Wednesday, 25 April 2018


Ever since starting this business one of the most frequent questions I've been asked is "will you ever teach upholstery?".
Well, I'm delighted to say that after years of saying "no" finally the answer to this has become "yes".
The first upholstery workshop has been listed in the web-shop - it's called UPHOLSTERY 1.O1 and is an introduction to the basics of upholstery. 

The class is 3 hours long uses a small bamboo stool with handy shelf as the subject for making an upholstered bench with optional buttons. 
Everything is supplied except fabric, which students can bring from home or purchase from Rapt.
This is a great, practical project where students will learn everything they need to know to get started in upholstery. Future workshops are planned which will teach more advanced skills, including a BYO project where students who have completed the introductory workshop will be able to work on their own item.
Tools and upholstery supplies will be available to purchase.

 Following the success of the first two lampshade workshops earlier this month these are now also going to be a regular feature on the Rapt calendar.
The Beginners' workshop teaches the basics of making a rolled-edge drum lampshade from scratch, while in the Advanced workshop students have the choice of remaking a shade they already own or learning how to make an Empire-shape (slope sided) shade.

All the workshops will run from 'Bottoms' End' - the Rapt home studio-workshop - which guarantees a highly personalised tuition, with maximum 4 participants per class.

Being a country-event, of course morning (or afternoon) tea with yummies is always included in each workshop!

Please head to the web-shop if you'd like more details about any of these, including upcoming dates.Don't hesitate to email me if you still have questions.


Thursday, 22 March 2018

Hello Strangers!

Apologies it's been so long since my last message.
I do a lot of posting on Instagram these days - I prefer it because I of the interaction I can have with my readers. Unfortunately this blog has been a little forgotten these days. (The link to my Instagram page is over there on the right →→ You don't have to sign up for an account just to have a look).

To compensate for missing posts, here are some pics of work I've done in recent months.

(The hats were a bit of experimental fun with upholstery fabric offcuts!)

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Holiday Closure

 Cheerio for now from Pipsqueak and me

After a very busy year we're taking some time off to smell the roses before the final push to Christmas.
The workshop and showroom will be closed from the 3rd - 20th November.
First showroom re-opening is Saturday 25th November.

Thursday, 20 July 2017


The DYE HAPPY workshop here in Jamberoo is gettting closer, and is filling fast - so if you're thinking of joining us, you'd better get your skates on.

UPDATE:  it's now sold out - but - there's a waiting list (in case of cancellations) so if you're keen, please let me know to go onto the list.

Deborah Clarke is coming all the way from Central Australia to teach her method of natural dyeing on silk using native vegetation.
I've just received a package of gorgeous 'samples' from Deborah, to serve as examples and inspiration for the workshop students. However, these are also for sale over in our online shop - and in the Jamberoo showroom. If you'd like to see more pics, and info including pricing, head over to the shop here.

See below for details of what to expect on the workshop...

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.


The LookDrawPrint workshop here in Jamberoo a few weeks ago was a great success. Julie Paterson, of CLOTH fabric is a highly energetic, motivating teacher, and all 10 students produced fabulous work, despite (some of them) being extremely doubtful they could do this!
I'll be booking Julie up for another workshop here next year (2018) so if you're keen to take part please let me know and I'll put your name on the waiting list.

Here are some pics from the day: