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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.

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10% Discount on Xmas Books

Throughout November we are offering a discount of 10% on every book that we stock on Christmas Crafts. This offer is available in both of our shops and includes all of our knitting books from King Cole as well. With the weather turning colder and the evenings becoming darker, now is the perfect time to make gifts for your friends and family and get ahead of the Christmas Crazy shopping. Handmade gifts mean so much more to those who receive them and it takes the pressure off your bank balance as well. Our books have so many lovely projects in that you will be able to use them for many seasons and if you’re not the kind of person who creates handmade gifts or hasn’t discovered knitting or sewing then you might like to give a book as a present to someone who just can’t get enough of it.

The Debbie Shore advent calendars book has some lovely original ideas for making a stylish festive treat that will also look great as a decoration. There are also a few copies of these great Festive decoration books as well, all with 10% discount throughout November.

Here are a selection of the Christmas knitting and crochet books:

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Pattern Hacking

What is pattern hacking? If you make clothes at home, you’ve probably done this already; taking a dress pattern and adapting it by changing the length, or swopping the type of fabric, or even by mixing two patterns to produce a completely unique garment.

Simplicity are running a pattern hacking competition at the moment, based on nine of their current patterns, so get your creative head on for a chance to win a new sewing machine!

There’s a Simplicity Youtube video to give you some inspiration, or just let your imagination run wild – we’ve got all the fabrics and trims you need! The competition runs until 31 january 2020, so you’ve plenty of time to plan and make, but don’t forget that our Simplicity patterns (including the pattern hacking ones) are on sale right now.

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Totally Locally Bridport Returns October 2019

We know our customers are loyal and love to spend locally, so we hope you will join us in encouraging new visitors to our store. At the same time we would like to reward our existing customers with a lovely deal. This time we are offering a super Fat Quarter mini bundle. You can get 2 patterned fat quarters and one plain fat quarter for only £5 (normal price £7.20) – your choice of any from our stocks. There is no limit to how many bundles you can buy at this price, but it is only available at our Bridport store as the Totally Locally Fiver Fest is run on a town by town basis. This offer is only available during the Fiver Fest, which runs from 5th to 12th October. (The prepacked Christmas fat quarter bundles are not included in this offer)

You can also pick up a pair of these beautiful ornate scissors in antique gold finish for only £5, a perfect gift or stocking filler. We have limited stocks of these scissors so this offer is only available while stocks last.

So please pop in between 5th and 12th of October and please share with any friends who have not discovered us yet!

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Simplicity Pattern Sale Autumn 2019

We wrote last week about the arrival of the new Simplicity pattern catalogue with some fantastic new autumn designs. Well now we have even more good news, as you can buy all the new (and old) patterns at 40% off until Saturday 19th October! What a great opportunity to stock up your pattern stash or find a new project for those rainy autumn days.

And we have also just had delivery of the New Look autumn catalogue and patterns, which are available at the regular great value price.

We keep the patterns in stock at both our Bridport and Yeovil fabric stores, and if someone has already snapped up the pattern you are after we can bring it over from the other shop or order it in for you.

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New fabrics on our Webshop

We are constantly updating our webshop to include more and more of our stock, so there is a wide range of fabrics and more to choose from and always something new to look at.

The latest additions to our website are these two animal themed fabrics, the first is a lovely simple bumble bee furnishing fabric and the second is a viberant fabric with a stylised woodland theme. They would both be great for curtains, cushions, blinds, bags and more.

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Autumn 2019 Sewing Workshops in Yeovil

As we move into the autumn, maybe you would like to brush up on your sewing skills with a workshop in our dedicated teaching room at our Yeovil store? Our workshops are running on Saturdays through September, October and November. They run from 10am to 4pm , with tea and coffee included, though you will need to bring your own lunch. These classes all require you to bring your own sewing machine with all its feet and power lead, as well as a basic sewing kit. We have a car park right outside which is free to use while you are with us, and disabled access is available to the teaching room in our platform lift. All these full day workshops cost £45 payable on booking, which you can do in person at our Yeovil store or over the phone on 01935 422631.

Here is a reminder of the classes we are running this autumn:

Sew a Sample Curtain

Hand finished curtain hems

This is a beginner’s class, though you will need to be familiar with your sewing machine and have basic sewing skills. You will learn how to hem a curtain and how to create curtain headings. You will make up a sample size example curtain – please note you are not able to make a full size curtain in this class due to space limitations. This class is running on Saturday 7th September 2019, so book now and gain the skills you need to upgrade your home decor this autumn.

Learn to Love Your Sewing Machine

Want to get more confident with your machine? Unsure even where to start? This class will help you gain in confidence on your own machine under expert guidance and will cover issues such as tension and stitch length, as well as the function of different feet. This class has been extremely popular and given a real boost to the participants’ sewing. This class is running on 21st September and 16th November 2019.

Learn to Machine Quilt

Machine quilting is the process of joining together layers of fabric, usually with a cushioned layer in between. This gives a decorated effect as well as adding texture to the finished item. This class is suitable for beginners, although you will need some familiarity with your machine and basic sewing skills. This class is running on 5th October 2019 and is almost sold out!

Christmas Decorations

This class is a mystery, what delights will our wonderful teacher Lynn Horniblow come up with? All you need to know is that we will be having fun with a selection from our range of fabulous Christmas fabrics and making a home made decoration you couldn’t buy in the shops. Join us for this class on 2nd November 2019 and you will have time to go home and add to your stash of decorations before the tree goes up!

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Free lining in Yeovil with Bill Beaumont Fabrics ends soon!

You may have heard our intriguing advert on The Breeze FM this month, and we have had quite a scrum of people wanting to check out our fantastic Bill Beaumont promotion at our Yeovil store.

As the offer of free lining (terms & conditions apply) is ending soon (on 31st August 2019) we thought it would be interesting to learn a little more about the Bill Beaumont brand, which can trace its history back to Victorian times. Bill Beaumont joined the family textile business as when he played rugby in the 70s and 80s it was an amateur sport and even top players needed a day job. Bill bought the firm from the family in 1998, and ran the firm with his wife Hilary until handing over to their eldest son Daniel, who is the sixth generation at the helm. He still runs the company as part of the Al Guthmi textiles group.

What all that means for today is that Bill Beaumont offers a fabulous range of contemporary fabrics at really competitive prices. This month we have an extra selection of sample books for you to choose from and some fantastic fabrics on the shelves at discounted prices while stocks last. Just remember that the free lining offer ends on Saturday 31st August 2019, and is only available on Bill Beaumont fabrics purchased through our Yeovil store.

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IKAT

We don’t just do curtains and blinds here at Livingstone Textiles, we do an array of cushions. You can choose from zipped, piped, envelope, boxed cushions and chair pads as well. These kitchen chair pads were made with ties and stitched in the centre to create a buttoned effect through this very cool looking Ikat fabric. When you bring us an idea for a project you have been thinking about, our staff and makers will endeavour to create something to fit your requirements and take into account everything you explain to us before helping you decide on fabrics and colours. Pop in to either of our shops and speak to us. We’ll do our very best to help you realise the look that inspires you, all without expensive design consultation fees.

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Beautiful Bill Beaumont

Elegantly gracing the drawing room of a modern home in West Dorset are these lined pencil pleat curtains made from the collection ‘Elspeth’ by Bill Beaumont. We currently have a large quantity of heavily discounted roll stock in Bill Beaumont designs at our Yeovil shop and throughout the month of August we are giving away free poly cotton lining with every curtain order placed until the 31st.

If you can’t find a suitable design on a roll we can offer a good selection of Bill Beaumont designs on our hangers and whilst these will not be as competitively priced, they will still qualify for free lining until our offer ends. You can upgrade too, just pick another lining such as Blackout, Thermal or Cotton and only pay the difference! We also offer a bespoke Lampshade making service so you can create a whole new integrated look for your room.

Follow Bill Beaumont on Pinterest for great ideas on where to use his fabrics

https://pin.it/nrgwqjpbirkrym

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Hat’s The Word !

Bridport Hat Festival 2019 is fast approaching, and with that comes the inevitable pressure to create an astounding garb for your head. Well fear not, as out selection of ribbons, trims, feather and more is sure to offer something to anyone looking to spruce up their headwear.

This piece was brought in on Saturday by a customer, and they used our rainbow feathers (£6.45 /m – 60cm used) and rainbow cord (40p /m) to add some colour and life to this vintage top hat!

We have a huge range of different fabrics and accessories you can add to any headpiece to help prepare you for a Saturday of crazy hat-ness.

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Bill Beaumont fabrics promotion in Yeovil

There’s a very special promotion currently running at Livingstone textiles, just in our Yeovil store! We have a whole range of Bill Beamont fabrics ordered in specially. They are ready to buy off the roll, and at a very special discounted roll price which we are passing on to you!

With their gorgeous quality and timeless designs, choosing from our range of Bill Beaumont fabrics for your curtains, blinds and upholstery will bring contemporary style to transform your home.

As an extra bonus for our lovely customers, we’re also offering free curtain lining in August for all curtains made from Bill Beaumont fabric. You can buy this off the roll or order from a hanger, and ask us to make them up, or make them yourself. As usual, this is for polycotton lining, or you can choose our cotton lining and just pay the difference.

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We’re Hiring!

Livingstone Textiles have a vacancy for a Saturday person to join our team in Bridport to work 9am to 4pm every Saturday, starting from September.

Duties will include serving customers by cutting fabric and ribbon to their requirements. The job will also involve working out curtain quotes, and advising customers on different fabrics suitable for their projects!

Fear not, as all these skills will be taught on the job, all thats needed is an interest in textiles and an eagerness to learn !

Confidence with numbers is an advantage. Must be able to lift and carry rolls of fabric, and there are lots of steep stairs in our building!

Some holiday cover hours may also be available.

For more details/to apply: email people@livingstonetextiles.com, telephone 01308 456844 or speak to Tom.

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Saturday Person Wanted

Very sadly we will be losing the lovely Evie from our Bridport shop, who has secured a place at University and is going onto learn new and exciting things! So, a big congratulations Evie!

Therefore, Livingstone Textiles is looking for a Saturday person to join our team. The hours will be every Saturday 9am – 4pm. Some holiday cover hours may also be available.

Ideally you will have a passion for fabric and sewing, be hardworking reliable and eager to learn. Duties include serving customers and cutting fabric and ribbon to customer requirements. Confidence with numbers an advantage. Must be able to lift and carry rolls of fabric, and there are lots of steep stairs in our building!

For more information please either Email: people@livingstonetextiles.com or Phone: 01308 456844 and speak to Tom.

If you think this is the job for you then please drop your CV into Livingstone Textiles Bridport or send it to the above email address.

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The Rolling Machine

What is the rolling machine?

The rolling machine is the piece of equipment we use to measure rolls of fabric, we also use it to split down large rolls into smaller more manageable sized rolls for our shelves.

Like our building and a few other things at Livingstone Textiles Bridport our rolling machine has some character brought from age and is sturdy old school model!

How does it work ?

We load the roll we want to measure onto the bottom pole of the machine and weave it in and out of the other poles until we reach the top. At the top we have another new cardboard tube waiting (we say new but we reuse all of our tubes where possible so a recycled tube would be more accurate) the fabric is then held in place with some masking tape. Once we are all set the machine is turned on and is operated with a foot pedal just like your sewing machine would be, this controls the speed

We watch the dial that counts the metres tick round until we get the amount of fabric we need and then we cut across the fabric giving us 2 rolls. This is great for measuring large amounts of fabric and is a much faster and neater way of doing it than measuring it on one of our tables (even though they are huge).

The machine in action

Above we are splitting a large roll of cotton calico and in the warmth of this lovely June day the smell coming from the roll is of lovely fresh and raw cotton, yummy!

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10% Off Christmas Fabric in July

We know Christmas seems like a long way away and that the sun has only just about come out of hiding, so feels way too early to be thinking about Christmas! But we all know how fast it creeps up each year, so we are getting ready early and giving you a chance to get organised and grab a bargain.

Throughout July we are offering 10% off all Christmas fabrics including Christmas fat quarters. So why not take some of the pressure off at Christmas time. Buying early helps spread the cost and the workload through the year a bit. We have a wide range of festive fabrics and lots of ideas for lovely things to make and you’ll have plenty of time to make them.

This offer applies in both our Bridport and in our Yeovil shops so pop in and have a look.

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Yeovil Sewing Classes

Later this year 2019 we will again be running sewing workshops in our Yeovil shop, for those of you who would like to improve your sewing skills and learn something new.

The workshops will be run by the lovely Lynn Horniblow. You will need to bring along your own machine, giving you a chance to become more familiar with it and allowing you to focus on the sewing rather than learning all about a new machine. Each class is £45, this is non-refundable so please make sure that you are able to bring a working machine and that you are able to attend on the date of the class. There are limited places so please book soon to ensure you have a place.

Tea and coffee will be provided; however, you will need to bring along your own lunch.

September 2019

  • Saturday 7th 10am – 4pm Sample Curtains
  • Saturday 21st 10am -4pm Learn to love your sewing machine

October 2019

  • Saturday 5th 10am – 4pm Learn to machine Quilt

November 2019

  • Saturday 2nd 10am – 4pm Christmas Decorataions
  • Saturday 16th 10am- 4pm Learn to love your sewing machine

If you would like to book in for any of the above workshops, or if you have any questions then please contact our Yeovil shop on 01935 422631, or pop in and see them. Please note payment is needed upon booking.

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Book Sale Continues in Bridport and Yeovil

As you may remember this month (June 2019) we have a special promotion on our Search Press craft books at Livingstone Textiles in Bridport and Yeovil. These high quality craft books are always popular and make fantastic gifts. And all this month they are an absolute steal at 20% off!

You can see from the picture above one of the latest titles which has just arrived in our store, and is by the wonderful author Debbie Shore. This book is an addition to the Sew.. range of books which includes other titles such as Sew Brilliant Bags, Sew Bunting and Sew Baby. In this book you can find a range of projects including cushions, tablecloths, barbecue accessories and even a child’s play teepee! There are rustic table accessories, stencilled bunting and a bean bag stool. All of these projects have us just itching to get stitching, now all we need is the weather to co-operate!

Debbie Shore is one of Search Press’s most popular authors and has put together other ranges for the company. One of these is the Half Yard range. Of course here in the UK we buy in metres, but it is amazing the projects you can complete with only half a metre of fabric. You may have a few half metres hidden away in your stash that could be put to use straight away.

The newest series from Debbie Shore is her Sewing Room Secrets, starting with this title all about Machine Sewing. Learn tips and tricks from the expert with projects to practice on.

Other titles in this series coming in the future will include Quilting and Dressmaking & Alterations. We will certainly be keeping a lookout for those. Meanwhile why not pop into store to pick up one of our current titles with 20% off!