Sunday, January 4, 2015

The Next Big Thing - Product Testers Wanted :)

I hope that everyone had a splendid week and a wonderful new year. Mine was pretty casual - stayed up late watching TV shows and knitting. But isn't that the best way to spend the holiday? 

I am writing today with a request for all of my friends in blogland. 

This past holiday, I wanted to give my brother's girlfriend a homemade gift. Knowing that she was going to be student teaching this coming semester, I thought some sort of lesson plan book would be a good idea. After doing some googling and shopping, I decided to try my hand at making here a homemade binder. 

After finishing her's (which I never did take a photo of...) I got to thinking about knitters and how we all have so many patterns floating around. We all need a place to keep them right? Thus "The Pattern Keeper" was born (title may change). 

Each binder starts with archival matboard for the covers, and is then assembled using simple material. The cover features a beautiful, handpainted watercolor stitch design.

The binder portion is created with 3 binder rings inserted along the spine. These are just simple rings like you find in any standard binder. The only thing is they don't have the fancy mechanism to open and close. 

Inside each binder is matching paper to cover the fabric. The front cover also has a pocket to fit all of your random papers. The plan right now is to also include blank dividers and some of the page protector sheets to get the user started. I am also considering adding graph paper for the budding designer.

So what I am asking all of my readers is for opinions. I have 4 of these made up, and will send them to you, completely free, to analyze, test, and review. I really want to start selling these on Etsy - I think they could go well - but I want to have real feedback before I jump in,

Interested? Comment here or Email me - Lisa(dot)Urban(dot)24(at)Gmail(dot)com. I would love to send you a handmade binder to try and use !



  1. You are so very creative. I think this is a brilliant idea.

  2. I really like this idea. I have mucho printed patterns that need sorting for sure. I am happy to try this out. email me at and I will give you my address.

  3. I would love to test and review one. Email me at cairnbythesea at gmail dot com or message me on Ravelry (I'm winterlime) for my address.

  4. I am someone else who is definitely interested. I still mostly work with printed patterns. Also in Australia, so okay for postage.

    I have taken bookbinding classes before, and these look gorgeous.

  5. Oops, should probably also have said that I am planning to have my website go live this month and would be willing to review this.

    1. ok! if you email me or give me your email I'll get your address. I'm not sure how much it costs to send overseas though...


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