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Free Curtain Lining Offer

We are once again offering all of our customers free lining with any curtain or Roman Blind order placed throughout September.

The offer is for FREE poly cotton lining on any size of blind or curtains .

If you wish to choose a different lining, you can still take advantage of this great offer because we will simply subtract the price of poly cotton lining from any that you’d like instead.

This offer is running from both our Bridport store and our Yeovil one so pop in and talk to us with your measurements and we’ll work out a quote with you.

This is an ideal time to get your house smart and cosy, ready for Autumn and Winter.

Shop a selection of our fabrics here

 

 

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Scandi Shepherd’s Hut

 

 

Down here in the Westcountry there is a fast growing trend for Shepherds Huts as a place of retreat and sanctuary.

Folks with a little bit of land or a large enough garden are choosing them as an option to rent as holiday accomodation too, cosying them up with little wood burners and simple living essentials .

At Livingstone Textiles we have furnished some unusual dwellings with our cloth, most memorably a tree house in a secluded valley not far from our front door.  This week we’ve been working on a shepherds hut where a simplistic approach was requested.

Our client opted for a scandinavian inspired design of lollipop trees on a white background and an unusual lining.  Choosing a ticking stripe for the reverse means that the little hut will look just as lovely from the outside as from the in and we think the effect is beautifully rustic.

 

 

To find out more about this fabric and others that are suitable for curtains and soft furnishings click here.

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New In…..Dressmakers Curve

 

 

We are so excited to finally be stocking this professional dressmakers curves.  It’s taken a while but we’ve managed to source one of excellent quality from Prym because some things are worth paying a bit more for.

 

 

 

This investment in your sewing apparatus will assist you in altering patterns by transferring your measurements on to a bought pattern because you can then shape it to your waist and out to your hip measurement on the pattern and draw in your own personal shape, ensuring a really professional fit when you finish the garment.  It’s also brilliant for pattern drafting.  This is when you take a block and manipulate it to create your very own dressmaking pattern.  All items of clothing are made by starting with a basic pattern block that is added to.

If you dressmake then you are probably  already making adjustments to the pattern to create a good fit, after all looking good in a handmade garment is firstly about Fit and secondly about wearing what you want to wear.  By creating your own personal pattern block you can always start with a good basic pattern from which you can design in any style you choose.  Using a dressmakers curve you can create sleeve curves, hem curves and armhole openings as well as hip shapes and waist curves.    Its not just for dresses either, you can use your dress block to also design your own skirts, blouses and tops.

What is a block?  Well, a block is a personally tailored pattern for a very very basic dress or pants.  It has no style details at all so it’s a blank page waiting for your design.  Starting with the basic outline shape, you make adjustments to the block using your own measurements to achieve an absolutely perfect fit.  You then use the block as a starting point for every single pattern you create, knowing you won’t have to make any size adjustments at all because you’re starting with your own bespoke shape.  You can add in style and shape by slashing and spreading to create fullness in a skirt, add ruffles, a neckline shape or by adding darts to pull a shape in for a closer fit.  Once you’ve created your block you can let your imagination go free with the creative detail, knowing its totally unique to your figure.

For more information, some great tips and advice on creating your dressform to match your own figure, click here

To buy your dressmakers curve you can either pop in to your nearset branch of Livingstone’s or contact us and we’ll mail one out to you.

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Chess Fabrics – New Atlas Collection

 

 

A stunning new collection of fabrics from Chess. Made with natural fibres and featuring some beautiful iridescent colours as well as subtle hues across all designs, this range can be used to make blinds, curtains and cushions.  All of the fabrics in the collection have a Martindale test of 20,000 rubs making them suitable for upholstery as well.  This means that you can co-ordinate your look across your whole room and create a very smart look.

 

All of the fabrics in this collection are available to order from Livingstone Textiles and we have a made to measure service too where you can choose from Blinds and curtains as well as cushions.  Our in-house upholsterers will also be pleased to discuss your requirements for updating any modern or traditional pieces.

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Paintsplash Velvet

This astoundingly beautiful fabric has given all of the staff here at Livingstones a great deal of angst.

We all love its bright coloursand artistic style and are busy plotting ideas on how to use it to its full potential.

One of us wants a skirt and that would be a great priced piece of clothing at £16.40 as it would only need about half a metre.

Another really wants a sixties swing coat which would look so dramatic, luckily her mum is the talented Meg who owns Livingstones so hopefully she’ll get her wish…watch this space.

I think I’d quite like a pop of colour to go with a purchase from Dorset Arts Week so I might buy a piece for a cushion to give my living room a lift. What would you use it for?  Come in to the shop and have a feel, it’s so unbelievably soft.

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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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Outdoor Fabrics

 

Time to revamp your outdoor furniture or make a sun canopy? These stripes will certainly cheer up your outdoor living space.  We currently have other colours in stock as well.

 

 

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Fancy something a little more classic? Why not go for this traditional Mediterranean design of olives on your alfresco dining bench and add a holiday feel to your afternoon.

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Unique One Offs

We have acquired some very beautiful fabric. ” But you’re always doing that” I hear you say.  True enough and our fabric stash is pretty vast, so big that it now takes up two whole shops!  The thing is, sometimes a little stash comes along that we just cannot do without and we just have to squeeze it in somewhere.

This month we are bringing you something unique.  One offs.

And there they are.  Absolutely beautiful hand block printed cottons from India.

Representing the individual nature of handmade, each is a short run of 6 or 8 metres or so and created with Indigo and Rust dyes.

These really are very special and as such we are not selling them in anything smaller than 2 metre pieces.  Each run has been individually inspected by us to ensure clean line up of the block print with no overlaps.

Don’t hang about because the best designs will be flying out quickly and once they’re gone they’re gone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Childrens Sun Hats

Love To Sew are a collection of books that contain quick little projects to make, with        small amounts of fabric.  Parents and Grandparents often have a hard time finding a hat that a child will keep on its head so let us introduce you to Childrens Sun Hats by Gill Stratton.  The childrens hats in this book are delightful and really easy to make, even if you only have the very basic sewing skills.  You could make them for your own little ones or as a gift for someone else.

Containing step by step instructions including the measuring of a childs head circumference right through to the top stitching hints for crisp and clean brims, this book is a great way into making hats for the first time.  The photographs showing each stage are clear and the instructions are written in laymans terms making them really easy to follow.  There are some clever cutting tips to limit the fabric waste and a full list of the sewing equipment and fabrics needed for each project.   The designer shows you how and where to use interfacings to give strength to different parts of the hat and shows you how to make some clever and co-ordinating trims and accessories.

 

 

 

 

 

At the back of the book you will find half size templates for all of the hats included with simple enlarging instructions and there are some clever tips on upcycling old clothing into hats and linings if you don’t fancy buying anything new.  This book can be browsed and purchased at Livingstone Textiles in Bridport, Dorset and we highly reccomend it.

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New Stretch Bias Binding

We’ve stumbled upon a pretty cool product that you might like to know about.  It’s called stretch bias binding.  Of course bias binding already has the stretch in it by the very nature of the way it is cut across the cut of the fabric but this bias binding is REALLY stretchy making it ideal for trimming jersey projects.

 

Sewing jersey is becoming more and more popular as makers realise that with care and patience, this material can be fashioned into beautiful clothing at a fraction of a shop priced garment.  Binding the edges of any garment will always give it a professional look but making your own bias from jersey can be quite a tricky and frustrating excercise.  This new stretch binding eliminates all of the angst allowing you to get on with the trimming and at Livingstones we are trialling it in black and in navy at just £1.20 per metre.  To help you gain more confidence in using this product, follow the link to this youtube video and learn how to apply it step by step.

 

 

 

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NEW LOOK PATTERNS ON SALE


It’s time to make that summer dress that you just can’t find anywhere in the shops.  Our new Look patterns are at a bargain half price and we have some dreamy summer fabrics in stock that you can check out here.

 

Don’t forget that you can join our pattern club as well to make the most of your sewing collection.  For every four patterns you purchase through Livingstones you receive the fifth one free making it five dress patterns for the price of two full-priced ones!

 

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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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End of an Era for Coats Threads

Some sad news today but also some happy news. After many many years of stocking a very old fashioned brand of thread that was once manufactured in the UK we are sad to be saying goodbye to Coats Threads. Last year the Coats distribution centres re-located overseas and since then we have had difficulty with supply so we have made the decision to go over to Gutterman.

Many of you ask for Gutterman now as it’s a known and trusted product and although not everyone will be happy about the change, they make a good strong thread in a great range of colours. All of the Coats threads are still reduced until we clear the old stock so now is the time to pop in and top up your colours.

 

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FINAL DAYS OF OUR FREE OFFER

 

 

Remember to come in and order your new curtains before the end of April.

We are offering you FREE LINING with all orders placed by next Monday the 30th and we’ve got some gorgeous spring fabrics in for a fresh new look.

 

 

Not sure where to find us?  Look out for Toms Van parked near one of our shops.  We currently have fabric showrooms at Yeovil and Bridport

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Spring Florals

 

Spring has sprung and to celebrate, we’re sharing some charming cotton prints with you.

Perfect little designs that are ideal for dressmaking, craft projects and patchwork, these are just a few selected from the huge delivery we’ve had this month.  We’ve a wealth of new fabrics in stock for you, from plush velvets in stunning colours to exotic botanical prints in some really exciting colours so come and pay us a visit over the easter holidays and get a new project going.

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Dreamy two tone Organzas

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We have them back!  The glorious two tone organzas that flew out of the shop last year are back and we’re so delighted to have more colours to offer you.  The blue/green colourway is one of the favourites and we expect this to sell really fast but while you’re in the shop, check out the others as well.

 

The grape is delightful.  A combination of deep pink and petrol blue, it shimmers and changes as it moves under the light.  If you can’t get in to see us over the easter Break, remember we can always send out samples in the post and you can order by telephone on 01308456844, email or online at www.livingstonetextiles.com

 

 

 

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Washable, Wearable and non-Disposable ‘CosyPads’

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We are very pleased to supply CosyPads with fabric for their reusable sanitary wear.
Based in France, this cottage industry uses many of our pure cotton fabrics to create super breathable and absorbant pads for ladies and girls.

 

The pads are all handmade to a very a high standard and don’t feature any nasty disposable plastics.  They are fully washable and you can choose your own bespoke colour and pattern combinations.

41649d_c89d1f08519148e8989073c802e1c494~mv241649d_bf431b58d32341b39467576d9108298a~mv2                                                               If you’d like to discover more about CosyPads and order some of their products, you can follow this link.  We still stock many of these gorgeous fabrics in our shops in England at both our Yeovil store and in Bridport at the Mothership nr Waitrose.  New stock is arriving every week and we are starting to unpack many of the new summer weight cottons for the coming season, including some stunning new liberty cottons.

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Rolls of Fabric

Inside 2Don’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.

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Fabric Dolls

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There are some beautiful books in the fabric shop at Livingstone Textiles, Bridport.  These are some of our favourite doll making books because they are fanciful and appealing to all age groups.

 

 

 

We also stock a helpful bit of kit for dollmakers called a doll needle.  This very long needle is great for attaching limbs, hair and facial features as you can pass the fine needle throught the fabrics without distortion.  Pop in to the shop and browse our books if you’d like some inspiration for a new project.  We stock kapok stuffing, calico, organzas and beautiful buttons for you to style your dream doll.

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The Bridport Wassail

In the town of Bridport in West Dorset we have a community orchard that was begun in 2009 with the planting of 23 half standard apple trees as part of the Symondsbury Apple Project.  In February 2010 this was added to and there are now 58 fruit trees in total, including some old and rare varieties that have stood the test of time.  All the trees and the green spaces surrounding them are carefully tended by a group of local volunteers.  The Community Orchard is a public space for everyone to enjoy and lies just behind St Marys church off South Street in St Marys Field.  It regularly holds community events that have a traditional theme, often with the imbibing of good local Cider from West Milton Cider Company.  Around the 18th of January each year a custom known as a Wassail has been revived in the orchard which involves much merriment, mulled cider and hot apple juice.

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Wassailing

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Wassail gets its name from an Old English greeting “waes hael“, meaning “be well”. Said to be a Saxon custom where at the start of each year, the lord of the manor would shout ‘waes hael’ and the assembled crowd would reply ‘drinc hael‘, meaning ‘drink and be healthy’.

A Wassail Bowl is a great thing, a vessel of carved wood or pottery featuring many handles for shared drinking, it is passed around an orchard amidst singing and shouting and was especially popular in the cider producing counties of the Southwest, primarily Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

Wassailing is a traditional ceremony where in the depths of winter, apple tress are sung to and blessed on the eve of twelfth night in anticipation of a heavy yield the following autumn.  It normally takes place at night where a Wassail king or queen will lead a procession around the orchard singing loudly and making much noise.  The king or queen is then lifted into a tree where he or she will hang toast from the wassail bowl that has been soaked in a hot brew of mead, ale, honey and spices of cinnamon, ginger and roasted crab apples from the previous years crop.  The assembled crowd will then shout, yell and bang pans and a shotgun is usually fired into the trees to frighten away evil spirits that would otherwise spoil the crop.  The king or queen will then go to the oldest tree in the orchard which harbours the oldest spirit and pour some of the mead around the base of the tree as an offering of respect.  The fertility of the entire orchard is said to reside in this spirit, known as the Apple Tree Man in Somerset.  It is then customary to sing the wassail song:

Its our Wassail, jolly Wassail, joy come too our jolly Wassail.

How well the May bloom, how well the May bear, so we may have apples and cider next year
Hats full, caps full,
Three bushel bags full, and little heaps under the stairs
Hip Hip……HURRAH!

The Carhampton Wssail, one of the oldest in the country

In Bridport, our own local troupe of morris dancers will be entertaining the crowds at the Bridport Wassail on Sunday the 21st January from 3pm onwards with traditional folk music and morris dancing with sticks and hankies.  Livingstone Textiles are proud to supply Wyld Morris with the bells, ribbons and tatter coat fabrics required for their kit.

Wyld Morris are based at Monkton Wyld Court at the sustainable living community to which they contribute towards funding in return for a practice space in their beautiful pine hall on Wednesday evenings.

Wassailing and family fun at Bridport Community Orchard

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Lovely Linens

At Livingstone Textiles we are proud to stock a great selection of linens suitable for dressmaking and curtain making.  We hold beautiful soft linens from Russia, rough and slubby linens from Lithuania and beautiful herringbone weaves as well as traditional Irish linens.  As well as our regular stock lines in natural colours we can also occasionally source limited colours in gentle washed out greens, oranges, yellows and blues.

We sell a lot of our linen as curtain fabric as its weight allows it to drape beautifully but one or two of our staff members have sewn clothing items from the lighter weights as it hangs really well and below we can share with you a lightweight hoodie that was made from a green/blue linen that was in stock last summer.  Sadly this particular colour has not become available again but we still have other colours in stock.  Some of our customers also print on our linens and turn them into unique cushions and tea towels.

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Puppy Pawprint Fleece

Is it time for a new blanket for your dog?  This new colourway in our soft cuddly fleece is perfect for a luxury dog blanket and you could easily make a dog beanbag out of it as well.  Of course, you can use it for other projects as it’s a perfect fabric for dog lovers.  Available in both of the Livingstone Textiles fabric shops in Yeovil, Somerset and in Bridport, Dorset.

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Sandstone & Shadow

An absolutely beautiful range of subtle designs from Bill Beaumont in soft muted colours.  The stripe effect is called Jordaan and the leaf spray is called Lars.  With a pattern repeat of only 33.5cm and a useable width of 140cm there is plenty of cloth for your money.  Contact us for further details and prices.

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Fancy Dress for Last Minute Flappers

It’s not too late to put an outfit together in time for New Year’s Eve.  We’ve still got plenty of sparkle here at Livingstone Textiles so pop in and get some sequins and stars to add to your party outfit.

We’ve also got some fabulous feathers and flapper fringe to give you the Charlston Feel and fur in a rainbow of colours plus ribbons and buttons as well as trouser, skirt and bra extenders if last years outfit is a tad unforgiving.

 

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Penguin Power

 

DSC_0973Deep in the back recesses of the 2nd floor of a seldom visited corner of Livingstone Textiles, but not quite as far up as the attic there lives a dusty box.  This box is the resting place of the Livingstone Penguins that flew over Bridport one winter and mistook our shiny tin roof for ice.  Of course, once they’d landed here they couldn’t very well leave because they’d made so many friends with the children that visit our fabric shop with their parents.  They also rather enjoyed the chocolate coins that we fed them on from the till so they decided to take up residence here and requested a nesting box to sleep in.  We had a word with Tom and he granted them leave to stay with the proviso that every Christmas they must entertain the children by sliding down the stairwell.  We’ve built them a new ice slide as the temperature has warmed up somewhat since last week and they seem pretty happy with it although we should tell you that we think there have been some pecking squabbles in the box over the summer because when we fetched them out, a couple of them had their eyes missing!  If you’d like to make your own penguins out of felt, you can find instructions on how to do it here

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Warm Wincyette

New in are these fabulous designs in soft cotton wincyette.

Perfect for soft pyjamas, nightdresses and babies bedding in a cot and mosesbasket, we are now stocking this range of lovely designs and some soft pastel shades as well.

 

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Choosing Linings for Curtains and Blinds

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

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Happy Halloween Fabric Fiends

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Lots of you have been in this week to buy shimmery, sparkly, witchy fabrics for costumes not only for your little ones but for yourselves as well.  Don’t forget to take extra care with shop bought costumes as many man-made fabrics are highly flammable.

 

If you are at all concerned, it’s not too late to pop in to the Bridport Shop and buy our Flame Retardant Spray, suitable for home application, it makes these synthetic fibres a lot safer when the instructions are followed correctly and we’ll issue you with a fire certificate as well.  It’s also a legal requirement for any fabrics in public buildings to be flame retardant treated, including curtains, stage sets and costumes.  Worth bearing in mind if you’re currently rehearsing for panto season.  We’ve seen evidence of a lot of pumpkin carving going on as we’ve traveled to and from Livingstone Textiles from across West Dorset.  Have a great time tonight and stay safe, whatever your plans.

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Halloween Fabrics

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Pop into our magnificent fancy dress section at Livingstone Textiles.  In both our Yeovil and Bridport shops, we have a great selection of cobwebby, spooky and sparkly fabrics as well as fur, all ready to turn you into the scariest werewolf or witch in town.

 

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FINAL DAYS FREE LINING….ENDS THIS SATURDAY

Hurry to Bridport or Yeovil for your *FREE LINING OFFER on all curtains, blinds and curtain fabric with poly cotton lining ordered in September. Claim your *free lining with your Roman blinds as well and have them in plenty of time for Christmas. curtain lining may 2017 thumbnail

How about an upgrade to THERMAL lining for just £1.40 per metre?

* Free lining is the poly cotton normally selling at £3.15 per metre.

Upgrades to Pure Cotton Lining in all colours available for only £1.65 per metre and Blackout Lining for only £2.50 per metre.

Chess shop displayHow about choosing something from the delicious new range of Chess designs?  Their colours and patterns are just delightful and combine so well with winter velvets and Heavy cottons if you’re really over the whole ‘Grey Thing’.

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Free Curtain Lining Offer

We are pleased to bring you yet another exciting offer.

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Both of our stores are offering FREE LINING* with all of our curtains and blinds when they are ordered and paid for in September.

Our hand made curtains are probably a lot cheaper than you realise.  Why have high street fabrics when you can come and choose from our delicious range of colours and patterns.  We stock tapestry fabrics, beautiful seaside prints, cosy tartans and crisp cottons.  We are also pleased to supply Sanderson fabrics from our Yeovil shop.  Ditch the ready mades and get something custome made for your windows in YOUR STYLE.  Please contact us for more details.

  • Free polycotton lining is included in this offer but you can upgrade to blackout, cotton or thermal for a little extra.
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Bridport Hat Festival

Underwater hatIt’s that time of year again when Bridport goes a bit crazy for hats.

This is the 8th Hat Festival and promises to be another exciting event in the town featuring handmade hats, obsure hats, posh hats, caps, boaters and bonnets.

You can try your hand at millinery by attending one of the courses in the town or you can get yourself involved with the children and make your own wacky hats and fascinators.  A couple of years ago, Megan made this incredible aquarium hat out of net and fabrics from Livingstone Textiles and assembled them on an upside down lampshade.

2011_mass_hat1 Bridport is absolutely buzzing on Hat Festival day as hundreds of people turn out in their creations and parade the streets .  We have a wide range of fabrics that can be used to make a hat, cap or bonnet from scratch.  You could try making a sparkly creation from sequin fabrics and embellishing with shiny ribbons and trims or how about something in glamourous velvet to mark the occasion, trimmed in stunning black ravens feathers that we are now selling as a trim.  Easily sewn in place along the bound edge, your project could be a prizewinning showstopper.  We have hessian as well that you could fix up into a crazy scarecrow hat with some fabric flowers sewn into place or how about adding some decorations to a traditional straw boater?  Bridport is home to the nations oldest butchers and with a string of hand sewn sausages made from our brown felt and placed on the hat, worn together with a striped apron and you’ll look surely look the part.  Lets not forget the recent visit by the circus to Bridport town, you could make a fabulous clowns hat.  Anyone remember the visit to Livingstone Textiles by the clown last summer?  My goodness, what a funny fellow he was coming booming up the stairs with his giant shoes and megaphone!  We also recently hosted the first Bridport Folk Festival and the town came alive to the sounds of the morris dancers, many of whom wear really striking hats to dance in.

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Don’t forget, we also stock many widths of round hat elastic to hold everything in place while you enjoy the day.  Pop in the shop at the bottom of the Waitrose car park, Bridport to purchase.

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New Prestigious Textiles Fabrics

A sneak preview into one of the Prestigious Textiles new fabrics that are to be released next week are these beautifully bold, printed designs of animals. DSC_5663These bright colours add a retro feel to the fabrics with the bold yellows and greens. We love the increasingly interesting detail that has been added to the black and white animals, although you might think that subdued colours like black and whiteDSC_5666 on a bright flat colour might sink back and become unnoticeable with this design that doesn’t happen. It’s the monochrome design and detail on the bright colour that works so well because when you look at the same design on the more subdued colour, the monochrome animal doesn’t stand out as much.

The fabric weight that these designs have been printed on is ideal for curtains, cushions, and blinds, however, these are not suitable for upholstery as they are not strong enough for regular rubbing. However asDSC_5667 mentioned above, these would make great house or garden cushions as they are fun and realistic.  You could even jazz up your she shed!   On the left, you can see the many different designs and colourways and they all work beautifully together. They will really add the funky look to your room.

This fabric range comes in 6 different colorways with 6 different animal designs including; ducks, foxes, hedgehogs, deer, owls, and pheasants. Each of these fabrics is 143cm wide although the usable width is only 137cm each pattern repeat does vary depending on the design.  These designs are printed on a 100% cotton base cloth are also available in a splash and shower proof coated base cloth, meaning they would work well for outside cushions and tabling.

We think these are a really lovely collection of fabrics and colours.  They are being released in September, meaning you can bring some late summer sunshine into the home and welcome the first jewels of autumn with these lovely bright colours.

If you would like more information on these fabrics please don’t hesitate to contact us with your details and the information you require and we will be happy to help and obtain FREE SAMPLES for you.

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Back To School- Make a PE bag

With the kids going back to school in the next week, one of the things on you shopping list might be a PE kit bag or a shoe bag, why not make your child’s one individual by making it yourself. Follow this easy step by step guide and make something your kids will love.

  • Decide on the size of your bag and what you want it to hold, this one is going to be a BRON - WIN_20160817_094516shoe bag for ballet pumps, and is not going to have clothes in so it doesn’t need to be that big, but if you are making a PE bag you will need it bigger than this one.
  • This bag is going to be 30cm x 20cm finished size so I will be cutting out a piece of fabric 45cm x 40cm. I have given myself 10cm at the top for turns for the drawstring channel.

 

 

 

  • zig-zag all you edges to stop them from fraying if you want a neater finish you could BRON - WIN_20160817_095615hem all your edges to hide all the rough edges

 

 

 

 

 

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  • The channel will be the first thing that will be made, make a big fold for your channel pin and stitch.
  • Fold your fabric over right sides together and sew together the bottom of the bag and the side of the bag, just leaving one opening.

 

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This is a great make and is something that you could make out of old fabric, like curtains bedding or old lining material. Or you pop in and see us and see our lovely range of fabrics at both our Bridport Dorset and Yeovil Somerset stores. For more ideas this bag could be made from our wide range of waterproof fabrics to make a swim bag another school need for going back to school with.

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The Great Dorset Steam Fair

We are very proud of our country and particularly our farming roots in Dorset  and so when every year the county holds The Great Dorset Steam Fair some of us go a little tractor crazy.

The Great Dorset Steam Fair has been running in Dorset for 49 years, the show started small as an event where people could come and see how people lived and work in years gone by. The show is now widely recognized as a National Heritage show as well as being regarded as the leading show of its type world wide.  Now because of its huge size and reputation, people visit and travel with their vintage exhibitions from all over the country and the world. The Great Dorset Steam Fair is now thought to be one of Europes biggest shows.

As mentioned above some of our members of staff (being collectors themselves) go a little crazy when it comes to tractors and vintage machinery so it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to you all that we have a few tractor and farm like fabrics within our two shops. Our longest standing member of staff is a farmers wife as is our manageress at Livingstone Textiles, Yeovil.  DSC_5655

This first fabric is a lightweight cotton with beautiful and vivid illustrations of vintage tractors at work. This fabric really takes you back to years gone by and how the fields were worked with these beautiful old machines. This fabric is only available at our Bridport Dorset store but can be ordered from Yeovil Somerset. It is an ideal weight for patchwork and dressmaking.

The second fabric tractor fabric we have in stock is a curtain weight material, it is a lot heavier than the cotton one above and work make ideal curtains, cushions and blinds although it is not quite heavy enough to upholster with. This fabric features a range of tractors in more of a sketchy artist way, slightly more cartoon-like. This is a fun design that work be ideal for a tractor crazed child (or adult!). This fabric, similar to the one above shows the tractors at work in the fields and also puts the mind back to years gone by.

If you are traveling down for The Great Dorset Steam Fair, why not have a day out from the vintage work and come and see our vintage inspired fabrics in our Bridport Shop and take some of the Dorset Life home with you.

If you would like any information on the fabric mentioned in this post please contact us with your details and the information you require.

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Circle Tabling

tablingWe 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.

 

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Melplash Show

With Melplash show only two days away some of our local customers might be testing out that cake recipe one last time to make sure it’s perfect for the yearly cake competition, I know that Tom at Livingstone Textiles has been busy trying to get his cake perfect for the big day… he’s been known to bake some beautiful cakes in the past! This year he’s planning on entering the men’s only class and will be hopefully making a Guinness and chocolate cake, the staff at Livingstone Textiles are hoping we might get a taste of some of the practice pieces.

Maybe you’re not so interested in cake baking as much as in the decorating of it.  Sugarcraft is an amazing skill to have and last years Melpash show entries showed off the high skills that the people of Bridport have. We’re taking our pop up shop down to the show again this year and are really looking forward to seeing this years entries.  We thought this cake ribbon might give you some inspiration for the occasion and could add the perfect finish to your cake! DSC_5660

Maybe you are entering a flower arrangement?  Don’t forget we have a wide range of ribbons and bows that could add to your display.  We stock a vast selection in the shop in Bridport, from Hessian ribbons to traditional satin in many colours and widths.  These can add to your arrangement without distracting from the beautiful flowers.  If you forget something or need it at the last minute we will have a small selection to chose from on our stand

If you’re coming to the show, how about a visit to see all those lovely arts and craft entrees in the craft marquee. One year there were some lovely bunting flags that had been made using many of our shop fabrics.  We were delighted to see the work involved and that we could be part of that winners success.

We really enjoy seeing the beautiful crafts and garments that people can make from our fabric selection.  Entrants put colour and pattern together in a totally unique way and when we see them entered into a competition we feel very proud to have been part of the story. We really can’t wait to see what sewing entrants pop up at the Melplash show this year.

The Melplash show offers a great day out to Bridport, full of agriculture, animals, machinery and local trade stands.  If you’re traveling down to Dorset for the show, you can always pop in to the shop and see us if you get time, or pop across to our stand and say hello.

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The Complete Measurement Guide For Dress Making

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One of the things about dressing making that can be quite scary is the sizing of the garment.  The idea of spending hours making a beautiful dress, or trousers and putting them on for the first time and then them not fitting can be incredibly soul destroying.  Fit is so important and completely the point of making your own garments so when they end up miles too big or worse too tight, all that effect you have put in has gone to waste!  sometimes you can buy a dress pattern and, particularly if you buy it discounted online, you won’t be getting the free expert advice that benefits our in store customers.  When it arrives you may realize that you don’t understand what the sizing means and that your dress size on the pattern doesn’t even match the garment size! All this can be very confusing and put you off you starting the project at all.  When you purchase from us in house, we are able to give you sound advice on size and fabric requirements, including suitability.  We can open the patterns out on our cutting tables and help you to understand terms, abbreviations and phrases and we’re always here to help and advice as you progress your project.   It may also benefit you to read the Simplicity-Complete-Measurement Guide

This guide adds to the quick fit guide on a pattern with a complete range of sizes for all ages, both male and female  plus measuring tips, home decor, and more. This guide will really assist you with confidence in making.

Livingstone Textiles in Bridport, Dorset and in Yeovil, Somerset both sell Newlook and Simplicity dress patterns. We usually have all of them in stock in order for you to start your project taht very day.  Very occasionally we may have just sold the pattern you wanted and will get it ordered in for you and if it’s on sale. you still get the sale price.  Another great advantage of buying from us and not online discounted shops is that you can join our pattern club for free.  This benefits you hugely because when you have bought four patterns from us, your fifth one will be free.  Thats ANY pattern as well, from either of our catalogues.  Browse online and buy in store, no postage,no waiting, immediate sewing, help and advice in person, and a pattern club, what are you waiting for?

If you would like more information on the fabrics and services of Livingstone Textiles at either of our stores then please contact us and we will be really happy to help you.

 

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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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How To……put Wadding & Stockinette on to Foam

We supply foam to renew all kinds of seats, cushions ,beds and campervans.  The foam we supply can be made super comfy by adding a layer of thick quilters wadding.  This softens the edges and corners of the foam and gives a more rounded appearance to the cushion when the covers are back on.  We often do this in house for our customers and we then cover the wadding with a layer of thin stockinette to help ease the cushions back into their covers . Foam has a tendency to grip the underside of many fabric covers and it can be a bit of a battle getting them back on to the foam, sometimes it takes three of us to do it in the shop and it can be quite entertaining to watch as well!

Here we will set out step by step a guide to covering your own foam cushions.  All of the materials used in the photographs can be bought from our shop and we can also send them by mail order. Contact us to place your order over the phone.

Firstly, lay your foam out on the stockinette and cut out pieces for the top, bottom and side

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Next you need to put the foam on some newspaper and spray with contact adhesive.  Remeber to do this in a well ventilated area.  Once you have sprayed on the glue, carefully line up your wadding pieces and lay gently in place, you only get one shot at this so take your time as it sheds if you try to pull it off and start again.  Press down firmly.  We do the top and bottom first then cut a long strip, spray glue it then roll the edges along it in one piece.

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Once all the wadding is in place, cut a generous piece of stockinette.  It stretches to unbelievable sizes!  Open one end of the stockinette and slide the cushion inside then neatly roll the edges into little seams that sit along the edges of the cushion and pin in place with long quilters pins.  This way you don’t end up with big lumps on the sides.  Carefully whip stitch along the seam, catching the rolled seam to the cushion using a long darner needle and a good quality thread.  Repeat the whole process the other end.

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Your foam is now ready to be put back inside the cover and sat on.  If you have any further questions on how to do this, you can contact the team at Livingstones Bridport on 01308456844

 

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What are… Cotton Fabrics?

I know what you are all thinking, ” I know what cotton fabric is. ” but did you know that there are so many different types and that is because of the way the cotton has been woven and treated, read on further if you want to find out more.

Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll, or protective case, around the seeds of the cotton plants of the genus Gossypium in the mallow family Malvaceae. The fiber is most often spun into yarn or thread and used to make a soft, breathable textile. When woven it can be woven into different finishes listed below is a few of the dress weight cotton weaves, however there are many more upholstery weaves. 

Cotton Poplin- Poplin is a durable, tightly woven cotton fabric, primarily intended for making clothes, but also suitable for other crafting too. It uses a plain weave and is actually very similar to quilting cotton, but with a tighter, less distinctive weave, less prone to wrinkling, and much easier to iron.

Cotton Lawn- Lawn cloth or lawn is a plain weave textile, originally of linen but now chiefly cotton. Lawn is designed using fine, high count yarns, which results in a silky, untextured feel. The fabric is made using either combed or carded yarns.

Jersey- Jersey is a knit fabric used predominantly for clothing manufacture. It was originally made of wool, but is now made of wool, cotton, and synthetic fibres.  The fabric can be a very stretchy single knitting, usually light-weight, jersey with one flat side and one piled side.

Flannel/ Wynette- Flannel is a soft woven fabric, of various fineness. Flannel was originally made from carded wool or worsted yarn, but is now often made from either wool, cotton, or synthetic fiber. Flannel may be brushed to create extra softness or remain unbrushed. Brushing is a mechanical process wherein a fine metal brush rubs the fabric to raise fine fibres from the loosely spun yarns to form a nap. Typically, flannel has a nap on either one side or both sides. If the flannel is not napped, it gains its softness through the loosely spun yarn in its woven form. Flannel is commonly used to make tartan clothing, blankets, bed sheets, and sleepwear. The term “flannel shirt” is often used incorrectly to mean any shirt with a plaid or tartan pattern.

 

 

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Hand made Top

This intricate Indian-designed top is made by one of our staff members and modeled by the lovely Maisie. The simple shape of this garment works well with busier patterned fabric, making it an elegant but fun piece. The structured collar is stiffened using a lightweight fusible interfacing, this helps to keep the shape and integrity of the collor, yet not making it to bulky. This classic shape could be made using a vast range of dress cotton either plain or patterned.

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Folk Festival 2017

Bridport is known for its ambience and hosts some lively community festivals.   We also have a vibrant music scene in the town, one genre of which is Folk Music and a handful of regular folk music performers have decided to showcase some of the best local talent in Dorset by hosting the First Ever Bridport Folk Festival. What’s more, it’s a Free Festival!!

Folk music, song and dance are part of our rich British culture and it is positively thriving among the young and old alike in the town and deep into the hills of Dorset.  To showcase our heritage, The Bridport Folk Festival will be hosting over 76 acts, more than 50 of these acts are musicians that will be singing and playing at several venues across the weekend of the 11th, 12th and 13th of August.  There will be 3 main stages all within the town centre, one in Bucky Doo, one in The Borough Gardens and the main stage will be on the Millenium Green. All stages are free to enter and any money collected will be shared in half with the RNLI.

Livingstone Textiles are very proud to have supported this event with both sponsorship and materials to build the stage sets and providing a venue large enough for a community sewing bee to stitch the vast quanities of extra wide calico needed for the stage roofs.  The calico that has been used is 3 metres wide from selvedge to selvedge so it’s ideal to use as a lightweight cover in the event of showers and as shade from the sun.  The stages will also be featuring backdrops made from our polycotton plains and draped with our two tone organza and we’ll be featuring pictures of these on the blog after the event.

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Folk Festivals are renowned throught the UK and as well as the numerous song, dance and instrument workshops that take place are always the Morris.

Morris dancing can be traced back at least to the time of Shakepeare in our country and it is widely believed that the Moors people brought it here when they settled in this country, hence Moorish/Morris dancing.  This is just one of many different theories but one things for certain, it’s certainly not just for men.  We have some great female and mixed dance teams in Dorset and they can all be seen dancing enthusiastically throughout the summer at West Bay, Bridport, Charmouth, Lyme Regis, Swanage and at many small villages between from May to September.  Livingstone Textiles holds a vast stock of ribbons and bells, threads and fabrics and are suppliers to Bridport’s very own morris team, Wyld Morris, based at Monkton Wyld, Bridport.  They have recently furnished themselves with colourful tatter jackets made from scraps of fabric that we’ve supplied along with their own odds and ends.  Indeed, Livingstones has it’s very own incognito Morris dancer working in one of the shops!

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We regularly see the local Morris dancers in our shop getting ribbons, fabric and other habadashery supplies they need from us so we are all very excited about this event.

For more information on the folk festival please visit their website.

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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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Scissors

DSC_5651Livingstone Textiles sells a wide range of haberdashery products, with scissors being one of the most vital. We have a wide range of Friskar scissors from classic dressmaking, pinking shears to smaller embroidery scissors.

These scissors are a great addition to your work box.

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Bridports Powder Colour Run 2017

Last years colour run went so well that the organisers have decided to do it again this weekend.  On August 5th 2017, would you like to get covered from head to toe in a variety of colours at various points of a course?  You dont even have to run, you can walk run, skip, jump, move however you like, just have a bit of fun.  Colour runs are part of a Festival culture in India and they have become very popular in the UK as a way of raising money for charity. The great thing with a colour run is that the money raised is all for local charities, charities that normally don’t have large scale donations. So not only will you havea great time taking part and receive a really cool medal but you can help local good causes as well.

This is a great community event for everyone to enjoy. Colour run 2017.

This great local event made us all at Livingtone Textiles think of colours and how colourful some of our fabrics are and how colourful our shop is. From colourful ribbons, and buttons to colourful upholstery and dress fabrics, we have loads of colour,   why not make something colourful to support the runners in the colour run?   Maybe in some bunting or a flag something to welcome them back in wit, or even a fun coloured garment, dress or waist coat.  You can dress in something outrageously bright fun show your support?

If you go to the powder colour run this year and dress up in some of our funky rainbow fabrics or if you happen to make a flag or some bunting to welcome in one of your pals taking part, we would love to see it.  You can send us an email with a picture attached and some infomation on what you have achieved. We would really love to share it on here with the Livingstones Community or on our facebook page.

If you would like any more informtion on the fabrics and habberdashery you have seen on our webpage please contact us and we will be happy to asist you with more informtion.

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Pattern Sale Continues Another Week!

Pattern sale 1It’s exciting news! There’s still time to make a new summer outfit or get ahead and start creating your new autumn look before A/W17 hits the shops.  All of the New Look and Simplicity patterns we have in stock are HALF PRICE! This sale is to be continued for other week!  You can browse online if you’ve no time to come and browse the catalogues in the shop.  When you come to collect your pattern you’ll see that we also hold the most beautiful fabrics and you can grab yourself another bargain while you’re here too because our FABULOUS SUMMER FABRIC SALE is on as well!  We really want you to get sewing and discover the enormous pleasure you’ll find when you make garments for yourself, for your loved ones, your grandchildren and friends.  All our staff are mad keen sewers and really happy to offer you help and advice with your projects.

If you would like any more information on these promotion please contact us and we will be happy to help.

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Summer House Cushions

We are very pleased with the work that our makers do, and they do an amazing job making our flat fabrics into the most amazing items. These chair cushions are no exception –  they are fabulously made.

Each of these cushions has been beautifully piped to add structure and frame each cushion. Using the reversible fabric has added a really interesting twist to the cushions.

If you have any cushions you need recovering, or any which have gone flat and need replacement foam, why not contact us and see if we can help.

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Pattern Sale Starts 9am tomorow

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It’s exciting news! There’s still time to make a new summer outfit or get ahead and start creating your new autumn look before A/W17 hits the shops.  All of the New Look and Simplicity patterns we have in stock are HALF PRICE FOR TWO WEEKS!!  You can browse online if you’ve no time to come and browse the catalogues in the shop.  When you come to collect your pattern you’ll see that we also hold the most beautiful fabrics and you can grab yourself another bargain while you’re here too because our FABULOUS SUMMER FABRIC SALE is on as well!  We really want you to get sewing and discover the enormous pleasure you’ll find when you make garments for yourself, for your loved ones, your grandchildren and friends.  All our staff are mad keen sewers and really happy to offer you help and advice with your projects.

See you soon

The Livingstones Team

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Elephant Patchwork Quilting Classes

Our newest patchwork course is well under way in our Yeovil shop.  Having a dedicated teaching space enables us to offer you our sewing expertise in a small group where you can learn new skills and make new friends.elephant workshop wk 1 img3wk2 elephant workshop

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see that all our ladies are happy and relaxed and busy creating some beautiful patchwork, all skillfully lead by our tutor.

 

 

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If you would like more information about our next course dates, please contact us on 01935 422631 or email us here https://www.livingstonetextiles.com/contact/

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LIVINGSTONES AT YEOVIL SHOW

20170714_144951We’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. 20170714_181104 20170715_081431We 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. IMG_0094We 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. IMG_0099 (002)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.

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*Fabulous Fabric Sale*

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Livingstone Textiles is having a Fabulous Fabric Sale at its Bridport branch starting on July the 13th 2017.

Pop along and see us and grab yourself a bargain fabric and see all of our lovely new summer fabrics while you’re here.  We have a the entire range of Simplicity and New Look patterns in stock so you can sew yourself a new outfit and enjoy the British Summer.

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Eggs for Breakfast

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One of our Yeovil colleagues has made this tablet holder using the book, Half Yard Home that we now have in stock in both the Bridport and Yeovil fabric shops of Livingstone Textiles.

She made it using this bag weight fried egg material that we just couldn’t resist getting in for all your craft projects.  You can even have a blind or curtains made it in it if you fancy something quirky at your window!

Now you can enjoy your morning cuppa with eggs as you check your social media and ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

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Rosa’s Diary – Work experience at Livingstone Textiles Bridport

HousesLast week we had the pleasure of welcoming Rosa from one of our local secondary schools to complete a week of work experience. We thought you might enjoy reading about Rosa’s week, so here is her diary!

Monday – When I arrived, I felt a little nervous, but this anxiety was soon forgotten as all of the staff at Livingstone Textiles were very welcoming and this as well as being surrounded by a fantastic range of fabrics calmed my nerves and it allowed me to develop the confidence I feel now. We went through all the hazards and health and safety features of the building- it was tedious, but it had to be done. After I had served my first customers, although rather clumsily, I left the main shop and got to work with Madeline; we sorted out the eBay orders and packaged them, by reusing the packaging used in previous deliveries. When this was finished I felt quite tired, because I was not used to standing on my feet all day! Therefore, it was decided that I should do the easiest job around which is to price zips. I enjoyed this because I got to sit down, although I was warned not to get too comfortable as this is Maisie’s favourite job.

UpholsteryTuesday – On Tuesday, I met Bronwen and shadowed her for most of the day. First of all, we rearranged the upholstery fabrics into the correct colour order and tidied them up by wrapping the ends with cellophane. Once again, I served more customers and improved my skills on the cash register, which scared me the day before. Afterwards I rearranged the fat quarters and started to choose fabric for Christmas bundles, although I thought it was a little early, before I was distracted by the possibility of becoming an apprentice upholsterer. Laura the upholsterer decided to reupholster a chair pad it with my help. This may have been the highlight of my week because it is a very interesting process consisting of lots of hammer bashing- it was a bit different from sewing!

Wednesday – I investigated the process of foam cutting, and I got to use the saw on a sample and it was surprisingly difficult. Bronwen and I spent the morning unpacking and pricing a vast delivery of fabric which used most of my energy for the rest of the day. After a few customer services, I finished my job of fat quarter bundle creating, in which I grouped complimenting Christmas fabrics, before tying them up with matching ribbons with the help of Maisie.

IroningThursday – Until then I had not completed any sewing projects, so it was decided that I should replace the staff area curtain using the chiffon house fabric. It looks very fun! I then investigated the retail element of the business by recording the items which needed to be replaced in the haberdashery. Finally, I returned to a more creative task of dressing Miss Haversham.  I spent the majority of the afternoon in the corner, gathering metres of netting for her full skirt, which I pinned at the waist and draped a floral embroidered fabric on the top, that was also gathered at the neckline. To finish her off I added a dark blue netting around the skirt and used navy ribbon to define the waist and create a halter neck. This has inspired me to do more draping in the future.

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Yarns at Yeovil

Yarn unit 3Livingstone Textiles Yeovil Somerset sells a different range of materials to Livingstone Textiles in Bridport Dorset, making both of them worth a visit. One of the items that Yeovil has that Bridport does not stock is knitting wool or Yarn. In their shop, they have a wide range of different types in so many colours and textures and they also stock a wide range of pattern books.

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So whether you are an expert knitter, love crochet or are thinking of trying something new, Livingstone Textiles Yeovil is definitely an ideal destination and with its in-house knitting experts, you can be sure of all the help and advice you need to get started with a project.

What are the different types of Yarn or Knitting wool and what does it mean?

You may hear the term “ply” used when talking about knitting wool or yarn, and ply is the weight of the yarn or thickness. It really means strands of thinner yarn have been twisted together to produce that thicker yarn. So for example, 4 ply is where 4 strands of thinner wool have been twisted together to create a thicker or stronger piece. Another term that might be heard is double knit or DK. This is just another way to classify the weight of the wool, double knit is heavier than 4 ply, which again is heavier than 2 ply. Aran wool is another weight of knitting yarn and wool, it is sometimes known as 10 ply and is a great weight for garments like thick winter jumpers and accessories.  It’s traditional to knit elaborate cables and knots into aran garments that add extra warmth and different areas of the UK all have their own unique designs.  This important aspect of our British heritage also served a practical purpose as when a Fisherman was found drowned at sea, they could identify his home fishing village by the patterns knitted into his sweater and return him to his loved ones. Many patterns were spread down from the North by the women who would sit knitting on the quay waiting for the catch to come in.  They would migrate down the East coast with the pilchard fishing and share their regional shapes and patterns with each other before helping land and gut the catch.

What does Livingstone Textiles sell?

IMG_0284We sell a big range of King Cole knitting Yarns in different weights and colours, ranging from 4 ply knitting yarn in a big section of colours, double knitting yarn also in a big range of colours and Aran knitting yarn. We also have some more specialist wools such as cuddle chunky, which is a super soft ideal yarn for teddies and soft toys, we have King Cole Riot which is a gorgeous multi coloured wool which adds a rainbow effect to your knitting and King Cole double knit Drifter yarn which is also a multi colour knitting wool with an unbelievably soft quality..

To complement your King Cole knitting yarn we also sell King Cole knitting patterns. We have 5 whole books of patterns for you to choose from, and these patterns will tell you what type of wool needs to be used to complete the pattern and which stitches. There are also craft books with projects to knit and sew from tiny to large.IMG_0272

And for those of you that are completely new to knitting, we also have a wide range of kntting acessories such as different size needles, counters and clips. And when you need to finish your project, we also have a massive range of buttons and trims for you to choose from.

If you would like any advice on anything metioned in this post please contact us or pop in and see us at our shop and we will be happy to help.

 

 

 

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Rusty Velveteen

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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 also makes an ideal gift.

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Doggy fabrics

These fabulous fabrics are from a range of fabrics that we are able to order in, a really simple fabric design available in the two colourways, blue and yellow. The dog design is printed onto a cotton base cloth which is ideal for cushions, blinds and curtains.

What works very well with these fabrics is the coordinating fabric in the stripes. With these coordingating fabric why not add a stripe to the bottom or top of a bling or a trim to a pair of curtians? Another option with these fabrics is to coordinate tie back for a pair of curtians, wouldnt it be fun to have a striped pair of curtains and a doggy pair of tie backs or the other way around?

The weight of these fabrics are ideal for cushion, blinds and curtains. The stripe is slightly textured with a herringbone likeness to it.

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With the dog fabric in this cushion range, the maker has added a fun pom-pom trim which helps to frame the design. This is a really fun design that you could have so much fun with if not pom-poms why not pipe some cushions in the matching coloured stripe. With the stripe cut on the bias you would get a fabulous barbars pole look to it. These is a range of other anaimal fabrics that come in this range of fabrics as can be seen in the image above from fun foxes to a beautiful forest scene. These fabrics are also available to order from Livingstone Textiles Bridport Dorset and Yeovil Somerset.

Both of these fabrics are available to order at both our Yeovil Somerset and Bridport Dorset. If you would like a sample please contact us with your details and information on what you require and we will help 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 centuries, with the first official mention in 1211 when King John ordered for as many ropes and cables that could possibly be made for his ships, while fearing for a French invasion.

Since then throughout the centuries 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 given to the hangmans noose which rope was from Bridport. This provided a massive trade for Bridport in the Elizabethian era as every victim was buried with his noose.

Bridport’s 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 around our beautiful fabrics it is possible 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 quite right for you, ask a member of staff as we might be able to order in rope of a different size. Also available to order is metal rope brackets and hooks for making rope rails a perfect addition to a small set of stairs.

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

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Vegetarian Venison

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We thought we’d share this brilliant make with you as it raised a few smiles when Nicky, The Yeovil Store manager showed us what she’d been making from our William Morris ‘The Strawberry Thief’ fabric.

IMG_0225If you’d like to see the Stags Head or ask Nicky how she created it then pop into our Yeovil branch where you can see it displayed in all it’s cruelty free glory 🙂

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QUALITY FOAM for Caravans, Campervans, Camping & Everything Else

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You’ve pulled the caravan out of storage, given it a good clean and filled it to the gunnels ready for a good long rest.  You arrive on holiday, unpack and set up then unwind with a few drinks before tucking into bed.  It’s only when you lay down that you remember how uncomfortable the bed is and that you promised yourself you’d get it sorted out before you went away again.  Well don’t panic, if you’ve chosen West Dorset or Somerset as your holiday destination then we can help you get a better nights sleep because we stock a great selection of NHS approved foam and we can cut it to size for you.

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We are proud to have supplied many boat owners, caravanners and campers with new foam as well as holiday home owners with saggy sofas. We stock three different quality grades and thicknesses from a quarter inch to five inches thick and you can try them all out in our shop.

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We can also order specialist covered wedges of foam that you might need after an operation, for lumber support or even to combat acid reflux and snoring, just contact us for more details and prices.  Don’t delay any longer, you’ve waited all year for your holiday in our beautiful county, we don’t want you to let a bad back ruin it when we can get it sorted.

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NB: If you are travelling any distance and will need foam cut while you wait from our BRIDPORT store, please check in advance that we have what you need in stock and we will check there will be someone available to cut for you. Fridays and Saturdays are our busiest days and at these times you may be asked to return later to collect your foam.  Please note that ALL foam from our YEOVIL shop must be requested in advance.

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Spring Birds

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Spring has sprung and this adorable fabric features bright little birds on a grey background.  Priced at £19.95 per metre and measuring 140cm wide, it looks very chic when made into a Roman Blind and can be made to measure by contacting www.livingstonetextiles.com or phone us on 01308456844 or 01935 422631 for fabric samples as we still supply via telephone sales and mail order.

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How To.. Make a cozy Fleece Sleeping Bag

With the weather warming up it might be just the time to get out camping, whether you are going on holiday or just having fun camping in the garden the night can be cold. Why not make a fleece sleeping bag, follow these steps to a really easy make;

  • Decide on how long you would like your sleeping bag to be, most fleeces are 150cmDSC_5476 wide this is generally wide enough to be folded in half for the back and front of the sleeping bag if being made for a child, as for the length it depends on how tall the person is and how much room they might want at the end.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Fold the fleece in half and pin two of the sides leaving the top open.DSC_5477
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Fleeces are available at both Livingstone Textiles Yeovil Somerset and Bridport Dorset.

 

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The Bridport Rope Fair

We are proud to be part of the Heritage of Bridport in our Historic listed rope making building, indeed we still have the long rooms at the back of our shop where machinery was bolted to the floor and the ropes were laid out and, the aunt of one of Livingstone’s staff earned her living making rope here many years ago. Photo of shop

As you can see from these before and after shots, huge improvements have made the Bridport shop a lot more visible than it was even 10 years ago.  If you go to our website, you will discover an even older picture of the shop and a bit more history, not surprising as we have now been an established business in Bridport for over 45 years!

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As part of Bridport’s Heritage, we are participating in the Ropewalks Fair by entering into the themed shop window dressing competition and have combined traditional nets and some of the rope that we sell with some of our fabulous new seaside fabrics.

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boatsWe have featured some gorgeous boat fabric in the window along with a brightly coloured fish cushion and a lobster pot. We also have tonnes more fabrics inside the shop as well so come on up the stairs and see what you can discover in this lovely old building.

 

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Hessian Bunting

Bunting is something that we love to make and use to decorate our shop and we use it to show our customers all kinds of gorgeous colour combinations.  This week got to thinking about weddings, garden parties, rustic outdoor events and food fairs in our beautiful Dorset countryside and what could look any more rural than hessian?WIN_20170422_14_47_13_Pro

This idea is so simple to do that we thought we’d share it with you.  We cut out some triangles of hessian and zig-zagged the edges to stop the fabric from fraying and then we simply spaced out the flags and stitched them onto a few metres of our cluny lace.  Of course,  you can always upcycle some old coffee sacks if you can lay your hands on them but if not, pop in and check out our different grades of hessian as they also look brilliant as trestle tablecloths finished with pure white cotton runners. In our beautiful listed mill building, we think hessian works very well with the prominent industrial elements on show.

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What is…….an Overlocker?

Owning your first Overlocker is incredibly exciting but it can also be rather daunting.Overlocker technique manual Just learning how to thread the machine can be enough to frighten some owners into leaving it in a cupboard, never to see the light of day, but it doesn’t have to be scary.  This easy to understand book sets out each step of using an overlocker with clear diagrams and plain English.  An overlocker is simply a machine that gives you beautiful and professionally finished seams and edges.  It can be used for hemming, trimming and enclosing seams at the same time and rolled hems.  It can also produce decorative stitches.  An overlocker is a machine for finishing seams and it cuts off excess fabric with a blade that comes up from under the machine.  When threaded with coloured threads to match your project, the seams can be transformed into a decoration and you can even add beads to edges with an attachment.  This book explains everything you need to know and can be bought from Livingstone Textiles, Bridport.

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Silver Crushed Velvet

For a touch of luxury, add velvet. In fact, add crushed silver velvet and go the whole hog.
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Make gorgeous curtains or cushions and upholster a headboard or chair in this understated yet glamorous fabric.

 

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We can supply this fabric and have a making service so all you’ll need to do is relax in your new room.

 

 

 

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contact us for samples at www.livingstonetextiles.com to place an order or telephone 01935 456844

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A Prickly Subject

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We’ve got a jolly thistle fabric in stock that will make rather unusual curtains. Printed on a medium weight cotton, it falls beautifully as drapes and will compliment a room that already has tartan or checks in it.  Also suitable for cushions and roman blinds as well as light upholstery.

Request a sample at www.livingstonetextiles.com

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Pretty Pinny

DSC_5425DSC_5421What a delightful Pinny.  Made in a very traditional design, it evokes memories of a bygone era. One of our dog loving customers has used the Spotty Dog fabric at £10.80 per metre and complimented it with a polka dot at £13.50 per metre to make a charming kitchen apron. She used a traditional lace trim on the apron straps to give the whole thing a vintage feel. DSC_5422DSC_5424

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New In… Happy Hens

New Fabric at Livingstone Textiles available in all our shops, online, Yeovil Somerset and Bridport Dorset. This beautiful and fun hen fabric has become a very popular design. DSC_5404 (2)

This fabric is 140cm wide at is priced at £13.50 per metre.

Buy online via our WebshopIf you would like a sample of this or any other fabric you have seen on here please contact us with information on the fabric you require and your details and we will be happy to help.

 

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Fabrics for the Teenagers Bedroom

Teenagers bedrooms can be the hardest rooms to decorate, as there isn’t a great deal of choice for them out there. We have been trying to find fabric that will work in their rooms.

These colourful fabrics are part of a range of materials that we think would look fabulous in a teenager’s bedroom or in a child’s room of any ages. It doesnt define gender or age, it is only a fabric that illustrates a modern twist on shapes.

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This shows a cushion we have made for a teenager for his bedroom, you can see how fun this fabric can look. The black covered piping works especially well to frame the fabric.

Another fabric that is great for teeneager’s bedrooms is graffti fabric, this fabric is fun and modern. Another great fabric for a child’s room. Graffiti detail 2

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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 these hangers, and we also stock a range of fabrics that are similar and work equally well with this range of fabrics.

Pomegranate 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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Tetris Fabric is back in Stock!

We have one of our old favourite fabrics back in stock and we think it looks as fabulous as ever! When ordering this fabulous fabric we also got in stock a range of other beautiful woven fabrics that we think are equally as eye-catching.

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These are all a great weight for upholstery, cushions, curtains and blinds and would look fabulous made into any of them. They are also perfect for a teenager’s bedroom, as well as loking great in any sitting room

If you would like a sample of any of these fabrics please contact us with your details and information on the fabric you require.

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These fabrics are all available to purchase at our store in Bridport Dorset and on our webshop.

 

 

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Lampshade Making Kits Available at Livingstone Textiles

DSC_5337Lampshade making kits are now available at Livingstone Textiles Bridport and Yeovil. Really easy to make and only a small amount of fabric is required. These would make a really good addition to your room, maybe in a contrasting fabric to your curtains or matching. The great thing with making your own lampshade is you can really have some fun and make it as individual as you want.

 

 

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The Dorset Long Ears (better known as rabbits)

WIN_20170311_12_34_07_Pro-1-e1490877416420-576x1024In Dorset, we have a little island peninsula off the Jurassic coast named Portland where the famous stone for St Pauls and many other public buildings in London comes from.   On the Isle, there is a superstition that forbids the public mention of the R word as it is deemed to be very bad luck. JumpingJack at http://old.qi.com/talk/ says:
“The burrowing of rabbits near the stone quarries caused many landslips and, just over a century ago, one of these resulted in a crane operator being killed when the ground beneath his crane collapsed. Afterwards, if workers even saw a rabbit, they would down tools and go home.”
On Portland, Rabbits are referred to as ‘Long Ears’ or ‘Underground Mutton’ and sometimes Bunnies, mention the R word publicly and you can be sure of an uncomfortable hush.  Luckily Livingstone Textiles is a good 20 miles from Portland and we’ve got a couple of some new Rabbit fabrics in for the spring.  At only £6.70 a metre they are great value cotton poplins suitable for dressmaking, shirts and crafts.   Just don’t wear them on the Isle.WIN_20170311_12_35_22_Pro-1-e1490877574677-576x1024

 

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Follow us on Pinterest… The worlds catalogue of Ideas

We have so many things to show you, why not take a look at our Pinterest page and follow all of our ideas, makes and new fabrics. You can pin any of our images to your own boards to start creating your own styles and hobbies. It’s just a digital noticeboard and so easy to use and you can find all our tutorials on there as well.  Below are some of the pictures you’ll find on Pinterest, click here to visit our boards
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Doggy Bag

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!WIN_20170211_12_24_14_ProHer 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:people@livingstonetextiles.com if you’d like to commission one and we’ll put you in touch.

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Spirit of Bridport

Our local Museum in Bridport is currently undergoing a refit.  When it reopens, this replica of the dress worn by Francis Newberry’s ‘Spirit of Bridport’ will be on publicly display.

Made by one of our regular customers Beverley Taylor, we think you’ll agree that she’s done a good copy of the robe in the painting. The town sign can be found on the approach to BridportSpirit of Bridport

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Curtain Makers

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.

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Flamingoes spotted in Yeovil!

Flamingoes making a classy appearance in Livingstone Textiles Yeovil.  Styled in a period window with a piped cushion, the colour is vibrant.  Printed on a linen look cloth, the design looks chic and the co-ordinating pink piping frames the design beautifully. This fabric is available at our Yeovil store priced at £23.90 per metre for double width (112″ wide) and £11.95 per metre for single width (56″ wide)

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Free Curtain Lining Offer

Curtain lining saleWell here we are halfway through September 2018 and more! Our lining offer is proving popular this September, so we want to make sure nobody misses out. The offer gives you free polycotton lining to the same length as any curtain fabric purchased at full price. This can be made up into beautiful hand made curtains or roman blinds by our professional local makers, or you can make yourself or use your usual makers. This offer also applies to fabrics ordered by mail order until the end of September 2018. Simply click on the fabric or category links below and when completing your order tell us ‘please add polycotton lining’ in the order comments. No extra charge!

If polycotton lining would not be your choice and you are buying from our fabric stores in Bridport Dorset or Yeovil Somerset, you can upgrade to one of our other curtain linings on payment of the price differential. You can keep out the draughts with thermal lining, block out light with blackout lining or simply give your curtains better protection with Solprufe cotton lining.

Why not check out our lovely wool and tartan fabrics or something else from our huge range of roll stock and sample hangers – the offer applies to all curtain fabric purchased. Sample hangers can be borrowed to view in your home subject to a returnable cash deposit, and we are happy to provide you with an estimate based on your measurements.

 

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Wool and Tartan Fabric for Curtains and Upholstery

As the nights draw in, we are all thinking about how to get cosy for the winter. These tartan and wool fabrics are one way to achieve this (another is with clever choice of lining for your curtains).

When we pulled the samples off the shelf to put together, we were amazed to see what a lovely selection is available. The fabrics vary from 100% wool Harris Tweed fabric to lighter weight and less expensive polyester wool touch fabrics. The companies who offer these timeless fabrics and modern colourways include Abraham Moon, Chess Fabrics, Chatham Glyn Fabrics, Marton Mills and Prestigious Textiles.

Many of these fabrics are also suitable for upholstery, this is noted on the hangers or in our supplier catalogues, so please ask if you cannot find the details.

We are always happy to give a free no-obligation estimate for making up curtains to your measurements, or you can calculate curtain fabric requirements yourself using our handy guide. See below for a link to the selection of check fabrics in store which we have listed on our online shop – more coming soon.

 

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New Motifs

We have a new selection of motifs in store in Bridport this week. These include sequin motifs and a range of stunning padded motifs. These have a small opening at the rear for you to add hollowfibre toy stuffing, giving the padded effect. The opening can then be sewn closed or if you are attaching the motif to a backing this is not necessary. The range includes small birds, fox faces and toadstools plus large motifs including owls and mice.

Our motifs are now displayed next to the buttons, please come and have a look., browse the full range and then ask for assistance to purchase your choice of motif. We are sure you can find inventive uses for all these beautiful motifs by adding them to clothing, cushions, bags and other craft projects. Do send us a picture of your project so we can share it with the world!

These are just part of our extensive range of haberdashery.

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Interlined Curtains

Curtains made with interlining or ‘bump’ are much fuller and more luxurious than those made with just lining alone.
The bump literally ‘bumps up’ the fabric making it thicker and has the added quality of providing a layer of insulation against cold windows.
Interlined curtains are an especially popular choice in a house with older windows and those with listed building status but are also used in more modern homes where an appearance of luxury is required.
The window size must be taken into account when considering interlining because they can easily swap a room with too much volume. The fullness of the finished curtain also has to be taken into account but don’t worry because all of the staff working across Livingstone Textiles are trained to advise you in the appropriate way. Find out more here.

 

 

When we make your interlined curtains we use a more involved method of making where the interlining is first locked into place with Herringbone stitch under the side turns of the fabric and along the seams of any joins.

A picked hem is then worked through both the interlining and into the show fabric where a tiny line of equally spaced stitches will be barely visible.

 

Finally, the pencil pleat heading tape is sewn into position making the curtains look really plump and luxurious.

You can buy this elegant grey bird fabric in our shops and throughout September you will receive free curtain lining* with any curtain or blind order.

 

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Sewing and craft themed fabric

Brand new in!

This is a fabulous fabric with all things sewing related in the design, what more could you want!?

This fabric is a durable polycotton with vibrant colours that make all the beautifully printed sewing instruments stand out. This fabric looks wonderful made up as a roman blind and would also look great as curtains, these would make a perfect addition to any sewing room. It could even be made up into cushions or a bag, as a gift for that sewing enthusiast you know.

There is a vintage theme to the sewing instruments with the iconic Singer sewing machine and vintage mannequin along with the kind of haberdashery you would expect to find in a well-stocked sewing box of maybe your mother or grandmother.

This fabric is available in our Bridport shop or you can purchase it online by following the link below to our web shop.

 

 

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What is Buckram?

What is buckram and what is it used for?…

Buckram is a narrow, stiffened cloth that is usually coated with a glue backing, this can be ironed onto fabric to give it support and rigidity, this is called fusible buckram. It is used in the same way as iron on interfacing in this respect, however it comes in narrower widths compared to this and is much thicker and therefore stiffer. It is mainly used in curtain making for pelmets or to stiffen the headings of curtains when making pinch pleat curtains for example. The buckram is hidden between the layers of fabric when used in this way, this helps the pleats keep their form.

We stock fusible buckram in widths of 4″, 5″,6″ and 12″. The different widths are available to suit the curtains so that the right look can be achieved for the room.

You can browse a selection of fabrics suitable for curtain making below, click here for the full range of curtain fabric available online, or visit either of our shops to discover thousands of metres of fabric to take home the same day as well as samples of fabrics available to order.

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Book Review: Boho bags

 

This lovely book by Beate Schmitz is full of ideas for making a variety of useful bags, perfect for using up the small pieces of fabric we all have at home, or for treating yourself to a half metre of something gorgeous from the huge range of furnishing fabrics here at Livingstone Textiles!

There are detailed, illustrated instructions  for a range of bags from small bags for keys and change through to large tote bags and striking messenger bags. Also included are full-size patterns in a storage pocket in the back of the book; all in all a useful and well thought out addition to your bookshelf, and a bargain at only £8.99!

Most curtain fabrics can be used for making bags, and also many craft fabrics are suitable for smaller bags, or larger ones with use of a heavier interfacing. Browse our online selection by clicking on the pictures below, or visit our stores in Bridport Dorset or Yeovil Somerset to see a larger range.

 

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NEW net curtain designs now in stock

Introducing two lovely new net curtain designs, available both in our shop and from our online store. All out nets come with a channel sewn ready into the top to take either a wire or a curtain rod, so you can put them straight up. We cut the nets to exactly the size you need, and can help you with getting the measurements just right too.

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‘Grenada’ is delicately patterned with bands of airy grasses and cow parsley set on a background of fine dots and a notched edge. It’s available in several drops between 36″ (91 cms) and 60″ (153 cms) with additional drops available to order from the shop (minimum order applies).

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‘Seychelles’ is a denser net giving greater privacy. It features a bold pattern of swirls against a dotty, texture background and has a more deeply scalloped edge.

See below for our full range of net curtain options available by mail order, or select the net curtain category from the product category drop down menu.

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Curtain Lining SALE NOW ON

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As the nights start to cool down, we are once again offering our popular FREE curtain lining offer for the whole month of September, so now is the ideal time to order new curtains against the winter chill.

The offer includes FREE polycotton lining, or if you prefer, choose a cotton lining and just pay the difference.

As always, we are happy to help you with the measuring, so that you get just the right amount of fabric if you prefer to make your own curtains; alternatively we offer a full in-house service, working from your measurements or visiting to measure your windows ourselves before our expert makers hand make and hand-finish your new curtains for you.

Come and talk to us at Livingstones in Bridport or Yeovil to see the full range of options and the huge range of fabulous fabric to order and in-store.

Offer applies to all curtains ordered in the month of September.

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Put a feather in your cap for the Hat Festival!

It’s the annual Bridport Hat Festival on September 1, so if you’re looking for last-minute hat ideas, pop down to Livingstone Textiles for all manner of tempting ribbons, braid, bells and trim, including a fantastic  range of feathers, from colourful indian feathers and these gorgeous ostrich plumes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or this opulent steampunk blue-black feather trim

 

 

 

 

 

 

or something rather cute in natural brown!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let your imagination run wild at Livingstone Textiles

…and remember, if you want to get ahead, get a hat!

 

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New Xmas Fabrics now in stock

It’s time to get planning if you’re running a craft stall anywhere this autumn and start making up your Christmas Crafts.

We have 3 lovely Advent calender kits in stock ready for you to make up and a panel of the twelve days of Christmas repeated three times so there are lots of opportunities for card making, stitched gifts and lap quilts.

We also have a great selection of new Christmas fabrics in stock and we are steering away from the more traditional designs.  One of our favourites is the navy fabric with the white polar bear constellation across it.  The penguins are pretty cute too.

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What is Linen?

Linen is a natural fibre that is made from the flax plant. It is durable and is well known as a cool fabric, making it great to wear next to the skin in hot weather as the weave allows air flow through the garment, its cooling properties are also due to the fact that the fibres are very absorbent, so wick sweat away from the skin quickly allowing it to evaporate away with cooling effect. Linen is often used for bedding and clothing due to its unique cooling properties.

Flax plants are mainly grown throughout Europe with certain countries being known for producing finer quality flax, due to better growing conditions for the plants. Some of these countries include Ireland, Belgium and Russia.

Flax plants are usually harvested by pulling the plant up from the root rather than cutting it down, as the fibres run all the way up through the plant from the root, so pulling them up keeps the fibres long. This is either done by hand (usually more expensive cloth comes from this) or a machine similar to a combine grabs the plants and pulls them out.

Once the flax plants have been harvested they are left in the field to undergo retting or alternatively they can be taken, a process where the inner stalks break down to leave the straw outer and the stalk fibres that can be processed and turned into linen. These remaining fibres are then threshed to remove the seeds (linseeds) which can then be used for oils or the seeds themselves. The remaining plants are then processed to remove the outer straw from the fibres to make the remaining fibres supple and ready to be spun into linen.

Linen is one of our favourite fabrics at Livingstone Textiles, and is loved by our customers who are fans of natural fibres. We have a selection of linens available to buy online, and even more in our stores in Bridport Dorset and Yeovil Somerset.

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Last Chance for 10% Off

It’s the final week of the Prestigious Textiles offer of a 10% reduction on any cut lengths of their fabrics that you order through Livingstone Textiles.

Prestigious are celebrating 30 years in the fabric business and we have a huge range of their sample books and hangers that you are welcome to borrow and take home.  We always recommend you do this as it’s very difficult to carry a colour in your head so having the samples at home will enable you to see the cloth next to your existing colour scheme and to try it out in both natural light and electric lighting.

 

The offer runs until August 31st and any of the fabric that you order can be made up into high quality hand made curtains, blinds or cushions by any of our approved seamstresses.  If you are not confident in your sewing abilities then click here to discover more about our curtain making service

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Exotic Bird Fabric Back in Stock

Here is a fabric we have featured before, with a really sumptuous look at a very reasonable price. This exotic bird and floral design has wonderful deep colours printed on a high quality cotton background. The background has a variety in the colouring also, so it looks textured. We have managed to restock this fabric in time for the autumn curtain season and at the same fabulous price as last year. This amazing fabric is a steal at only £13.50 per metre.

You can now buy this fabric online directly from us using the link below, where you can also see additional pictures and request a sample. If you need help calculating your requirements see our guide to measuring for curtains, and remember we can also get curtains, blind and cushions made up for you with a variety of headers using local seamstresses who hand make and finish all products.

As we are coming up to the autumn, look out for a special offer with our curtain fabrics, coming up in September – watch this space!

Here is a selection of the other bird fabrics we do in case we can tempt you!

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Even More Pom Poms!

We have now got even more scrummy colours in our rich velvet pom poms to choose from!

These Pompoms are great to add as a jazzy addition to blinds or cushions to brighten up your home, or you can add them onto clothing such as the bottoms of shorts or trousers, or around the neck line of a dress to add a burst or rich colour.

 

 

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Lace for a Bralette

Quite a few young and older women are discovering the liberating comfort of the Bralette.

Many of them are made from supersoft polymide and elastane and are just unbelievably comfortable to wear however some of the really pretty ones can be fairly pricey, especially if you have a love for lace or back detail.

We came up with a little idea to give you the expensive look without the price tag.  Go and grab yourself a couple of bralettes from any of the discounted clothing shops and add some of our stretchy lace to the bottom panel.  You only need around 80cm for one bra and at 145mm it is good and wide to extend as a sheer panel over your rib cage.  It’s priced at £2.75 a metre and we stock it in both white and black.

 

 

 

 

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Eco Friendly Recycled Felt

You may already know that we love to be as eco friendly as we can in our stores – we wrote recently about our recycled polyester thread. We would also like to share with you our eco felt, which is made from polyester produced from post-consumer plastic bottles. As you know, the success of recycling all depends on having an end product which uses up the recycled raw materials, and this is a really great example.

This is an inexpensive felt, with a good range of colours and is suitable to sew or glue. It can be used for children’s craft projects but equally is really useful for applique as it does not fray when cut.

In addition as it is an artificial fibre it will melt when heated, which is required for some craft uses. If you need a felt with some wool content you can take a look at our vintage felt range.

This felt is available to buy online by the metre at 36″/90cm width, and also at our Bridport store in 9″ squares. Please click on the link below to see the full range of colours, find out more information or request a sample.

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Bridport Lighting lampshades

Bridport Lighting has been creating some wonderful lampshades using fabrics from Livingstone Textiles.

From seaside themed fabrics to floral or animal designs they have been creating wonderful peices to suit any room in your home. With lovely lamps to accompany the shades there is plenty to choose from there! The lampshades come in a variety of sizes in each design to fit small desk lamps up to larger floor standing lamps or even to hang from the ceiling in the centre of you room.

If you are thinking you would like to have a go yourself , there are lampshade making kits available to purchase here at Livingstone Textiles and a huge range of fabrics to choose from to customise your very own lampshade.

 

 

 

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What is a Drop on Curtains and Net Curtains

The word “drop” when referring to curtains or net curtains simply means the total length of the curtain from top to bottom.

Standard curtains can hang either inside or outside a window reveal, on a pole or track. The drop is the exact finished length of the curtain. Where exactly this should be measured from depends on the type of heading chosen.If you are replacing a set of curtains and having the same type of heading, you can just measure the length of the existing curtains. Otherwise you will have to measure from your existing track or pole. If your track or pole is not yet in place you can make an estimate based on the planned position, but a final measure will be needed once the track or pole is in place. There are more details on our instructions on how to measure for curtains.

Confusingly, sometimes the word drop is also used to refer to one width of fabric used to make a curtain. For instance a maker may say they are making a pair of curtains with ‘two drops per curtain’. In this use of the word, it is interchangeable with the word ‘width’ referring to one full width of fabric from a roll. The cost of making a curtain may be quoted as an amount ‘per drop’ which means that for a pair of curtains with 2 drops/widths in each curtain you will pay four times the amount quoted for making.

Net curtains usually hang on a curtain wire or a pole. They are made with a channel at the top which the wire or pole passes through, or a series of holes for a cafe net curtain. The drop is measured from just above the wire or pole to the window sill, or wherever you want the curtain to finish. Usually net curtains are hung close against the window within the reveal so they usually finish just above the window sill in order to give privacy. Net curtains are made in a range of standard drops and so usually you will choose the nearest drop available that is smaller than your measurement to buy. If this would be too small, you can order the next larger drop and either cut down the net curtain, making a new channel or fold over the top to make it a little smaller.

You can learn more about how to measure and choose net curtains here, or explore our range of net curtains and curtain fabrics for sale online below

 

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Nautical Fabric for Curtains, Blinds and Craft

Oh we do love to live near the seaside! But even if you don’t, you can bring the holidays to your home with this selection of boat themed fabrics new in this year. There are tiny boats on the ocean wave, yachts with powder blue background, and two different boat fabrics with nice light neutral backgrounds. We also have a wonderful range of seaside themed fabrics which you can view in our online store.

All of these fabrics can be made up into curtains, roman blinds or cushions for you by our talented local seamstresses. All curtains are hand finished, and we can make up with a variety of different headers. Please contact us with your pole or track width and finished drop and the fabric you are interested in for a quote. You can find instructions on how to measure for curtains here. Click on any of the products for more details or to request a sample.

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Miss Haversham’s Oriental Kimono

We love our show dummy’s new look, created by one of our talented colleagues here at Livingstone Textiles. She is wearing a kimono made out of one of our oriental fabrics. This fabric has a beautiful pattern of cranes and luxurious gold highlights. It is 100% cotton, 110cm wide and priced at £17.90 per metre. We don’t have much of this specific fabric left (although it may be able to be reordered) so have not listed it on our new website shop. However you can see a selection of our other oriental fabrics below, and you can browse the full oriental cotton collection here.

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Bridport Folk Festival

Livingstone Textiles started out in the vibrant town of Bridport and has been a big part of the town for over 46 years.  The thing about Bridport is that there’s always something going on and last year a small group of enthusiastic folk lovers put on Bridports very first Folk Festival.  It was a great success so with a little change to the date (so as not to clash with Dartmoor Folk Festival) they decided to do it all over again and put it on the week before Sidmouth Folk Festival.

 

 

Launching on Friday with bands throughout the day at Bucky Doo, the festival got off to a flying start and received a warm Bridport welcome.  Evening entertainment continued across many supporting pubs in the town hosting folk bands and musicians while at The Electric Palace the festival was opened in accapella song and celtic pipes from The Coves before Richard Digence and support took the stage.  Then followed a weekend of frenzied Morris Dancing, lots more stage music, cream teas at Millenium Green and hasty re-scheduling before the rain came down.

 

Many of the Morris Dancers got to dance outside the Red Brick Cafe and on their way round to St Michaels Trading Estate they came past our front door.  Consequently we had a steady flow of keen sewing ladies – and men, all eager to add colour to their outfits with our lace, ribbons, buttons and trims as well as find supplies and inspiration for their own sewing projects.  We don’t list our haberdashery in our online shop but are really happy to send samples and items by post that you might need.  Contact us for further information.