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Palmero

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!

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Reversible Denim

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!

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IKAT

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.

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Christmas Fat Quarter Packs

New into our Bridport store are these gorgeous Christmas patterned fat quarters. Perfect for festive craft, they come in sets of 5, and cost £12 a pack. Approximately sized 25cm x 25 cm.

These can be used to make Christmas bunting, tree ornaments, patches, and more. We also have our on-the-roll Christmas fabric available throughout our stores if you are in need of a larger festive fix !

Available in both Bridport and Yeovil stores, and in a variety of fabrics, from now up until December!

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Beautiful Bill Beaumont

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

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Hat’s The Word !

Bridport Hat Festival 2019 is fast approaching, and with that comes the inevitable pressure to create an astounding garb for your head. Well fear not, as out selection of ribbons, trims, feather and more is sure to offer something to anyone looking to spruce up their headwear.

This piece was brought in on Saturday by a customer, and they used our rainbow feathers (£6.45 /m – 60cm used) and rainbow cord (40p /m) to add some colour and life to this vintage top hat!

We have a huge range of different fabrics and accessories you can add to any headpiece to help prepare you for a Saturday of crazy hat-ness.

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gorgeous new sample book!

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.

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Bill Beaumont fabrics promotion in Yeovil

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 our cotton lining and just pay the difference.

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New stretch fabrics

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!

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School’s Out

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.

Colour Themed Craft Packs

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Cheesecloth? Yeah, baby!

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.

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Swimwear Fabric

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!

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Why you need curtain lining

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!

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Miss Haversham has butterflies!

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!

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Summer Cottons

We’ve taken deliveries of some exciting new cotton fabrics in both of our Yeovil and Bridport fabric shop and we’ve chosen both large and small designs suitable for garment making, crafts and patchwork. The quality and crispness of the material is delightful and would feel cool around your ankles as a long and full skirt, or why not have a go at the pattern tutorial below? One of our staff is making this dress and has chosen to line the bodice in another cotton because it’s so soft next to the skin. We’ll show you pictures of her dress as soon as it’s finished but meanwhile. take a look at this easy to follow example from Simplicity. They have many video tutorials on youtube that help in understanding some of the tricky reminology of a written dress pattern.

pattern now out of print

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Work Experience

Every year at Livingstones we are lucky enough to have the opportunity to share a little bit of our business workings with a work experience student from a local school.

This year we had the lovely May, from Woodroffe and she was a quick learner, embracing all of the tasks we presented her with. She had some fresh and interesting ideas and will definitely be one to watch in the fashion industry over the coming years. In the meantime we’d like to share a couple of the outfits she created for our manequins, entirely from our remnants baskets.

Miss Haversham sporting a midnight blue evening gown


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The Rolling Machine

What is the rolling machine?

The rolling machine is the piece of equipment we use to measure rolls of fabric, we also use it to split down large rolls into smaller more manageable sized rolls for our shelves.

Like our building and a few other things at Livingstone Textiles Bridport our rolling machine has some character brought from age and is sturdy old school model!

How does it work ?

We load the roll we want to measure onto the bottom pole of the machine and weave it in and out of the other poles until we reach the top. At the top we have another new cardboard tube waiting (we say new but we reuse all of our tubes where possible so a recycled tube would be more accurate) the fabric is then held in place with some masking tape. Once we are all set the machine is turned on and is operated with a foot pedal just like your sewing machine would be, this controls the speed

We watch the dial that counts the metres tick round until we get the amount of fabric we need and then we cut across the fabric giving us 2 rolls. This is great for measuring large amounts of fabric and is a much faster and neater way of doing it than measuring it on one of our tables (even though they are huge).

The machine in action

Above we are splitting a large roll of cotton calico and in the warmth of this lovely June day the smell coming from the roll is of lovely fresh and raw cotton, yummy!

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10% Off Christmas Fabric in July

We know Christmas seems like a long way away and that the sun has only just about come out of hiding, so feels way too early to be thinking about Christmas! But we all know how fast it creeps up each year, so we are getting ready early and giving you a chance to get organised and grab a bargain.

Throughout July we are offering 10% off all Christmas fabrics including Christmas fat quarters. So why not take some of the pressure off at Christmas time. Buying early helps spread the cost and the workload through the year a bit. We have a wide range of festive fabrics and lots of ideas for lovely things to make and you’ll have plenty of time to make them.

This offer applies in both our Bridport and in our Yeovil shops so pop in and have a look.

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Festival Fabrics!

With festival season in full swing and Glastonbury this weeekend we thought we’d get you all in the festival spirit with some of our amazing fabrics that would be perfect for festival outfits!

We have loads to choose from ranging from sparkly sequines to shimmery golds and silvers and summery designs!

Look at these colour revesible sequines these would make a great skirt or dress!

Other shiny materials include shimmery silver mermaid scales, gold and silver stretch fabrics and more sequins!

We also have this UV reactive fabric which changes colour in UV light so during the day when the sun is shining and during the night when the UV lights come out this will transform from black and white into multicolours!!

Other fab fabric includes cotton batiks and shimmery organzas, why not visit us to have a look at our full range and get creative.

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Tapestry Cushions

These beautiful tapestry cushions are made from a durable woven material priced at £18.50 per metre. It is available in a selection of different designs from our webshop.  They have been made without piping as the design is striking enough to not need a contrast but they do have a zip in the bottom enabling them to be dry cleaned.

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Magical Fairy Fabric

New into our childrens range is this lovely fairy fabric, with magical fairies, pixies and toadstools in pastle pinks and greens.

This design is printed onto 100% cotton meaning it is durable, natural and washable. The cotton is a perfect weight for curtains, blinds, bags, cushions and much more. This would look amazing in any childs bedroom! Find it on our webshop below.

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Seagull Fabric




We’ve been working on a beautiful holiday cottage in Ringstead Bay, Dorset and are gradually renewing all of the curtains and blinds. This cheerful Seagull fabric was chosen with a blackout lining and matching pelmet for one of the seaward facing bedrooms and we think it looks very jolly and you can purchase it direct from our webshop.


We have more holiday fabrics to choose from for a range of furnishing and craft projects. Why not make yourself a fun new beach bag?






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Spotlight on our suppliers: Fryetts and Porter & Stone

Fryetts (incorporating Porter & Stone) supply some of our loveliest furnishing fabrics, both sold in the shop and available to order. These range from opulent woven fabrics to pleasing prints, and are some of the most popular fabrics we stock, for a reason. 

All these lovely fabrics can be made up into bespoke curtains and blinds for an exact fit to your measurements. Our professional curtain makers will hand finish all of your soft furnishings to give you a great result in your room. Our helpful staff can help you with your colour requirements and advise on the use of the fabrics, and you can borrow the hangers to look at in your home. You can view the full range of Fryetts and Porter & Stone fabrics on their website.

Browse our other Fryetts curtain fabrics