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The secrets of the upholstery workshop

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.

 

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Zebra Fabric Transforms Junk Shop Chair

One of our customers has had our upholstery department transform this lovely junk shop chair using our delicious zebra pattern chenille fabric. We think the finish is just fantastic, and you can see how the upholsterer has centred the fabric carefully so the zebra pattern looks just right. This quirky low slung no-leg chair is now updated with an equally quirky fabric, giving a totally individual finish which will look amazing in the customer’s home.

Even better, a project like this will not take much fabric – a single metre of fabric is often enough depending on the pattern. If you are inspired to try a project like this yourself you can now purchase the fabric directly on our website by mail order, by clicking on the picture below.

See also our full range of online upholstery fabrics here

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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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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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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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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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A favourite chair gets some beauty treatment

This lovely old G-plan chair was given a quirky and stylish makeover by one of the fabulous upholsterers in the workshop attached to Livingstones.

The customer chose this richly-coloured upholstery fabric, which is a personal favourite of mine. It’s a playful geometric woven fabric in gorgeous colours that works equally well in a classic or modern setting, and will definitely stand the test of time.

While in the workshop this treasured piece of furniture was also repaired to stabilise the joints and the wood was polished to retore it to its full beauty.

If you’ve got a piece of furniture that you would like to see reupholstered and bought back to life by a skilled professional, then do come into the shop to discuss it. We’ve got a huge range of fabric to choose from, both to order and on the roll, and we’ll work with you to ensure you get exactly the look you want.

 

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New In ——-V Cushions

 

 

These cushions are new in and are a good way to add extra support where it’s needed.

They can be used as extra padding when reading in bed or in a chair and can also be used help to make a sick or elderly relative much more comfortable when eating if they are prone to slipping sideways.  It eliminates the need for lots of pillow stuffing to keep them upright.   Made from our top quality polyester wadding by our man in Devon, this locally made product can also be laundered in the washing machine.  The V shape makes it ideal as a sleep support as it fits easily between the knees and can help if you suffer from aching legs at night as well as being invalubleif you are pregnant and struggling to get comfortable.  When baby is born, it makes an excellent support for breastfeeding mums as you can prop baby at excatly the right height and angle to latch on properly.  And when baby get bigger you can use the V cushion to support him while you play together.

We tried the V cushions at work and found them so super comfy that we’ve named them the Livingstones Zen Cushion.

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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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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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NEW!!!! Sale Rack

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.

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A Splash of Velvet

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 luckily for you guys we have a roll in each of our stores 🙂

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Gorgeous new scandi fabrics in store

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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.

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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 aspects 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 fabric 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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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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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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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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Prestigious Fabrics- Oslo

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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 Oslo 1upholstery 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.

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Bespoke Cushions

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. DSC_5597

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 theDSC_5595 (2) 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.

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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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Deckchair Canvas

Deckchair all (Medium)If you have traditional deckchairs we can also supply replacement deckchair canvas and upholstery nails for fixing. See here for more details.

We also stock a wide range of waterproof canvas materials ideal for those outside projects. See here for more details.Heavy Poly Wproof All

If you would like to learn more about what we can do to help you, either call into the shop at Bridport Dorset or phone us Monday to Saturday on 01308 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