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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

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Slow Fashion Industry : Pattern Sale Ends Today

Today is the last day that you can buy New Look patterns at 40% off.  The offer is valid on all of the designs in the newly launched summer catalogue which features some great new outfit ideas.

Be part of the Slow Fashion movement and invest some time in making yourself something to wear this summer, the time and care you take in making your own garment will lead to an appreciation of the textiles that you use and the resources that goes into producing them for manufacture.  You will be making something to fit your measurements so no more compromising on badly fitting garments either.  By starting to create your own wardrobe you can contribute to reducing the waste and emissions caused by the Fast Fashion industry because after investing your time in sewing things to wear, you will make it to last and think twice before casting it aside.  You will be doing your bit for the planet and your local town by spending money in an actual shop, not online!  This promotes local employment whereas buying patterns online will not.

We also hold stock of all the current New Look patterns so you don’t have to wait or pay for postage either 🙂  We don’t even mind if you choose to upcycle an old garment or textiles with your new pattern instead of buying new fabric from us because we are passionate about sustainability at Livingstone Textiles and have been working to keep our carbon footprint as small as we possibly can for years.  We are now stocking fabric made from waste fibres in the textile industry as well as recycled felt, and are actively demanding more choice from our suppliers.  You will be able to read a lot more about our business ethic and green credentials very soon because we are compiling a whole new page dedicated to it on our website where you will be able to see all of the little and big things we are doing to help make a difference.

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*Final Days of Free Curtain Lining Offer*

 

 

It’s the last two days of our great May offer, we’re still giving away free poly cotton lining in every pair of curtains orderd in May and if you want to upgrade your lining to a blackout or a cotton lining you only have to pay the price differential.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dogs in Glasses

We have such a brilliant fabric in stock, we think these dogs are absolutely hilarious and could be made into a bag, a cushion or even a pair of curtains.  Tag the dog lover you know will love this, they’ll be inspired!  Made from a heavier weight woven material it will be durable and long lasting whichever project you use it for, how about a dog bed for your favourite friend?

You can buy it from either of our shops in Bridport or Yeovil and you can now get it on our webshop as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Customer makes – Chair upholstery

We love seeing and hearing all about our customers makes and so it’s always nice to be sent in pictures of what you have all been up to with the fabrics bought from us.

The latest picture we have been sent is from the very talented Linda who has used our crane fabric to reupholster her arm chair and it looks amazing! The fabric works really well with the piece of furniture and the before and after photo really shows how great the transformation is. She has managed to get the fabric tight around the chair and so the finished look is very effective, also the pattern matching on the cover buttons shows a great eye for detail so well-done Linda!

We sell upholstery supplies here at Livingstone Textiles along with loads of great fabrics so there is plenty to choose from if you have been inspired by Linda’s great work. The crane fabric is available on our website and in our Bridport shop, to buy it online or just find out more click here.

If you have made something recently with our fabrics and would like to share it with us then we would love to see it, you can send your pictures to us by email to people@livingstonetextiles.com.

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What is Calico?

Ripe cotton plants

Calico is a very basic cotton cloth which gets its distinctive speckled and natural look from the way it is made; as it is made from partly processed and unbleached cotton fibres, the fabric usually contains flecks of the cotton seeds which get woven in. The natural fibres are what gives the fabric its versatility allowing it to be used for just about anything. It is durable, cheap and can be easily dyed, painted or printed on.

Plain weave – warp and weft are equal

Because of the way calico is made, it is cheap and versatile. Calico is made with a plain weave; this means that the warp and weft are equal (the up to down and left to right weave of the fibres are woven equally). It can therefore be easily and quickly made on mechanised looms as it is now, and also on non-mechanised looms as it was made back in the 11th century in India.

There are also different weights/ grades of calico available which can lend themselves to different uses. Calico is great to use for toiles to practice your pattern on an inexpensive fabric before setting off with your chosen and generally more expensive ones. It is also great for bags, aprons and cushions, and can be painted on and dyed just about any colour you can think of! It is also used in traditional upholstery as a lining. It can be used for just about any clothing, accessories or household furnishing and so is one of the most versatile fabrics available.

Calico is normally sold as a loomstate fabric, which means it has not been bleached or treated after weaving. Because of this it is liable to shrinkage and should always be washed before being used to make up an item that is likely to be washed in the future.

A little history

The history of calico is very long and can be traced back as far as the 11th century. Calico originated in Calicut in southwestern India and this is where its name is derived from (Calicut). At this time India was the biggest producer and exporter of cloth in the world and this was mainly because of how cheap and easy the calico was to make and also for traders to buy.

We have a range of different weights of calico available to buy at both our Bridport and Yeovil shops or click here to follow the link to our website where you can order these.

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Chambray Now In Stock

We have some rather cool cotton chambray in stock at both our Bridport and Yeovil stores and we think they’ll look really fabulous made into a bag or a denim style jacket.

The cloth is lightweight and has a little stretch in it so would also look great as a jeans style skirt or trousers and you can now buy all three designs  from our online shop by clicking on the links below the videos, but first have a look at how they sparkle!

 

 

 

 

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Free Curtain Lining Offer continues

It’s no secret that we recommend lining your curtains! Linings give protection from the sun, add body to your curtains, and just give a nicer finish all around. So why not take advantage of our offer of free polycotton lining with your curtains or curtain fabric this May? If you want a superior lining, no problem. Simply choose the best lining for you and your room (we know a lot of people favour a blackout lining) and all you will pay is the difference in price.

Hand finished curtain hems

Our free curtain lining offer is now half way through, but it’s not too late. You can still browse our extensive choice of fabrics from roll stock and sample hangers, choose whether to make the curtains yourself or have our experienced makers hand finish them to your specification, and get a no-obligation quote so you can see how reasonable our rates are for a superb quality finish. Just choose your fabric, take your measurements and request a quote before the 31st May. All quotes given during May will be honoured for one week after the end of the offer.

See below for a selection of our current curtain fabrics to get you inspired! See here for full terms and conditions.

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Floaty Double Gauze Cottons

New in as part of our spring and summer range, we have these lovely double gauze fabrics. Made out of 100% cotton, they have the crinkled cheesecloth look, but the double layer gives more body and means they are not so see-through. We think these fabrics would be lovely as a floaty scarf, or a boho top (hint: we have a pattern sale on during May 2019!). They are also suitable for baby uses – you could make a baby wrap-style carrier or just a more robust baby muslin. At the Bridport fabric shop we have these fabrics in pink and grey, and at our Yeovil fabric shop you can choose from pink and blue. Whichever colour you choose, we think you will love these high quality gauze fabrics.

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Bargain Threads from only 50p!

We’ve been talking for many months about re-designing our bottom room to make it safer for everyone as a retail space.  This has historically been our delivery area but we also have some rolls of cloth stored on shelving that our customers enjoy having a look at.  We were sad to see another long established business go in Bridport this year with the closure of ‘This & That’ however the legacy lives on because we now have some of their shelving in our delivery area!

We’ve used the shelving to divide the room off and create a new shop display area with a great new space for us to work in behind it.  We had to relocate one or two things as anyone does when they’re having a shift around so we dismantled our old Coats thread stand.  We’ve been selling off all the old Coats stock at massively reduced prices as we’ve gone over to selling Gutterman threads instead so don’t forget to look at the colours we still have left in stock when you’re next passing, you can top up your thread stocks really cheaply because they are now reduced to 50p per reel for the small size and £1 a reel for the large!!

 

We took the opportunity to have a bit of a play last week and created a colourful fish from old cotton reels and we’ve hung him in the stairwell next to some of our gorgeous new woven tapestry fabrics that are available in these new wave designs and don’t forget that you get FREE LINING with curtains ordered throughout May.  We will be developing this theme over the coming weeks to create a summer carnival feel to the entrance that we hope you enjoy it as much as we do creating it.

 

 

 

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The Wild Wild West

Welcome to the Wild Wild West, home of the fastest drawn scissors at dawn.

Livingstone Textiles has two fabulous fabric outlets in the Westcountry bursting with hundreds of metres of gorgeous material ready to be made into lovely projects.  Did you know that as well as stocking fabric for dressmaking and material for making curtains, blinds and cushions, we also stock a number of wipe clean pvc tablings and oil cloths that are not only used for covering tables?

Here you can see that this vintage design of Cowboys and Indians has been made into a waterproof bag or shopping, books or school/college stuff.  It’s been lined with one of our bright and cheerful childrens fabrics featuring orange dinosaurs and has strong canvas straps stitched firmly between the layers.  The whole bag is robust and we think the design has a vintage vibe cool enough for both adults and kids.  The fabric is 130cm wide and costs £8.50 per metre and can be bought at either of our shops in Yeovil or Bridport.

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Quilted Dressmaking Fabrics

We’ve just taken delivery of two great new quilted fabrics in navy and coffee colours to go with our super shiny silver quilted material.

The navy colourway is available in a traditional diamond quilt pattern as is the silver and the coffee colour is a little bit different because it has a quilted flower pattern.  All three are great for projects like a gillet which having no sleeves is quite quick to make up and the fabric can also be made into a funky picnic rug or an anorak if you fancy a more involved project.

The navy and the coffee designs are available in a 148cm width and cost £7.50 per metre and the silver quilted is 110cm wide and costs £9.80 per metre. They are not yet available on our webshop but you can purchase by mail order over the phone or pop in to one of our shops at either Yeovil or Bridport. Clicke here for our contact details.

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Farbics from Iliv

This is one of our frequently used suppliers as they have a great range of fabrics from children’s designs through to traditional country homes and everything in between.

With fresh colours and designs there is a fabric for everyone. We have recently bought in a large range of new roll stock from Iliv with many fabulous colours and patterns that will add to any home. These Iliv fabrics are available in both our Bridport and our Yeovil shops and will shortly be listed on our website so keep an eye out for these soon!

 

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New striking tapestry fabrics

Brand new in!

We have extended our range of bold and striking tapestry fabrics; these are in a range of beautiful bright colours and are very hard wearing making them perfect for upholstery projects and much more.

This range of fabrics have been so popular that we have had to add more to our range and we think these are just as fabulous as the first few we have had in. These are all available online and in our Bridport shop and for even more different designs why not visit our Yeovil shop.

 

 

 

 

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FREE Curtain Lining – May 2019 Offer

Exciting news from both of our fabric stores in Bridport Dorset and Yeovil Somerset, we are giving you free polycotton lining with all your made to measure curtains and curtain fabric ordered in May 2019!

If you would like to choose a different curtain lining, don’t worry, the price of the polycotton lining will be deducted from your order and you will only pay the price differential. We stock sun-resistant cotton linings in 3 colours, blackout lining which is particularly useful at this time of the year with early morning, and thermal lining. Coloured linings can be ordered from our sample book.

We have a full bespoke curtain making service at both our stores, using local seamstresses who make and hand finish your curtains to your own measurements so they fit your windows exactly. For local clients a measure can be arranged, or see our simple guide to how to measure your own windows. We can supply a no-obligation quote, please contact us or call into our stores for details. The length of time from placing your order to receiving your curtains varies according to demand, but is usually around 4 weeks.

If you are making the curtains yourself, you can still qualify for our offer and can have free lining up to the number of metres of curtain fabric purchased. You can even take advantage of this offer when shopping online – simply quote “please add free lining” in the order notes when placing your order before 31st May 2019 and free polycotton lining will be included. Click on the link below to see all the curtain fabrics this offer applies to.

TERMS & CONDITIONS : Applies to purchases of curtain fabrics or made to measure curtains. Dress and craft fabrics are not included in this offer, and we reserve the right to designate which fabrics are included. Sale fabrics are not included, only fabrics purchased or ordered at full price. Maximum quantity of free lining is the same as the quantity of fabric purchased. Polycotton lining will be supplied free, other linings are available on payment of the price differential. Offer ends 31st May 2019, quotes for curtains requested by this date will have the lining offer honoured for one week only after the end of the offer.

 

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New tapestry fabrics arriving soon!

 

 

We’re just excitedly unpacking some lovely new tapestry fabrics from the same family as these ones –  the perennially popular ‘Lollipop’ and ‘Big Holland‘.  All of them strong, tactile and colourful, perfect for upholstery, curtains and cushions, available in store and online.

We can’t wait to see the new ones…can you?

While you’re waiting, you can check out the current range!

 

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Curtain making in Bridport

In both our Bridport and Yeovil shops we offer a bespoke hand-made curtain make up service, along with roman blinds and cushions as a few more examples. With a local team of self-employed makers at each shop we can offer a wide range of high-quality hand-made, soft furnishings for your home at competitive prices.

We are proud to say that we have a huge range of fabrics to choose from and our friendly and knowledgeable staff are happy to guide you through choosing the right fabric for you. We are also able to offer a measuring up service in the local area for people who need it, we can also offer advice on this in the shop if you just need a little guidance. Also see our guide for measuring curtains here.

Here are some of the latest bespoke curtains with matching scatter cushions we have made for a happy customer.

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NEW – Colour changing fabric in UV light

New in to Livingstone Textiles is this amazing new fabric with UV colour changing technology!

This fabric is a jersey with a difference, the colours start as black and white but when it is exposed to UV light, the colours change to pink, purple, blue, yellow! UV light comes from the sun and is even present on cloudy days so this fabric changes almost always when you head outside. When the fabric is no longer exposed to UV light it will revert back to the plain balck and white.

To demonstraight this we have a UV torch in the shop so you can watch the fabric change before your very eyes! Come in to our Bridport shop and have a look, this product will soon be in our Yeovil shop to.

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How to make a scrunchie

We are now doing scrunchie packs here in Livingstone Textiles Bridport, this is a little pack containing all the fabric and elastic you need to make four hair scrunchies. These would make great gift packs for people learning to sew or getting back into it, they would even be fun little projects for the Easter holidays to keep children busy for an afternoon.

We have written this step by step guide on how to make these with lots of pictures to make it easy to follow!

Here’s how to get making…..

What you get in the pack (makes 4 scrunchies) :

  • 2 long strips of fabric (approx 7cm x 112cm)
  • 1m of elastic
  • 1 Safety pin

What you will need:

  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Needle (for hand stitching, optional)
  • Iron

Step 1 – Take your long strips of fabric and cut them in half, this will give you the four pieces of fabric that will be your scrunchies.

Step 2 – Fold one of the shorter strips in half lengthways with right sides together (wrong sides out) and press with an iron to keep the fold.

Step 3 – Using a zig zag stitch sew along the edge of the fabric to create a tube.

Step 6 – Overlap the ends of the elastic by around 2cm (1″) then secure them to make a loop. Carefully pin the ends of the elastic together ready to be sewn. Stitch together the ends of the elastic with a zig zag stitch (this will allow the elastic to stretch still), make sure the are firmly secured.

Step 7 – Tuck in the raw edge of one end back inside the tube by 1cm (1/2″) next take the other end with the raw end and poke this inside the tube where you have already folded in, this will complete your loop neatly.

Step 8 – The final step is to stitch the ends together to secure them. This can be done with a machine stitch through both the fabric and the elastic over the join to keep it secured. However, for a slightly neater finish you can hand stitch the seam, this allows you to only stitch through the fabric and not also through the elastic so the seam is less noticeable.

 

 

 

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Cushion Covers

 

We had an order in this week for a pair of curtains and two scatter cushions in this fresh spring fabric and they looked gorgeous when they came back from the maker.  We know that our customer will be so pleased with them, the cream piping perfectly compliments the soft white of the flowers.

Remember that we can make up all sorts of soft furnishings for you, from pencil pleat curtains and roman blinds to boxed and piped cushions and our prices are very competitive, just pop in to the shop and ask for details or take a look at our website, our making prices are the most competitive in the area.

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Curtain Lining and Interlining Now Available Online

We are all working hard on adding products to our new webshop and wanted to let you know that all our curtain linings and interlinings are now available to buy online for delivery anywhere in the UK.  Not sure which lining to choose for your curtains? Check out our handy guide to choosing a lining here. Not sure what interlining (also known as bump) is or how to use it? Click here to learn more about curtain bump. Alternatively just take a look at our wonderful selection of linings below.

You can request free samples by clicking the link in each product or by contacting us and letting us know which items you would like to compare. Sometimes we know you have to touch the fabric to feel the quality.

 

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Stripy Spring

 

The light in the evenings and the burst of flowers everywhere tells us that despite the chill wind, Spring has definitely sprung.

We decided to change our downstairs fabric display from Autumn’s Oranges to these fresh and vibrant stripes and greens to bring the outside in.

All of the fabrics shown in the picture can be purchased in store and some are on our online shop.

The sad news is that we can no longer get the lovely grey elephant fabric, however you can pop in and buy one of the cushions if you’re so inclined but first come first served though as stock is very limited.

Meanwhile you will be thrilled to know that the fabulous circus monkeys on the pompom cushion (just seen) are very much available and new in.  We just know that this one is going to fly out because we all love it already.

Remember that we can make up a bespoke Roman Blind for you using either a traditional wooden batten system or the smart new cassette system. We also handmake all of our curtains to your exact requirements and you can choose from a variety of headings including modern eyelets using our new in house press.  We are proud of our team of curtain makers in and around Bridport,Dorset and Yeovil,Somerset and we can provide you with boxed and piped cushions for the home and caravan as well as scatter cushions and are happy to ome out and measure if you’re unsure. Don’t forget that we also have an in house workshop where our skilled upholsterer can breath new life into a favoured chair or settle.

Contact us for more details.