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!!
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.
If you are unable to do DIY then our Curtain Pole & Blind Fitting Service may be of some assistance. We can offer a full service to supply and fit both blinds and curtain poles and can hang your new curtains for you as well. Our fully trained fitter will assist you in deciding the best place to put your new curtain pole or blind. He can fit both wooden and metal curtain poles, traditional system Roman Blinds as well as the modern cassette systems. Available to do domestic, holiday and commercial properties, he offers a friendly and helpful service and will always leave your property in a clean and tidy condition. Click here for a handy guide on measuring for curtains. Contact us for more details.
We are so excited to finally be stocking this professional dressmakers curves. It’s taken a while but we’ve managed to source one of excellent quality from Prym because some things are worth paying a bit more for.
This investment in your sewing apparatus will assist you in altering patterns by transferring your measurements on to a bought pattern because you can then shape it to your waist and out to your hip measurement on the pattern and draw in your own personal shape, ensuring a really professional fit when you finish the garment. It’s also brilliant for pattern drafting. This is when you take a block and manipulate it to create your very own dressmaking pattern. All items of clothing are made by starting with a basic pattern block that is added to.
If you dressmake then you are probably already making adjustments to the pattern to create a good fit, after all looking good in a handmade garment is firstly about Fit and secondly about wearing what you want to wear. By creating your own personal pattern block you can always start with a good basic pattern from which you can design in any style you choose. Using a dressmakers curve you can create sleeve curves, hem curves and armhole openings as well as hip shapes and waist curves. Its not just for dresses either, you can use your dress block to also design your own skirts, blouses and tops.
What is a block? Well, a block is a personally tailored pattern for a very very basic dress or pants. It has no style details at all so it’s a blank page waiting for your design. Starting with the basic outline shape, you make adjustments to the block using your own measurements to achieve an absolutely perfect fit. You then use the block as a starting point for every single pattern you create, knowing you won’t have to make any size adjustments at all because you’re starting with your own bespoke shape. You can add in style and shape by slashing and spreading to create fullness in a skirt, add ruffles, a neckline shape or by adding darts to pull a shape in for a closer fit. Once you’ve created your block you can let your imagination go free with the creative detail, knowing its totally unique to your figure.
For more information, some great tips and advice on creating your dressform to match your own figure, click here
To buy your dressmakers curve you can either pop in to your nearset branch of Livingstone’s or contact us and we’ll mail one out to you.
These cushions are new in and are a good way to add extra support where it’s needed.
They can be used as extra padding when reading in bed or in a chair and can also be used help to make a sick or elderly relative much more comfortable when eating if they are prone to slipping sideways. It eliminates the need for lots of pillow stuffing to keep them upright. Made from our top quality polyester wadding by our man in Devon, this locally made product can also be laundered in the washing machine. The V shape makes it ideal as a sleep support as it fits easily between the knees and can help if you suffer from aching legs at night as well as being invalubleif you are pregnant and struggling to get comfortable. When baby is born, it makes an excellent support for breastfeeding mums as you can prop baby at excatly the right height and angle to latch on properly. And when baby get bigger you can use the V cushion to support him while you play together.
We tried the V cushions at work and found them so super comfy that we’ve named them the Livingstones Zen Cushion.
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.
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.
We have acquired some very beautiful fabric. ” But you’re always doing that” I hear you say. True enough and our fabric stash is pretty vast, so big that it now takes up two whole shops! The thing is, sometimes a little stash comes along that we just cannot do without and we just have to squeeze it in somewhere.
This month we are bringing you something unique. One offs.
And there they are. Absolutely beautiful hand block printed cottons from India.
Representing the individual nature of handmade, each is a short run of 6 or 8 metres or so and created with Indigo and Rust dyes.
These really are very special and as such we are not selling them in anything smaller than 2 metre pieces. Each run has been individually inspected by us to ensure clean line up of the block print with no overlaps.
Don’t hang about because the best designs will be flying out quickly and once they’re gone they’re gone.
It’s time to make that summer dress that you just can’t find anywhere in the shops. Our new Look patterns are at a bargain half price and we have some dreamy summer fabrics in stock that you can check out here.
Don’t forget that you can join our pattern club as well to make the most of your sewing collection. For every four patterns you purchase through Livingstones you receive the fifth one free making it five dress patterns for the price of two full-priced ones!
Some sad news today but also some happy news. After many many years of stocking a very old fashioned brand of thread that was once manufactured in the UK we are sad to be saying goodbye to Coats Threads. Last year the Coats distribution centres re-located overseas and since then we have had difficulty with supply so we have made the decision to go over to Gutterman.
Many of you ask for Gutterman now as it’s a known and trusted product and although not everyone will be happy about the change, they make a good strong thread in a great range of colours. All of the Coats threads are still reduced until we clear the old stock so now is the time to pop in and top up your colours.
With the closure of Ponden Mill in Yeovil, we thought we’d remind you that you can still buy your net curtains in town. We sell a great range of nets at Livingstone Textiles in Yeovil and you can PARK FOR FREE right outside our door.
Pop in and ask to see the designs we hold and well cut to your requirements.
All nets are ready hemmed and come with the channel sewn in at the top ready to hang, We also stock a great range of plastic extending poles as well as the traditional hooks and wire.