric- so the more fabric you buy the more you can save on lining!

So hurry down to our Bridport or Yeovil stores and check out our amazing range of fabric roll stock and sample hangers.

We are happy to provide a no obligation quote to your measurements, and all quotes provided during April will be honoured with free lining for one week after the promotion ends.

 

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Fresh new nautical fabrics

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This delightful collection of seaside/nautical prints is new in store, just in time for a spring revamp of your home. Great for holiday homes too!

All the fabrics are 100% cotton and suitable for curtains, blinds and occasional upholstery. The range is priced at £21.70 per metre.

Ask about our expert making service for curtains, blinds and upholstery, for perfect results every time – and don’t forget our free curtain lining offer, which runs until the end of April!

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Free lining in April 2018 with all Curtains and Curtain Fabric

curtain lining april 18 posterGreat news – free lining is back! At both our Bridport and Yeovil stores during April 2018 you can take free polycotton lining (or an equivalent discount on our other linings) with all curtain fabric purchased at full price. This also applies to our competitive made to measure curtains, hand sewn to a really high standard at a very reasonable price. The only limit is that the free lining is limited to the same number of metres as the main fabric, so the more fabric you buy the more you can save on lining!

Why not call into our stores at either St Michaels Lane Bridport DT6 3RR or Manor Stables, Hendford, Yeovil BA20 1UN, and check out our amazing range of fabric roll stock and sample hangers.

We are happy to provide a no obligation quote to your measurements, and all quotes provided during April will be honoured with free lining for one week after the promotion ends.

If you are not able to travel, why not consult Feather Interiors?  They work closely with us, and for a very reasonable fee will bring samples to your home and discuss your requirements. Take your home environment to another level with a skilled eye providing suggestions.

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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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Fryetts fabrics

Fryetts are one of the many fabric suppliers we use for curtain and upholstery fabrics, with their fresh and modern designs adding splashes of colour to your home. We have recently purchased some new and exciting fabrics from Fryetts, including rolls for our shelves and also sample hangers, in order to give you the best choice of their ranges.

Here are some of the designs that are new in to us:

Designs you may already have seen here:

Scandi collection:

other collections:

The above is not exhaustive, we have plenty more from Fryetts and many other suppliers so why not come in and have a look for yourself and see if something catches your eye? Alternatively you can browse the Fryetts collections online, and we can order samples of any collections we don’t have in store.

 

 

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Rolls of Fabric

Inside 2Don’t forget that Livingstone Textiles stock hundreds of fabrics on the roll for you to chose from.  Fabric is one of those products that you really need to feel before you buy and our huge selection means you can usually find something to take away that day.  Two weeks before Christmas a customer popped in to the shop and chose one of our semi plains off the roll and we were able to make her blind and cover her baton in time for Christmas.

If you really can’t find anything amongst our stock, we can order from any of our suppliers and most deliver to us within a week, some in just a day! Just ask us when ordering and we’ll do everything we can to get your fabric as quickly as possible and if you really can’t get to us then we’ll happily send you samples of anything in stock, just ask and we’ll try to match you with your ideal fabric.

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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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Sandstone & Shadow

An absolutely beautiful range of subtle designs from Bill Beaumont in soft muted colours.  The stripe effect is called Jordaan and the leaf spray is called Lars.  With a pattern repeat of only 33.5cm and a useable width of 140cm there is plenty of cloth for your money.  Contact us for further details and prices.

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Choosing Linings for Curtains and Blinds

At Livingstone Textiles we are proud to offer you a great selection of Curtain Linings.

We stock a wide range of curtain linings and curtain interlinings (also known as curtain bump) to suit your specific requirements when choosing new curtains or blinds for your home.  Curtain linings are used to prolong the life of the more expensive show fabric and offer protection from the sun and other elements that could otherwise cause deterioration of the cloth.  They also enable more of the pattern and colour to be seen inside the room when light is on the otherside, ie; daylight, sunlight and streetlight as these will be shining straight through your fabric. Continue reading Choosing Linings for Curtains and Blinds

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Jim Dickens Fabrics

In both our Bridport and our Yeovil shops we have samples of the wonderful Jim Dickens fabrics available for you to come and look at. These fabrics are fabulous for upholstery or for curtains and will add a touch of class to any home.

We have the following sample books for you to choose from in our shops so you can see and feel these fabrics first hand.

Carousel Collection

Carousel collection from Jim Dickens

Beaumaris Collection

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We also have a few other samples available to look at that are from the Merlot collection, the Olympos collection, the Isabella Collection, the Corsini collection and the Avalon collection. We are able to loan you the pattern books to check colours and designs in your room, and can give you a no obligation quote for curtains and upholstery from your measurements. If you are not able to measure, one of our seamstresses can visit in the local area to determine your requirements.

 

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New iLiv Collections for Autumn 2017 – Curtain & Upholstery Fabrics

We wanted to share with you two new wonderful collections of fabric we have to order from our Bridport and Yeovil shops. Part of the iLiv range, these collections provide some fantastic choices for curtains, blinds and upholstery. We also have a selection of designs and colours in stock at Bridport and Yeovil as part of our new autumn range.

Sketchbook Collection

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This is a range based on a Botanical theme. It includes two different floral designs, Etched Vine and Sketchbook featuring off-white patterns on muted colour backgrounds, one of which also includes birds in flight within the design. These fabrics are suitable for general domestic upholstery, as is the other print, Parchment, which includes seed heads and foliage in a coloured print on a pale background. There is also a leaf themed embroidered fabric, Harper, which can be SCETCHBOOK_WEDGEWOOD_CAMEO_1used for light domestic upholstery. Toning beautifully with the colours in the other fabrics is a check fabric, Shaker, which you could use for cushions, upholster a chair or make a heavier curtain. Finally in this collection, we have a large leaf woven design, Laurie, on a lovely heavy polyester, cotton and viscose mix fabric. SKETCHBOOK_WILDROSE_CAMEO_3This would look fantastic as a door curtain to keep out those pesky draughts, but is not suitable for upholstery. We have a selection of these fabrics in stock at our Bridport and Yeovil stores, and all of them are available to order by the metre. More pictures and details of the various colourways can be seen on the iLiv website.

Highgrove Collection

HIGHGROVE_MIDNIGHT_MAINThis is a truly stunning collection which includes traditional floral designs, chenille fabrics and some crewel fabric, which is often very difficult to find. The chenille fabrics are Carnival with a herringbone design and Festival, a brightly coloured stripe. Both are suitable for general domestic upholstery as well as curtains and blinds, and would brighten up any room. Also suitable HIGHGROVE_AUBURN_CAMEO_2for upholstery is Byron, a woven check with a small pattern that is not overwhelming. This fabric also looks great on the reverse, where the pattern forms a stripe. The colours tone well with the other fabrics in the range. For prints the collection includes Chiswick, a leaf design and Heritage, a very traditional looking floral and bird design. HIGHGROVE_ONYX_CAMEO_4Again these fabrics can also be used for upholstery. Finally the jewels of the collection are the crewel fabrics. We have Farleigh, a lovely leaf design on a cream background, and Couture which features circles, flowers and leaves on a cotton/linen blend coloured base cloth.HIGHGROVE_FOREST_CAMEO_5 These crewel fabrics are suitable for curtains, blinds and cushions but not upholstery. They would certainly add impact to any room. You can click here to view more details of the Highgrove collection.

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FINAL DAYS FREE LINING….ENDS THIS SATURDAY

Hurry to Bridport or Yeovil for your *FREE LINING OFFER on all curtains, blinds and curtain fabric with poly cotton lining ordered in September. Claim your *free lining with your Roman blinds as well and have them in plenty of time for Christmas. curtain lining may 2017 thumbnail

How about an upgrade to THERMAL lining for just £1.40 per metre?

* Free lining is the poly cotton normally selling at £3.15 per metre.

Upgrades to Pure Cotton Lining in all colours available for only £1.65 per metre and Blackout Lining for only £2.50 per metre.

Chess shop displayHow about choosing something from the delicious new range of Chess designs?  Their colours and patterns are just delightful and combine so well with winter velvets and Heavy cottons if you’re really over the whole ‘Grey Thing’.

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Pretty Floral Fabrics Display

Floral fabricsWe have a beautiful new display in our Bridport store, showing off some of our wide selection of lovely floral curtain fabric.

These floral curtain fabrics are also suitable for roman blinds, cushions and craft projects.

In this display our choices range from natural backgrounds through duck egg blue to ultra modern soft grey, and the flowers are shades of pink, red and white. We have many other colour schemes available in store and from our wide range of sample hangers if these colours do not suit your room. We are always happy to cut you samples of stock fabric, and we loan out our sample hangers with a cash deposit, so you can always check colours in your room with both natural and artificial light.

For the month of September 2017, don’t forget that all these fabrics are available with free lining, and they can all be made up into high quality hand finished curtains to your measurements, so you can have a taste of spring in your home all year round.

Why not call into our stores in Bridport or Yeovil to see more of what we have on offer? Alternatively email us to request a sample of any of these fabrics or more information.

Details of the fabrics shown above are as follows (from top to bottom):

  1. 100% Cotton –  140cm wide – £14.85/mtr
  2. 80% Cotton/20% Polyester – 140cm wide – £12.00/mtr
  3. 80% Cotton/20% Polyester – 140cm wide – £12.50/mtr
  4. Linen blend – 127cm wide – £23.90/mtr
  5. 100% Cotton – 140cm wide – £20.85/mtr
  6. 100% Cotton – 137cm wide – £19.50/mtr
  7. 100% Cotton – 140cm wide – £12.50/mtr
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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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LIVINGSTONES AT YEOVIL SHOW

20170714_144951We’re making our first appearance at the Yeovil Show.  Come over and say hello and take a look at the sample of fabrics that we have brought along to show you.  It’s just a taste of the massive range of stock that we hold across both our Yeovil and Bridport shops as well as our beautiful ribbopns and tapes, bindings and zips. 20170714_181104 20170715_081431We cater for crafters, knitters and sewers and hold a great selection of books for those of you wanting to try learning a new skill.  Our staff are all sewers and knitters and will be glad to answer your questions and help you. IMG_0094We also make up beautifully hand sewn curtains and blinds to order from any of the furnishing fabrics you choose in our shops.  We have a vast roll stock for you to choose from and give it free samples to make colour matching selection in your home easier and if you really can’t find anything there, you can browse our beautiful books and inspiring hangers and we’ll order your chosen fabric in for you. IMG_0099 (002)We pride ourselves on our customer service and are here to listen and do things well for you so come over and say hello if you’re at the Yeovil Show this weekend.  And if you can’t make it, find us opposite The Octagon Theatre where we provide free parking, a lift and ramps to enable full access to everyone.

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Eggs for Breakfast

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One of our Yeovil colleagues has made this tablet holder using the book, Half Yard Home that we now have in stock in both the Bridport and Yeovil fabric shops of Livingstone Textiles.

She made it using this bag weight fried egg material that we just couldn’t resist getting in for all your craft projects.  You can even have a blind or curtains made it in it if you fancy something quirky at your window!

Now you can enjoy your morning cuppa with eggs as you check your social media and ‘Like’ us on Facebook.