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

Friday, 18 November 2016

Early Closing this Weekend

This weekend (Sat 19th November) the showroom will be open from 10am - 12 noon only.

Back to normal (10 - 2pm) the following week, and also available by arrangement at other times.

Come and check out the latest new stock, including some pretty flash lampshades! 

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Need Some Light Relief?

Because our morning lampshade making workshop is nearly full*, we're delighted to be adding a second workshop in the afternoon.

Price of $155 per person includes everything you need to make and take home your own professional-standard rolled-edge lampshade (except fabric**), and a delicious country-style afternoon tea.

**Fabric - you can either bring your own (we'll provide a detailed info sheet when you register, outlining suitable fabric requirements) OR you can purchase from a variety of beautiful designer remnants in the Rapt Upholstery showroom in Jamberoo either beforehand or on the day. (You can also pre-order by visiting the showroom well ahead of time and choosing from a huge selection of sample fabrics from fabric houses throughout Australia, and around the world).

For more info please feel free to contact me through the Contact page, or better still head to our online shop where full details, and tickets, are available.

*We've also just added a 'lunchless' option to our morning workshop. The price including lunch for the AM workshop is $180/per person; without lunch $155.00.

Thursday, 22 September 2016


I'm delighted to finally be able to announce our first* workshop - LAMPSHADE MAKING.
For full details and registration, head to our online store:

In summary:
When: Sunday 23rd October 2016, 10am - 2pm
Where: Jamberoo Youth Hall
Who:  Taught by the multi-talented Julie Hillier (Ministry of Handmade) who is travelling all the way from Brisbane for this. Julie has a professional teaching and design background and is passionate about sharing her skills in all things handmade.
What: participants will learn how to make a drum (or empire) lampshade in their choice of fabric.  
Included: All materials (except fabric) and tools are supplied. And... because being creative is such hungry thirsty work, we're keeping you well-fed and watered with not only a country-style morning tea, but a scrumptious light lunch to follow (catering by well-known and loved local foodie Lee van de Haar).
Duration:  Workshop 3 hours, plus lunch 1hour
Fabric: BYO fabric, or you can pre-order from a huge selection of designer furnishing fabrics in the Rapt showroom, or you can purchase from a selection which will be available on the day at a fraction of their RRP.
Options: When you register we'll send a detailed info sheet outlining fabric requirements if you're bringing your own, plus all the options you'll have on day, which include various sizes and upgrades from the standard drum lampshade we'll be teaching.
A range of DIY lampshade kits will be available to purchase on the day so you can practise your new-found skills at home. (These also make terrific gifts for crafty people).
Giveaways: There will also be some great giveaways on the day! 

Hope we'll see you there! (any questions? don't hesitate to ask - raptups(at)me(dot)com)

(*Many more workshops, on different topics, are planned for future - watch this space!)

Friday, 2 September 2016

Spring is Sprung!

A great job to herald in Spring - full reupholstery of this well-loved little chair, using a gorgeous floral linen from James Dunlop Textiles. Because of the huge pattern repeat no two sections of the chair had the same design - it was great fun working it all out.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Pilsbury Wingchair

Meet the latest Rapt Wingchair - the 'Pilsbury Mismatched' - named for the glorious feature fabric 'Pilsbury', a pure linen by Warwick.
All materials are brand new - including the frame, which is made by a Sydney master-craftsman.
This chair is seriously comfortable, largely due to the unusual inner-sprung seat cushion (superior comfort to feathers, or foam).
The fabrics are Scotchguarded;
the chair comes with the matching lumbar scatter cushion;
the legs are hand-painted in semi-gloss enamel (and a patchup pot is even available too!);
and - there's even a matching ottoman available.

All details in the Rapt online store, and the chair is currently available for a sitting in the Rapt showroom in Jamberoo (while it lasts!)