Whiptips craft advice column for readers to ask questions or offer advice by leaving comments. email whipup[@]

Liz wrote in with this question:
My local creche is holding a trivia night, and they want parents to contribute items suitable for packs for a 1 year old boy and a 1 year old girl. Do whipup readers have any suggestions as to something handmade?

Readers let us know your suggestions for quick and simple gift ideas to make for 1 year old children – co-ordinated packs or perhaps a few sweet little things that just go nicely together – thinking caps on…


Second Storie Indie Market is announcing their call for entries for their 2009 event. This year Second Storie will host its event at Visual Studies Workshop on Saturday and Sunday November 28-29. Deadline to apply is August 17. For more information visit, and stay in the loop on their blog.

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news and info

by kath_red on 20/04/2009

in News+Letters

Notemaker design competition for amateur, professional or design students: design your own embossed cover for an 18 month Moleskine Diary. The winning designer gets to see their winning design printed onto the cover of a limited edition series of Moleskine diaries on sale at NoteMaker plus they win an iPod Nano. More information on entering here.

Sewing machine review site
are looking for honest sewing machine reviews by people who use their machine frequently. review your sewing machine by 1 May 1, and win a $25 Amazon gift card.

living creatively create a tote [bag] competition: Email a few hi res photos of your tote bag and tell them how you made it. Not sure about dates – go here to find out more.

congrats to Rosa Pomar – looks like she won Read it here

Reader Marcia’s daughter’s school in Chicago, IL, is looking for donated fabric scraps with the primary colors in the fabric being those of the rainbow–red, yellow, orange, green, blue, purple – to tie around the school’s fence in recognition of gay pride month [June]. If you can help Marcia’s school out – please email patandmarcia[AT]

easter tutorial: Chickummyjig – now in french translation Lavender and limes has made these chickummyjig’s – if you have made one – would love to see – please email me the link to your post or an image. whipup[at] [thanks to pattern designer Tania from Myrtle & Eunice]

Apron giveaway - three winners have been chosen and notified – please contact brassymeg[AT] if you are one of these winners.

Carla: I would cook in one- I know that is only one- but I guess I could also play waitress for the kids
Stitchminx: My favourite things to do in a Haute Couture apron would be 1. some delicously hot cooking! Less spills of course. and 2. delightful baking of tea cakes to impress my friends with! I may make a mess in the kitchen, but I’d look so elegant in a New Apron! Thanks for letting me enter. Rgds, Stitchminx
Rosa: I like to tie my hair up in a gingham ‘kerchief like the good old housewifes and then I either bake or I just sit around the house pretending to be from the 1950s and wishing I was…


Brassy apple is offering three whipup readers a copy of her haute hostess apron.

You have three days to enter and then three readers will be picked at random. To make it more interesting please leave a comment (consider this your entry) and tell us two things you like to do while wearing an apron.

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Three winners will be chosen and announced – winners will receive a handmade apron and not a pattern as previously said – sorry for the inconvenience.

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news and stuff

by kath_red on 06/04/2009

in News+Letters

listen to Pip from meatmeatmikes talk about the modern craft movement on radio – and more here.

Download the Quick Garden Gloves pattern from Weekend Sewing.

Splendid 2009 is seeking agents of creative change for 3 weeks of bending art forms and collaboration to create new works for 2010 Splendour in the Grass festival. Splendid is a residential arts laboratory for those interested in cross-artform practice, designed to allow for a diverse range of artists to intersect, exchange and unfold ideas. Splendid is open to young and emerging artists – Applications due: 4pm Monday 4 May 2009. INFO

Craft 2.0 continues with the 2009 Easter edition bouncing into TheNewDowse (New Zealand) on Saturday 11 April. Celebrating its 3rd birthday, Craft2.0 throws off the babygrow to explore new territory, just like any other cute and adventurous toddler. blog

Great idea for new collaborative blog love this new collaborative blog – share your crafts gone wrong. Craft fail.

The AntiCraft new issue is out

crafts events editor for craft gossip blog.