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
Some of the Livingstone Textiles staff had an exciting day out as we headed up to Birmingham at the weekend to look at all the new products being launched this year.
There are some superb new fabrics available from our Reps and we’ve chosen some bright and exciting designs to stock in the shop in the coming months.
We also have a very exciting announcement to make…………..
Many of you already know that we sell a great range of wool and knitting patterns plus all of the accessories at our Yeovil shop and its all proved to be very popular with our customers. We do frequently get asked for it in our Bridport shop as well and so we have listened to you and decided to stock some gorgeous knitting and crochet yarns in our Bridport shop now too!
The yarn we will be stocking comes in an array of beautiful colours and has a nice handle, being made from acrylic it will wash really well and its light twist means that is strong but still really soft and plump.
We’ve also chosen a range of excellent books with a very distinct ‘Bridport feel’ about them so here is a sneak preview.
We’ll be announcing the stock arrival on Facebook so watch this space…………………………
We had to make a door curtain to cover a rear door that was situated at the bottom of a staircase and creating a cold draught in the main living room of this home. A number of fabrics had been mixed by the customer to create a comfortable country living look so we had to find a fabric that didn’t fight with the rest of the colour scheme. After careful consideration of fabric books and several swatches the customer settled on this fabic by Isles. The Dove grey colour really softens that corner of the room while complimenting the colour scheme of blues and being made of wool it has thermal qualities that keep the room warmer. The customer also decided on a thermal lining to eliminate any cold air passing through the cloth and this has made it look very thick and luxurious whilst doing exactly the job intended. Isles Harris can be purchased from Livingstone Textiles and we can send out samples of any colour in the series.
Burns Night is annualy celebrated in Scotland on the 25th of January and celebrates the works of the great poet Robert Burns. It is also now frequently observed in other parts of the United Kingdom by native Scots and those who appreciate the heritage of Scotland. Robert Burns was born on January 25th 1759 which is why Burns night is celebrated on this day. He died in 1796 and his best known work is probably “Auld Lang Syne” which is traditionally sung at midnight on New Years Eve or Hogmanny. He is known in Scotland as “The Bard”
Many families and friends enjoy getting together on Burns Night to share a supper of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties with Whisky as the preferred tipple. You can find out more about Haggis here. During the evening poetry written by Robert Burns is recited, sometimes Scottish songs are sung and then the Haggis is traditionally ‘piped in’ by a Bagpipe player in full Scottish dress where it is toasted on arrival at the table. At Burns night events many men choose to wear kilts and women might wear a shawl, skirt, sash or dress made from their family tartan. A tartan is a cloth made of wool woven in a distinctive check pattern using different colours across the warp and the weft and clans have their own distinct patterns that have been replicated over centuries, often nowadays in more modern blends of viscose and polyester as well as in wool.
If you are attending a Burns Night event you can choose from the range of bright new tartans at Livingstone Textiles to create a sash or shawl over your evening attire, we don’t have much online but their are lots to choose from in house. We also stock some colourful tartan ribbons to dress your hair or add interest to a plain dress, pop in to either of our shops to browse our collections. We also think that it’s a great idea to host a kids Burns Night event where you can get them involved with the reading of poetry and maybe using a recorder to pipe in a haggis that they’ve helped to prepare. They could make a Scottish flag to hang up or could colour in place settings using some of the words in the poems of Burns. For more inspiration and ideas for a special childrens event visit https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/burns-night
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.
At Livingstone Textiles Bridport we are extremely fortunate to live amongst some of the most beautiful scenery in the British Isles. As well as fast becoming a very popular holiday and tourism destination with its crumbling Jurrasic coastline, the West Dorset landscape is increasingly seen in documentaries, television series’ and as an area in which to make evocative films.
For many of us nothing beats a good traditional costume drama and in the newest screen version of the Dorset Author Thomas Hardys’ beautiful novel, Far From The Madding Crowd, the stunning countryside around Bridport is portrayed with all of its rural charm. While the filming was taking place from various locations around the town and surrounding villages, one film crew pitched camp behind Livingstones and we frequently supplied ribbons, haberdashery, elastic, buttons and various pieces of cloth to the costume department who would regularly pop in to top up their own supplies.
Inspired? Why not host a unique Regency Ball Party? West Dorset has a wealth of beautiful village halls for hire at ridiculously cheap rates and there is a beautiful Regency inspired venue at The Bull Hotel in the town complete with its own Ballroom. Local Folk Bands can perform live music for you at really competitive rates and most can arrange a local caller to teach very simple Playford Dance. For a birthday or wedding, this could be a beautifully immersive experience and at Livingstones we can supply you with authentically styled patterns to sew your own gowns as well as an array of luxury patterns and plains for waistcoats, dress shirts, petticoats and bonnets. Remeber to ask us about joining our pattern club as well to get free patterns and great price offers unavailable online.
What a gorgeous pallette of colour. The Karisma double knit collection of Drops yarns come in a huge choice of colours and we stock 18 different ones in our Yeovil store. a beautiful yarn made from 100% wool that is fully machine washable
We also stock 4 ply Delight in great value balls of 100 grams for only £2.80 and with a 75% wool content. For a really soft project you can now get our 100 % pure Baby Merino wool produced from lambs and we have 19 different colours in stock at the Yeovil shop. Drops also issue free patterns for all of their yarns and they are easy to download from their website see https://www.garnstudio.com/pattern.php?id=8295&cid=19 for a free cushion pattern and start a real bargain project this January.
Livingstone 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.
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?
We 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.
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.