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Whip up:

to prepare quickly. to create. to manufacture.
to build. to invent. to conceive. to push.
to upset. to incite. to provoke. to excite.

Whipup.net brings the best original and exciting crafts to the attention of many.
Whipup.net is a community of artists, crafters and makers who share ideas in a central space.


Reviews: Book are reviewed by the editor and several freelance reviewers. We do not receive compensation for reviews – we do however receive a review copy of the book reviewed. We also link our reviews to Amazon where we have affiliate links. We review mostly craft books, but also lifestyle, cooking, gardening and sometimes novels too!

Roundups: We do roundups on a regular basis – all sorts of topics are covered – from quirky knitting patterns to online embroidery resources to crochet flower patterns and everything in between.

Guest bloggers: We do a couple of guest blogger series each year – where guest bloggers are invited to contribute an article, essay, story, pattern or tutorial: topics covered include everything from extreme craft and craftivism, personal essays and inspiration stories to tutorials and patterns.

Whipup tutorials: We also publish original tutorials and patterns on whipup – anything that takes our fancy – and we take guest contributions for original designs too.

Newsletter: You can subscribe to our newsletter via email, it’s a treasure trove of interesting links and craft news as well as a brief look at the past week at whipup.net

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About Whipup.net founder

the late Kathreen Ricketson, in her own words…

I started blogging back in 2004, fresh out of art school with a couple of little kids in tow, with Redcurrent. Then in 2006 I launched Whipup.net and have been blogging ever since. I have authored some books: Whip Up Mini Quilts (Chronicle 2010) and Little Bits Quilting Bee (Chronicle 2011). And a series of children’s craft books for Hardie Grant – they are called Kids’ Crafternoon and are aimed at 8 to 12 year olds. And am working on a couple more now. In recent years I have been writing, editing, designing and publishing a kids e-magazine: Action Pack.

I wrote a regular eco craft and lifestyle column for Treehugger back in 2007, then she started quilting and writing books for Chronicle. In 2010 I wrote a semi-regular craft column for Woman’s Day Australia. In between all of this I worked as the designer at Art Monthly Australia Magazine.

You can read some old stuff about me at CraftSanityCraftyPodCraftZine (and again at craftzine), CraftBoomDesign*Sponge, BIG kids magazine, Paper n stitch, Go make me,  – and I have an old bio thingie here (2005):

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Kathreen Ricketson {aka kath red}

I live in Canberra, Australia, with my husband, two small children, chooks and fish, in a purple house with a bright red door.

I spend my days in various ways, alternating running chaotically and calmly between mothering, making and being.
{oh and working … I work 3/4 time at an art magazine as design manager}

My crafting activities began at my mothers and grandmothers feet, both very practical women.

I am into fabric, – it is my secret pleasure, I love colour and design and making clothing. I make clothes and bags for my kids, friends and the occasional market stall. I also experiment with quilting, and creature making and more practical things like covering couches and making curtains.

My other major passion is photography, I have an honours degree in visual arts and photo-media. I love self portraiture and am editor at self portrait tuesday.

I used to travel. Exotic and interesting places like India and China and Turkey and Poland. I studied Mandarin at Uni and spent a year in Beijing discovering a love for photography.

I love in no particular order:

night lights
misty mornings
gum leaves
amazing colour combinations found in nature
web surfing
reading and reading
cooking luscious imaginative rich desserts
eating chocolate and rasberries and pavlova
the smell of cinnamon and oranges and limes
the colour of blood oranges
drinking whiskey and red wine and hot chocolate and chai
banana on toast
bubble baths


Read more of Kathreen’s words in her author archive

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