Here at Livingstone Textiles we sell bean bag filling, which are the little polystyrene beads that make bean bags….. bean bags.
To source more of these Tom and Meg went to visit the factory in Birmingham last week to collect some more stock and see where they come from and how they package them up, which is you’ve ever dealt with these tricky little beads you will know is a nightmare. When they were there, they found the most enormous bean bag ever along with huge polystyrene blocks, here are some picture of Meg stood next to these giant things to give you an idea of the scale.
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
We have an exquisite array of new trims now in stock at Livingstone Textiles that we picked up on our recent visit to the Stitches show in Birmingham.
Imported from India, they have an exotic feel about them and combine sumptuous velvets twisted with metallic threads to create a trim that can also be seperated out top use as individual motifs.
One of our favourites is the embroidered 3″ wide trim seen here in the top of the picture. It has a distinctly Eastern European folk feel to it and would look authentic adorning any dance or national costume. You can see more Boho trims that we have available here.
Please message us through the website if you would like samples of any of our trims, we have a vast range in stock.
Some of the Livingstone Textiles staff had an exciting day out as we headed up to Birmingham at the weekend to look at all the new products being launched this year.
There are some superb new fabrics available from our Reps and we’ve chosen some bright and exciting designs to stock in the shop in the coming months.
We also have a very exciting announcement to make…………..
Many of you already know that we sell a great range of wool and knitting patterns plus all of the accessories at our Yeovil shop and its all proved to be very popular with our customers. We do frequently get asked for it in our Bridport shop as well and so we have listened to you and decided to stock some gorgeous knitting and crochet yarns in our Bridport shop now too!
The yarn we will be stocking comes in an array of beautiful colours and has a nice handle, being made from acrylic it will wash really well and its light twist means that is strong but still really soft and plump.
We’ve also chosen a range of excellent books with a very distinct ‘Bridport feel’ about them so here is a sneak preview.
We’ll be announcing the stock arrival on Facebook so watch this space…………………………
We are so excited to share our new range of bag accessories with you.
Many of you come into the shop with your gorgeous bag creations and over the past twelve months we have focussed on expanding our range of straps and webbing tapes to give you more choice when matching your fabrics to the handles you need.
We also stock D rings in a couple of sizes and some adjusters as well but we have now arranged for you to be able to purchase whole sets of rings, adjusters and sliders in two sizes available in gold or nickel. Howeve our current favourites are these anodised accessories, also available in two sizes. Their irridescence is really beautiful and they will certainly be a talking point on any of your creations because they are very unusual. We’re calling them the Dragonfly range and we also have cute thread scissors in this finish as well.
Pop in and ask us to show you what we have available and bring your project in too, we love helping you to choose something special that works with your fabric.
Livingstone Textiles are looking for a part-time self-employed handy person to work at clients’ homes/businesses fitting curtain poles and tracks. This position will suit someone who can work accurately on their own initiative. Area covered is mostly South Somerset, you will need your own transport.
Call Nicky Cooke on 01935 422631 for more information.
We’re really excited about our new programme of sewing workshops, starting this month at our Yeovil store, so if you’re ready to blow away the Christmas cobwebs and learn something different, or improve your sewing techniques, get booking! All our courses give you the chance to learn new skills on your own sewing machine, so that you don’t have to waste time on the day learning how a different machine works, so please make sure you have a working sewing machine available to bring with you on the day.
The workshops are taught by the talented Lynn Horniblow, and cover a range of useful sewing skills; you can learn to get to grips with your sewing machine and use it to its full potential, master the more fiddly details of sewing, or learn a whole new skill like crochet, or machine patchwork. All our workshops run from 10am to 4pm and cost £45 for the day. tea and coffee are provided, you just need to bring your lunch.
Places are limited, so please pop into our Yeovil store, or phone up to book your place 0n 01935 422631. Payment is needed upon booking.
We’re very excited to offer our customers a 10% discount across all of our Christmas fabrics until the end of January 2019.
We still have some beautiful timeless designs in stock that you can now pick up at a great price and squirrel away ready for next autumns projects. Now is also the time to come and browse our extensive collection of craft books too. You can spend a little time with yourself and get acquainted with a new project for the cold months ahead.
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.
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.
Digital Textile Printing is an exciting new way of designing and creating all kinds of fabrics. It is the technology of printing designs onto fabric directly from a computer with no other steps involved in the process.
* A Design is Created
* Design is placed in Repeat
* Design is Printed directly onto fabric
The processes involved in digital printing are far cleaner, faster and more cost effective than conventional screen printing. Cloth is normally pre-treated to hold the dye fast, to enable quality control and to achieve truer colours. Some of the inks used may also need a post treatment such as steaming or heating to set the ink and keep it from fading or bleaching out in sunlight.
The concept of digital printing opens up many new opportunities for designers, artists, merchandisers and sales personnel because it is fast, efficient and cost effective. Without the need to create a fresh screen for every new artwork, a designer can print:
* Small pieces or large rolls
* Garments & Apparell
* Flags & Banners
* Interior Design Fabrics
To create a digital fabric, a designer will create sample tiles with a graphics tablet or another software programme such as Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. They design by selecting available digital inks to create swatches in a digital library. They will then use a drawing programme to sketch out a design and then infill colour using the selected swatches from their colour library. The drawn and coloured design tile is then placed in repeat and saved as a pdf. This resolution is then set to the designers preferred printers requirements using another programme, leaving the designer with a print ready file of their artwork that can be uploaded directly to their printing company, printed onto a fabric and then posted back in a matter of days.
We have some really beautiful digital prints at Livingstones, we all love this new technology because it can convey the delicate washes of watercolour as well as heavier art techniques like oils and acrylics.
The Poppy design featured above has proved very popular as has the Paintsplash velvet and the vibrant Hummingbird. See below for more digital fabrics that are currently available to purchase on our website.
Livingstones very own gift vouchers make a great gift for the creative person in your life, and make a fantastic partner to one of our range of sewing and craft books. Give the gift of a creative New Year!
Our gift vouchers are available to buy from £10 to £50 in value from Livingstone Textiles, are valid for one year, and can be bought in Bridport and Yeovil, to spend in either shop.
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.
It’s time to make new outfits in time for the array of party opportunities over the next few months, plus cosy leisure wear and smart workwear for the colder months ahead.
Take a good look through the ‘New Look’ pattern book that’s just been put out in the shop, or browse online and pop in for your pattern. We stock the whole range and if we’re out of one we can normally order it within a few days.
Today is the last day of our free curtain lining offer!
Throughout September we have been offering free polycotton curtain lining when buying any curtain fabric, you may choose to upgrade your lining to cotton, blackout or thermal and you only have to pay the difference between this and the polycotton lining.
Any quotes given in September will be honoured for 1 week after today, so hurry in to catch the last day of this great offer!
Click here to see a range of the fabrics we have to offer, there are also plenty more to choose from if you visit one of our shops.
We are able to offer a free no obligation quote for your curtains, you just need to bring in your measurements and we’ll do the rest! If you can’t get in to the shop in either Bridport or Yeovil, choose from one of the curtain fabrics below and email us your measurements taken following our curtain measuring guide. Or purchase your fabric through the webshop and put ‘add free lining please’ in the order comments to receive polycotton lining with your fabric for no additional cost!!
Well here we are halfway through September 2018 and more! Our lining offer is proving popular this September, so we want to make sure nobody misses out. The offer gives you free polycotton lining to the same length as any curtain fabric purchased at full price. This can be made up into beautiful hand made curtains or roman blinds by our professional local makers, or you can make yourself or use your usual makers. This offer also applies to fabrics ordered by mail order until the end of September 2018. Simply click on the fabric or category links below and when completing your order tell us ‘please add polycotton lining’ in the order comments. No extra charge!
If polycotton lining would not be your choice and you are buying from our fabric stores in Bridport Dorset or Yeovil Somerset, you can upgrade to one of our other curtain linings on payment of the price differential. You can keep out the draughts with thermal lining, block out light with blackout lining or simply give your curtains better protection with Solprufe cotton lining.
Why not check out our lovely wool and tartan fabrics or something else from our huge range of roll stock and sample hangers – the offer applies to all curtain fabric purchased. Sample hangers can be borrowed to view in your home subject to a returnable cash deposit, and we are happy to provide you with an estimate based on your measurements.
Today is the first day of Yeovil show, we have set up our stall bright and early ready for the weekends events!
If you missed our previous post, we are in the shopping mall tent and we are in the same place as last year. Over the last few weeks we have been busy putting together some great makes and carefully choosing some of the best designs we wanted to show you all.
Come along to Yeovil showground and pop in to see what we’ve been up to!
Livingstone Textiles webshop is being redesigned!!
We are currently having work carried out on our webshop and website to freshen it up, make it more user-friendly and get it more up to date with our newer stock. This is very exciting for us as we will soon be able to have all the fabulous fabrics we stock on the webshop for everyone to see and purchase from far and wide! This will take some time to get everything on there in the way we would like, as there is a lot of fabric to process, however, once we’ve got it all set up it should all fall smoothly into place.
We have got most of the framework up and running and some of the fabrics have made their way across already but there are many more to go, so watch this space!! Why not take a peek at our new look here and see the transformation?
Yeovil show will be taking place this year on the 14th – 15th July 2018 at Yeovil Showground, Barwick, Yeovil, BA22 9TA and Livingstone Textiles, Yeovil will be there!
We will have a stall area in the shopping mall tent, it will be in the same place as last year, for anyone who saw us then. We will be displaying a selection of our craft fabrics, haberdashery and knitting supplies, which will be available to buy on the day. A display of the fabulous makes and things we have been up to over the last year will also be on show for you to see.
We hope to see some familiar faces so come along and say hello!!