Friday, 11 November 2016

Exciting New Hotel Frederiksted Collaboration

Recently, I was offered a very exciting opportunity to make a Rhapsody Bunny Doll with Jennifer Paganelli's new range of fabric - Hotel Frederiksted - before the fabric has even been released! The offer came from the incredibly talented Sarah of Piccolo Studio. I've been a fan and follower of Sarah's for a long time now, and I knew that her vision for the fabric and subsequent photo shoot would be stunning. The following photos were taken by Angela Lisman of Angela Lisman Photography.

Sarah created this quilt... Breathtaking!

The combination of prints and colours are stunning! I'm sure that this collection of fabrics will be very popular. And the quilt pattern designed by Sarah herself is so unique. I just love the addition of the pom pom too.

I was honoured to make this bunny for Sarah's daughter Hannah. 

Just look at them together, best friends.

To see more pictures from this whimsical photoshoot 
and learn more about Piccolo Studio, follow this link to Sarah's blog.

||Rhapsody and Thread||

Friday, 8 July 2016

Liberty Girls Decor

Instagram is a wonderland for mums that love buying handmade. I'm a mum that makes handmade dolls, and therefore loves and appreciates the work involved in creating unique pieces. This picture is a perfect example. I absolutely love this Liberty 'Betsy' print, and when I discovered this pastel colourway (via Ava and Neve) - I went on a bit of a spending spree. My first job was to make Isla a custom gold-accent Bunny Doll, wearing that silky soft Liberty fabric. I asked Kira from Blooms Butterflies Doll Studio to make that stunning Liberty Doll Face Purse, customised in the same fabric with matching hair bows instead of flowers. And I asked Felicity at Little Boys Blue to make me a custom Liberty 'Love' Banner. I desperately want to make Isla a new quilt... buuuut I only just made her the Unicornia Quilt (sigh... gone are the days when I can make whatever I want without argument ;P).

Also shown on this gorgeous shelf (from Pretty In Pine), is two sweet Pom Pom Princesses from Love Aria Rose. The sleep eyes banner is from Bek Halliday, and the Gold Paper Flower is from Mae-Saye Designs.

For more pics and direct links to products, follow me on Instagram via @rhapsodyandthread or @rhapsodyland


Tuesday, 5 July 2016

My Liberty Hoop Christmas Tree Featured In Homespun Magazine

What a thrill! When I was contacted by Homespun Magazine - gosh it was months and months ago - about my Liberty Hoop Christmas Tree, I was over the moon. It was so long ago that I had forgotten that my work would be in the July issue. Even when I was reminded a few weeks ago, I was excited... BUT when mum surprised me with a copy of the magazine today, I was scrutinising every page looking for a tiny thumbnail image. You could have knocked me over with a feather when I opened page 91 to see a FULL PAGE FEATURE!!! My mouth literally fell open, I couldn't believe it. Then the jumping began. I still can't believe it.

This Hoop Christmas Tree was my Christmas craft project for 2013. I had only just discovered Liberty Art Fabrics that year and I wanted to make something special with my new stash. And back then, I loved embroidery and hated sewing! I didn't even own a sewing machine (pfff). So I got creative! Anyone can make this.

If you're interested in seeing close-up images, here's a link HERE.

I'm going out tomorrow and buying a whole pile of this magazine!
Thank you thank you Homespun Magazine
for loving my favourite Christmas craft project as much as I do xxTabatha

Monday, 14 March 2016

Duchess Doll Trio

Collection of Duchess Dolls by Rhapsody and Thread
Duchess Doll Collection
Snow White Heirloom Doll from my Duchess Collection by Rhapsody and Thread
Duchess Doll
Bunny Rabbit Doll by Rhapsody and Thread
Duchess Bunny Doll
Elephant Doll handmade by Rhapsody and Thread
Duchess Elephant Doll
Duchess Elephant Doll
Duchess Dolls
Duchess Dolls sitting together
Duchess Dolls
This gorgeous trio of Duchess Heirloom Dolls are for one lucky little girl.
I can just imagine the tea-parties!
Dolls can be ordered via email at rhapsodyandthread(at)gmail(dot)com
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Monday, 7 March 2016

New Sommer Bunny Doll || Rhapsody and Thread

Sommer Fabric Bunny Doll Sarah Jane Studios Fabric
Sommer Fabric Bunny Doll Sarah Jane Studios Fabric
face Sommer Fabric Bunny Doll Sarah Jane Studios Fabric
Sommer Fabric Bunny Doll Sarah Jane Studios Fabric
Named after the beautiful new Sommer fabric collection recently release by Sarah Jane Studios, this Sommer Bunny Doll was a custom order for a mumma wanting a unique gift for her daughter this Easter.
She chose the scene of the girl riding her bicycle for the body. This is from the Summer Panel. And I matched the Garden Bloom print in the bunny ears.
Special touches include hand-embroidered facial features in watermelon-coloured cotton. Gold glitter headband, and gold glitter Tinkerbell Tutu.
Handmade Doll - Rhapsody and Thread
Sommer fabric by Sarah Jane Studios
Doll pattern by Dolls and Daydreams

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

New Sommer Collection by Sarah Jane Studios

Sarah Jane Sommer Fabric Collection Bundle
Sarah Jane Sommer Fabric Bundle
I absolutely love the magical prints designed by Sarah Jane Wright of Sarah Jane Studios. I've got quite a few of the new Sommer Collection prints coming - with these three being the first from Muddy Ruffles Fabric Addiction. I love creating dolls using the whimsical scenes in Sarah's prints.
This one below, I think it's called Garden In Bloom, caught my eye because of those sweet bunnies frolicking amongst the flowers. They've got "make a bunny doll" written all over them!! I'm dreaming on watermelon ears and peach tutus...
Sarah Janes Garden In Bloom fabric
Sarah Janes Garden In Bloom fabric
I can't wait to share with you what I plan to make xxTabatha

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Custom Purple Unicorn Doll For Eva

Purple Unicorn Doll by Rhapsody and Thread
Another sweet little custom order request for unicorns in purple
with a fluffy pink tutu.
For Eva for her second birthday.
Happy Birthday Eva!!!
Handmade Doll by Rhapsody and Thread

Monday, 22 February 2016

Pastel Girls Bedroom Inspiration

Pastel girls bedroom decor

This gorgeous room belongs to my beautiful brand rep Carolyn (@stella_empire). It is absolutely overflowing with love and support for the Australian handmade community. I feel very proud to see one of my Elephant Dolls sitting so happily up on the shelf. 

To find out who made what and where to get one for yourself, jump onto Instagram and follow Carolyn. Her pictures always brighten my day.
Thanks Carolyn xx

And to order your own Elephant Doll, 
simply email me at rhapsodyandthread(at)gmail(dot)com

New Duchess Doll Collection Fabric Gallery || Rhapsody and Thread

New Duchess Doll Collection Fabric Bundle
New Duchess Doll Collection Fabric Bundle (Skin tones in the foreground)

As at 22nd February 2016, these new fabrics are available for custom order in any Doll you like: Bunny, Elephant, Deer, Unicorn, or Snow White.

I will try to keep this page updated so that you know exactly which prints are left to choose from.

Please note that I have done my best to represent the colours and tones accurately, however different computers may show slight variations.

Duchess Doll Fabric 1
Duchess Doll Fabric 2
Duchess Doll Fabric 3
Duchess Doll Fabric 4
Duchess Doll Fabric 5
Duchess Doll Fabric 6
Duchess Doll Fabric 7
Duchess Doll Fabric 8

Below is a mock-up for a customer who chose a Bunny Doll with the butterfly print for body and gold spots for ears. Three skin tones are available - white, cream, or pale musk pink. Gold headbands can be fashioned with a bow or crown.

Bunny Doll mock-up for a customer to choose skin tone.

Rhapsody Dolls begin at AU$60 plus postage worldwide.

Price includes hand-embroidered facial features and your choice of name embroidered on the foot, as well as a matching mini bunting for styling shelfies.

Tutus are an additional AU$10 each. Colours include white, cream, pink, peach, purple, or a combination of two.

To enquire / place an order email rhapsodyandthread(at)gmail(dot)com


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Saturday, 20 February 2016

Wonderland Easter Bunny Pre-orders Now Open

This gorgeous new fabric is part of the new Riley Blake 'Wonderland' Collection. Arriving in my hot little hands in March, NOW is the time to pre-order your Wonderland Bunny Doll.
Bunny Dolls are AU$60 plus postage. Included is your handmade doll (50cm tall) with hand-embroidered facial features and any name you like embroidered on the foot. Also included is a mini-bunting for 'shelfies'/photos.
Tutus are an additional AU$10.
To pre-order / enquire, email rhapsodyandthread(at)gmail(dot)com
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Friday, 19 February 2016

Easter Bunny Dolls Custom Orders Now Open || Rhapsody and Thread

Easter Bunny Doll with Silver Headband by Rhapsody and Thread
Easter Bunny Doll
Easter Bunny Dolls are now available for custom order.
This print with white and grey bunnies on blush pink is currently still available, as at 19th March 2016, but it's selling out fast.
Each Doll is 19"/50cm tall from tip of the ears to tip of the toes. Pattern credit belongs to Dolls and Daydreams. Special features include ears that stand up on their own, glittering silver headband, hand-embroidered face plus personalisation as shown on the pictures below. A Mini Bunting (see above) are also included.
Tutus are available for a small additional cost.
To enquire/order, email rhapsodyandthread(at)gmail(dot)com
Easter Bunny Doll with Silver Headband and Pink Tutu by Rhapsody and Thread
Easter Bunny Doll with Pink Tutu and Personalisation
Easter Bunny Doll with Silver Headband and Pink Tutu by Rhapsody and Thread
Easter Bunny Doll with pink tutu


Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Isla's Unicornia Quilt {Progress} || Pattern by Claire Turpin Designs

Isla standing next to her new unicorn quilt

Isla dancing in front of her new unicorn quilt

Isla standing in front of her new Liberty print Unicornia Quilt, pattern by claire turpin designs

Closeup of Unicorn quilt on the bed

Unicorn quilt on the bed with dolls sitting on top

Isla squealing over her quilt

Rainbow bedroom girls decor

Isla jumping on the bed

Girls dolls by Rhapsody and Thread, pattern by Dolls and Daydreams

Isla cuddling her dolls

Girls Unicorns and Rainbows Bedroom

I can't explain how thrilled I am to see how this border worked out! I'm a terrible procrastinator at the best of times - but that's when I have lots of great options and I can't pick my favourite. This time, I couldn't find a single print that I liked! I found the blocks to be so busy and colourful that nothing seemed to match. And my other battle was that I had originally planned on making Isla a more pastel/quieter quilt compared to her last rainbow triangle quilt. I fell in love with the gorgeous border on Claire's original - it's a white fabric with tiny grey dots. See it here. Claire had used it throughout the quilt blocks and then on the borders, and it balances the design so beautifully. I followed the same direction using a white with grey words in the same blocks, but it just didn't work as a border! 

So, I ditched my pastel ideas and chose that stunning Plummy Metallic print by Cotton And Steel, purchased from Carols of Midland. It is the opposite of pastel, don't you think? I can't help myself, and it just looks perfect in her room against her Liberty bedhead (see first pics above).

Useful Links
Unicornia Quilt Pattern by Claire Turpin Designs 
Fabrics from Carols of Midland 
Liberty fabrics from The Strawberry Thief and Materialise Your Life 
Rhapsody Dolls from Rhapsody and Thread 
Polka Dot Cloud pillow from Kmart 
Unicorn Painting by Courtney King 
Dream Even Bigger banner by Zilvi 
Liberty Bow Garland by Rhapsody and Thread 
Unicorn banner by Little Olive and Co 
Mirror Name by Arlo and Co

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Isla's Unicornia Quilt {Progress} || Pattern by Claire Turpin Designs

I couldn't resist this Unicornia quilt pattern by Claire Turpin Designs, and I'm so glad I didn't. It was so fun to make, and I loved choosing the Liberty prints for each unicorn. I especially loved creating the rainbows.

I feel like I must note though, for those interested in making this quilt, as perfect as I think it is, Isla's quilt is not exactly like the original. I feel like it's important to mention that - especially if you're using my pictures as a reference. Think of mine more as inspiration and follow Claire's pattern better than I did (giggle)!

Most importantly, despite the minor differences, Isla is thrilled. She couldn't wait to line up her unicorn friends in front of it and have a picture with ALL of her new unicorns. I think it's possible that I was glowing with pride.

Now for the borders, quilting and binding!!