If you’re a bit fed up of looking at the same net curtains that have been up for a few years, it might be time to renew them. We’ve got a great collection in our online shop and a post that explains how to measure for nets.Continue reading New Nets for Old
Sitting out in your conservatory during January is a rather chilly option and while it is out of use it’s a good idea to have a look and see if it might be in need of a bit of a facelift before the Spring. A local customer decided to pop in to Livingstone Textiles this week to see about getting all of his cushions re-covered so we set about giving them a new lease of life. The foam in the bottom cushions was still good so we were able to re-use them and save him a bit of money. However the back cushions had started to sag and needed a bit of help so we gave the inners an extra few handfulls of fibre filling to firm them up before Madeline set about making new covers for them. She added matching piping, which always looks smart and incorporated zips into each cushion, enabling the customer to be able to wash them when necessary and we think they look fabulous. Don’t forget that you can always email us pictures of your cushions or curtains and ask us to quote you for new soft furnishings, it’s a good idea to include measurements as well so we can get an idea of how much fabric you will need to buy.
If you feel like hibernating in a dark room after the excesses of Christmas, we invite you to dream your way into this lovely room set from ILiv. We are a registered stockist for this company and hold many of the fabrics on rolls in our shops ready for you to create a cosy and tranquil space to relax……and possibly read the Philip Pullman trilogy, His Dark Materials.
We have some very pretty and subtly-patterned new tabling arrived in our stores this week, with a much softer drape and fabric-like feel; some of them actually feel like fabric, but with the advantage of being wipeable and machine washable – perfect for brightening up your kitchen, or for a stylish cover-up when the grandchildren visit!
We have a range of patterns and soft-coloured plains for you to choose from, to perfectly complement your home decor.
prices from £7.50 to £14.50 per metre
Spooktacular fabrics have arrived at Livingstone Textiles so it’s time to get dressed up and decorate the house for a seasonal autumn party!
We’ve added many new rolls of cloth to our sale rack in order to make room for our new autumn/winter 2019 collection of dress and furnishing fabrics. With a minimum of 25% off our original retail prices and many rolls of several metres you are sure to find your next project requirements here.
If you’re struggling to find anything suitable then have a look at our remanant baskets around the store where we put all of our workroom offcuts and end pieces from the roll stock. There are some fabulous bargains to be had and some good size pieces in there ready to mix and match as cushions or create cool and original bags from.
Our obliging model Miss H has been wearing a little cheesecloth dress of late, but the cooler nights made us think she needed a coat. We fashioned this lovely loose style from some of our baby blue poly Melton, and we think she looks great!
Melton is a dense, tightly woven fabric named after the town of Melton Mowbray. it is traditionally made of wool, which is brushed and felted during production to give a beautifully soft, warm finish. This poly viscose Melton has the look and feel of wool, with all of the windproof qualities and soft touch of the original, woolly product, but it is washable, and also moth-proof!
We currently have Melton in our Bridport store in a range of warm, autumn shades, perfect for a coat or jacket- just ask Miss H!
150 cms wide, £13.50 – £14.00/metre
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.
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!
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.
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.
Nautical Tapestry Fabric£18.50 inc. VAT Add to cart
Multicoloured Cartoon Dogs Tapestry Fabric£18.50 inc. VAT Add to cart
Multicoloured Abstract Waves Tapestry£18.50 inc. VAT Add to cart
Woven Tapestry Tree Fabric£18.50 inc. VAT Add to cart
Woven Tapestry Dragonfly Fabric£18.50 inc. VAT Add to cart
Wavey Striped Tapestry Fabric£18.50 inc. VAT Add to cart
Woven Squares Fabric£18.50 inc. VAT Add to cart
Woven Aztec Fabric£18.50 inc. VAT Add to cart
Cactus Woven Curtain Fabric£18.50 inc. VAT Add to cart
Fish Woven Curtain Fabric£18.50 inc. VAT Add to cart
Vibrant Circles Tapestry Fabric£18.50 inc. VAT Add to cart
Colourful Diamond Tapestry Fabric£18.50 inc. VAT Add to cart
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.
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.
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.
New in stock now, are these pure wools in three great colour ways, they are perfect for making skirts, jackets, bags and even curtains!
The colours are muted and subtle with a soft fade throughout to give a stripe effect. They are of a really high quality with a great feel and lovely drape.
Wool is such a warm and versatile fabric and really can be used to make almost anything and why wouldn’t you with these great colours available!
They are 144cm ( 56″) wide and are on sale at £26.50 per metre.
Bridport Arts Centre is all ready to kick off its Fashion Week event to celebrate fashion history, costume and the recent upsurge in the popularity of sewing. Starting on Monday 4th March and running through to Sunday 10th March there is sure to be something to whet your appetite and inspire you to get your sewing machine out. Livingstone Textiles is very proud to have been able to sponsor this event and during the week we will have a stand in the Arts Centre foyer where you can pick up information about our locations and the products and services we provide as well as a huge selection of fabric and haberdashery to choose from.
The events consist of talks on pattern drafting, pattern reading, historical fashion and the influences of modern London fashion through the experienced eye of Saville Row tailor, author and tv presenter James Sherwood. Also visiting Bridport to talk about the Royal Wardrobe are the Curators of Bath Museum of Fashion. They will be explaining their current exhibition on modern royal fashion as well as the royal wardrobe of Queen Alexander, Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and our current Queen Elizabeth. Continuing the fashion history theme, Bridport museum will be giving a unique insight into their textile and costume collection dating back 150 years and Arts Centre Director Curtis Fulcher will be giving an informed talk on Tudors and Historical costume. Curtis is an experienced costume designer and maker and has made a couple of recreations to demonstrate his talk with questions. There are also a great range of films to watch about some of the greatest fashion designers that have ever lived and you can find more information about the whole weeks events here
When you think of roller blinds they are mostly plain and pretty boring or the patterns that are available aren’t quite right for what you want. Although we don’t make roller blinds we are do stock roller blind backing which is an iron-on fabric that you apply to the back of your chosen lovely fabric, transforming it from standard floppy fabric into stiffened fabric ready for your roller blind cassette! Unfortunately we don’t stock the roller blind cassettes, so you will need to source one for this (they can easily be found online).
Here is our step by step guide to applying the roller blind backing:
Tools you will need:
- Show fabric for your blind
- Roller blind backing fabric
- Steam iron
- Large clean surface that you can iron onto
- Tape measure
- Set square (to ensure corners are right angles)
Step 1: How much fabric?
For the show fabric you will need, for the width, the exact width of the finished blind plus an additional 2cm (1″) and for the length you will need the length of the finished blind plus 30cm (12″). For the roller blind backing you will need to allow and additional 2cm (1″) across the width and again an additional 30cm (12″) to the finished length.
Place your roller blind backing down on a flat, clean surface (needs to be suitable to iron onto later) and measure out the required size of your blind plus the additional measurements above, drawing this onto the roller blind backing. Use your set square to make sure your corners are at 90 degrees otherwise your finished blind will look wonky! Now cut out the shape you have just drawn, from the backing.
Position the now cut backing onto your fabric piece (note you have not cut the show fabric at all yet). The fabric should be facing down (wrong side up) and the backing should be glue side down (this is the slightly shiny side). When positioning the backing on the fabric you should consider the pattern placement (if applicable) try to get the pattern central and check that the top /bottom of the blind will work well with the pattern.
Now your fabric and backing are all lined up you can begin ironing. Set your iron to as hot as the fabric will take and begin ironing from the centre of the blind backing working outwards in circles ensuring you go right up to the edges. You will need to press and hold the iron down firmly and apply steam. To ensure that all of the backing has stuck down properly look at the fabric from a low angle to show up any bubbles that may still be there. If this is the case then use the iron to push these bubbles out to the edge of the fabric so that the air can be released at the edge ( think of it like applying a screen protector to a smart phone in this sense).
Now you are able to cut the show fabric and the backing down to the correct size that you want the finished blind to be at the edges, these should be well stuck down because of the extra 1cm either side that was allowed. You will still need to leave the allowed 30cm (12″) at the top as this will be the part that will sit inside of the cassette to secure the blind. You may also want to attach a weighted bar to the bottom of the blind (this should come in the kit) so the 30cm (12″) should allow for this.
Your fabric is now ready to be fitted to the cassette!
It’s neary the end of 2018 and time to think about those New Years Eve parties…and your outfit!
What better way to celebrate the end of this year and to welcome in the start of 2019 than all dressed up in fancy dress. We have a huge range of fancy dress fabrics and the limit to your costume possibilities is only your imagination!
If you’re struggling to think of an outfit idea then we have our New Look and Simplicity pattern books with pleanty of costume patterns to choose from. With fabrics ranging from crazy colured fux fur to glitzy sequins and sparkly metalic look fabrics even pirate like stripes you can transform yourself into anything or anyone.
There are of course more glamorous party outfits that can be made if costumes aren’t your thing.
We are open between Christmas and New Year for those last minute ideas if you don’t manage to make it in before Christmas, to see our opening times over the festive period please click here.
With the climate change, burning of fossil fuels and the mountains of plastic we are using and discarding daily, sometimes without knowing (it’s in everything even tea bags!) the planet is really suffering and is in desperate need of a helping hand from us! With changes from everyone needed now more than ever here are a few simple makes that are easy to do and will go towards helping out planet earth. Most of these makes will also save you money as you wont need to keep buying new items just to throw them away after use.
Single-use has recently been named the word of the year by Collins dictionary, which indicates how relevant this has become this year.
1 – Waxed cotton food wraps
No more need for cling film or plastic bags , these are easy to make at home and can be made out of most cotton fabrics. We have a huge range of dress and craft weight cottons which are perfect for making these with so you can choose from almost any design or style you can think of!
We have even helped out Damers first school in making these back in July, for more details on these wraps and how to use them check out their great work here!
2 – Sandwich keeper
Cut out the need for single use plastic sandwich bags and plastic packaging (if you cheat and get a shop bought sandwich), instead take your lunch with you in style! What’s even better about this is that it doubles up as a place mat when opened so you can eat your lunch anywhere out and about and know you’ve got a clean surface to eat from and also a handy crumb catcher! It is machine washable for when the outside gets grubby but for day to day use you can wipe clean the inside with soapy damp cloth, then rinse.
I made this one earlier in the year and I haven’t needed to buy sandwich bags since, saving money and cutting out a little more plastic.
3 – Shopping bags
We have nearly all got used to the idea of carrying around a shopping bag with us to avoid using plastic bags. I find that you can almost never have enough of these as they always come in handy for something. Simple tote bags that fold up to nearly nothing so that they fit neatly into your pocket or handbag or even just to live in the boot of your car or around the house for that time when you need them.
We have a huge range of sturdy fabrics in stock with lots of colours and designs to choose from to make these handy bags. The best thing about making these bags yourself is that you can make these bags big or small, simple and straight forward or you can add pockets and compartments to keep things separate, decorate the outside with embroidery or motifs to jazz it up a bit, the possibilities are endless! Also, in stock we have cotton, polyester or acrylic webbing available which is perfect for making the handles of these bags and makes it super simple.
4 – Fruit and veg bags
These can be simple draw string bags to keep your fruit and veg separate from other shopping, muslin or net fabrics are great for these. These can also help keep your fruit and veg good for longer as they don’t sweat and stay damp like they do in plastic.
5 – Using string/ twine or ribbon instead of sticky-tape for wrapping Christmas presents
Why not use decorative ribbon or even some hessian twine to secure your presents this year. These will give your presents a whole different look and add something special, while at the same time reducing the amount of single use plastic being used this Christmas as you won’t need to use sticky-tape.
6 – Baby/wet wipe alternatives- terry towelling, fluffy fleece, cotton
Baby wipes get used in their hundreds of thousands each day and the majority of these are, again, plastic based which means they just stay like they are for years and years after their single use. There are loads of reusable alternatives that you can try making, including using fluffy fleece, terry towelling or just simple cottons as the base for the wipes these are used along with your chosen cleaning mix, which is usually a simple mix of skin friendly liquids not harsh chemicals (e.g. baby oil, tea tree oil etc) but there are lots of others to choose from. This might take a little research to perfect the best ones but will reduce the amount of single-use wipes used and so will be more friendly to the environment and your baby’s bum.
7 – Sanitary towel alternatives
Sanitary pads can be replaced with reusable cotton pads, with no nasty plastics in sight. We are happy to supply Cosy pads with the fabric to create their own version of reusable sanitary towels click here to check them out. Or you can come in and see us to choose your own fabrics and give making your own a go.
We’ve recently taken delivery of a consignment of designer fabric ends (short lengths of fabric around 2m) so pop down to our stores in Bridport or Yeovil to choose some of these lovely fabrics for yourself before it’s all gone!
These are high-end fabrics, perfect for small upholstery projects, cushions or even a roman blind. These luxury fabric pieces are individually priced and guaranteed to save you money on the RRP. Perfect if you want something a little different to adorn your home.
We’ve had fun putting together these lovely fat quarter bundles, and they’re not just for quilters! With Christmas approaching fast, take a look at our fat quarters next time you’re in the shop – you might find that a usefully sized square of fabric in one of our gorgeous Christmas fabrics is just the thing you’re looking for. Our fat quarters are generally 18″ x 22″ (that’s 45cm x 48 cm if you prefer) and so are a useful way to buy smaller pieces of fabric for your christmas craft projects as well as for quilted christmas projects. Available singly, or in a pack of 4 pattern and 2 plain.
New in are these gorgeous and vibrant coloured boiled wools, perfect for making that statement coat or jacket. We have 100% boiled wool in a vibrant cerise, and 95% wool in lime green and a rust colour these are all fabulous and warm fabrics ready for the chilly winter months ahead.
These lovely fabrics are a real eye catcher and could be made into beautiful garments. We have this vintage 1950’s style simplicity pattern in stock, that would look great made up in one of these fabrics! However, there are plenty more patterns to choose from that would also look fabulous, if 1950’s isn’t your style.
It still is really not too late to get yourself kitted out for………………………………………………..
H A P P Y H A L L O W E E N !
Get yourself along to Livingstone Textiles this half term and bring the kids too. We’ve dozens of delicious sparkle, stars and spooky stuff to drape yourself in and for decorating the house. Whether its shiny holographic stretchy stuff or gossamer net with metallic rainbow cobwebs (and it’s reversible too!), we’ve got lots to choose from and starting at only £3.50 per metre you can afford to make some great costumes this Halloween.
Wintery designs and cute cuddly animals are the perfect theme for fluffy fleece to cuddle up with as the evenings are getting colder and darker. We have some lovely new designs just in with more on the way! These fleeces are soft and warm to the touch making you want to snuggle into them.
With deigns including unicorns, flamingos, teddy bears, swans, cats, jungle animals, west highland terriers, jigsaw puzzle pieces and much more! Some of these designs are even double sided giving you two different designs on one piece of fabric.
They would make great blankets, dressing gowns, jumpers, hats or even super soft and warm PJs for all the family. We also have a wide range of colours available in plain fleece.
There is lots to choose from in both our Bridport and Yeovil shops, why not pop in and see what all the fuss is about.
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.