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did you know…?

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know we stock a range of bra extenders at Livingstone Textiles? These useful little things can help to make a new bra feel like an old friend until it’s worn in, or to keep you comfortable if you’ve gained some temporary weight. Easy to use, they simply hook on to your bra, so no sewing is required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We stock a range of sizes to fit all widths of bras, in black, white or nude. You’ll find them on the wall by the till, along with lots of other useful haberdashery items, so pop in and get one to keep for when you need it!

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No Business like ‘Sew’ Business

 

 

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.

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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

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What happens on Burns Night?

 

 

Burns Night is annualy celebrated in Scotland on the 25th of January and celebrates the works of the great poet Robert Burns.  It is also now frequently observed in other parts of the United Kingdom by native Scots and those who appreciate the heritage of Scotland.   Robert Burns was born on January 25th 1759 which is why Burns night is celebrated on this day.  He died in 1796 and his best known work is probably “Auld Lang Syne” which is traditionally sung at midnight on New Years Eve or Hogmanny. He is known in Scotland as “The Bard”

Many families and friends enjoy getting together on Burns Night to share a supper of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties with Whisky as the preferred tipple.  You can find out more about Haggis here.  During the evening poetry written by Robert Burns is recited, sometimes Scottish songs are sung and then the Haggis is traditionally ‘piped in’ by a Bagpipe player in full Scottish dress where it is toasted on arrival at the table.  At Burns night events many men choose to wear kilts and women might wear a shawl, skirt, sash or dress made from their family tartan.  A tartan is a cloth made of wool woven in a distinctive check pattern using different colours across the warp and the weft and clans have their own distinct patterns that have been replicated over centuries, often nowadays in more modern blends of viscose and polyester as well as in wool.

If you are attending a Burns Night event you can choose from the range of bright new tartans at Livingstone Textiles to create a sash or shawl over your evening attire, we don’t have much online but their are lots to choose from in house.  We also stock some colourful tartan ribbons to dress your hair or add interest to a plain dress, pop in to either of our shops to browse our collections.  We also think that it’s a great idea to host a kids Burns Night event where you can get them involved with the reading of poetry and maybe using a recorder to pipe in a haggis that they’ve helped to prepare.  They could make a Scottish flag to hang up or could colour in place settings using some of the words in the poems of Burns.  For more inspiration and ideas for a special childrens event visit https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/burns-night

 

 

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We Are Haberdashers

 

Here at Livingstone Textiles we like to supply you with the best quality products at the most competitive prices we can find.  We know that many of you love the Prym range and there are hundreds of haberdashery products available from this company, all beautifully packaged and presented.

We also stock an excellent range of products by a UK based company called Whitecroft.  The Whitecroft Essentials range is a collection of products that we stock for knitting and sewing.  We concentrate on basic stock lines such as sewing needles, pins, machine needles, poppers, fur fasteners and hook & eyes.  We also keep embroidery hoops, knitting pins and crochet hooks in stock having seen a great revival in wool based crafts over the past decade.

Whitecroft have been supplying wholesalers for over a century and as a retailer working in the textiles trade for over 47 years in the same premises, we know that we can rely on the quality, the supply and the price of Whitecroft Essentials to all be consistant.   Many of our customers are now coming in with third generation sewers and knitters which is a wonderful thing.  We also have customers who tell us that they remember coming into the shop with a parent or aunt and they love how we haven’t changed very much over the years.  Like Whitecroft, we focus on the basics, good quality products at affordable prices and above all else, in an increasingly competitive online environment we pride ourselves on customer care and satisfaction.

The New Year and cold winter evenings are an ideal time for sitting down and sorting out your sewing tin or box.  Pop in and top up on your basics the next time you’re in Yeovil or Bridport, we’d love to see you and help you re-stock.

 

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Self-adhesive glitter patches

Here’s a fantastic fun new product we’ve just got in the shop, just in time for your Christmas crafting:

 

 

 

 

 

Sheets of coloured self-adhesive glitter fabric that can easily be cut into letters, numbers, shapes – whatever you want!

This versatile product is self-adhesive, so it will stick firmly to wood, metal, card or wherever you want, but because it is a fabric it can also be used to decorate fabric items or clothing  and ironed on – simply cut it to the shape you want, remove the backing and stick it down. For fabrics, cover with a light cloth and iron for 60 seconds. Leave it a few minutes to cool and set, and you’re done!

 

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The cutting edge

 

 

 

Scissors are a great gift for the stitcher or crafter in your life, and we have a fantastic range to suit all ages and budgets at Livingstone Textiles this Christmas.

 

 

 

We’ve got some new arrivals, in the form of these great value soft-touch scissors, which come in multipacks of three different sizes and in different colours, or you can purchase the largest size separately. They are good to use, work for left or right handed people, and are brilliant value for simple projects.

Also new are the ornate and delicately-coloured thread snips, which are perfect for a discerning needleworker, and they’re just so beautiful! we were all cooing over them as soon as they arrived in the shop, so you know they’ll be well-received as a gift.

And finally we do a great range of Fiskars, which are great quality dressmaking, pinking and needlework scissors, guaranteed to stand the test of time;  as an added bonus we offer a sharpening service for them in store, so you or your loved one will never have to struggle with blunt scissors again.

 

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Cutting out plastic curtain hooks

At Livingstone Textiles we are very conscious of our environmental impact and are always trying to find new ways to reduce the amount of waste we produce and our overall impact on the planet, even if it’s just by making small changes here and there!

Our latest policy to reduce our environmental impact is that we will no longer be stocking plastic curtain hooks, once our current stock of plastic hooks runs out we will only be selling metal hooks. This is a small change but every little helps, with the current state of our planet and the vast amounts of ‘disposable’ plastics being added to the planet everyday this small change will be a step in the right direction!

These metal hooks are available in two colours, brass and silver. These hooks are far stronger than their plastic alternatives, so will not need to be replaced due to snapping in the same way that plastic ones do. Metal hooks will also stand the test of time and won’t go brittle in the sun, as so often happens with the plastic hooks, so no more pieces of plastic pinging around the place in years to come!

Being metal these hooks can be recycled at the end of their life and made back into something useful with less harmful chemicals and energy than plastics. Even if they dont end up being recycled they are inert and won’t leach out harmful chemicals into the environment or be ground down into micro particles.

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Glittery fabric patches

Here’s a fun new product we’ve got in stock, just in time for your Christmas crafting!

These squares of glittery self-adhesive fabric in a range of colours can be easily cut to shape with scissors to add glittery detail to all sorts of things, so get creative!

As they are self adhesive, that can be used on wood, metal and card to add a little glitter to almost anything, but this glitter fabric can also be used on clothes and other fabric items; simply cut to shape and remove the backing, then stick in place and iron for 60 seconds. Once cool the finished item can be safely washed at 30 degrees (hand wash recommended)

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Aztec Braids

We have some zingy Aztec styled braids in stock in perfect tones for autumn.  They are sure to liven up any outfit or hat that you choose to adorn them with and are just a sample of the hundreds of trims and ribbons that we keep in stock at Livingstone Textiles.

if you’re looking for trims and finishings, pop in and look at our vast button collection that we keep along with a great stock of elastics and haberdashery items .  Don’t forget that we have stores in both Bridport & Yeovil with parking next to both!

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New Motifs

We have a new selection of motifs in store in Bridport this week. These include sequin motifs and a range of stunning padded motifs. These have a small opening at the rear for you to add hollowfibre toy stuffing, giving the padded effect. The opening can then be sewn closed or if you are attaching the motif to a backing this is not necessary. The range includes small birds, fox faces and toadstools plus large motifs including owls and mice.

Our motifs are now displayed next to the buttons, please come and have a look., browse the full range and then ask for assistance to purchase your choice of motif. We are sure you can find inventive uses for all these beautiful motifs by adding them to clothing, cushions, bags and other craft projects. Do send us a picture of your project so we can share it with the world!

These are just part of our extensive range of haberdashery.

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Put a feather in your cap for the Hat Festival!

It’s the annual Bridport Hat Festival on September 1, so if you’re looking for last-minute hat ideas, pop down to Livingstone Textiles for all manner of tempting ribbons, braid, bells and trim, including a fantastic  range of feathers, from colourful indian feathers and these gorgeous ostrich plumes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or this opulent steampunk blue-black feather trim

 

 

 

 

 

 

or something rather cute in natural brown!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let your imagination run wild at Livingstone Textiles

…and remember, if you want to get ahead, get a hat!

 

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Even More Pom Poms!

We have now got even more scrummy colours in our rich velvet pom poms to choose from!

These Pompoms are great to add as a jazzy addition to blinds or cushions to brighten up your home, or you can add them onto clothing such as the bottoms of shorts or trousers, or around the neck line of a dress to add a burst or rich colour.

 

 

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Lace for a Bralette

Quite a few young and older women are discovering the liberating comfort of the Bralette.

Many of them are made from supersoft polymide and elastane and are just unbelievably comfortable to wear however some of the really pretty ones can be fairly pricey, especially if you have a love for lace or back detail.

We came up with a little idea to give you the expensive look without the price tag.  Go and grab yourself a couple of bralettes from any of the discounted clothing shops and add some of our stretchy lace to the bottom panel.  You only need around 80cm for one bra and at 145mm it is good and wide to extend as a sheer panel over your rib cage.  It’s priced at £2.75 a metre and we stock it in both white and black.

 

 

 

 

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Bridport Folk Festival

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.

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have you tried this 100% recycled sewing thread?

As you may have noticed on your visits to the shop, we are moving from selling Coats sewing thread to Gutermann, and part of their range includes a selection of fully recycled polyester threads. These are made, in Germany, to the same very high standard as the main range by Gutermann, who guarantee your complete sewing satisfaction:

  • No flying threads during sewing
  • No thick and thin areas in the thread
  • No thread twisting
  • Tear and abrasion resistant
  • Elastic and flexible
  • Soft and supple
  • Non-fade and colourfast

We stock a good range of these 100% recycled colours alongside the main Gutermann range as we know that caring for the environment is a high priority for many of our customers. As these threads are also the same price as the usual range, so why not give them a try?

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Haberdashery – Prym Tacking Adhesive

New in, is this tacking adhesive for crafts and sewing projects made by Prym, it is great for fabric to fabric tacking and fabric to card/ paper.

It is simple to use and comes in a handy 250ml spray can allowing it to be evenly applied to surfaces. Once you have tacked the fabrics etc together with this adhesive, you can then sew or permanently fix another way without it moving, afterwards you simply pull the sides tacked together apart. The spray adhesive is colourless, odourless and acid free it is also completely washable so won’t damage your fabric or leave a residue.

Watch this video for a demonstration.

 

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NEW: multicoloured machine embroidery thread

NEW!

New in store at Livingstones this week, we have these gorgeous multicoloured cotton threads from Gutermann, perfect for machine embroidery.

There are some beautiful shades available, with single reels for £3.65 for a substantial 300m, or a choice of two sets of 5 reels in different, shimmering colours for only £17.50.

These threads are beautiful, so come in and take a closer look, and choose some to take home!

 

 

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New Ribbons

Delightful country gent (and lady) style ribbons are now in stock.  Featuring some really great designs of cows, pheasants and lovely stags, all on vintage coloured satin ribbons, this collection is sure to reflect a flavour of the rural westcountry on your gift or project.

 

We’ve got cheeky little foxes to raise a smile and as we launch into a season of rural and farming shows, these pretty cows would grace a gift of hand made local cheese.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The more exotic sounds of india can be heard echoing in these gorgeous peacock ribbons and could be used to wrap a gift of spices from your travels this summer.  Come into Livingstone Textiles and see one of the largest ribbon resources in the region.

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New Stretch Bias Binding

We’ve stumbled upon a pretty cool product that you might like to know about.  It’s called stretch bias binding.  Of course bias binding already has the stretch in it by the very nature of the way it is cut across the cut of the fabric but this bias binding is REALLY stretchy making it ideal for trimming jersey projects.

 

Sewing jersey is becoming more and more popular as makers realise that with care and patience, this material can be fashioned into beautiful clothing at a fraction of a shop priced garment.  Binding the edges of any garment will always give it a professional look but making your own bias from jersey can be quite a tricky and frustrating excercise.  This new stretch binding eliminates all of the angst allowing you to get on with the trimming and at Livingstones we are trialling it in black and in navy at just £1.20 per metre.  To help you gain more confidence in using this product, follow the link to this youtube video and learn how to apply it step by step.

 

 

 

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Make do and mend

At Livingstone Textiles, we support the thrifty sewer (and the not so able) with lots of products to help you mend your clothes and other items – everything from replacing elastic to repairing furniture.

There are many reasons why clothes can suffer, from moths to sheer wear and tear, but there is no need to throw out your favourite item. For jumpers, the answer is often good old-fashioned darning.

Prym darning mushroomWe have these lovely darning mushrooms from Prym. They come in two pieces, making them easy to store, and we just love the fun design with a spotty red top. Of course you will also need the mending wool, and we supply a wide range of colours.Prym darning mushroom

 

 

 

 

 

If it is the elbows that have worn through on your garment, darning may not be enough to save it. In this instance we can supply a range of suedette elbow patches, which you can iron to position on your garment and then sew to secure.

Repair patches and tape

A tear in a garment can be really frustrating, especially if it is fairly new. In this case you can either cover the tear with a fun motif, or if you would prefer a less obvious repair you can use our iron on repair tape. This is used on the reverse of the garment with a toning colour so it is less likely to be seen. Again, a range of colours are available. Nylon repair patchesWhere ironing on is not practical, eg with nylon raincoats, we also have adhesive patches which can be cut to size and placed over the tear.

On the furniture side we have a large selection of items for repairing upholstery. These include linen thread, waxed cotton thread, mattress twine and upholstery repair needles. Linen threadWe also supply both hessian and herringbone webbing, and elastic ‘Pirelli’ webbing. We also have everything you could possibly need if you are reupholstering an item, including a selection of different types of wadding, and of course a huge range of upholstery fabric on the roll.

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Prym Fray Check

20180202_151536Look out for this useful stuff in our shops! Fray Check is a colourless liquid that stops fraying by reinforcing the fibres.It can be used to prolong the life of garments by reinforcing stressed areas like button holes, seams, collars and cuffs against the wear of day-to-day use.  For more creative projects, Fray Check can be used when sewing curves to seal the edges, to give rolled seams a stable finish, or to seal the edges of fabric for craft projects like motifs. The finish is washable, and can be repeated if needed. Find out on this video.