Sunday, November 10, 2013

Wanted: Pattern Tester For New Star-Mandala!

Hello my friends! Today I've got a special offer for you! As you might know, I'm planning to open my own Etsy-Shop, and I thought that along with my crocheted items I could also offer at least one pattern for sale - but please don't worry: of course the free patterns you find on my blog will always stay free, and there will also be more free patterns here in the future, and some for sale in my shop.

But now back to my offer: Before publishing the pattern, I'd like to ask one (or two) of you to be the first tester of this new Star-Mandala, the perfect decoration for the coming Christmas season:

As this is gonna be a pattern for sale, I want it to be absolutely flawless and easy to understand. I'm thinking about the following:
  • If you're interested in testing this pattern, please leave a comment here.
  • I'll pick one (or two) of you and send you the written pattern with lots of pictures as a PDF in an e-mail.
  • You'll try to crochet the Mandala and give me feedback about the pattern, i.e. if you find any mistakes or where you think the instructions should be clearer.
  • I'll make corrections if necessary and send you back the final version for you to keep.
  • Another bonus for you: I allow you to share a free copy of the final pattern as a giveaway for one of your readers!
Sounds good? It's actually a win-win situation for both of us: I'll get a free revision for my pattern and a free promotion for my shop, when you blog about it. You'll get a pattern for free, plus a giveaway for your readers, plus a mention of your giveaway/blog here on my site!

So, how do I decide who gets the pattern to test? I'd love to have a tester who's experienced in both reading AND writing patterns (for a better feedback). You should be able to make the pattern and let me know your thoughts within one week. You should have your own blog and be willing to write a post in which you show your finished Star-Mandala and offer one copy of the pattern as a giveaway, along with a link-back to my blog/shop. How you handle the giveaway (random generator, quiz, or secret giveaway) is completely up to you!

I'm also thinking about giving this pattern to a second tester, who'd consider herself as a beginning crocheter (in this case, you don't have to have any experience in pattern-designing/writing, of course). However, you should have a blog and be willing to promote this pattern as explained above.
The Star-Mandala in the typical Christmas colors: green, red and white

So, what do you say? Are you in? :)
If you've got further questions, please don't hesitate to ask. I'll pick my tester within a week and contact her/them via e-mail (please make sure you leave the address of your blog in your comment as well, if it's not visible from your profile!).

I'm looking forward to your comments, have a great week everyone!

48 comments:

  1. ja gerne würde ich es mal probieren und auch für sie diesen tollen stern zur probe zu häkeln. bin gerne dabei
    mg elfriede

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  2. Překrásná mandala...připomíná mi vánoční vzor.
    Moc Vás zdravím, Martina z České republiky

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  3. Ohh forgot to attach my page for reference: www.facebook.com/aureliaslittleroom
    Thank you!

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  4. Hi,
    I would love to test your pattern as a beginner crocheter cause I've never write one. And this mandala looks really lovely.
    Thanks, Paula

    This is my blog: http://paulacastrocrafts.blogspot.pt/, but at this moment I'm not posting, I have a fb page where I post most: https://www.facebook.com/paulaacastrocrafts
    This would be a great motive to start posting i n my blog too!

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  5. wow..that's a lovely pattern, i would love to try and test..hope i'll be able to give you the right feedback..the pattern testers were always helpful for me when i made a few patterns before.

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  6. Hallo Barbara,
    die Star-Mandala sind wunderschön und ich würde sie gerne probehäkeln. Eigene Anleitungen habe ich noch nicht geschrieben, bin aber schon häkelerprobt. Mit englischen Anleitungen bin ich noch Anfänger. Da es aber viele schöne Anleitungen auf Englisch gibt, habe ich auch schon ein oder zwei Sachen mit englischen Anleitungen gehäkelt.
    Liebe Grüße
    Dagmar

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  7. Hello Barbara! Yes, I'd love to test this pattern and give you a feedback. I do not have any experience at all about writing patterns, so I'd be a begginer crocheter. My blog's adress is http://empezinhosdelas.blogspot.pt/ and my e-mail is pes.de.las@gmail.com. Hope to hear from you. Andreia

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  8. Hello there, I'd like to volunteer to test your pattern. I am fairly new to writing patterns so only a little experience but can crochet fairly well and am used to following both written patterns and charts. Of course it would be no problem for me to promote and link on my blog at www.betsymakes.blogspot.co.uk Good luck with your Etsy shop venture, Sam (email: betsymakes@gmail.com) PS I love the star mandala in the christmassy colours :o)

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  9. Lovely Mandala, and congrats for your new shop :-)

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  10. Here i am! Youre tester! I love de stars. See my blog en my granny star blanket.

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  11. Hi Barbara,
    I would like to test your pattern as an experienced crocheter. It is not difficult for me to find out a pattern from a photo or example. I think I can help you giving you feedback. My e-mail address is: goldenneedles.agujasdeoro@gmail.com My name is Gaby.

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  12. Hi Would really love to test this for you.. Tank you Holly

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  13. Rats forgot to give my email it's hjqpapke@yahoo.com

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  14. I love your star Mandala Barbara it's beautiful and wow I'm so pleased to see so many people wanting to try it out for you, you are going to be spoilt for choice. I'm looking forward to seeing the results. Good luck with your shop :)

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  15. What good of you to start your own shop. I wish you good luck with the sale.

    Gorgeous star-mandala you have designed and made. They are beautiful in both color pallets.
    I would feel honored to test your mandala pattern and give you feedback to refine your pattern.
    I also would like to place a promotion for your mandala pattern on my blog. It can inspire my readers and other bloggers to buy your pattern.

    Hopefully your mandala pattern will become a great succes.

    (These are my blog: http://amberscreaties.blogspot.nl and my e-mail: info@amberscreaties.nl)

    With love, Margaret

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  16. Wow, wie groß ist denn das wunderschöne Häkelmandala. Ich behandle meine Häkelnadel ja im Moment etwas stiefmütterlich, aber ich würde gern mal wieder was schaffen. Ich würde mich allerdings nicht als Häkelprofi bezeichnen. Habe selbst schon Anleitungen geschrieben und viele zur Probe gelesen und nachgearbeitet. Da mangelt es also nicht an Erfahrung.
    LG
    Kerstin

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  17. Hi! I can test it :) You can see what I did with your previous mandala here http://www.crafteina.com/2013/08/una-bici-muy-crafteina-very-crafteina.html
    Bis hugs from Madrid <3
    Cris.
    #pickmepickmepickme

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  18. Wenn die Anleitung in Deutsch ist, würde ich gerne Testhäkeln!
    LG Angela

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  19. Hi Barbara! I would love to test the pattern if you like. I loved making your spring mandalas :-) I'm an experienced crocheter and have written a few patterns. Sally

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  20. Hallo Barbara, falls Du noch Tester brauchst...melde ich mich mal.
    Herzliche Häkelgrüße
    Petra

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  21. HI, Barbara! I loved this mandalas! So beautiful! You can consider me for the pattern testing :) http://hindustanka.blogspot.in/

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  22. I would love to, looks great! abunchofbuttons.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. Thank you all for your enthusiastic comments so far, I feel flattered that you all like this pattern and want to test it! As I said, I'll make my decision within the next few days, so it's still time to leave a comment if you're interested, too!

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  24. Hi Barbara :)
    I would love to test this for you!! If you are still looking for testers - feel free to contact me :) Here is my blog http://www.oombawka.blogspot.ca and you can email me directly at oombawkadesign (at) gmail (dot) com

    Love mandalas!!

    Rhondda

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  25. Oooh, I wish I had the time to help. That mandala is gorgeous.

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  26. I would love to test your pattern! I always find mistakes in printed leaflets, which I always find so annoying! I've been crocheting for over 20 years now and have written a couple of my own patterns, but I never published them. I don't have a crochet blog with a lot of traffic, but I do have an Etsy shop where I sell a lot of my crochet items :)
    -Becca

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  27. I found your lovely blog today. I've tried your spring mandala and was able to follow the pattern. ( I wasn't sure about Us or Uk stitches) I'm a beginner in crochet. I was always busy making dollhouses and quilts. But I love to crochet and I should like to try your pattern.
    My blog: http://rietjespoppenhuis.blogspot.com Sorry it's in dutch.

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  28. It's beautiful Barbara! Good look on the testing. :-)

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  29. I would love to test if you still are looking for someone. I am a regular tester for quite a few designers and would like to give this a try. Thank You.

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  30. Simply gorgeous! I would love the opportunity to test for you. I have a simple page that is still growing. I do test "as needed" for 3 designers. www.facebook.com/simplywithlove.

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  31. If you're still interested, I could test. I'm an experienced crocheter, and have some of my own patterns. My facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Craft-Cove/. I also have websites and a blog

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  32. Oi amiga, adorei todas as novidades do teu blog, também trago novidades no meu blog para ti contar, confira e depois deixe um comentário para eu poder saber o que achastes,abraços do Brasil.
    http://www.titacarre.com
    http://elo7.com.br/titacarre

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  33. so would love to test these. Thank you
    hjqpapke@yahoo.com

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  34. I would Love love love to test the pattern...

    Rose - tiaroz2@yahoo.com

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  35. I'm not sure if you still need testers, but I would love to help! I am an intermediate crocheter, so I notice when patterns need clarity pretty quickly. I don't just "automatically get it" (like my experienced mom, haha!), and I've helped a few people with their Etsy crochet patterns already! Let me know if you're interested in my help. :)

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  36. Update from the author: it's already up in her shop and she needs no more testers! Lovely pattern.

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  37. i'm so interested... Can you send me janainaholo@gmail.com? You are so talent!

    =)

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  38. Are you still looking for a tester(s)? I would love to test for you..I have been crocheting for about 30yrs..
    You can see some of my work in my fb album.
    My email address is paintbushtree@yahoo.ca.
    TIA

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  39. Still looking for people to test your pattern? I made ceveral little spring mandala's so much fun, my kids found out that the mandala's are perfect frisbees.
    my emailadress is; voetgoed@icloud.com.

    gr Daphne van Ochten

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  40. Hi - I am new to crochet and am looking for new projects after the blanket I made for my grandbaby. I would be honored to be a tester for this amazing pattern. Thank you

    Paula

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  41. I am not a beginner crochet person, but I would not call myself advanced. I have a friend who is advanced and we crochet together. I am, however, from Texas, and would love to do this pattern in red/white/blue and also in the browns and golds. I'm doing my house in western.

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  42. hi maybe i am very late , anyway i wanted to say it is beautifull I will like to try it

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