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Toucan Play

This rather special bag was made by one of our very talented Bridport customers who from time to time pops into the shop to share her latest creations.

This time she has been working on a stunning little satchel to wear whilst riding her bike.  She has used our vivid toucan fabric with bright orange twill as a contrast on the sides.  We adore the fuschia pink lining that picks out the colours in the parrot on the front.  She has also made a matching hat and definitely adds a bright splash of colour when she cycles around the town. Thank you for sharing this with us, we love to see anything you’ve made 🙂

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NEW: Vintage tractor fabric

This lovely heavy cotton curtain fabric is new in at Livingstone Bridport, and we love it! with a beautiful ‘vintage’ colourway, this fabric has a print featuring lovely vintage tractors placed over a subtle farm-based texture – fields away from the usual brightly coloured nursery prints, yet perfect for the little ruralist in your life.

The fabric is 100% printed textured cotton, and 135 cms (53 inches) wide.

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Summer Sun Loungers

One of the staff at Livingstone Textiles has transformed a pair of 1970’s Deckchairs with some new foam and a smart striped canvas weave.

She upcycled an old pair of curtains as the backing and made a slip on cover to fit over the ends of the chairs. We think the orange fabric gives a nod to the seventies without the overpowering Flower Power Man

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How to hang a Roman Blind

Livingstone Textiles Guide:

Note: your batten should already be in place and should also have the Velcro and eyelets attached at this point.

Step 1: Threading the cords

If you have had your blind made by us then your it should already be threaded with cord. However, if you find you need to thread the cords then follow these instructions.

Lay the blind down on a clean table/surface face down. Next thread the cords though the eyelets from the top of the blind to the bottom and secure them by threading through the safety device. You now need to decide on which side of the blind you would like the pull cord to be on for opening and shutting the blind as this will affect the direction the cords.

Secure the blind onto the batten by pressing the Velcro together. You should now thread the cords through the eyelets on the batten starting with the corresponding eyelet for each line of cord, either work left to right (cord will hang on the left) or right to left (cord will hang on the right). Thread all of the loose cords through your wooden acorn to keep them together and tie a loose knot to stop them slipping back through. Do not cut the excess cord off at this point.

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Step 2: Adjusting the cord length

In order to ensure you have the correct length of cord pull the blind up and down a few times to make sure it runs level. To determine where to cut the cord you should let the blind hang all the way down so that the acorn will be at its highest point you should have a short distance between the last eyelet on the batten and the acorn. Tie a small knot here to keep the cords together and then cut off the excess, the knot should be hidden inside the acorn when it is pulled down over it.

If you have found that your blind has moved slightly after doing this and is no longer level, you can fix this easily by tweaking the length of the cord, by pulling it through the safety devices on the bottom of the blind, making where it hangs longer or shorter.

Step 3: Fixing the cleat

The cleat should be secured next to the blind cord at least 1.5m above the floor, this is to reduce the risk of small children getting the cord caught around their necks which could lead to strangulation. The cleat requires two screws to be screwed through it and into the wall (or other fixing point) in order to secure it.

Safety note: When the Roman Blind is pulled up the cord must be fully wrapped around the cleat, so that there is no excess cord hanging down for small children to be able to reach.

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Will snow affect us?

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.

Keep warm and wrapped up everyone!

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Burns Night celebrations

Are you ready to celebrate Burns Night on 25th January 2018?

We have a fabulous selection of tartan fabrics for you to choose from, in order to help you dress for the occasion. Some of our customers have been busy making their outfits, here is a lovely example of a dress made by one of our regular customers. The black and the tartan fabric along with the trim can all be found here at Livingstone Textiles!

 

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Spring makeover for holiday homes and hotels

It’s that time of year when you may be looking at renewing the soft furnishings in your guest accommodation, and at Livingstone Textiles we can help you with all apects of the process.  We have a huge variety of fabrics to choose from in store on the roll, and an even wider selection available to order from our suppliers, so whether you want to furnish a luxurious bolt-hole, or spruce up a holiday cottage, you’ll find plenty here to please.

For a luxe feel, take a look at our gorgeous Romo velvets to bring a really sumptuous finish for your property,or maybe our large range of seaside themed fabric in blues, brights or neutrals will tempt you – they’re great for cushions and curtains in a house near the sea.

We can guide you through the whole process, from choosing your fabric, to having your fbric made up into hand-finished curtains, blinds and other soft furnishings  made to measure by our experienced local seamstresses. We can even have your chosen fabric treated with fireproofing, with a certificate, for extra peace of mind.

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Elastic Adjustable Belt

 

We decided to make some new belts for holding our scissor pouches as well as show off this gorgeous new coloured elastic that we now have in the shop.  We were so pleased with how they looked that we decided to share it with you with step by step instructions.

All of the components are available from both of our outlets in Yeovil and Bridport and we think they would make great presents for Christmas.

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Snake Hips shows off the belt! Why don’t you try making your own?  It’s a great functional belt and works well as a gardening tool belt, scissor pouch or just a great fashion accessory.  You can choose from some of these gorgeous new elastics in several widths including a fabulous sparkly one!

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Christmas Fabrics and Trims for the Card Makers

Christmas fat quarter bundleWe know our crafters work on their Christmas cards and gifts long before the actual day, so we thought it would be nice to share with you a selection of the lovely ribbons and trims we have in store. There are some fabulous sparkly trims which can be used at any time of year to add a bit of bling. We also have a wide range of Christmas fabrics that are available to purchase all year round, we understand that most people won’t want to be thinking of Christmas yet but for those crafters out there already busy preparing don’t forget where we are and if there is anything that you need that we don’t currently stock please ask a member of our team for their help it might be something we can get in for Christmas card making stripyou, so why not drop in at St Michaels Lane in Bridport, Dorset. You’ll find us on the first floor at the bottom end of Waitrose car park (on Rope Walks). Alternatively you can visit our Yeovil store at Hendford, Yeovil BA20 1UN, where they also stock knitting yarn and books with a Christmas theme.

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Job Vacancy

Sadly a member of our team has decided to leave our Bridport team and although we are saddened by this we are very excited to be able to be adding a new team member to our ranks. Are you a sewer? Want to work with a group of enthusiastic sewers and a fun and inspiring environment? If the answer is yes then why not email us at people@livingstonetextiles.com for a job description and application form.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Chess Woodland Fabrics

This beautiful collection of fabric would add a warm country feel to any room in your house with beautiful colours and a wide range of patterns. This collection comes with 8 designs, 4 of which are printed, 2 plain colours, a check and a stripe. The collection comes in 6 different colourways, varying from warm oranges to calm and cooling heathers and lilacs. Some of these designs are ideal for curtains blind and cushions being the perfect weight for the right hang for this, whereas some are upholstery weight with Martindale rub test of either 33,000 or 15,000.

One of the lovely things about these designs is the way they perfectly contrast, they have been designed to work together adding to each other colours and warmth. However, these designs work well on their own too, as a stand alone fabric. The tartan designed fabric would upholster beautifully with a 33,000 Martindale rub test and would contrast with any of the patterned printed fabrics in its colourway collection, as is illustrated above in the images. The beautiful watercolor style in which the patterned printed fabric has been designed adds a depth to the final design of the pattern giving the fabric more interest.

The plain fabrics might be plain but are not without interest, each has a beautiful strong weave to the fabric making it both strong and giving it a esthetically pleasing look. This fabric has a Martindale rub test of 15,000.

The stripe is another interesting addition to the collection with its herringbone weave. With this design the stripe is woven not printed which adds to the final look of the cloth. This fabric has a Martindale rub test of 15,000.

All of these fabrics are a polyester or a polyester cotton mix.

All of these fabrics are available to see in both our shops in Bridport Dorset and Yeovil Somerset. If you would like any more information on any of these fabrics please contact us and we will be happy to help.

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Bridport Rope

DSC_5582 (Medium) (2)Bridport has a long history with rope and net, it’s been made here for centries, with the first official mention in 1211 when King John ordered for as many ropes and caples that could possiable be made for his ships, while fearing for a French invation.

Since then throughout the centries Bridport has continued to make rope and nets for a number of different reasons from fishing nets to nets for the navy and even football nets for national games. The most notorious rope that was made in Bridport was the Bridport Dagger a name givedn to the the hangmans noose which rope was from Bridport. This provided a massiave trade for Bridport in the Elizabethian era as every victim was buried with his noose.

Bridports strong history with rope and net making still stays with us today with many street names having a relationship with the history and with many streets that were made wider for the rope making in the past still being wider now.

Livingstone Textiles in Bridport shop space is an old rope factory, so while looking round our beautiful fabrics it is possiable to feel the history that is within our walls, this gives us a great relationship to  the history within the town and a greater connection to the history.

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8mm Polyester Hemp Rope – £0.89p per metre
12mm Jute rope- £1.47 per metre
16mm Polyester Hemp Rope- £2.75 per metre

 

 

If these sizes aren’t qrite right for you ask a memeber of staff as we might be able to order in rope of a different size. Also avaiable to order is metal rope brackets and hooks for making rope rails a perfect addition to a samll set of stairs.

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Information on Bridport’s rope heritage is avaible at Bridport musium, for more informtion on rope at Livingstone Textiles please contact us and we will be happy to help.

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Pom-Poms

A bit of fun for you all, extra large pom-poms! DSC_5561

Now you all must be thinking out there, what can you do with those? Well, we have a few suggestions some rather fun and others a little more serious.

The Tail

Why not add one to a fun fancy dress costume? It would make a great bunny tail!DSC_5560

Bear Ears

As modelled by our Saturday girl wouldn’t these make really fun bear ears! All you have to do is simply thread ribbon through the already attached elastic. DSC_5562

Soft Furnishings

A little more of a serious option would be to add them to a blind or curtains, we have seen smaller ones added to window furnishings in the past and the look is fun and fabulous. These could really add a fun touch to your home.

Or if you’re not that brave they could be used as a blind pull cord.

All these ideas and the pom poms will only cost you a pound each! A bargain for so much fun!

These are currently only available at our Bridport Dorset store.

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Prestigious Fabrics- Seasons

Seasons is a beautiful fabric range from Prestigious Textiles, it illustrates the beauty of natural all year round, depicted on a series of beautifully printed cotton fabric. This series comprises of 6 different design each available in 4 or 5 different colourways.

SEASONS- BIRDSONG

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The beautiful birdsong comes in 6 different colourways, Orchid, Willow, Jewel, Sapphie, Larkspur, and Shadow. Each are 137cm wide and have a virtical pattern repeat of 64cm and a horizontal pattern prepeat of 34cm. Each colourways depicks a beautiful bird on a branch with flowers and leaves. Each colourway gives the fabric design a different season feeling to the design.

SEASONS- KEW

Kew is another very floral design with this design only focusing on the leaves and flowers within nature. Like the design Birdsong, Kew composes of a large range of colours, with each design being the same expect for its colour. Each colourway has a different effect to the overall design of the fabric, and for the final rooms that the user might want to use the fabric it. With each colourway a different element of the design is highlighted. Just like Birdsong this fabric is 137cm wide and have a vertical pettern repeat of 64cm and a horizontal pattern repeat of 34cm.

SEASON- SILVER BIRCH

Silver birch is a beatiful watercolour artist design that illistrates the beaty of the forest and nature. This design has an illution of depth in all colourways although some produce this illustion better than others. This fabric would suit curtains, blinds and cusions or by making it a centre oiece and framing or stretching it. This fabric is 137cm wide with a virtical pattern repeat of 64cm and a horizonal pattern repeat of 68cm.

SEASONS- CHERRY BLOSSOM

Another beautiful design in this range from presitigious textiles. A simple yet effective design of cherry blosson in a range of different colourways. This is a simplier more modern design than the others in this collection.

These fabrics and more are avaiable to view and order at both Livingstone textiles store, Bridport Dorset and Yeovil Somerset.

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Seaside Display

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You will know you are at the right place when you see our lovely beach hut curtain display as you come in our front door. We have been busy trying to show our lovely customers how easy it is to contrast and work with beautiful fabrics. Here we have made a pair of unlined curtains on a pencil pleat heading tape. We have the added a contrast mock roman blind with a matching trim. The to finish the look a beautiful lampshade. This look would look beautiful in a seaside location.

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Imperio Steel and Paradisco Slate Collections

The hangers we get in our shop can really inspire us to produce beautiful makes and to hang fabrics together and make displays. We have added some new fabrics to our display at Livingstone Textiles Bridport Dorset inspired by some iliv fabrics and hangers.

Paradisco Slate Collection and Imperio Steel Collection are two beautiful hangers where the designer has focused on a range of beautiful greys with the addition of a bright colour, in this case a yellow/ green pop next to the greys.

 

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We supply a range of the fabrics that can be seen on theses hangers, and we also stock a range of fabrics that are similar and work equally well with this range of fabrics.

Pomergranate is stocked at Livingstone Textiles Yeovil Somerset and has been a very popular design. This fabric is available in other colourways at Livingstone textiles Bridport Dorset. 1438635817Leaf trail with butterflies in the grey is stocked at Livingstone Textiles Bridport Dorset.

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If you would like a sample of any fabrics you have seen on our website please contact us with your details and details of the fabric you require.

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We love fabric at Livingstone Textiles, and we love coordinating with them and having fun. Here are a few images of how you can put fabrics together to balance them. The beautiful lime greens and yellows work beautifully with the greys and blacks. The key to using bright colours is to balance them out with a subdued colour.

If you would like any help on deciding on fabrics for your home we would be happy to help. Pop by on our stores either in Bridport Dorset or Yeovil Somerset and have a word with our helpful staff.