Down here in the Westcountry there is a fast growing trend for Shepherds Huts as a place of retreat and sanctuary.
Folks with a little bit of land or a large enough garden are choosing them as an option to rent as holiday accomodation too, cosying them up with little wood burners and simple living essentials .
At Livingstone Textiles we have furnished some unusual dwellings with our cloth, most memorably a tree house in a secluded valley not far from our front door. This week we’ve been working on a shepherds hut where a simplistic approach was requested.
Our client opted for a scandinavian inspired design of lollipop trees on a white background and an unusual lining. Choosing a ticking stripe for the reverse means that the little hut will look just as lovely from the outside as from the in and we think the effect is beautifully rustic.
To find out more about this fabric and others that are suitable for curtains and soft furnishings click here.
Bridport Lighting has been creating some wonderful lampshades using fabrics from Livingstone Textiles.
From seaside themed fabrics to floral or animal designs they have been creating wonderful peices to suit any room in your home. With lovely lamps to accompany the shades there is plenty to choose from there! The lampshades come in a variety of sizes in each design to fit small desk lamps up to larger floor standing lamps or even to hang from the ceiling in the centre of you room.
If you are thinking you would like to have a go yourself , there are lampshade making kits available to purchase here at Livingstone Textiles and a huge range of fabrics to choose from to customise your very own lampshade.
We have a strong ethos about waste at Livingstone Textiles. Wherever possible we reuse plastic and we recycle almost everything! So we were happy to be approached by Damers First School when they were looking to source fabric for their Eco Enforcers newest project. They have developed a product called Waxtastic No Plastic, which is cotton dipped in beeswax to make a natural antibacterial alternative to cling film for wrapping or covering food other than meat. The wraps can be washed and last for up to a year.
Sales are going well and you can pick up your own Waxtastic wraps at Poundbury Farmers Market on Saturday 7th July from 9am to 12pm, getting into the spirit of Plastic Free July. The Eco Enforcers will also be attending Dorset Food and Arts Festival on 4th August in Poundbury and both days of the Dorset County Show on 1st and 2nd September.
We congratulate Damers First School on their fantastic product.
This rather special bag was made by one of our very talented Bridport customers who from time to time pops into the shop to share her latest creations.
This time she has been working on a stunning little satchel to wear whilst riding her bike. She has used our vivid toucan fabric with bright orange twill as a contrast on the sides. We adore the fuschia pink lining that picks out the colours in the parrot on the front. She has also made a matching hat and definitely adds a bright splash of colour when she cycles around the town. Thank you for sharing this with us, we love to see anything you’ve made 🙂
The children at Damers first school, Poundbury, Dorchester have been taking part in the National Young Enterprise Fiver Challenge. They have come up with the great idea to make Beeswax wraps, which are 100% cotton material covered in bees wax, dried, then they can be used as an alternative to cling film to wrap or cover food except meat.
The school came to us for some donations of dots/spots or plain fabric made of 100% cotton, which we have provided to help them with their project. They have also managed to source local Dorset beeswax to make these.
We have been sent a picture of the finished product all packaged up and looking very professional!
These wraps will be on sale at the Dorset Food and Arts Festival on 4th August on Poundbury. Also, the school will be at both days of the Dorset County Show on 1st and 2nd September.
These wraps are great for the environment and are easy to make, so if you can’t make it to either of the above events then why not give making them yourself a go! We have plenty of fun and bright fabrics in 100% cotton to choose from here at Livingstone Textiles, this would be great for something to do with your childeren over the summer holidays.
One of the staff at Livingstone Textiles has transformed a pair of 1970’s Deckchairs with some new foam and a smart striped canvas weave.
She upcycled an old pair of curtains as the backing and made a slip on cover to fit over the ends of the chairs. We think the orange fabric gives a nod to the seventies without the overpowering Flower Power Man
Here is another wonderful make by one of our customers; Anna-Lily. She has used fabrics from our shop and some hard work to show off her skills and our lovely fabrics to make this wonderful costume! If you feel inspired you can take a look at our complete measurement guide for dressmaking.
This lovely Easter bunny is really easy to make. We made ours by simply knitting a square with super chunky yarn, available from our Yeovil store, in garter stitch. Our square was made by casting on 30 stitches but you can make yours any size you like. You will want to vary the weight of the yarn if you are making a smaller bunny. Alternatively if you are not a knitter, why not try using the same principle with fabric? How about a hessian bunny for instance? (You can see at the end of the post how this turned out.)
Simply knit in garter stitch until your piece is square (you can check by folding into a triangle as shown) then cast off. Now you are going to create your rabbit shape. Find the middle of the top of your knitting and fold over both corners as shown. this shows where your stitching needs to go.
Leaving a tail, sew a running stitch along the lines shown in black in the picture, using one length of wool.
Pull on both ends of the wool to form the ears and the head. Your bunny will look a bit sad at this stage, so put some toy stuffing into the head to give a good shape and sew it closed at the back.
Next sew the back together down to the bottom edge. Fill the body with toy stuffing, then use a running stitch around the bottom edge and pull up to gather the base closed. Fasten off and sew in any loose ends.
Now use some black wool to embroider eyes and a nose, then give him a ribbon around his neck. Lastly make a pompom for his tail, or use one of our large white pompoms, sew this on and your rabbit is ready for Easter.
Here’s how our hessian experiment turned out, let us know if you tried anything else!
This is Barbra, the doll, she belongs to Bev Taylor of Taylor Made who is one of our regular customers. Barbra has popped into visit us to show off her great new outfit which has been made for her by Bev using our fabrics and trims.
She has used mainly 100% cotton fabric, which is the red with cream leaf/ floral design that you can see, this particular fabric we have in stock in many different colour ways. She has also included red fleece on the bonnet which can be bought online here or you can visit one of our shops to purchase, again we have this fabric in a range of colours. The trims used around the edges of the dress are also in stock, why not have a quick look at our range here, we also have plenty more designs in stock for every occasion. To finish this garment off Bev has used our 3D ribbon roses, follow this link to have a look at our range.
Why not have a go at making your own dolls clothing, this would be great for a small project to keep you busy and indoors during this cold weather!
Our selection of corduroy fabrics in a range of fun colours and designs is enough to get anyone inspired to sew, giving you endless options for your corduroy project. All of our corduroys are 100% cotton, is known for being warm and hard wearing which is perfect for this chilly weather, we have a range of different sized wales (sizes between the ridges) including needle cords.
One of our regular customers has been busy making this fabulous, yet simple dress, from our teal cord and has worn it into the Bridport shop to show off her hard work!
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!
Are you ready to celebrate Burns Night on 25th January 2018?
We have a fabulous selection of tartan fabrics for you to choose from, in order to help you dress for the occasion. Some of our customers have been busy making their outfits, here is a lovely example of a dress made by one of our regular customers. The black and the tartan fabric along with the trim can all be found here at Livingstone Textiles!
Deep in the back recesses of the 2nd floor of a seldom visited corner of Livingstone Textiles, but not quite as far up as the attic there lives a dusty box. This box is the resting place of the Livingstone Penguins that flew over Bridport one winter and mistook our shiny tin roof for ice. Of course, once they’d landed here they couldn’t very well leave because they’d made so many friends with the children that visit our fabric shop with their parents. They also rather enjoyed the chocolate coins that we fed them on from the till so they decided to take up residence here and requested a nesting box to sleep in. We had a word with Tom and he granted them leave to stay with the proviso that every Christmas they must entertain the children by sliding down the stairwell. We’ve built them a new ice slide as the temperature has warmed up somewhat since last week and they seem pretty happy with it although we should tell you that we think there have been some pecking squabbles in the box over the summer because when we fetched them out, a couple of them had their eyes missing! If you’d like to make your own penguins out of felt, you can find instructions on how to do it here
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!
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 summer saddly now over, with how cold and wet it was yesterday you might be thinking about how to keep warm, last year we posted a great quick way to make a poncho, and with the weather on the change we thought we would post it again so thoses of you who didnet get to see it can see how easy it is to stay warm.
This has to be one of the quickest projects you can make. It would make a great gift for a child or adult and can be worn outdoors as an extra layer or used as a snuggle up in the evening.
First purchase 70cm of fleece that’s about 140cm wide in your preferred colour or design
Lay it out flat, selvedge to selvedge and turn it so it makes a diamond shape. The cut edge on the right and the fold on the left.
Pin approximately 30 cm together with seams tucked inside and sew securely in place.
With the kids going back to school in the next week, one of the things on you shopping list might be a PE kit bag or a shoe bag, why not make your child’s one individual by making it yourself. Follow this easy step by step guide and make something your kids will love.
Decide on the size of your bag and what you want it to hold, this one is going to be a shoe bag for ballet pumps, and is not going to have clothes in so it doesn’t need to be that big, but if you are making a PE bag you will need it bigger than this one.
This bag is going to be 30cm x 20cm finished size so I will be cutting out a piece of fabric 45cm x 40cm. I have given myself 10cm at the top for turns for the drawstring channel.
zig-zag all you edges to stop them from fraying if you want a neater finish you could hem all your edges to hide all the rough edges
The channel will be the first thing that will be made, make a big fold for your channel pin and stitch.
Fold your fabric over right sides together and sew together the bottom of the bag and the side of the bag, just leaving one opening.
Thread through your cord, add a bag pull and tie a knot.
You bag is now finished.
This is a great make and is something that you could make out of old fabric, like curtains bedding or old lining material. Or you pop in and see us and see our lovely range of fabrics at both our Bridport Dorset and Yeovil Somerset stores. For more ideas this bag could be made from our wide range of waterproof fabrics to make a swim bag another school need for going back to school with.
One of our Yeovil colleagues has made this tablet holder using the book, Half Yard Home that we now have in stock in both the Bridport and Yeovil fabric shops of Livingstone Textiles.
She made it using this bag weight fried egg material that we just couldn’t resist getting in for all your craft projects. You can even have a blind or curtains made it in it if you fancy something quirky at your window!
Now you can enjoy your morning cuppa with eggs as you check your social media and ‘Like’ us on Facebook.
It may seem like a long way of with the sun shining very hot on us all, but our Yeovil shop has been busy getting ready for Christmas! Yes, it’s that “C” word that we normally don’t want to hear until at least December, and the word we don’t want to think about until at least half way through December. But Livingstone Textiles Yeovil is busy sewing and getting ready for their Christmas launch on the 25th of July!
It may seem like a long way off but for us sewers who want the makes ready in time for the beginning of December it’s not that long really. For those of you that are like us keen sewers, you will be pleased to know that we stock Christmas fabric all year round, although not a full range that we would normally have from around July onwards.
Already in stock and able to purchase at our Yeovil store is a range of lovely advent calendars in three different designs, each of these are really easy to make up by simply folding each line to make a pocket and then sewing. A great way to have an advent calendar that can last you for years and years to come.
These can be purchased either as a 60cm panel at £9.00 each or in a pack which contains all materials needed to make then except thread.
Coming soon to Yeovil are some very cute felt packs that you can make and decorate your tree with, a fun way to get the kids involved in the lead up to Christmas.
Excited about Yeovil’s Christmas Launch? If you are then why not pop over to see us, located opposite the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil, where we stock not only a wide range of Christmas materials but also curtain, upholstery and dress fabrics, knitting yarn and craft books, including some with lovely Christmas makes from both yarn and fabric.
Got a question? Contact us and we will be happy to help.
At Livingstone Textiles we have a very high standard of making, whether that is curtains, cushions, blinds or our upholstery, and here is an example of our making and how our fabrics can be turned into the most amazing curtains.
Here we have an example of an eyelet curtain in the very beautiful Prestigious Textiles fabric Silver Birch. This is a very big pattern which is why it will look beautiful when the curtains are hung. The customer has chosen to have these curtains to be made with eyelet heading tape which helps to add a modern feel to the fabric. The overall design of the fabric with its long trees will help to give the windows the illusion of length, which can really add to some rooms.
As illustrated in the images above the eyelets are made with a tape which can only be seen from the back side of the curtains which is normally hidden by the wall at the top. This way of doing eyelets is so simple that any one can do them and because of this, we sell them at our shops in Bridport Dorset and Yeovil Somerset. The rings that cover the tape on the show side of the curtains come in a range of different colours, gold, black, silver and matt silver.
If you would like a sample of any fabric you have seen on our website or would like any additional information regarding our making service or advice on our fabric please contact us and we will be happy to help, or if you are passing one of our shops either in Bridport Dorset or Yeovil Somerset pop in and our very helpful staff will be more than happy to answer any of your questions.
Every wanted to add a bit of fun to your dining room chairs? Well, one of our customers has, by getting us to cover their dining chair seats with our fabulous fun multi coloured chess square fabric, and we think they look amazing.
This fabric has been so popular since we got it in stock, with people making curtains cushions and covering furniture. This fabric could suit most rooms with its wide range of colours within the pattern and its modern design. But even in a traditional room, this fabric could still look right, the rich colours of the reds and oranges would pick out those deep mahogany tones from the more traditional furniture pieces.
These chair seats were covered in house by one of our upholsterers, and as can be seen from the image to the left these have been covered beautifully, with high skill.
Livingstone Textiles does a wide range of upholstery from modern to traditional by our very skilled upholsterers. If you would like any further information regarding our upholstery services please contact us and we will be happy to help further.
Livingstone Textiles are very lucky to have some very talented makers who work alongside us, that can make the most wonderful things from our beautiful fabrics and because of how talented they are its lovely when they get asked and trusted to help create our customers beautiful and amazing works into something more.
This beautiful tapestry was brought into our shop by one of our very talented customers and we were trusted to make into cushions for her. Its amazing to have been given that trust as this piece of art would have taken hours and lots of patience to complete. Tapestry is a skilled sewing technique where the sewer uses a special tapestry canvas which looks like a fine net or mesh. The sewer then uses a tapestry wool to sew the design which as you can see from the image is a simple stitch on a angle. The piece is only finished when the whole piece is covered in stitches. A range of different colours can be used when creating a tapestry and any design of the crafters can be created. As can be seen in these images the customer choose to create an image of some very beautiful flowers focusing on the colours yellow and green. She then chooses a lovely yellow linen fabric to finish the cushion with a beautiful piping in the yellow lined to finish and frame the piece of work. The linen really complements this piece because of its weave, which then adds flow to the tapestry weave.
Our maker has then added a simple yellow zip and finish off the cushion.
We have a wide making service with lots of makers that can help you with your sewing needs if you would like more information on what making services we offer please contact us or ask in store and we will be happy to help.