Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Zakka Workshop Giveaway!

It’s no secret, we here at Pink Castle love Japanese style. One of our founding principles is a commitment to awesome Japanese fabrics, and to our customers who adore them. We carry a wide range of Japanese prints and our collection grows every day! We even created the Kawaii club to make getting them easier (though not every Japanese fabric is kawaii...read all about it here).  

While “kawaii” refers to a particular look and style, there is another Japanese word that describes an even broader aesthetic philosophy: “zakka”, or “that which improves your life.” If it makes your life better or makes you feel good, it’s probably zakka. And not surprisingly, zakka is a tremendous influence upon Japanese crafts.

Pink Castle is proud to announce the addition Zakka Workshop to our already expansive collection of patterns. Zakka Workshop is an authentic series of Japanese patterns brought to us by World Book Media, who (as some of you may already know) specializes in translating and reproducing Japanese craft books for the US market.

Suitable for beginners and veterans alike, able to be completed in just a few hours with scraps or stash fabric, these Zakka Workshop projects will certainly bring betterment to your life! They're ideal for yourself, or as hand-crafted gifts for the people you love.

We love these patterns so much we're even giving away a set of them (along with a bonus pattern, Yoko Saito's Bon Apetit Tote)! All you have to do to to win is leave a comment here telling us how any of these items would bring betterment to your life. Everyone who comments before 11:59 pm Friday, April 18th, Sunday, April 20th,  will be entered into the drawing and winners will be announced on Monday, April 21rst! If you ever find yourself between projects wanting to do something small and cute, this giveaway is for you!

Be sure to check back here on Monday to see if you won!






58 comments:

  1. I saw a basket similar to that house basket, several years ago online - I fell in love with it but couldn't track down a pattern. And now - YAY! I'd love to make that basket for the ladies in my family for Christmas, and fill it with homemade cookies :D I think everyone's life is more zakka with the addition of handmade gifts from the heart (and kitchen!) :)

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  2. I love all the featured projects! My biggest problem would would be what to make first!!!

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  3. I would love to win these patterns! They all look adorable and would help me organize my sewing room. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  4. I love little quilted houses. I enjoy surprising my friends with handmade goodies and I know they would all love the house baskets. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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  5. I'd love to use all those small treasured bits to make miniature adorable things - I love it all in miniature! I've been collecting Japanese zakka craft books for awhile, but it would be great to see it all in English! XO

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  6. They look so cute and useful!:)

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  7. I would love a new tea cozy and mat! I also think some cute house pillows would look great on the new futon in the family room!!

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  8. I have yet to tackle sewing a zipper so I would love to make the zippered pouch

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  9. How could life not be better with such fun things to brighten your day? Thanks for the chance.

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  10. I need some cheering up. This is a lovely giveaway and a win would definitely be a pick me up!

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  11. I saw these adorable patterns on someone's blog, but couldn't find them on World Book Media's site. I'm so glad that y'all will be carrying these patterns. I would love to win the patterns, but will buy them for sure if I don't. Love all you do at Pink Castle Fabrics! tlgartman@grandecom.net

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  12. I really love the house pillows! I'd love to make those to brighten up my living room. :)

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  13. The house basket would make a huge difference in my sewing space, to store all those bits and bobs!

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  14. I NEED these because I haven't made anything Zakka for my room!! I would love the House Basket to come sit on my desk and another one to sit on my nightstand. Perhaps I'll make a mini suburb to have! That would be great. My life without, is meaningless ;) ksmith8@emich.edu

    -karrie

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  15. The Patchwork House Pouch looks to be the perfect size for my 2DS. I've been looking in vain for the right pattern and this looks like it would be just right! Thanks

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  16. I love the house theme! So cute!! I would use the house basket near the front door to be a landing spot for scarves!

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  17. I love these patterns! I would love to sew the house pouch for my niece to keep her crayons in, and one for my daughter's pencils. I think it adds Zakka to make the things that do lie out and around look cute and inviting. Thanks for the chance!

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  18. I need these patterns ~ why? because they are so darn cute and, the basket for an over flow of fat quarters, the case and pouch for knitting projects, coasters for coffee, tea cozy ~ tea pot, pillows to rest on after making everything else and that little bag for shopping at the farmers market!
    Thanks for the giveaway ~ really generous!

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  19. I love these patterns and Japanese fabrics. They are so full of life!

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  20. I love these! That little patchwork house pouch is definitely Zakka!! :)

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  21. This would give me joy to make some creative and inspiring Zakka items. I would feel peaceful and creative working on it.

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  22. Organization... and an outlet for creativity and probably a little gift giving!

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  23. Well,who couldn't use more joy in their life? These would certainly do it. One little girl at my house would be over the moon to get a house basket and pouch so those would be top of the list. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  24. This patterns would bring betterment to my live by giving me a design to make coasters for our modern quilt guild swap! Love all of them!

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  25. I am in love with quilted houses! Pick me.

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  26. The makeup pouch is just adorable. It would certainly tidy all my makeup and make it easy to find stuff but more importantly, it is so cute that it would make me smile each time I used it

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  27. I would like to make the house pilllows. I really need something to freshen up the house after this long long winter.

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  28. Oh my goodness, Japanese stuff are always so cute but unique! They always brighten my day!

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  29. The bags are what would be the best for me - make up case to organize my bathroom counter especially! Love them all - so useful! thank you!

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  30. Having lived in Japan as a teenager and made many things from Japanese craft books and fabric, I am facinated by the current Japanese craft/sewing trend; they are definitely hard to beat for cuteness! We have just moved and I am decorating the whole house at the moment, so any of these projects would be great! Thank you for the giveaway. sarah@forrussia.org

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  31. I am a City Planner and love building projects. These houses are so cute and I would have so much fun making them.

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  32. These little house would brighten up my little house, and bag, and car and everywhere

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  33. So cute! I've been getting zakka books out of the library lately.

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  34. I love Zakka, I have done both of the LRStitches Qal's and collected a few books. I have 8 grandkids all under 5 and this is the way to go to help decorate their rooms and help the use the creative minds without the computer if you make them something to play with. I am also a really huge fan of upcycling, I love to buy linen at Goodwill and repurpose it. Thank you funny me sjc at gmail dot com

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  35. I love Japan. Japanese style is unbeatable! I love the make up case.

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  36. Gosh, it's been fun reading everyone's comments! So much so we've decided to extend the deadline through Sunday. Thanks everyone and keep them coming! :-D

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  37. i am drooling over ALL of them.....but would love the basket to help organize my sewing supplies and the pouch to carry necessities in my purse

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  38. I love small projects. Tanks for the giveaway.

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  39. I'm buying my first home this spring - these would be the perfect accents for my new space!

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  40. I love theese projects and must have more japanese fabric. Obviousky!

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  41. The House Basket is perfect for putting small items in.

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  42. Projects like these are so satisfying to make, especially as gifts for family and friends.

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  43. These are all so cute! The patchwork houses are my favorite :)

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  44. All the patterns are adorable. I especially love the patchwork houses and would enjoy making gifts for family and friends if I happen to be the lucky winner.

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  45. We have a wee little cottage that could certainly need some house coasters.
    T_ktl@yahoo.com

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  46. I love the house make up case
    Count me in please!

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  47. So excited...I adore these little houses and now the patterns are in English!
    I have been dreaming of making some of these since seeing them on a flickr page in 2012!
    They already make my life happier just looking at them!

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  48. These are so great! I love them all! I definatly love making pillows, and finishing one and just admiring it makes me happy. That basket is a super cutie also! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  49. These are gorgeaus and the book looks great.Thanks for the fun!

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  50. I must have a pattern for anything that involves patchwork and all of these cute patterns would be the best gift I could hope to win! They remind me of home sweet home!

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  51. My sewing room would look so much more organised if I had two or three of the lovely house baskets. A house pouch wouldn't go amiss either!

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  52. Those whimsical little houses make me smile. They would brighten anyone's day. Thanks for the giveaway.
    suegribble at gmail dot com

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  53. I love these patterns. The patchwork house pouch and also the house make-up bag are just what I would like to do. thanks so much for the giveaway. I love them all.

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  54. Just hand stitching relaxes me, that in turn makes for a happy house. Thanks for the chance. Yoko is amazing!

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  55. The little pouches would definitely be useful in organizing all the little things in my life! Thank you for the chance to win :)

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  56. Those house pillows would give my old sofa a reason to live!

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  57. Hi everyone! We've loved all of your comments and really appreciate the response. I've just now determined the winner and so without further ado....

    (drum roll)

    ...the winner of the Zakka Workshop (and Bon Apetit) patterns is commenter #6, Andri!

    Andri, if you could email me at admin@pinkcastlefabrics, we'll exchange the necessary information to get these to you!

    Thanks so much everyone and have a great day!

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