You may already know that we love to be as eco friendly as we can in our stores – we wrote recently about our recycled polyester thread. We would also like to share with you our eco felt, which is made from polyester produced from post-consumer plastic bottles. As you know, the success of recycling all depends on having an end product which uses up the recycled raw materials, and this is a really great example.
This is an inexpensive felt, with a good range of colours and is suitable to sew or glue. It can be used for children’s craft projects but equally is really useful for applique as it does not fray when cut.
In addition as it is an artificial fibre it will melt when heated, which is required for some craft uses. If you need a felt with some wool content you can take a look at our vintage felt range.
This felt is available to buy online by the metre at 36″/90cm width, and also at our Bridport store in 9″ squares. Please click on the link below to see the full range of colours, find out more information or request a sample.
We love our show dummy’s new look, created by one of our talented colleagues here at Livingstone Textiles. She is wearing a kimono made out of one of our oriental fabrics. This fabric has a beautiful pattern of cranes and luxurious gold highlights. It is 100% cotton, 110cm wide and priced at £17.90 per metre. We don’t have much of this specific fabric left (although it may be able to be reordered) so have not listed it on our new website shop. However you can see a selection of our other oriental fabrics below, and you can browse the full oriental cotton collection here.
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.
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 luckily for you guys we have a roll in each of our stores 🙂
Our Yeovil store shared this adorable lampshade made with Animal Alphabet fabric!
To get the look, this cute fabric is available in store at £17.85 per metre, and we also sell lampshade kits, so you can easily get a smart, professional-looking finish either with this fabric, or the fabric of your choice.
Spring has sprung and to celebrate, we’re sharing some charming cotton prints with you.
Perfect little designs that are ideal for dressmaking, craft projects and patchwork, these are just a few selected from the huge delivery we’ve had this month. We’ve a wealth of new fabrics in stock for you, from plush velvets in stunning colours to exotic botanical prints in some really exciting colours so come and pay us a visit over the easter holidays and get a new project going.
With all of us becoming very conscious of throwaway plastics and trying to reduce our use and consumption, one of our Bridport team members decided to make up a bag to put her sandwiches in. Made from less than a fat quarter of fabric, she lined it with a ripstop nylon and popped a velcro closure onto the top and bottom of the first two corners that fold over the sandwiches. She then made a button hole in one corner and stitched a button onto the showside of the remaining corner that make a neat little packet when closed together, keeping her lunch fresh and looking very pretty in the staff fridge. Needless to say that we all want one!
Adorable! Look out for her next experiment with waxed fabrics.
With Valentine’s day coming up fast, why not treat yourself to a book full of ideas for some lovely heart-themed projects and quick makes? these projects will also be good for craft fairs, Christmas, or just for making life more pretty all the year round!
For the smaller makes, choose from our huge range of fabrics on the roll, or browse through our fat quarters to get a smaller piece of something lovely. To finish it off, indulge yourself by choosing some pretty things from our selection of ribbons and buttons – you’re bound to find something you like!
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.
Is it time for a new blanket for your dog? This new colourway in our soft cuddly fleece is perfect for a luxury dog blanket and you could easily make a dog beanbag out of it as well. Of course, you can use it for other projects as it’s a perfect fabric for dog lovers. Available in both of the Livingstone Textiles fabric shops in Yeovil, Somerset and in Bridport, Dorset.
It’s not too late to put an outfit together in time for New Year’s Eve. We’ve still got plenty of sparkle here at Livingstone Textiles so pop in and get some sequins and stars to add to your party outfit.
We’ve also got some fabulous feathers and flapper fringe to give you the Charlston Feel and fur in a rainbow of colours plus ribbons and buttons as well as trouser, skirt and bra extenders if last years outfit is a tad unforgiving.
This gorgeous two-way sequin fabric is new into both Livingstone Textiles Bridport and Livingstone Textiles Yeovil and just in time for Christmas!
This fabric can change colour with just a brush of the hand so you can have two colours on the same fabric. This allows you to draw designs or simply choose which colour you would like to see. Once you have started though you cannot stop, so come into our Bridport or Yeovil shop to see for yourself!
This would be great for cushions, as a Christmas present or even a jazzy addition to a party dress.
One of our customers brought in their latest make last week and we wanted to share it with you. This lovely bag is made with one of our range of tapestry fabrics, which gives a great heavyweight strong bag. The bag has a bright colourful striped lining as well.
Also inside the bag is this delightful fishy purse, when you open up the purse you find another insert for your coins. The detail and work in this make is just great.
If this has inspired you to make your own, or maybe a thoughtful home-made present for a friend or family member, why not pop into our shops in Bridport, Dorset or Yeovil, Somerset to see our range of craft fabrics? There is sure to be something perfect for almost anyone you could care to mention.
We are always thrilled to see and share what you have been making with our fabrics, so why not send us a picture? Your make could be the next one to inspire everyone!
Lots of you have been in this week to buy shimmery, sparkly, witchy fabrics for costumes not only for your little ones but for yourselves as well. Don’t forget to take extra care with shop bought costumes as many man-made fabrics are highly flammable.
If you are at all concerned, it’s not too late to pop in to the Bridport Shop and buy our Flame Retardant Spray, suitable for home application, it makes these synthetic fibres a lot safer when the instructions are followed correctly and we’ll issue you with a fire certificate as well. It’s also a legal requirement for any fabrics in public buildings to be flame retardant treated, including curtains, stage sets and costumes. Worth bearing in mind if you’re currently rehearsing for panto season. We’ve seen evidence of a lot of pumpkin carving going on as we’ve traveled to and from Livingstone Textiles from across West Dorset. Have a great time tonight and stay safe, whatever your plans.
Pop into our magnificent fancy dress section at Livingstone Textiles. In both our Yeovil and Bridport shops, we have a great selection of cobwebby, spooky and sparkly fabrics as well as fur, all ready to turn you into the scariest werewolf or witch in town.
Our lovely range of Vintage Felts in store are very inspiring for the creative crafters in our area, but if you are in need of any inspiration about what to make you might be interested in a new website Creation Location, launched by our felt suppliers. There are patterns for some craft projects, including a couple of (dare I say it?) Christmas makes and a lovely bag pattern. You can download and print the patterns at home then pop into the shop for your supplies.
We have everything in store at Bridport and Yeovil to make up the robin, and you can see how ours turned out below. Yeovil also stock a range of felt craft kits which include everything you need for each project. These make great gifts or projects for yourself.
With a month to Halloween it’s not too soon to be thinking about your plans if you want to look amazing at your Halloween party. Why not think about making your own costume and make something special? If you are planning a party or even going to a party why not pop into our shop in Bridport Dorset or our new shop in Yeovil Somerset and have a look at our exciting range of fancy dress fabrics and trims. We have everything you might need to decorate for your party both your venue and yourself.
Here you can see some of our latest arrivals. We have stars on satin and net, and spiders webs in silver on fabric and multicoloured on black net. These would dress up any outfit or make a great cloak or witch’s hat. We have these fabrics in our ‘fancy dress room’ at Bridport on a lovely old trolley which came from one of the fabric mills which are sadly no longer a large part of UK industry.
If you would like any further information on anything you have seen on our website please contact us and we will be happy to help.
We know our crafters work on their Christmas cards and gifts long before the actual day, so we thought it would be nice to share with you a selection of the lovely ribbons and trims we have in store. There are some fabulous sparkly trims which can be used at any time of year to add a bit of bling. We also have a wide range of Christmas fabrics that are available to purchase all year round, we understand that most people won’t want to be thinking of Christmas yet but for those crafters out there already busy preparing don’t forget where we are and if there is anything that you need that we don’t currently stock please ask a member of our team for their help it might be something we can get in for you, so why not drop in at St Michaels Lane in Bridport, Dorset. You’ll find us on the first floor at the bottom end of Waitrose car park (on Rope Walks). Alternatively you can visit our Yeovil store at Hendford, Yeovil BA20 1UN, where they also stock knitting yarn and books with a Christmas theme.
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.
This first fabric is a lightweight 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.
This beautiful collection of fabric would add a warm country feel to any room in your house with beautiful colours and a wide range of patterns. This collection comes with 8 designs, 4 of which are printed, 2 plain colours, a check and a stripe. The collection comes in 6 different colourways, varying from warm oranges to calm and cooling heathers and lilacs. Some of these designs are ideal for curtains blind and cushions being the perfect weight for the right hang for this, whereas some are upholstery weight with Martindale rub test of either 33,000 or 15,000.
One of the lovely things about these designs is the way they perfectly contrast, they have been designed to work together adding to each other colours and warmth. However, these designs work well on their own too, as a stand alone fabric. The tartan designed fabric would upholster beautifully with a 33,000 Martindale rub test and would contrast with any of the patterned printed fabrics in its colourway collection, as is illustrated above in the images. The beautiful watercolor style in which the patterned printed fabric has been designed adds a depth to the final design of the pattern giving the fabric more interest.
The plain fabrics might be plain but are not without interest, each has a beautiful strong weave to the fabric making it both strong and giving it a esthetically pleasing look. This fabric has a Martindale rub test of 15,000.
The stripe is another interesting addition to the collection with its herringbone weave. With this design the stripe is woven not printed which adds to the final look of the cloth. This fabric has a Martindale rub test of 15,000.
All of these fabrics are a polyester or a polyester cotton mix.
All of these fabrics are available to see in both our shops in Bridport Dorset and Yeovil Somerset. If you would like any more information on any of these fabrics please contact us and we will be happy to help.
Our newest patchwork course is well under way in our Yeovil shop. Having a dedicated teaching space enables us to offer you our sewing expertise in a small group where you can learn new skills and make new friends.
You can see that all our ladies are happy and relaxed and busy creating some beautiful patchwork, all skillfully lead by our tutor.
Livingstone Textiles in Bridport is very fortunate to be located next to the Jurassic coast, a world heritage site where some really amazing and idea changing fossils have been found. Bridport as a town likes to celebrate this love of its history and because of this every year Bridport has the Jurassic Fields Music Festival. This is a family friendly fun event over 2 days featuring music, comedy, food and many other entertainments. This might be something you quickly fancy going to, or you might have already planned coming along to the event. If so why not pop into see us Livingstone Textiles at the bottom of Waitrose car park, where we have a massive range of fabrics, from dress making to curtain making fabrics. We also have a range of haberdashery, dress patterns, cushions, and foam. You could even pick up a souvenir the form of fabric, we have a fabulous Dinosaur curtain weight fabric that could help you to remember the amazing time you have had at Bridport. This fun Dinosaur fabric is 140cm wide with a pattern repeat of 62.5cm and comes in at an amazing £12.50 per metre. It is a printed polycotton linen-look fabric with a beautiful design, this would be ideal in a boy’s or girl’s bedroom and would be suitable for curtains, blinds, cushions, and bedspreads. However, it would not be suitable for upholstery due to the lightness of the material. The natural looking polycotton linen colour background means that the material could work in most rooms with a range of different colour schemes, it could be made into the feature of the room or could equally blend in depending on the style of your room.
This polyester cotton blend background cloth comes in a range of other fun designs, from fried eggs, to farm yard animals and flamingos. If you would like a sample of this fabric or would like to know what else is in this fabric range why not contact us with your details and your question and we will be happy to help. Or if you’re passing either of our stores in Bridport or Yeovil why not pop in and ask one of our very helpful staff members.