I love learning about local businesses that are crafting/sewing related. An editor from World Book Media recently contacted me. As it turns out, they are a craft book and pattern publisher located nearby in Salem, Massachusetts. They specialize in translating and reproducing Japanese craft books for the US market.
They recently launched a new set of patterns called Zakka Workshop. They are really cute little patterns that can be made up quickly using fabrics in your stash. The projects are heavy on the house theme, but I love houses so this doesn’t bother me! I love the little tea cozy seen above.
This house basket is really sweet too. The patterns can be purchased in their Etsy shop. They are not pdf files but rather color printed patterns in plastic sleeves sent via mail.
I tried out the Patchwork House Pouch pattern. It was fun selecting prints from my scraps. The project came together easily. I was surprised to find that the instructions called for hand sewing the zipper. As I installed the zipper, I thought that it was a very unintimidating way to sew a zipper for all of you who are scared of zippers. Perhaps this is a good way to build zipper confidence? The pattern was clear and the templates are full size. This house is not paper pieced, though it could be. It’s all template cut and pieced.
I encourage you to check out both the pattern selection and the books that are available on their World Book Media Web Site.