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Fat Quarter bundles

We have lots of lovely quilting fabrics to choose from here at Livingstone Textiles with all kinds of patterns, colours and designs!

We all know that it takes lots of great fabrics to make a fabulous quilt not just one. Choosing the perfect combinations also takes time, so we make bundles of fat quarters with a selection of fabrics that we think look great together. When we do this, we try to ensure that the fabrics all tone in and work to enhance each other to give you a great selection to work with

All our pre bundled fat quarter packs contain 4 patterned and 2 plain fabrics that are all carefully hand selected in house for you. You can if you like choose to create your own fat quarter bundles and select your own 4 patterned and 2 plain fabrics .

Fat quarters are great for quilting but they can be used for many other things like small project such as sandwich wraps or dolls clothes etc… that don’t require much fabric. We also have lots of individual ones to choose from along-side of the bundles.

Currently we have packs of Christmas fat quarters that contain 5 patterned Christmas fabrics! These are great for making Christmas quilts or Christmas decorations and crafts, we will be keeping these topped up in the run up to Christmas.

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Simplicity Autumn Catalogue 2019

There’s a nip in the air in the morning these days, and we all enjoy getting into our autumn sewing at Livingstone Textiles, so we are thrilled to let you know the new Simplicity catalogue and patterns are in! We keep the patterns in stock in both our stores in Bridport and Yeovil, so if it is sold out in one store we can usually bring it from the other. We are also happy to post out patterns, so just get in touch if there’s one you would like.

We are loving the denim looks and we have some lovely patterned chambrays which would look super made up into this dress. Of course you can add a warmer top underneath as the weather cools down, or add a stylish but comfortable jacket.

The children are not missed out with a great range of warm togs which will be quick to stitch up with the small sizes!

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Miss Haversham’s Early Autumn Coat

Our obliging model Miss H has been wearing a little cheesecloth dress of late, but the cooler nights made us think she needed a coat. We fashioned this lovely loose style from some of our baby blue poly Melton, and we think she looks great!

Melton is a dense, tightly woven fabric named after the town of Melton Mowbray. it is traditionally made of wool, which is brushed and felted during production to give a beautifully soft, warm finish. This poly viscose Melton has the look and feel of wool, with all of the windproof qualities and soft touch of the original, woolly product, but it is washable, and also moth-proof!

We currently have Melton in our Bridport store in a range of warm, autumn shades, perfect for a coat or jacket- just ask Miss H!

150 cms wide, £13.50 – £14.00/metre

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Poppy Print Blinds

This striking fabric by Prestigious Textiles is a real eye catcher; with it’s big bold colours and large poppy flower print, it will bring a garden freshness to any room.

One of our makers has recently made this up into a roman blind and some scatter cushions for a customer, to personalise their new home, and it looks fabulous! The design is digitally printed and has the effect of being painted with big brush strokes. This fabric is in store at our Bridport shop, and can be brought to our Yeovil store or ordered online.

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New Bias Binding

We have a new range of bias binding coming in with a new colour range and wider fold these new bindings will be replacing the old style. The new range will be phased in as the older ones sell out so we don’t yet have the full range of the new style but we’ve got a good selection to start us off.

The colour choices we have in this new range are lovely and are more in keeping with our fabric stock, so you’ll nearly always find a match. The fold over on the new range is also much wider and meets in the middle of the tape.

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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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How to…put in an invisible zip

Invisible zips give a polished finish to your handmade garments, but they can be fiddly to put in neatly. We’ve recently been asked if we can stock a zip foot specifically for these zips, so as well as a standard zip foot from Prym, we’ve now added this excellent special zip foot to our haberdashery range.

Prym says: For easy sewing of zip fasteners, Prym offers two different versions of zipper feet for the sewing machine. The standard foot made of die cast steel and zinc is suitable for all sewing machines with a clip foot and makes sewing standard zip fasteners tremendously easy. The special zipper foot on the other hand is the perfect aid for sewing invisible zip fasteners and can be mounted with its three different sized mounting adapters for different brands such as Elna, Pfaff, Singer, Master, Bernina, Privileg and Universal, as well as for sewing machines with slanting needles. Its white plastic sled guarantees a precise guide and thus ensures best results when sewing zip fasteners.

There are instructions with the special zip foot for sewing an invisible zip, but this video made by Prym is much better, and really worth a watch!

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Autumnal Cords

With Autumn creeping up on us, it’s time to start thinking about those warmer wardrobe items. New here at Livingstones we have a gorgeous range of corduroys in rustic Autumn colours, ready to be made into the perfect seasonal outfit.

Most of our cords are 100% Cotton with some that have a small percentage of stretch fibres, making them easy to work with and easy to wear!

We have a choice of larger jumbo cords through to smaller needle cords in great colours. With lots of great patterns to choose from why not come in for some inspiration for some new garments.

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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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Palmero

A stunning new collection of digital watercolour prints for the home. The new Studio G book from Clarke & Clarke is now available in both of our stores and with designs named Sagono, Arielli, Impasto and Tropicana to inspire you, the designs will allow your imagination to run freely and create a space that truly reflects your personality.

Interior design and decoration used to be about recreating a look from a department store or magazine with little thought to your own touches. Thankfully the flounce and frills of Lawrence have long since disappeared and these days its all about expressing your own personality. By creating a space that YOU want to be in, surrounded by things that you love and that mean something to you will make your home design far more individual. If you like dark and cosy colours, embrace what you love and go for bold pattern and dark colours in your new room scheme. Fill your home with plants, natural materials like wood, woven basketry and fur or wool blankets if that’s what you love and proudly place those pictures of your family. If you are a cool and calm personality, pare it right back and go for cool and clean with light colours and space between posessions and furniture to create a Zen space.

All of our staff are super knowledgeable in interior design and colour so dont be afraid to bring in samples of paint, wood and carpet to help give us an idea of your vision, we love helping you to get the right soft furnishings for your home!

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Reversible Denim

We’ve started to order in our new autumn/winter collection of fabrics and there are some exciting things for you to get creative with and we’re starting with this very cool reversible denim.

Following the trend for denim and also checks, we fell in love when the rep showed us all this cloth. Both sides can be used equally and it would make an amazing reversible denim jacket or skirt. We also thought you could turn the fabric over on just some pattern pieces of a garment to create a really funky effect.

This fabric is currently available in our Bridport shop along with many other decorated denim fabrics.

Look out for our massive range of autumn corduroy coming very soon!

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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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Christmas Fat Quarter Packs

New into our Bridport store are these gorgeous Christmas patterned fat quarters. Perfect for festive craft, they come in sets of 5, and cost £12 a pack. Approximately sized 25cm x 25 cm.

These can be used to make Christmas bunting, tree ornaments, patches, and more. We also have our on-the-roll Christmas fabric available throughout our stores if you are in need of a larger festive fix !

Available in both Bridport and Yeovil stores, and in a variety of fabrics, from now up until December!

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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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Bra Forms

We now have bra forms back in stock on the haberdashery wall. These are just what you need for making (or repairing) bras, swimwear, sundresses etc, and would be a good match for the swimwear fabric we stock now. Availalbe in black and white.

As all the packs currently out are a 34″ cup size, I’d like to know what sizes would you like to see us stock?

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gorgeous new sample book!

Look what recently arrived in the shop! this beautiful collection of patterns and plains from Prestigious Textiles features muted, sophisticated colourways and would be perfect for curtains, blinds and other soft furnishings. It looks (we think) rather more expensive than its modest price tag, and for a similarly modest fee our expert makers will fashion it into beautiful soft furnishings for your home – ask us for a quote

Pop in and take a look at these beauties, or borrow the book to try the colours at home for a £10 refundable deposit.

Fabric only £21 per metre patterns, £24.60 per metre plains.

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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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New stretch fabrics

With so many clothes patterns now using strech jersey fabrics, we’re really pleased that we got some gorgeous new fabrics in to tempt you! Sophisticated prints and gorgeous colours in lovely soft fabrics, these are perfect for making comfortable, simple, sophisticated clothing ready for late summer and early autumn, with designs to please everyone!

Worried about sewing with stretch fabric? You don’t need an overlocker, you can use a simple stretch stitch, found on most modern sewing machines. Come in and have a look through our pattern books for some simple sewing inspiration, or for information and patterns together, have a look at our range of books, or try Youtube for step-by-step guides!

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What is…Applique?

Appliqué is ornamental needlework in which pieces of fabric in different shapes and patterns are sewn or stuck onto a larger piece to form a picture or pattern. It is commonly used as decoration, especially on garments. The technique is accomplished either by hand or machine.

Applique is an easily recognizable form of art and decoration that is used throughout the world. The technique involves sewing various scenes or patterns on small pieces of fabric. These fabric pieces are then attached, for example by stitching or glueing, to larger pieces of fabric. You can decorate clothing like jeans with applique or it can be used to decorate a quilt. The word “appliqué” is derived from the French verb “appliquer,” meaning “to put on.” It refers to a textile craft in which one piece of fabric is sewn over another for a decorative effect. Appliqué is found in many forms of folk art, from Gujarati Indian tent fabrics to American colonial quilts and Eastern European traditional costumes.

If you’re not sure where to start then get in touch and we will try to help. We run classes in applique and patchwork at our Yeovil premises and we also have some inspirational books in stock at both shops.