We have some some really interesting and unusual fabrics in stock at Livingstone Textiles; some, like this Osnaburg fabric can look quite unassuming on the shelf, so can be overlooked.
A bit of history
Osnaburg is a natural-coloured fabric, looking rather like a calico with visible seeds within the weave; osnaburg fabric has a softer drape than calico even though it has a coarse weave, and generally comes in a narrower width. Osnaburg gets its name from the city of Osnabruck in Germany, where it originated. Originally it was made from flax yarns and then later cotton was used. Around 1700 it began to be produced and woven in Scotland, from where it was exported into England and then on the the British colonies in America.
What is it used for?
Prior to the abolition of slavery osnaburg was mostly used for working garments, but also for higher-status clothing for underthings, linings and interlinings. Today it has a number of different uses.
Clothing and costumes
Osnaburg is much sought-after for historical costumes, and particularly for clothing made for historical re-enactment groups. As a fabric that was widely used for both working clothing for poorer people and slaves, and also by dressmakers for shirts and petticoats, osnaburg lends authenticity to historical outfits.
Osnaburg is a popular fabric with quilters and stitchers because the loose weave makes for easy hand-stitching and embroidery; the natural colour makes a good background for all sorts of projects, and the fabric is sturdy and long-lasting. As a natural material, It is also popular for dolls and soft toys. As a natural fabric, it can also be painted or dyed as your project requires.
If you would like a sample of our osnaburg fabric please contact us and we will be happy to help.
New in our shop this month is this beautiful fabric that illustrates chestnuts and other wildlife flowers. Living and working in the heart of the beautiful Dorset countryside we love fabrics that illustrates nature well, and this is certainly one of those fabrics.
Chestnut and Leaf Print Composition- linen/ polyester Width- 140cm/ 55″ Pattern repeat- 62cm/ 24″ Available to order
Another fabric we love that is similar to this Chestnut fabric is our very popular Botanical Fabric with Ferns, Butterflies and Dragonflies. This is not a new fabric but is a regular fabric we have had in for a while now and it is still as popular as ever.
This beautiful cuddle fleece babies’ sleeping bag was made by one of our customers who is having a new baby in the family. She kindly brought this into show us and we thought it looks so snuggly!
This sleeping bag was made using one of our cuddle fleece fabrics; It’s a whopping 150cm wide, so you won’t need much, and there is always a choice of gorgeous patterns and beautiful plains to choose from.
Our customer used some curtain lining inside the sleeping bag; this is a great economical choice, especially if you have an offcut in your fabric stash! Our curtain lining is 100% cotton, which makes for a soft, breathable lining, but if you wanted something more colourful to complement the cuddle fleece fabric, you’ll find a huge choice in our dressmaking fabrics. To add a beautiful final touch she has added these very sweet teddy bear buttons, but if you want something different you’ll find we have a massive range of buttons to choose from in both of our shops, so you’re bound to find the perfect one for your project.
If you would like a sample of any of the fabrics you have seen on our website please contact us or order your samples online, and we will be happy to send them out to you.
This beautifully made padded notice board was made by one of our young makers. It features a stag fabric which is now discontinued, but we’ve got some other animal fabric options below to give you inspiration.
Many of our lovely customers have generously shared their creations with us over the years, and we really do love seeing your makes and the wonderful things our fabrics can become! We think this padded notice board is a fab use of a little left-over piece of curtain fabric; you might have just the piece in your fabric stash, or alternatively take a look in our remnants – you might find the perfect piece there to make your own padded notice board – and don’t forget we sell foam cut to size too.
If you want to share your favorite make using fabric from Livingstone Textiles, and you’re happy for us to share it on, please tell us about it (with pictures! ) by email, or via our accounts on Facebook or Instagram.
If you would like a sample of this or any other fabric you have seen on our website please contact us with your details and information on the fabric you require, or order your samples online. We’re always happy to send out samples!
We love seeing what you have made and we were all very delighted when one of our customers walked into our shop wearing this. We were so excited to see how our fabrics had been transformed into a beautifully made dress. We were so lucky to have been able to photograph this coat so we could show all of you.
The coat was made with a simplicity pattern number 1320, which we sell in our shop at Bridport Dorset. Our customer has chosen to make coat number A with the three buttons, but has chosen to make her coat in two fabric like the coat labeled C. The way she has done this show that with these patterns you can choose what you want to make and you can take the aspects that you like.
The fabric she has chosen were both from us, the woolen woven fabric that she has made the sleeves out of we have now sold out of as it was really popular. The fabric that she has made the middle panels and the collar we still stock in our shop in Bridport Dorset. The composition of this fabric is poly/ viscose, it is 140cm/ 55″ wide and is priced at £12.75 per metre.
If you would like a sample of this or any other fabric you have seen on here please contact us with your details and information on the fabric you require and we will be happy to send you out a sample.
With Christmas over and the New Year started Spring will soon be here and you might soon be thinking about net curtains. We stock a larger range of net curtains in different drops and designs from plain nets to the more floral. These net curtains are all available online and in our shops in Bridport Dorset and Yeovil Somerset.
If you are looking to buy a some new net have a look at “how to measure for net” to get an idea about measuring.
We have just got in a new design for the new year this new net curtain is called Hudson and can be seen in the image above, and this time we have chosen a design that is less floral and more plain. This design has simple lines at the bottom so giving the net curtain interest without over powering the window.
We are currently selling this product in four drops, 36″/ 91cm, 45″/ 114cm drop, 54″/137cm and a 72″/ 183cm, more drops will be added as stock comes in.
If you would like a sample of this or any other net curtain you have seen on our web page please do contact us with your details and information on the fabric you require and we will be happy to send you a sample.
Here is a beautiful new curtain fabric we now have available to order from our sample hangers. This fabric is called Chelsea and is a really gorgeous print with incredibly rich colours. There are three colourways, as you can see from these cushions and the images below. As with all our sample hangers, you can borrow the hanger from our shop to take home and check the colours work for you, all we ask is a small cash deposit.
If you are not local to our shop, we can arrange for fabric samples to be sent out to you. Just email us with your address and the details of the fabric, including the colourway. This fabric costs £28.80 per metre to order, there is an additional carriage charge for small orders. Orders over £80 are carriage free to UK addresses.
Our skilled local seamstresses are also able to make curtains and cushions to your measurements and selected curtain heading to give you a bespoke finish for your room.
Furnishing cloth makes a great alternative to cotton poplin if you are looking for a luxurious dressmaking fabric. In this picture it has been used to make a warm, heavyweight evening dress and the maker wore it to a masked ball on a winters evening. She used curtain lining fabric for the voluminous sleeves, re-purposed from her old curtains.
You could re-create this classic look with fabric from our traditional collection of furnishing materials. This lovely embellished swirl is called Berkeley. We have a huge range of hangers to look through in our shop.
On the left, you can see that Berkeley is available in a range of refined colours and that we also have other suitable fabrics available. In the centre of the picture is Summer Palace also at £28.50 per metre and on the right is Bess at £29.40 per metre.
The trim is stitched on to the surface of the fabric to create the illusion of a laced bodice. You can find a large selection of trims like the ones featured below in our shop in Bridport, or ring us on 01308 456844 to request some samples.
Cinderella shall go to the Ball! Or maybe you have panto costumes to make for the coming season? Step by step instructions are included in this Simplicity pattern making it simple to put this lovely outfit together. Follow the costumes link above to find out more.
New in our shop and fresh on the shelves we have a range of exciting new cuddle fleeces. Cuddle fleeces are softer than average, making them ideal for babies blankets, soft toys and general throws. They could also be used like regular fleece for clothes and craft projects.
We have a fun designs which sit very nicely with our regular plain fleeces. This sheep cuddle fleece is 150cm/ 59″ wide and is priced at £8.30 per metre. This would make a really fun dressing gown!
After a babies blanket now the weathers getting colder? Or thinking of making a blanket for Christmas have a look at this beautifully soft teddy bear cuddle fleece. This is also 150cm/ 59″ wide and is also priced at 8.30 per metre. Its a neutral design so would suit a boy or a girl and would fit right into any nursery.
Lets not forget the dog this winter, we have some lovely warm dog paw cuddle fleece so your dog or cat wont get cold over the next few cold months. This is also new in and is priced at £8.30 per metre. In store we also have this design in a standard non cuddle fleece.
We have more fleece for sale on our web shop and for our full range of fabrics why not visit us in our shops in Bridport Dorset and Yeovil Somerset where we have rooms and rooms of fabric.
If you would like samples of these or any other fabrics you have seen on here please contact us with your details and information on the fabric you require.
Did you know that we stock Wool Baize at Livingstone Textiles? If you are a player of Bridge you will probably enjoy your game on a proper card table covered in traditional green baize. After many years of card games, your table could start to show signs of wear and tear and as they are a costly, often unusual item of furniture to replace, you may want to consider re-covering it yourself. We have in stock, in our Bridport shop and also now available online, this hard to come by fabric and if you don’t fancy doing the job yourself, we can get our upholsterer to do it for you, just ring the shop for details on 01308 456844. This lovely soft, green, wool-rich fabric is also ideal for lining jewellery or cutlery boxes, recovering writing slopes and desk inlays.
With Christmas around the corner and the prospect of excited young (and old!) people at home together for a few days, why not stock up on felt supplies and get them crafting? Felt is a great material for making into stocking fillers and decorations and it requires no hemming at all. Our felts are available in both acrylic and a wool/acrylic mix that you can easily cut and sew together or even glue. Try cutting out tree shapes, sew them together leaving a small gap and fill with a little toy stuffing. You can then sew tiny beads on the front and glue on thin strips of glitter ribbon to make mini Christmas trees. Stitch up the stuffing hole and sew a loop of ribbon to the top and its all ready to hang. You can make mini stockings for little chocolates as well, or how about a mini felt Christmas pudding decoration? All you need for this is one square of brown felt and one square of yellow. Cut two 3″ circles from the brown felt and two 3″ circles from the yellow. Cut away half of the yellow circles in a wiggly line to represent custard and glue these to top halves of the brown circles. Now stitch the two brown circles together with a small gap near the bottom. Lightly stuff the pudding, sew up the gap and add a ribbon loop for hanging. You could add a couple of red beads to the top of the ‘custard’ and a tiny green piece of ribbon or felt to represent holly. Happy Crafting!
New in our shop in Bridport Dorset is a new massive range of winter fabrics, from wool mixes, warm cotton flannel fabrics and thick stretchy jerseys. One of our favorites is this beautiful felted look on a velour background. This fabric is beautifully thick and would keep you warm on those up coming cold days. This fabric would work beautifully as a winter coat or jumper. It is priced at £14.00 per metre and is 138cm/54″ wide. The fabric is made from polyester. If you would like to see our full range of winter fabrics pop into our shop in Bridport Dorset and have a look.
STOCK UPDATE : This fabric is now out of stock and unavailable. If you would like a free sample of any other fabric you have seen on here please contact us with your details and information on the fabric you require. See below for a selection of dressmaking fabric currently available online.
Now that winter’s here, why not have a look at some lovely warm 100% cotton winceyette/ flannel fabric. This fabric is a cotton fabric that has been brushed to give it a lovely soft feel. Made with 100% cotton it will not only keep you warm but will breath and help you hold your temperature. We stock this fabric in 5 plain colours white, baby blue,baby pink, yellow and red. All are 100% cotton, 105cm/41″ wide.
We also have some lovely patterned flannel fabrics, a beautiful leaf design and a animal print design. The animal print flannel fabric is the same width as the plain but is priced slightly more at £6.30 per metre. The leaf design though is slightly wider at 112cm/44″ and priced at £7.00 per metre.
STOCK UPDATE : Our stock of patterned wincyette fabrics changes often, so please contact us to request details of current designs.
All of these fabrics are avaiable for sale in our shop in Bridport Dorset. If you would like a free sample of these or any other fabric you have seen on our web page please contact us with your details and information on the fabric you require and we will be happy to help.
Our superior quality stretch cotton mix towelling makes comfortable sheets for cots, moses baskets, and single beds. The stretchy nature means it can be pulled tight to give a wrinkle-free sleeping surface and the soft, absorbent nature enables moisture to be wicked away from the skin. This makes it an ideal material for backing bibs for both babies and the sick or elderly.
The towelling is a pure brilliant white and has proved tricky to photograph but we hope that you get a better idea of the colour from this second picture. We are happy to send you a sample of this fabric and you can now buy this product in our online shop.
Now with Autumn here and winter round the corner we have been thinking about our winter cloths both in classic and new designs. We have put together a range of our tartan fabrics that are both available to buy on our web shop and our shop in Bridport Dorset. We have a beautiful range of 12 different colours some in a more traditional colour pallet and others with a modern look to them. All the fabric are a polyester/ viscose mix and they are all about 144cm/ 57″ wide. These are a good width for dressmaking and these fabric and design would make beautiful skirts, jackets and tops.
As the image shows on the right the polyester viscose fabrics hang beautifully, so a skirt or a dress would work well in this fabric. The skirt to the right was made by one of our customers with a new look pattern that we stock in our shop in Bridport. The shirt has been made with a handkerchief cut. This is where the side panels are cut to a point giving this lovely uneven but full finish.
We have even dressed Miss Haversham this week in tartan, with a traditional long shirt and denim jacket. The tartan she is wearing is only available to buy from our Bridport shop and it is not currently available online.
If you would like a free sample of these or any other fabric you have seen on our website please contact us with your information and details of the fabric samples you require.
New in this week is this lovely, warm, ponteroma jersey fabric. We are stocking this in our Bridport shop in Dorset. It is available in four colourways and will look great with our large range of patterned stretch jerseys.
The ponteroma jersey is thicker than standard cotton and viscose jerseys making it ideal for those cold autumn and winter days ahead of us. This fabric will make fitted leggings and tops and the colours we have chosen will go with most things. It is 143cm/ 56″ wide. It would be a perfect fabric to use for the projects in our Beginners Guide To Sewing with Knitted Fabrics book.
If you would like a free sample of these or any other fabric you have seen on our website please contact us with your details and information on the fabric you are after.
Over the last couple of days the weather has started to dramatically change and we are starting to see winter on its way, so Miss Haversham decided it was time for a change of outfit.
Miss H as usual is wearing a range of our fabric which she has made into a lovely outfit. Her jacket is made from a beautiful bird and floral patterned stretch denim which is 142cm/56″ wide and is priced at £13.00 per metre. We think the fabric is beautiful and any garment made from it would look amazing.
As check is coming in this Autumn Miss H has decided to go with a check skirt. The checked skirt really does brighten the outfit without over powering the jacket. She has made this beautiful full length skirt with a “Downton Abbey” feel to it. This skirt will both keep her warm in the winter but also give her some style. This fabric is not avaialbe to buy on our web shop only in our shop in Bridport Dorset or by ordering over the phone. It is priced at £5.40 per metre.
A new fabric on to our web shop this week is this simple yet calming fabric design. This natural looking cloth is a polyester/ cotton blend but has a far more natural look. Its light colour platter helps give this design a calming feel.
This fabric is 140cm/ 55″ wide with a pattern repeat of 61cm/24″ and is at the bargain price of £13.95 per metre.
See below for a selection of botanical fabrics we have available to buy online currently.
If you would like a free sample of this or any other fabric you have seen on our web page, or would like to check stock levels, please get in touch with your details and information on the fabric you require.
It that time of year when we all start thinking about dressing up, with Halloween and Christmas just round the corner, so we have been looking t all our fancy dress fabrics. We have a massive range of fancy dress fabrics in our shop in Bridport Dorset, with one whole room dedicated to them.
We also have a small range on our webshop. With Halloween only a few weeks away why not have a look at our skeleton fabrics, the example above is a netted skeleton fabric which would work really well as a fancy dress garment or as decoration. This fabric is £3.50 per metre and is 112cm/44″ wide.
The second example of skeleton fabric is our “day of the dead” fabric. This dancing skeletons design is on a 100% cotton poplin fabric base. It is priced at £8.30 per metre and is 137cm/12″ wide with a pattern repeat of 32cm/12″.
Both of theses fabrics are available to order in our shop in Bridport Dorset.
We also have a range of standard fancy dress fabric that would work really well with any of these fabrics. If you would like to order a free sample of these or any other fabric you have seen on here please contact us with your details and information on the fabric you require.
This is one of our new curtain fabrics for autumn, and what a stunning fabric it is. This is a linen mix fabric with an embroidered design of pomegranates and raised applique. We have this colourway in stock and other colourways can be obtained as seen in the picture to the right.
This wonderful fabric is a new arrival for autumn. It is a felted polyester fabric with a lovely texture and amazing detail. The pattern is a random square with purple, winter white and other colours on a black backgound. We think this fabric would be perfect for a coat (watch out for a staff make coming up), jacket or skirt. It would also make a stunning bag or cushion.
Fabric composition : Polyester Fabric width : 58″ / 147cm Pattern repeat : N/A (the pattern does not repeat consistently) Price : £14.00 per metre
STOCK UPDATE : This fabric is out of stock and unavailable. Please see a selection of our other dress fabrics below.
Summer’s just round the corner and we are all hoping the weather will hold long enough so we can pop down the road to the beach. However until the weather holds long enough why not get the summer feeling with our range of seaside fabrics. We have a great range in our shop in Bridport Dorset from fabrics on the roll to hangers that you can order in from. Our fabrics range from dress weight to curtain and upholstery weight.
This beach hut fabric works wonderfully as a bag, curtains, cushions and bunting. We sell the fabric by the metre or as bunting strips £3.20 per strip.
Bunting is such a fun and easy way to decorate your house or garden for any occasion from weddings, birthday or a simple BBQ.
The fabric is sold by the metre on our webpage but the bunting strips are only in our store in Bridport.
This lovely smock was made by one of our girls in the shop and isn’t it fun? She has used one of our new fish fabrics priced at £11.20 per meter, 140 cm/ 55″ wide. She made the pattern from our dot and cross paper which is for sale at £1per metre, only available in store. This fabric has multi uses from clothing, cushions and curtains, and has a really fun sea- side design. Our Cushion making prices start at £7.00 for a non- piped cushion and £9.00 for a piped cushion depending on size.
This fabric is available to order on our web-shop or in our shop in Bridport Dorset. If you would like a sample of this or any other fabric you have seen on here please contact with your detail and information on your fabric.
For all you Camper-van lovers out there we have this beautiful camper-van fabrics which is available in our shop in Bridport Dorset at the price of £12.60 per metre. This fabrics is 140cm /54″ wide and has a pattern repeat of 32cm/12.5″. The fabric would be ideal for cushions, curtains, blinds and garments.
An example of how beautifully this fabric works is with this cushion, to make one cushion you would need half a metre of main fabrics at £12.60 per metre, 2 meters of piping cord at 32p per metre, a zip at 66p and half a metre of contrast fabric at £5.00 per metre. The total cost for materials for this cushion would be £13.24 and for one of our makers to make this cushion would cost an extra £9.00.
If you like this fabric or any you have seen on our website and would like a sample sent out contact us with your details and information on which fabric you like and we will be happy to help.
We have been busy making some new cushions over here at Livingstone Textiles, to use as an example of what you can do with some of our beautiful fabrics. This lovely washing line fabrics is £9.00 per metre and comes at 140cm/54″ wide. It is a beautiful example of applique and embroidery and could be used for many things.
The cushion is a beautiful example of this fabric and what can be done, here we have carefully selected a range of colours which will work with our selection of garments. We have gone for a pink drill, which you would need 0.5 meters at £5.25 per metre, 0.5 meters of a contrast green with white spot for the piping at £6.20 per metre and 2 washing line stripes at £9.00 per metre. You would also need 1 zip at 66p and 2 meters of piping cord at 32p per metre. The total cost of this make was £16.82 for the materials, if you fancy this cushion but don’t want to make it your self one of our makers could make it for you for the total cost of £30.00. Contact us for more information.
Fancy making a feature of the cushion? We also not only sell the fabrics by the metre for your bigger projects but we sell it as bunting stripes at £3.00 per stripe. Each strip is 140cm/54″ wide and comes with one washing line.
Time to celebrate! Both our stores are now open Mon - Sat 10am to 1pm and 2 to 4pm. Covid restrictions on number of customers, masking requirements and social distancing will still apply. We look forward to seeing you soon. Like and follow our Facebook page to receive future updates.