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Shops still open

An update with the latest lockdown status – Our shops in Bridport and Yeovil will remain open to the public for browsing until the close of trading Wednesday 4th November 2020. As we know there is high demand, we will extend our opening until 4.30pm. We will endeavour to serve everyone in the queue by 4.30 pm. We are still closed for lunch from 1 until 2, and opening at 10am. In these exceptional times to reduce queueing times as much as possible, we do ask that you do not spend too much time browsing so we can keep things moving.

From Thursday we will remain open for online orders and click (or phone) and collect ONLY. Best ways to contact us are via WhatsApp on 07823 479291 or on Facebook Messenger. Please include a phone number in your message where we can reach you, and be as specific as possible with your requirements. Or order through our online shop for postage or collection.

Please note we are unable to serve at the door during lockdown as this would breach the government guidelines. You can only collect orders which are prearranged and paid for. Please do not attend the shops from Thursday without prior arrangement.

Curtains Made to Measure

You can still order curtains from us, please see our guide to how to measure and let us know the width of your pole or track and the finished length of your curtains, as well as the fabric you have chosen. For roman blinds we need to know the finished width and length of the blind, whether inside or outside the reveal, and which side you want the blind to pull on. We can supply standard roman blinds with a batten or roman blind cassettes.

Please stay in touch with us on social media via Facebook or Instagram for further information as arrangements may change at any time.

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Bridport Shop Changes

We have now been open to the public again for 1 whole week ! It has been great to see so many familiar faces again (well eyes at least, as the rest is covered by masks) and to catch up with your lockdown projects.

In our Bridport shop we have made some extras changes in order to keep everyone as safe as we can, these include asking all customers to wear masks/ face coverings when in the shop, introducing a one way system around the shop and along with other things, opening up more of our building to shopping space, so that everyone has more space to browse and choose fabrics at a safe distance.

We really appreciate the positive response we have had from everyone to our new way of doing things, as we all do our best to adjust to the new way of life for a while so thank you for your support!

We are still offering appointments between 9am – 10am or 4pm – 5pm to people who would like to take longer to choose curtain or upholstery fabrics or for people who would simply like to browse the shop on their own, this is especially helpful if you are one of our more vulnerable customers. If you would like to book an appointment then please give us a call on 01308 456844.

Stay safe and keep sewing !

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Reopening 16th June at Bridport & Yeovil

Following the alteration to guidance for non-essential shops, we are now reopening on Tuesday 16th June to in person shopping.

As we said, we will have reduced opening hours from 10am till 4pm and closed for lunch from 1-2pm. We will be limiting the number of people allowed in the shop and so you may have to wait outside. Please maintain social distancing while queueing. You will need to use the provided hand sanitiser on entering our stores.

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Reopening Plans after Lockdown

We are all really looking forward to giving you the opportunity to browse in our shops in person in the near future, so we wanted to update you on our latest plans. These may have to alter as further guidance comes out from the government, but here are our first drafts of how things will work.

Provided the government moves to Step 2 on 1st June, we will aim to reopen to the public at the earliest on Tuesday 2nd June. UPDATE – Expected date is now Tuesday 16th June due to government guidance. This applies to both stores – Bridport and Yeovil.

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Ordering Curtains – Now Available

As we are preparing to reopen our stores, you may be wondering if it is possible to order curtains to be made up. Livingstone Textiles are well known for the quality of our made to measure, hand finished curtains. And now we are able to start taking requests for curtain quotes.

Until we reopen our doors, we can only take these requests at a distance. So you will need to take your own measurements. Please see our guide to measuring for curtains and follow the instructions. Then choose a fabric from the options below or let us know if there is a specific fabric you have seen online or from our samples before the lockdown. We will need to know the curtain header you would like and what type of curtain lining.

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Sewing Machine Repair Engineer Visit

We know that during lockdown many of you have been using your sewing machines rather more than usual. Whether that is for sewing scrubs for a local volunteer effort, making masks for family and neighbours or just getting on with some of your own projects, it all takes a toll on your machine.

The best present you can give your sewing machine is to get it a service! So we have booked in our engineer to visit on Friday 29th May 2020, which will go ahead so long as we have enough machines for him to travel to us. The shops will still be closed on this date but if you drop off your sewing machine to us before then it will be serviced and ready to collect when we reopen, on 1st June if government guidelines allow.

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Shop Online for Fabric

While our stores are not yet open for visitors until at least 1st June, you can now start to shop via our online store. You can have items sent out to you in the post or collect from our Bridport store. This option will be available for local postcodes and is free. Just place your order online and we will contact you when your order is ready to arrange collection. Please note that we are operating with minimal staff so orders will take a little longer to process than normal. We also understand that parcels are taking slightly longer to deliver due to pressures on Royal Mail and the prioritisation of NHS needs.

If you don’t see what you need on the webshop, don’t worry. Just contact us or message on Facebook and we will do our best to help. You can let us know the products you are most in need of at the moment. To get you started we have some stretch towelling which is very suitable for masks, and have also listed our flat elastic. We will be adding our products back in over the next few days, but as always it will still be just a portion of what we have available in store and we look forward to welcoming you to our shops soon. Keep checking our website or Facebook for more news.

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Elastic now available to order

We know a lot of you have been wanting to source elastic for various purposes and we have now made it available so that you can order from our website while stocks last. We can post out for £1.95 per order or you can collect from our Briport store for no charge, just choose collection in the cart or checkout. This option will be available once you have entered a local postcode, and we will contact you once your order is ready to arrange safe collection.

The elastic is available in various widths from 3mm (1/8″) and in black and white. Minimum purchase is 5 metres and you can choose any multiple of 5 metres by altering the quantity.

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Face Mask Towelling

We are keeping a close eye on government guidance and look forward to being able to open our stores in a socially distanced manner in the not too distant future. In the meantime as the guidance has changed to support using face masks, we have found a product in our stores that is very suitable for making masks, white stretch cotton towelling. We have now made this available to buy on our website (see below) and you can have it sent out to you or collect from our Bridport store if you live in the local area.

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Scrubs Appeal

While we are not able to trade, and are staying home to keep everyone safe, we certainly haven’t been idle! Individual staff members have been sewing scrubs as part of various local groups for Dorchester, Bridport & Yeovil hospitals, and we have been cutting out supplies of fabric at the Bridport shop with strict social distancing! This is all keeping us very busy at the moment, so we are asking that if you have needs for supplies for sewing for the NHS only, you co-ordinate with groups in your area to reduce enquiries about availability.

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We are still trading

As a responsible business with vulnerable staff and their family members, we are changing our shopping arrangements. We are still here to make sure you can get on with your projects at home but we are not currently allowing customers into our shops to browse. This way we can serve you with old fashioned counter service whilst keeping you and ourselves as safe as possible.

We appreciate it may be frustrating not to be able to browse our delicious stock of fabrics and haberdashery, so we are going to feature our stock on our Instagram accounts for Bridport and Yeovil over the coming weeks to help you decide what you need. We will keep you updated on how to order curtains, roman blinds, foam and cushions with us over the next few weeks so do follow us on Instagram Bridport, Instagram Yeovil, Facebook or Twitter to see the latest information. We will also try to lift the mood by sharing lots of pretty things and would love you to tag us in on anything you are making to keep your spirits up.

Whilst we are happy to see you at our door, we do ask that wherever possible you phone us with your requirements first (see phone nos below) so we can have your order ready. This especially saves us legwork at Bridport up and down the steep stairs. We would encourage you to pay by card wherever possible. We will continue sending out orders in the post as long as arrangements allow for this. You can also order on our website and we will be adding a free collection option as soon as we can. As you can imagine we are adjusting to an ever changing environment and guidelines so please bear with us if things change over the next little while.

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Covid 19 Coronavirus update

We will be open but temporarily trading at a safe distance as a protective measure

With the government now advising against all unnecessary social contact, we have taken the difficult decision to stop browsing in Bridport and Yeovil to all visiting customers from close of business on Thursday 19th March, to protect our customers, our staff and their families

After this time, although you won’t be able to visit and browse, we will still be here at Livingstones to help you with your sewing projects online, on the phone, and by email, and we’ll still be sending out orders and samples, as long as a postal service is available. Closer to home, we are looking into providing a way for our local customers to get hold of their essential crafting supplies, and will be keeping you updated on our website and on all the social media channels. In the meantime, stay safe and please get in touch, we’re here and happy to help.

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The Bridport Fashion Revolution

Bridport Fashion Revolution

Bridport normally runs a Green Fortnight at this time of year but 2020 brings us something different. This year sees the town hosting Bridport’s Fashion Revolution from the 13th of February onwards and here at Livingstone Textiles we are going to be sharing helpful tips to get you going with Green Fashion.

Fashion is a massive and a dirty industry but we can all change our habits and living in or near Bridport gives us a distinct advantage. This is because there have always been abundant independent businesses that we can choose to shop at. Most items of clothing are bought new and worn on average ten times before they are discarded but there is hope that if we choose to shop differently, we can all reduce the contributing factors to our warming planet.

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Lets keep in touch!

We love hearing from you, whether it’s a question for us, something sewing-related that you need help with, or something you’d like to buy from us, in person, or by post! We also love to see things you’ve made with our fabric, or pictures of our bespoke soft furnishings making your house look gorgeous.

We love to share our news, exciting new arrivals, and picture of things we love on our social media channels – come and follow us!

…you can, of course also phone us, email us, or just pop in for a chat. We love a chat!

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Plastic Accountability

As a small family owned retail business we are acutely aware of our responsibility to the environment and have always been conscious of the impact of our waste. Right form the outset, when Tom and Megan took over Livingstone Textiles, recycling strategies were extremely important as part of the company ethic. It’s a way of life for the team not to throw anything away that might be re-used in some way, or re-cycled. So much so that when we stopped and thought about it, we realised that most of our customers are completely unaware of the little things we all do so we thought we’d share some of the ways that we tackle our waste output as a business. As you all know, we stock a terrific range of fabrics in our two shops. All of these fabrics have to be couriered to us so wherever we possibly can, we will combine orders for both shops to minimise transport but, of course all of the fabric needs to arrive clean and dry after its been slung around the distribution centres so it is always wrapped in plastic. Some of our suppliers have now started to wrap fabric in much thinner plastic than they did previously therby using fewer resources. This is great……but it’s still plastic and it still needs to be reconciled. All of our cardbard and paper gets re-used as scrap paper or recycled at the recycling centre in Bridport. We compost all of our staff food waste ( except biscuits of course because we eat all of those) and we take home and recycle all cans, bottles and cartons in our own household recycling systems as well as the plastic ribbon reels. Our cardboard tubes get recycled too and we are always happy to give them away to anyone who needs them for a project or local group. Some suppliers are now going back to old fashioned cardboard bobbins for there bias bindings and trims which makes us happy.

All of our plastic gets sorted and graded for recycling. Anything that we can’t yet recycle gets cut up and used in our packing area for sending out the fabric that you order from our online shop. We save all of the little scraps of fabric and bits of ribbon that are too small to sell, along with donated boxes of old buttons and threads from various old local stashes of ancient aunts and use them to make up little packs of co-ordinating things for art, craft and textile projects. At only £2 for a bag they are an absolute bargain and you can be confident that you’re doing your bit in the up-cycling chain.

Upcycling in Action

We are also beginning to travel the long road of sustainable fabrics and recycled textiles that we aim to make a prominent feature of our business moving forward. We already stock a few things as they are becoming available and you can buy fabric made from textile industry waste on our webshop, as well as recycled felt in a selection of rainbow colours.

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**Wishing All of Our Customers a Very Happy Christmas **

Thank you to all you lovely people for your ongoing support and engagement with us at Livingstone Textiles, we love seeing you in both of our shops and engaging with you online. Keep on liking our posts and sharing your makes, follow us on Pinterest and Instagram and if you want to shop whilst our virtual shop is closed for the Christmas break you can still browse a selection of our fabrics online here.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas

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Shop Local Passport

Thank you if you have supported any of the shops and local businesses taking part in the Totally Locally scheme to spend money in the town. We have stamped a lot of passports so here’s a reminder that you need to get your passports handed in to any shop today in order to be entered for the prize draw of vouchers worth £50.

We would also like to thank you for supporting us and spending your money with Livingstone Textiles all year round, not just at Christmas. We know you can get it cheaper online so we do our best to give you a personal shopping experience with help and advice specific to your projects and all based on our product and stock knowledge. If we haven’t got something you need then we’ll do our best to get it ordered or direct you to another local business that may be able to help.

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Free Parking

There will be FREE PARKING ALL DAY in the car park at the front of Livingstone Textiles , Bridport on both Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout December. Of course our Yeovil shop has year round free parking directly outside the front door for your convenience. You can use the Free parking opportunity in Bridport to shop with us under the Totally Locally Bridport Passport scheme and get a stamp for spending at least £10 with us as well. Just visit 7 other retailers in the town as well before Christmas for your chance to win £50 in vouchers.

Look out for pretty things from us every day on Instagram this month, lots of reasons to come shopping for fabric and crafts at Livingstone Textiles

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Free Knitting Pattern with Yarn Purchase

We have a lovely offer for you at our Yeovil store this December – simply spend £10 on knitting yarn and pick up a free knitting pattern from our extensive range. You could choose one of the patterns for this fantastic glittery tinsel yarn to knit something fun for Christmas, or bag yourself a new project to indulge in over the Christmas break. There’s probably even (just) time to knit a sweater for Christmas (I am currently knitting a Harry Potter Weasley sweater as well as the Christmas knitalong). This will really keep the cost down for your project, and if that’s not enough we have some bargain yarn in store at the moment while stocks last – first come first served. Just remember you need to spend £10 to get your free pattern and the offer ends on 31st December. Check out our opening times over Christmas on the side of this post. We will look forward to seeing you in Yeovil!

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Win £50 in Vouchers just by Shopping TotallyLocally!

Today sees the launch of the first TotallyLocally Bridport Passport! We know Bridport is fiercely independant and the wealth of variety in our shops shows that we love to shop local! So our local retailers are joining together to give you the chance to win vouchers, just by doing your shopping in the local area this December. Pick up your passport at any participating Bridport retailer and get it stamped every time you spend £10 in any outlet which is joining in the scheme (there are over 60 independent businesses in the scheme). Once you have 8 stamps on your passport, hand it in to Bridport Tourist Information Centre to be entered in the draw. There are 5 x £50 vouchers up for grabs.

Livingstone Textiles in Bridport is taking part in the scheme, so you can pick up a passport from us and there are lots of ways to spend your £10 in store on yourself for your Christmas crafting, curtain order or dressmaking project – or pick up a present for the sewer in your life, anything from a lovely book to a gift voucher. All are included in the passport scheme.

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New Gift Card Service

Fuss Free Gifting

We are excited to be able to offer you a great new service from Livingstone Textiles, we can now send our shop gift vouchers out by post to you or a loved one for you. We’ll pop it into a Christmas or other relevant celebration card and pen a hand written greeting on your behalf. It’s simple and easy, just drop us an email here with your contact details, the amount of the gift voucher you would like to purchase, the occasion and the recipients name and address with the greeting and we’ll do the rest. Our gift vouchers are available as £10, £15, £20 & £50 plus £1.20 to cover the card and a stamp and we can give you a ring for payment over the phone and then pop it in the post. All of our gift vouchers are valid to spend in either of our Livingstone Textile shops on fabric, wool, haberdashery or anything else that we sell and there are so many lovely things to choose from if you enjoy making and you can purchase one voucher or a combination and we will send them out in a cheeky little penguin card for Christmas.

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Big Pattern Sale Now On

A huge discount 40% will apply to any New Look patterns you buy from Livingstone Textiles between Friday 15th November and Sun 16th December. There is no limit to how many patterns you can purchase nor how often and the whopping price reduction means that every pattern in the New Look pattern catalogue is now only £4.80!! We keep one of every pattern in the catalogue in stock and if we have already sold the dress pattern you wanted on the day you come in, we can order it in for you with free postage and packing too. Pop in to either of our stores and start shopping for a unique and handmade winter dress for the holidays.

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Purse and Bag Snap Handles

Look at these gorgeous little snap fasteners for small purses and evening bags! We’ve got two different sizes in stock at our Bridport shop for you budding bag makers and they would like delightful made up into accessories with these luxury velvet fabrics. The small silver purse designs are £5.50 each and the larger gold frames are £5.90 each so pop in to the shop and grab a couple, one for you and one to make in to a gift for a special friend.