With Autumn setting in and the weather getting a little bit on the chilly side keeping warm is starting to spring to mind.
What better way to keep warm than with some luxurious fluffy fleece, perfect for a winter throw at home or even for trimmings or the lining of a jacket. These lovely plush fleeces are in a range of colours and come with a range of different piles to give cosy look to any room, jacket or other project.
Livingstone Textiles started out in the vibrant town of Bridport and has been a big part of the town for over 46 years. The thing about Bridport is that there’s always something going on and last year a small group of enthusiastic folk lovers put on Bridports very first Folk Festival. It was a great success so with a little change to the date (so as not to clash with Dartmoor Folk Festival) they decided to do it all over again and put it on the week before Sidmouth Folk Festival.
Launching on Friday with bands throughout the day at Bucky Doo, the festival got off to a flying start and received a warm Bridport welcome. Evening entertainment continued across many supporting pubs in the town hosting folk bands and musicians while at The Electric Palace the festival was opened in accapella song and celtic pipes from The Coves before Richard Digence and support took the stage. Then followed a weekend of frenzied Morris Dancing, lots more stage music, cream teas at Millenium Green and hasty re-scheduling before the rain came down.
Many of the Morris Dancers got to dance outside the Red Brick Cafe and on their way round to St Michaels Trading Estate they came past our front door. Consequently we had a steady flow of keen sewing ladies – and men, all eager to add colour to their outfits with our lace, ribbons, buttons and trims as well as find supplies and inspiration for their own sewing projects. We don’t list our haberdashery in our online shop but are really happy to send samples and items by post that you might need. Contact us for further information.
As an option to our popular vinyl tabling, we now also stock these lovely soft-touch acrylic coated table fabrics. Soft enough to feel almost like a fabric tablecloth and with a stylish matt finish, these fabrics have a stain-proof wipe clean surface, and can even be gently machine washed or dry cleaned to keep them looking good.
The orange flowers on a natural-coloured background and the blue and off-white teacups are both available off the roll in our Bridport shop, while the delicate grey and white flowers and the small vintage rose print are stocked in Yeovil. All the designs can be purchased from both of our shops, and are 138 cm or 54 inches wide, and £14.25 per metre.
Another tabling option is this PVC coated cotton, which is almost as soft, and comes in a cheerful geometric print or subtle almost-plain shades. Also avaiable from both our shops, the print fabric is 132 cm wide and £9 per metre, while the plainer shades are 140 cm wide, and £7.50 per metre.
We always get asked to do some interesting and challenging projects at Livingstone Textiles and a couple of weeks ago our Yeovil Shop had a big order for 96 meters of plastic tabling. These were to be made into circular tablecloths for the Octagon Theatres Gin Festival at Westlands. It was requested that we cut out 40 semi circles out of the cloth which if you can imagine was no easy task. Tom and another member of staff rose to the challenge and spent a whole day crawling around on the floor cutting fabric and wearing their knees out! We are so lucky to work in such an interesting environment and where we get to have a creative input using many different skills. Every day is different here at Livingstone Textiles 🙂
Livingstone Textiles at Yeovil in Somerset and at Bridport in Dorset both stock a wide range of gorgeous plastic and oil cloth tablings starting at the really competitive price of £5.50 per metre. We are also delighted to offer you a brand new range of Doreen Preston tablings on our state of the art display stand.
For more information on our fabrics and services, please contact us with your details and requirements and we will be happy to help. We can mail your order direct if you cannot get to our shop and you can also oreder a limited number of our fabrics online.
Bridport is known for its ambience and hosts some lively community festivals. We also have a vibrant music scene in the town, one genre of which is Folk Music and a handful of regular folk music performers have decided to showcase some of the best local talent in Dorset by hosting the First Ever Bridport Folk Festival. What’s more, it’s a Free Festival!!
Folk music, song and dance are part of our rich British culture and it is positively thriving among the young and old alike in the town and deep into the hills of Dorset. To showcase our heritage, The Bridport Folk Festival will be hosting over 76 acts, more than 50 of these acts are musicians that will be singing and playing at several venues across the weekend of the 11th, 12th and 13th of August. There will be 3 main stages all within the town centre, one in Bucky Doo, one in The Borough Gardens and the main stage will be on the Millenium Green. All stages are free to enter and any money collected will be shared in half with the RNLI.
Livingstone Textiles are very proud to have supported this event with both sponsorship and materials to build the stage sets and providing a venue large enough for a community sewing bee to stitch the vast quanities of extra wide calico needed for the stage roofs. The calico that has been used is 3 metres wide from selvedge to selvedge so it’s ideal to use as a lightweight cover in the event of showers and as shade from the sun. The stages will also be featuring backdrops made from our polycotton plains and draped with our two tone organza and we’ll be featuring pictures of these on the blog after the event.
Folk Festivals are renowned throught the UK and as well as the numerous song, dance and instrument workshops that take place are always the Morris.
Morris dancing can be traced back at least to the time of Shakepeare in our country and it is widely believed that the Moors people brought it here when they settled in this country, hence Moorish/Morris dancing. This is just one of many different theories but one things for certain, it’s certainly not just for men. We have some great female and mixed dance teams in Dorset and they can all be seen dancing enthusiastically throughout the summer at West Bay, Bridport, Charmouth, Lyme Regis, Swanage and at many small villages between from May to September. Livingstone Textiles holds a vast stock of ribbons and bells, threads and fabrics and are suppliers to Bridport’s very own morris team, Wyld Morris, based at Monkton Wyld, Bridport. They have recently furnished themselves with colourful tatter jackets made from scraps of fabric that we’ve supplied along with their own odds and ends. Indeed, Livingstones has it’s very own incognito Morris dancer working in one of the shops!
We regularly see the local Morris dancers in our shop getting ribbons, fabric and other habadashery supplies they need from us so we are all very excited about this event.
For more information on the folk festival please visit their website.
Bunting is something that we love to make and use to decorate our shop and we use it to show our customers all kinds of gorgeous colour combinations. This week got to thinking about weddings, garden parties, rustic outdoor events and food fairs in our beautiful Dorset countryside and what could look any more rural than hessian?
This idea is so simple to do that we thought we’d share it with you. We cut out some triangles of hessian and zig-zagged the edges to stop the fabric from fraying and then we simply spaced out the flags and stitched them onto a few metres of our cluny lace. Of course, you can always upcycle some old coffee sacks if you can lay your hands on them but if not, pop in and check out our different grades of hessian as they also look brilliant as trestle tablecloths finished with pure white cotton runners. In our beautiful listed mill building, we think hessian works very well with the prominent industrial elements on show.
We love fabric at Livingstone Textiles, and we love coordinating with them and having fun. Here are a few images of how you can put fabrics together to balance them. The beautiful lime greens and yellows work beautifully with the greys and blacks. The key to using bright colours is to balance them out with a subdued colour.
If you would like any help on deciding on fabrics for your home we would be happy to help. Pop by on our stores either in Bridport Dorset or Yeovil Somerset and have a word with our helpful staff.
Summertime stripes are our featured fabrics this month and these are our favourite range.
The ramake design is part of our stock line and is something we always have in. They are a fabulaus design that work as curtians and blinds. They have a very high maridale rub test so would be perfect for upholistery and cushions. We have this fabric in a range of different colours that would fit in with most other colours.
These lovely summertime cool blue remake fabrics would work beautifully with the sketchy seagull design on this fabulous fabric. We love contrasting fabrics together as in doing this it can inhance a particual colour in the fabric on in the room setting it is going. These too would partlcally well as the linen coloured background picks out the lined coloured stripe. The prestigous seagull and seaside fabrics would also look complament this fabric range.
All of these fabrics are avaialbe on our webshop and our shop in Bridport Dorset. If you wouldl like a sample of any fabrics that have been featured on this website please do contact us and we will be happy to help.
This lightweight water resistant fabric is proving really versatile and popular. It’s easy to sew and has a nice finish which is not ‘plasticky’, making it perfect for outdoor cushions. We’ve added a couple of new colours to our range, this really seasidey red and blue stripe, and a lovely subtle purple pastel stripe. To see the full range or request a sample, just click on the webshop button below.
With the sun beginning to make a performance and the weather starting to get warmer you might be dusting off your deckchair, and have come to realise that it needs some new fabric or thoses bench seat cushions are looking a little more worn than you remember them last year. If this is the case have a look at this weeks featured fabrics.
We stock a range of deckchair fabric in 5 different colourways that are 42- 45cm wide (depending on design) This makes them perfect for most standard deckchair without any cutting or hemming. In most cases all you will need is 1.5 metres of material and some nails (depending on deckchair please check before purchasing) and we have even made that easy for you by selling deckchair kits. Within these kits, you are provided with 1.5 metres of fabric and 26 nails all for the price of £16.25. The standard price of deckchair is £7.40 per metre.
Featured this week are a range of beautiful summer themed stripes. These would be ideal if you are wanting to bring the summer into your home so you have memories of the summer all year round. Thes striped fabrics would all work really well as blinds, curtains and cushions.
Interested in seeing more? Visit our webshop to see more featured fabrics and our full range of craft and soft furnishing fabrics.
We posted a few weeks ago about how we were excited to venture into the retail of sewing books. These have been so popular that we decided to invest into some new titles. These range from bag making, using felt, using your sewing machine to a book on overlockers and many more titles.
So pop over to our shop in Bridport and have a look at our fabrics and our new books – you might be inspired to take on a new project.
If there are ever any other craft books you are interested in looking at, do ask us as we will be happy to see whether we are able to get hold of them.
Another piece of customer inspiration for you today – this fabulous bean bag! In this case the customer had an existing large bean bag but it had no separate cover so was impossible to clean. They chose this stunning Clarke & Clarke fabric and our seamstresses made up a new cover, leaving the old cover to become the bean bag liner. We think you’ll agree the result is amazing!
You could also make an outdoor bean bag using our range of new waterproof outdoor fabrics. Available in various patterns and plain colours, there is sure to be something to fit in with your outdoor colour scheme.
Bean Bag Filling
As well as being able to supply some great fabrics for bean bag covers and a bean bag liner (such as calico) we also stock the polystyrene beads for the bean bag filling. You can refill your bean bag or top up your existing bean bag filling, with small bags of bean bag beans starting at only £6
Being so near to the seaside, the early signs of spring make us think of sitting on the sand with an ice cream and what better way to do it than in a good old-fashioned deck chair! If yours has seen better days, you can easily revamp it with our specific canvas deckchair fabric. We also sell packets of decorative upholstery nails to complete the transformation.
We have seven colourways in stock – plain green, blue & red, blue with a turquoise stripe, red and cream stripe, bright stripe and pastel stripe. All the fabrics are 17″/43cm wide to fit a standard deckchair and can also be used to repair directors and other folding chairs. To replace the fabric on a standard deckchair you will need approximately 1.5 metres of fabric. Choose from the options below and get ready for the sun.
Miss Havisham is getting into the Christmas spirit and is getting all dressed up for a Christmas party. She is wearing a double layered dress made from two of our beautiful fancy dress fabrics. The under-layered dress has been made from a polyester satin which is 150cm/ 60″ wide. This is priced at £3.60 per metre and is only avaialbe to buy in our shop in Bridport or by telephone order.
The top layer of her beautiful dress is made from an organza fabric with a flocked snow flake design. This is 148cm/ 58″ wide and is priced at £2.80 per metre.
Miss Havisham has added a variety of different accessories to her garment. She has firstly added a sequin belt to bring the waist in giving the dress extra shape. The sequin belt s made with a elastic sequin trim which is available in our shop in Bridport Dorset. This is priced at £1.50 per metre and is about 1″ wide. The sequin trim could be used for a range of different thing, from dressmaking, and crafts to hair bands and fancy dress.
Miss Havisham’s necklace is even a home made accessory from our shop. She has very cleverly taken one of our beautiful big buttons priced at 98p each with some silver cord to produce a stunning necklace. We stock a massive rage of buttons at our shop in Bridport Dorset.
If you would like more information on anything you have seen on here or samples of the fabric you have seen please contact us with your details and the information 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 here, 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, pure wool is also ideal for lining jewellery or cutlery boxes, recovering writing slopes and desk inlays.
Gorgeous Christmas Fabric made into bundles of Fat Quarters.
We decided that we have so many fabulous Christmas fabrics in stock that we would put some smaller quantities together in pretty colour combinations to create palettes of colour. These will all co-ordinate and your projects can be themed according to the bundle you choose. Because the squares are smaller than our regular cut, we can offer you more choice in each bundle making them brilliant for Christmas crafting and hand made gifts. Each square measures 22″x18″ and although only currently only available in store, we will be bringing them to our online shop very soon.
Summer parties? Birthday parties? Fancy Dress? Or just want to entertain the kids over the summer holidays? We have a massive range of fun fur for all these occasions. We have at least 20 different colours in our plain fun furs, these are all 150cm/ 60″ wide and range in price from £7.00 to £9.80 depending on quality.
We also have a range of animal effect furs, from a very cute soft lamb effect fur which is 150cm/60″ wide and is priced at £8.90 per metre and some animal printed furs. The printed fur seen here comes in two colourways, black and white zebra effect which is seen here and a brown and tan tiger effect. Theses are both 150cm/60″ wide and are both priced at £11.90 per metre.
The fur mentioned and seen here are all available to order through our webshop by clicking the “buy now link” – they are also available to buy in our shop in Bridport Dorset.
If you would like a 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 and we will be happy to help.
Here are some more water-resistant fabrics. These are lighter weight than our heavy water-resistant polyester striped fabrics, and so are easier to sew. This makes them especially suitable for outdoor cushions or furniture covers, though they can still be used for awnings, windbreaks, deckchairs and swing seats. The coating on the rear of the fabric is translucent so you can see the stripes on the reverse of the fabric. We are selling a lot of this fabric for outdoor bunting, especially the colourful multi stripe. It would also make a brilliant shower curtain, and can be used for many craft applications, like making bags or aprons.
Fabric composition : 100% polyster
Fabric width : 135cm/53″
Price : £8.30 per metre
This new outdoor striped fabric is proving very popular and is suitable for many uses. It does not fray when cut, so can be used for deckchairs, including those with wider frames, directors chairs, swing seats, awnings and windbreaks. It can be sewn into cushions, although it is heavy so will need a robust machine and a jeans needle.
The fabric is patterned on the front and off white on the reverse due to the water-resistant backing.
This is a lovely high-quality wipe-clean pvc coated cotton oilcloth tabling with a pretty rose design on a cream background. Combining practicality with good looks, this would look perfect as a tablecloth in a country-style kitchen. The fabric can also be sewn and so could be used to make water-resistant cushions. This fabric does not fray on cutting due to the pvc coating so for tablecloths no hemming is required.
Fabric composition : 100% cotton fabric with matt pvc coating Fabric width : 134cm/53″ Pattern repeat : 32cm/12.5″ Price per metre : £13.90
These colourful retro and floral buttons really brightened up our day when they arrived. They are printed with really bright and funky designs, and are at a really reasonable price point as well. The prices range from 20p for the smallest buttons up to 36p for the largest. The largest button is 3cm across, so these are great value for money. They would look amazing on a coat, jacket or cardigan. How about replacing some boring buttons and making a statement!
If you’ve caught the crafting bug recently, or are already an experienced seamstress, perhaps you are considering making some bags, either for your own use or as gifts. We have a variety of bag making supplies as well as lots of suitable fabrics. The latest addition is this range of bag handles to make life easier as well as giving your bag a good finish. All these bag handles are made of plastic.
We have wide flat handles with a wood look, which are particularly suitable for knitting and craft bags, a twisted wood look handle and a stylish black handle. Also in stock are magnetic bag fasteners, stiffening buckram and bond-a-web for applique.