Bridport Arts Centre is all ready to kick off its Fashion Week event to celebrate fashion history, costume and the recent upsurge in the popularity of sewing. Starting on Monday 4th March and running through to Sunday 10th March there is sure to be something to whet your appetite and inspire you to get your sewing machine out. Livingstone Textiles is very proud to have been able to sponsor this event and during the week we will have a stand in the Arts Centre foyer where you can pick up information about our locations and the products and services we provide as well as a huge selection of fabric and haberdashery to choose from.
The events consist of talks on pattern drafting, pattern reading, historical fashion and the influences of modern London fashion through the experienced eye of Saville Row tailor, author and tv presenter James Sherwood. Also visiting Bridport to talk about the Royal Wardrobe are the Curators of Bath Museum of Fashion. They will be explaining their current exhibition on modern royal fashion as well as the royal wardrobe of Queen Alexander, Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and our current Queen Elizabeth. Continuing the fashion history theme, Bridport museum will be giving a unique insight into their textile and costume collection dating back 150 years and Arts Centre Director Curtis Fulcher will be giving an informed talk on Tudors and Historical costume. Curtis is an experienced costume designer and maker and has made a couple of recreations to demonstrate his talk with questions. There are also a great range of films to watch about some of the greatest fashion designers that have ever lived and you can find more information about the whole weeks events here
Reupholstery can transform your furniture, and we sell some gorgeous upholstery fabrics that will do the job, but there is much more to bringing new life to old furniture than just picking a delicious new fabric. We sell everything you could possibly need to complete a reupholstery job yourself, but if you’d rather hand the job over to the experts, then read on!
Hiding at the back of our Bridport shop is an upholstery workshop, a place where you can bring your furniture for the magic to happen. Our skilled upholsterers Laura and Di specialise in modern and older furniture respectively, so you can be sure that your work will be done by someone who really knows what they are doing.
Di recently completed this little chair, and as well as showing some of the finishing touches, these photos also show a little of the process:
The restrained grey of this simple-looking piece of furniture conceals (from the bottom) many layers of webbing, springs, hessian and coir, horsehair, wadding, calico and more wadding before it’s finally ready to have the show fabric carefully stiched and buttoned into place. The upholsterer’s work also includes repairing and restoring the wooden frame while it is fully stripped down, so your newly upholstered piece will continue to look good for years to come.
If you have a much-loved piece of furniture that you would like to see restored to it’s former glory or reborn in a fresh new way, come and talk to us. We can give you an initial no-obligation estimate and, of course, advise you on the huge range of fabric we carry on the roll and ready to order.
Just in time for Valentine’s day, these tiny heart buttons are new in store. In either red or ivory, they would be just perfect for childrens clothes or knits, and with their soft, rounded shape will be easy for little fingers to handle too.
We also thought they would be beautiful for handmade wedding accessories – especially the ivory hearts, which you can see in the close-up picture have a delicate rustic look. We’re picturing them on cards, gift tags or bunting for a perfect homemade rustic wedding feel.
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.
It’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.
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.
Credit to Dorsetbays photography for this lovely shot of Fetus Derriman, a morris team from Weymouth sporting colourfully decorated hats at a recent event.
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.
England is now at Step 1 of adjusting social distancing measures. This means our stores are still closed to visiting customers. Now the government has adjusted the guidance about making journeys we are restarting our mail order and collection system (free collection from Bridport store only). Our online shop is now reopen but please note there may be delays in putting together your order. If you request to collect your order from Bridport we will contact you when it is ready. Most of our staff are on furlough to protect them financially. This means there may be additional delays in responding to queries. We are expecting to reopen to in-person shoppers with restrictions when the government moves to Step 2, at the earliest 15th June 2020. See our Facebook page for more information and updates.