Friday, 26 May 2017


Advance Notice of an exciting workshop coming to Jamberoo in August.

In this exciting two-day workshop we will explore the basic techniques of Natural Dyeing*.  Each participant will create at least one beautiful pure silk scarf, coloured and patterned in collaboration with nature. In the process we will discover which plants and vegetables produce the best colour and how to fix them.
 We will employ a variety of Shibori*  techniques to create extraordinary patterns and texture. The unique piece you create will reflect the colours and textures of our landscape in your own way. You will be delighted and proud to wear it.
Deborah Clarke has been investigating and teaching natural dyeing for the past eight years. She runs Creative Camps in Central Australia where the natural dyeing process is a favourite activity.  People enjoy her engaging and informative teaching style. The information she provides inspires participants to continue the learning process on their own with confidence.
•Natural Dyeing or ‘Eco dyeing as it is sometimes called, uses plant and vegetable material as the fabric dye. Beautiful colours are best achieved on silk, wool and wool/silk mix.
•Shibori is a Japanese term referring to many different ways of creating pattern and texture on fabric, using the process of resist, by wrapping, tying, twisting, bundling or stitching the fabric.
Find out more about Deborah Clarke:

When:                26th-27th August 2017
Where:               Jamberoo Village Hall
What to bring:     an apron (or wear old clothes) and rubber gloves
What's provided:  absolutely everything, including refreshments (scrummy morning and afternoon teas, and light lunches)

Cost: $385.00 

How to book: via the Rapt online store (you can pay via credit card or Paypal)

Accommodation:  Lots of local options are available, from pub-style to sumptuous country-house B&B, and even basic camping is available in the adjacent lovely park.
Check out the online store for links.

I'm away on hols from late May to end of June - if you have any queries in that time please contact Deborah directly, via the links above.

Goin' fishin'

Upholstery work is very hard, really.
So, time for a break - we're off holidays for the month of June. 
Hoping to be bring back some fabulous textiles (which is, afterall, why we go on holidays, isn't it?

Our online store is still operational while we're away. At time of writing you can still register for the last few spots left in Julie Paterson's LOOK DRAW PRINT workshop on July 9th, and purchases can still be made, however orders won't be shipped though till early July, on my return.


Here's the latest job just finished - full makeover of a much-loved family heirloom.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017


Just in... gorgeous new umbrellas!
Why, you ask, would an upholstery and furnishings business be selling brollies?

Well - these are not just any old brollies - they're hand-crafted works of art, showcasing designs from the recent Osborne & Little ENCHANTED GARDEN furnishing fabrics collection.

The 2 designs available in the Rapt! showroom and online store are AVIARY (left) featuring a collection of lovely small birds (budgies, finches, wrens, sunbirds) on a trellis background; 
and DRAGONFLY DANCE (below) a display of gorgeous shimmering dragonflies in teal, lime-green and silver, on a metallic silver background.

Not only do these look good - they're beautifully crafted. The folding mechanism runs like a Rolls Royce; they're fully lined; and all the fittings are impeccably finished.

These are real keepers. The question is: WHO gets to keep them?

Monday, 27 March 2017

LOOK - DRAW - PRINT with Julie Paterson

I can't begin to describe how thrilled I am to be hosting Julie Paterson (the woman behind CLOTH fabric) to Jamberoo in July, to run one of her LOOK-DRAW-PRINT workshops.

Julie's been running these workshops around the country for a while now, and anyone who's been following her on social media (she's a keen Instagrammer, like me) knows the amazing results her students unfailingly produce out of these 1 day workshops.

Here's what Julie says of these workshops:
"I believe everyone is born creative, but so many people don't realise this. That's why I've been running what I call 'imperfect workshops' now for a wee while, and I love doing them. LookDrawPrint is a hands-on experience for the creatively curious, where I teach how to embrace chance and imperfection and focus on process.
Creativity becomes a skill, but it starts as an attitude. Everyone creates a prototype design printed on fabric. Every design reflects a reset state of mind."

We've got a great venue in the Jamberoo Youth Hall, situated on the edge of the village oval, right in the heart of Jamberoo.
All details are over in the Rapt! online shop, including registration.
10 spots maximum (several already taken), so don't dillydally if you think this one's for you.

And for anyone who fancies making a weekend-escape out of this, our local luxury countryhouse B&B - Terragong1858 - is offering a terrific discount for workshoppers who book to stay the weekend. Enter the promocode RAPTWORKSHOP2017 into their booking system.
Terragong1858  (2mins drive from workshop venue)

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Hello Cocky!

 Following our last post, today we're putting the spotlight on this Pretty Boy (an Australian Sulphur-crested cockatoo), shown modelling not one, but 2 different ensembles.  He's available for sale either on his own (butt-nekked!), for you to dress as you please, or with either of these shades, or you can commission your own shade in fabric, size and shape of your choice.
All details are over in the online store (, and yes - it is possible to ship him (or any of his other feathered mates) round Australia or the world.

Friday, 17 March 2017

The Cockies Have Landed

These beauties have just flown into the Rapt showroom, all the way from their nest way out in country NSW.

They're lovingly handmade by an artisan family business which has been in the ceramics trade for more than 50years.These are just a few of the considerable range available, which includes flying bird/animal wall-art and non-lamp bird ornaments.  I plan to introduce more of these into stock over time.

I'm selling these table lamps as is - with or without - shades.  Shades can either be bought direct from showroom stock (more being added all the time!) or bespoke to fit clients' own requirements.

All Details are in the Rapt online shop - and yes - shipping is available not only Australia but internationally (just send an enquiry from the online shop page to query shipping price to your location).

Sunday, 29 January 2017


Pipsqueak and The Chairy Godmother are taking a break for a few weeks, so the showroom will be closed until Sat.25th Feb.
(You can still see everything for sale in our online