Due to the very cold weather and the threat of snow coming in, there is a possibility that this may affect the opening of our Yeovil shop…. that is if the white stuff falls and settles! If this is the case, or you are unsure, then we recommend that you phone the Yeovil shop on 01935 422631 before setting out to ensure that we are open and that you don’t waste a journey.
Our Bridport shop should remain unaffected, however, if the weather is really bad then please do feel free to call 01308 456844 to ensure we are open.
Don’t forget that Livingstone Textiles stock hundreds of fabrics on the roll for you to chose from. Fabric is one of those products that you really need to feel before you buy and our huge selection means you can usually find something to take away that day. Two weeks before Christmas a customer popped in to the shop and chose one of our semi plains off the roll and we were able to make her blind and cover her baton in time for Christmas.
If you really can’t find anything amongst our stock, we can order from any of our suppliers and most deliver to us within a week, some in just a day! Just ask us when ordering and we’ll do everything we can to get your fabric as quickly as possible and if you really can’t get to us then we’ll happily send you samples of anything in stock, just ask and we’ll try to match you with your ideal fabric.
At Livingstone Textiles we are proud to offer you a great selection of Curtain Linings.
We stock a wide range of curtain linings and curtain interlinings (also known as curtain bump) to suit your specific requirements when choosing new curtains or blinds for your home. Curtain linings are used to prolong the life of the more expensive show fabric and offer protection from the sun and other elements that could otherwise cause deterioration of the cloth. They also enable more of the pattern and colour to be seen inside the room when light is on the otherside, ie; daylight, sunlight and streetlight as these will be shining straight through your fabric. Continue reading Choosing Linings for Curtains and Blinds
We always get asked to do some interesting and challenging projects at Livingstone Textiles and a couple of weeks ago our Yeovil Shop had a big order for 96 meters of plastic tabling. These were to be made into circular tablecloths for the Octagon Theatres Gin Festival at Westlands. It was requested that we cut out 40 semi circles out of the cloth which if you can imagine was no easy task. Tom and another member of staff rose to the challenge and spent a whole day crawling around on the floor cutting fabric and wearing their knees out! We are so lucky to work in such an interesting environment and where we get to have a creative input using many different skills. Every day is different here at Livingstone Textiles 🙂
Livingstone Textiles at Yeovil in Somerset and at Bridport in Dorset both stock a wide range of gorgeous plastic and oil cloth tablings starting at the really competitive price of £5.50 per metre. We are also delighted to offer you a brand new range of Doreen Preston tablings on our state of the art display stand.
For more information on our fabrics and services, please contact us with your details and requirements and we will be happy to help. We can mail your order direct if you cannot get to our shop and you can also oreder a limited number of our fabrics online.
We’re making our first appearance at the Yeovil Show. Come over and say hello and take a look at the sample of fabrics that we have brought along to show you. It’s just a taste of the massive range of stock that we hold across both our Yeovil and Bridport shops as well as our beautiful ribbopns and tapes, bindings and zips. We cater for crafters, knitters and sewers and hold a great selection of books for those of you wanting to try learning a new skill. Our staff are all sewers and knitters and will be glad to answer your questions and help you. We also make up beautifully hand sewn curtains and blinds to order from any of the furnishing fabrics you choose in our shops. We have a vast roll stock for you to choose from and give it free samples to make colour matching selection in your home easier and if you really can’t find anything there, you can browse our beautiful books and inspiring hangers and we’ll order your chosen fabric in for you. We pride ourselves on our customer service and are here to listen and do things well for you so come over and say hello if you’re at the Yeovil Show this weekend. And if you can’t make it, find us opposite The Octagon Theatre where we provide free parking, a lift and ramps to enable full access to everyone.
Another beautiful job by one of our upholsterers – this beautiful sofa was completed last week by one of our talented upholsterers, completed in some of our beautiful fabric.
As can be seen in this closer image the work has been done to a lovely high standard, with beautifully tailored seams edged with piping.
The fabric really adds to the look of this finished piece – helping to add to the modern crisp look that it has now. If the customer had decided to go for a velvet or a more traditional fabric the final outcome would not be a modern look but a traditional one, which I believe would suit the sofa equally well but would look best in a traditional room setting. As it is though, the geometric design of the fabric helps to give the sofa a modern look, complementing the very angular cushions and arms.
The fabric is 140cm wide. This is a woven fabric which makes it reversible, meaning that both sides can be used, as can be seen in the image to the right. A great idea for this fabric would be to have cushions made on one side with the piping on the other, or curtains on one side with matching cushions with the alternative colour side showing. This could add a real twist to the room. Along side upholstery, cushions and curtains this fabric could also be used for blinds and lampshades. The colour is very natural means it would fit with most colours within a room, where the design could either be used to blend in or dressed up to stand out. This a beautiful versatile designed fabric, that would really add to most rooms.
If you would like a sample of this or any other fabric you have seen on our website please contact us and we will be happy to help.
Two soft velveteen cushions made in this gorgeous rust coloured fabric have been made by a member of staff to revamp a lovely old reading chair. The cushions were piped in the velvet as well and a zip inserted at the back.
Velvet can be a bit tricky to sew as the layers have a tendency to creep as you feed the fabric under the machine but one way of combatting this is to use a walking foot. The fabric shown is available from Livingstone Textiles at only £7 per metre and is 150cm wide making it ideal for curtains, cushions and even dressmaking. It drapes beautifully into soft folds when hung and the texture catches the light. In this instance it was chosen to complement the historical nature of the chair and bring out the warm colour of the wood. If you’d like to have a go at making your own cushions, our cushion pack is available and comes complete with any fabric you choose and a full set of instructions. It alo makes an ideal gift.
This great bag has been made by Bev Taylor, one of our loyal customers.
It features strips of vinyl on the base and sides for increased durability and features pieces of our dog fabric, available to but in strips or by the metre.
There are 9 breeds on the fabric and the squares are repeated three times on a strip so you get loads of dogs to play with!Her bag is fully reversible as well and features a zipped security compartment and lots of handy pockets for doggy treats and poop bags. Contact us at mailto:email@example.com if you’d like to commission one and we’ll put you in touch.
At Livingstone Textiles we are proud to have excellent curtain makers working for us.
In Bridport we have 3 makers covering West Dorset, one in the popular town of Beaminster, one in Charmouth and one in Abbotsbury. They will come and measure up for your new curtains and blinds, discuss your requirements for soft furnishings and will happily show you samples as well as books of fabric. They will also quote you for box cushions and window seats on request. Call us on 01308456844 to arrange a visit. We have a curtain maker working from our Yeovil shop as well, please call 01935422631 to arrange an appointment if you live in the South Somerset area.
Cold weather means higher heating costs. To keep these costs down a bit, why not have your new curtains made with interlining? Even double glazed windows tend to have cold air circulating them that can create uncomfortable draughts.
Traditionally called ‘Bump’, interlining can stop cold air from entering the room when the curtains or blinds are drawn because it is a dense layer that sits between the show cloth and the curtain lining. We provide two different weights, lightweight for a thin warm layer and heavy weight for a thicker, more luxurious finish. Adding bump to both Roman Blinds and curtains make them fuller at the window as well acting as an insulator. It’s certainly a much cheaper option than replacement windows.
Our polyester curtain bump is £3.30 per metre for lightweight and £5.70 for heavyweight. The natural cotton bump is £4.50 per metre and the heavyweight is £5.90 per metre. All are 54″/140cm wide and available from both of our shops, as well as by telephone order (01308 456844) and our online shop.
Combining stripes with a pattern is always a good thing but its not alwasy an easy thing. We have a smart hanger that does the thinking for you and its put together in colour blocks so the only thing you have to do is match it to your colour scheme.
One of our customers has bought a brand new house in Axminster and has a new grey suite of furniture. She has lime green cushions to cheer it up but wanted something bright but smart at the windows. We helped her to select from this hanger and she chose the pink combination to be made up into Roman Blinds for a large bay window.
The main fabric is called amulet and it is all embroidered onto a linen look cotton. The lattice is worked in long grey stitches and the circles are heavily embroidered in a pink spiral. Edging the embroidered fabric with pink the woven stripe borders makes the blind look smart and picks out the pink embroidery. The maker lined the blinds in stone lining and used the stab stitch method to hold the materials together. This method can be used when embroidery might make it hard to achieve very straight stitching on the show cloth.
Are you wanting to make a special gift this Christmas but are not sure where to start? Not sure how much fabric, or how much piping you might need? Or do you know someone who loves making things and want to give them a present they will love? We have produced a “cushion pack” to take out the stress of making your cushion, all you have to do is sew it together, and we have helped there too, by production a step by step guide on how to make your cushion with one of our packs. Doing on of our packs will give you the skills and abilities to make you want to sew more and more.
Within each pack, you will receive, one 18″x18″ cushion pad, half a metre of your chosen fabric, 2 metres of piping in your chosen colour and an instruction booklet. All of this for a bargain price of £10.00. If you’re passing through Bridport, pop in and see us then you can pick your cushion materials from our full range of fabrics
On our web shop, you will have an ability to choose from 7 different fabric panels that will make up your cushion with designs including dogs, sea, spots, tape measures, birds, wellies and Egyptian. you will also be able to choose from 17 different colours of piping.
If you would like a sample of any of the materials mentioned on this page please contact us with your details and information on the material or fabric you require and we will be happy to help.
Get into the Groove! Don’t you agree that these chairs look absolutely delicious? Our upholsterer has shown off her talents again with this stunning swivel lounge chair and ottoman.
These iconic chairs were designed by Charles Eames for Herman Millar and this model dates from around the 1980’s. Herman Millar was known for bold and beautiful designs and founded the company in 1923 in Michigan. These streamlined designs began to be favoured by wealthy clients who had previously favoured heavy, dark and wooden bedroom furniture. A self- taught furniture designer named Gilbert Rohde came along in the early thirties and used his knowledge of modernist and art deco styles to persuade Millar that modern, smaller homes needed a different approach. The Millar company survived the Great Depression by moving with the times and the striking iconic designs are recognisable the world over.
More information on Charles Eames can be found here
The fabric used on this chair was a limited stock line but we have many other furnishing weight materials to choose from in both of our shops and online
Summer Holidays are ahead of us (and hopefully more sun than rain!)
One of our staff members has a 1970’s vintage caravan and she decided to give it an overhaul. The original and rather vivid orange flowery seat cushions were very worn and have been renewed with a bright flower and bird fabric that has postcards on it to reflect the holiday mood. They still have orange in the colour scheme in order to blend with the original interior.
The box cushions are made with a zip in order to make cleaning easier. We can make box cushions for you in most of the fabrics that we stock and we can add piping if you wish.
To make the new interior complete, she decided to make some new curtains and to keep the cost down she used a basic dress weight cotton poplin. In order to make them hang well and to look authentic from the outside, she used a coloured lining that picked up the orange in the cushions.
The polka dot gives an up to date vintage look while the lining is true to the 70’s colour scheme.
Here’s how the curtain lining looks from the outside………..along with a couple of vintage recliners she picked up in Penzance, much to the dismay of her husband who had to carry them back to the car!!
Blinds can be practical and decorative but sometimes you don’t aways need to the same type of blind in each room. A different style of blind can change the look of a fabric and a room.
Here’s a quick guide to the different types of blinds available to you.
Austrian blinds are a cross between blinds and curtains. They act like blinds but are close to curtains with the texture. Most Austrian blinds have a gathered top like a pencil pleat curtain but then are stringed and pull up like a blind. Unlike a Roman blind they dont have the horizontal rods running through them giving them a ruffled bottom when pulled.
Roman blinds are structured blinds that use a system of vertical strings and horizontal rods. When pulled they fold into straight even folds. When let down the blind is completely flat.
There are two different types of Swedish blinds, one is rolled and held with ribbon and one is corded. Both types work really well with coordinating fabrics as when it is rolled the back of the blind is seen.
Theses are all blinds that we can make to measure for your house. We can advise you on how it will hang with the space you have available in your house. We can offer the full service from measuring, making and hanging. If you are at all interested or would like more information please contact us and we will be happy to help.
One thing that is worth thinking about when you are picking material for a roman blind or curtains is the other windows and door in the room, whether they will have matching fabric and whether the material will then be too much in the room.
These two pieces of soft furnishings are examples of how this has been thought out. The window and door in this kitchen are less than a metre apart, and this gives the risk of the material over powering the room. The customer didn’t want the window and door to become a feature in the room and only wanted them to dress the openings in a subtle way.
The customer liked the patterned fabric but was concerned that when made into a door curtain it would then become too much, so it was suggested to her that adding a contrasting material in a plain to brake up the pattern. This then frames the patterned material and draws the eye towards it.
At Livingstone Textiles we pride ourselves in our complete service where if you want us to, we can measure, make and hang leaving you to the fun part of choosing your fabrics.
If you would like an further information on the service we offer please contact us and we will be happy to help.
Did you know that we stock Wool Baize at Livingstone Textiles? If you are a player of Bridge you will probably enjoy your game on a proper card table covered in traditional green baize. After many years of card games, your table could start to show signs of wear and tear and as they are a costly, often unusual item of furniture to replace, you may want to consider re-covering it yourself. We have in stock, in our Bridport shop and also now available online here, this hard to come by fabric and if you don’t fancy doing the job yourself, we can get our upholsterer to do it for you, just ring the shop for details on 01308 456844. This lovely soft, green, pure wool is also ideal for lining jewellery or cutlery boxes, recovering writing slopes and desk inlays.
Our roller blind backing fabric will make fabrics suitable for being made into a roller blind. If the fabric is suitable the backing fabric can be ironed on to the back making it ready to be made into a roller blind.
We have a range of fabrics that are suitable and if you are unsure which ones would be then you can ask member of staff and they will be happy to help you.
Fancy Learning to sew? Or haven’t sewn in years and want to get back into it? Then why not look into our sewing classes that we hold in our store in Bridport, Dorset. Starting in September we have a range of classes that would suit any one.
Here at Livingstone Textiles in Bridport, Dorset we offer a traditional upholstery service. We also keep upholstery supplies in stock for those people who wish to have a go themselves. These gimp braids are brilliant to add a decorative finishing detail to an upholstered stool or chair and they are designed to hide any tacks used. Price per metre: £5.00
We work with a number of local seamstresses to produce high quality made to measure curtains to your specification. We can produce a wide variety of curtain headings, including pencil pleat, triple pleat (pinch pleat) and eyelet headings. Triple pleat curtains are made using buckram, eyelet heading using header tape. All curtains can be lined or interlined and you can choose from our range of linings which includes thermal and blackout linings. All curtains are hand finished to give the best results and you can be sure of the standard you will get because we only work with some of the most experienced and professional curtain makers in the area.
The example you can see in the picture is a triple pleat finish, which looks especially stunning with a pole as you can see.
Curtain making prices are quoted per width of fabric in each curtain. So for a pair of curtains made with one width of fabric in each curtain you would pay for 2 widths of making. For a pair with 1.5 widths in each curtain you would pay 4 widths of making. Current prices are shown below and do not include fabric or other materials. These prices include VAT, which is charged on mail orders. For curtains collected from our shop in Bridport, Dorset you may pay the seamstress directly and VAT is not incurred.
Curtain making prices (per width)
Pencil Pleat Lined curtains up to 70″/179cm – £24.00
Pencil Pleat Lined curtains over 70″/179cm – £26.40
Triple Pleat Lined curtains any length – £33.60
Blackout lining additional £2.40 per width
Eyelet curtains additional £3.60 per width
Tab top curtains additional £3.60 per width
Interlined curtains additional £7.20 per width
We also make Roman Blinds (making cost from £78 each), pelmets, scatter cushions, boxed cushions, bedspreads and valances, tiebacks, chair arm protectors and many other items. Quotes are available on request.
We are able to undertake contract upholstery for pubs, restaurants, hotels and other premises. We specialise in bench seats, and can cut fire-retardant upholstery foam to fit your space exactly (to your templates, or to our measurements for local premises). These are then covered by our experienced seamstresses to your requirements. Covers can be made with zips in order to be removable or can be fixed. Fire retardant upholstery fabric is available, but is usually not required as the upholstery foam is fire-retardant. Amongst our recent customers is the Wynyards Gap public house, whose replacement seating you can see featured in the pictures.
We also undertake traditional reupholstery and furniture restoration on our premises in Bridport, Dorset. Camper Van and Caravan bench seating is another area of expertise.
Please contact us regarding all your upholstery needs and you will get a personal and professional service.