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.
We have a little treat for you at Livingstone textiles. In both our Yeovil and Bridport shops we have introduced a PERMANENT BARGAINS RACK!
All of the fabrics on this entire rack have at least 20% off the ticket price. Some have only small amounts left on the rolls for cushions and others have lots, certainly enough to make curtains with and lots more besides. There are some real beauties and the only limit is your imagination. Pop in and grab yourself a bargain.
This glorious velvet is settling happily on our velvet shelf but we don’t think it will be around for long.
The rich splashes of colour are as enchanting as a Monet painting but that not all. This glorious fabric has the feel of the softest kitten fur. In fact, we don’t just stroke it each time we pass it by, we have been spotted giving it a hug too.
Come into the shop and have a feel for yourself, nothing like seeing the real thing before you buy and kluckily for you guys we have a roll in each of our stores 🙂
We have some lovely, fresh-looking fabric in store, all ready for a spring makeover of your curtains and soft furnishings! The fabric, from the Nordic collection, boasts distinctive retro patterns in a rich palette of oranges, greys, cobalt and mustard in 100% cotton, to bring a fresh touch of scandi chic to your home.
Come and explore the range in store soon – available on the roll, with further patterns and colourways available to order.
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.
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.
For bringing that touch of softness and luxury into your home, look no further than our gorgeous Romo velvets; deliciously soft, heavy fabrics, both plain and textured and in a range of symptuous shades, available on the roll in both of our stores, and at an unbeatable price.
Don’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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Oslo is a beautiful brushed poly-cotton fabric from Prestigious Textiles, the brushed finish makes it soft to the touch and the combination of the polyester and cotton makes it have a beautiful drape. Making it ideal for curtains and blinds. This softness, however, does not affect how tough the cloth is, with its 100,000+ rubs this fabric is tough enough for upholstery in a busy living space.
This fabric is available for order at both our stores in Bridport Dorset and Yeovil Somerset, where at both stores we offer a competitive making service, and for those of you that are sewers we can work out your fabric requirements taking the stress out of ordering your fabric.
For more information please contact us or pop into one of our stores and ask our friendly staff.
Livingstone Textiles are very lucky to have some very talented makers who work alongside us, that can make the most wonderful things from our beautiful fabrics and because of how talented they are its lovely when they get asked and trusted to help create our customers beautiful and amazing works into something more.
This beautiful tapestry was brought into our shop by one of our very talented customers and we were trusted to make into cushions for her. Its amazing to have been given that trust as this piece of art would have taken hours and lots of patience to complete. Tapestry is a skilled sewing technique where the sewer uses a special tapestry canvas which looks like a fine net or mesh. The sewer then uses a tapestry wool to sew the design which as you can see from the image is a simple stitch on a angle. The piece is only finished when the whole piece is covered in stitches. A range of different colours can be used when creating a tapestry and any design of the crafters can be created. As can be seen in these images the customer choose to create an image of some very beautiful flowers focusing on the colours yellow and green. She then chooses a lovely yellow linen fabric to finish the cushion with a beautiful piping in the yellow lined to finish and frame the piece of work. The linen really complements this piece because of its weave, which then adds flow to the tapestry weave.
Our maker has then added a simple yellow zip and finish off the cushion.
We have a wide making service with lots of makers that can help you with your sewing needs if you would like more information on what making services we offer please contact us or ask in store and we will be happy to help.
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 alo makes an ideal gift.
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.
How about a fresh new look in the bedroom for Spring 2017? This lovely vintage inspired fabric is available to order from Livingstone Textiles in Bridport and will complement any bedroom painted in soft shades and chalk paints.
These handy little things make it so much easier to pass the thread through the top of the needle. Just push the tip of the wire through the eye of the needle then insert the thread into the wide part of the wire and pull it back through.
Hints of the Summer are available to order from this rather lovely new Paradiso hanger we have in the shop. Featuring ferns, embroidered pomegranates and gentle butterflies, the fabrics hint at the gentle summer days not far ahead of us.
Whether its luxury copper velvet, stitched embroidery or ribbon embroidery that takes your fancy, we have some gorgeous fabrics to cosy up your windows. The ribbon embroidery is worked on a deep chocolate brown faux suede while the stitched seed heads are created from autumn shades of satin on a soft stone cotton blend. Both would look fabulous draped at the window and the copper velvet can be used for upholstering a chair or a cushion to complement the other fabrics. The velvet is also wide enough to make into curtains for a more minimalist look. Exclusively available in our Bridport shop.
In our Fabric shop in Bridport, we have the most beautiful longcase clock with painted face, bought at a recent sale by the owner of Livingstone Textiles. It takes pride of place at the top of the stairs by the entrance to the main shop and is much admired by customers and staff alike. It is slightly unusual in that it was actually made by a Bridport resident and clock maker by the name of Thomas Farnham. Thomas was a watch and clockmaker residing in West Street, Bridport. It was he who newly made the Charmouth church clock in 1830 and the Symondsbury church clock in 1843 as well as repairing the Whitchurch Canonicorum church clock between 1824 and 1847. We’re proud to have a large piece of local history in our Bridport shop to share with you so pop in and have a look at it when you’re next in Bridport, it’s a lovely thing. We are open from 9-5 Monday to Saturday and you can also visit us at www.livingstonetextiles.com