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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 irridescent 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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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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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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Fresh new nautical fabrics

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This delightful collection of seaside/nautical prints is new in store, just in time for a spring revamp of your home. Great for holiday homes too!

All the fabrics are 100% cotton and suitable for curtains, blinds and occasional upholstery. The range is priced at £21.70 per metre.

Ask about our expert making service for curtains, blinds and upholstery, for perfect results every time – and don’t forget our free curtain lining offer, which runs until the end of April!

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Book Review – The Dressmaking Technique Bible

As Lorna Knight rightly points out in the introduction to her book, with cheap clothing so readily available, people no longer make their own clothes to save money; but if you want to get an individual look, use a certain fabric, or enjoy a perfect fit, Then dressmaking is still for you, and this lovely, useful reference book contains all the techniques and guidance you need to achieve perfect results every time.

This practical hardback is spiral-bound to lie open for quick and easy reference, and with chapters covering tools and materials, stitches and textiles, fabric manipulation and techniques, you will probably be referring to it a lot!

As you can see from the pictures, the uncluttered pages are generously illustrated with both drawings and photographs, to give the clearest possible instructions, covering subjects as diverse as how to chose and use a pattern, right through to all sorts of tailoring and finishing techniques to enable you to get the finish you want on the clothes you are making. Come and see this book for yourself in our Bridport store, and take it home and enjoy it!

 

 

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Beautiful new velvets

New in, and getting a lot of attention in both our Bridport and Yeovil shops, these beautiful velvets come in a rainbow of delicious berry colours, brights and neutrals. If you’d like to see what the colours would look like in your home the hanger can be borrowed for a small deposit, and the fabric is available to order from both our shops at £21.50 per metre.

These 100% polyester velvets are 140 cms width, and have a gorgeous soft touch and luxurious semi-matt texture. They’re suitable for curtains and domestic upholstery, and with a range of colours large enough to match any room scheme, would be a fantastic way to add a touch of luxe to your home.

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Spring makeover for holiday homes and hotels

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

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

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

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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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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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What is… Curtain Headings?

Once you have picked your fabric the next thing you will need to think about is what heading tape you might like. There are many different types and each different one will effect the final hang and look of the curtain. The style of chosen fabric many also influence the type of heading that is chosen.

Eyelet Curtains

Eyelet curtains are curtains with the fabric hanging through the pole with eyelets or rings. This style of curtains means the fabric will hang with a slight wave rather than a tight gather. This style produces a beautiful modern look, however, the down side is these curtains can only be hung on curtain poles and not tracks.

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Pencil Pleat Curtains

This the most common style of heading tape as they are easier to move from window to window. The tape is sewn onto the back of the material and is pulled tighter and looser depending on the size of the window. The fullness of these curtains varies from 1.5 fullness to 3 times fullness. You can have different thickness of header tape and this gives different finishes.

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Triple Pleat and Double Pleat Curtains

Our triple pleat curtains are made in a tradition way using buckram, each pleat is sewn in. These curtains have a beautiful finish because the pleats are sewn in giving them an even gather. They work well hung on a pole and on a traditional curtain track.

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Wave Tape Curtains

Wave curtains is a modern heading tape that gets sewn to the top of the material, these then pull creating a simple wave gather to the fabric, similar to the eyelet curtains without the holes. These create a modern and sleek look to the window.

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Tab Top Curtains

Tap top curtains can only be used with a pole. Fabric is used to create tabs that loop over the pole.

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Interlined Curtains

 

 

 

 

 

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Embroidered Amulet Fabric

Combining stripes with a pattern is always a good thing but its not alwasy an easy thing.  We have a smart hanger that does the thinking for you and its put together in colour blocks so the only thing you have to do is match it to your colour scheme.

One of our customers has bought a brand new house in Axminster and has a new grey suite of furniture.  She has lime green cushions to cheer it up but wanted something bright but smart at the windows.  We helped her to select from this hanger and she chose the pink combination to be made up into Roman Blinds for a large bay window.

The main fabric is called amulet and it is all embroidered onto a linen look cotton.  The lattice is worked in long grey stitches and the circles are heavily embroidered in a pink spiral.  Edging the embroidered fabric with pink the woven stripe borders makes the blind look smart and picks out the pink embroidery.  The maker lined the blinds in stone lining and used the stab stitch method to hold the materials together.  This method can be used when embroidery might make it hard to achieve very straight stitching on the show cloth.