This week, we welcome not one, but TWO guest Pinners to Craftsy: Pat Sloan and Faina Goberstein. Pat Sloan is a busy quilter who runs her own design business, and who also designs for McCall's Quilting, McCall's Quick Quilts, American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilters World, and others. If that's not impressive enough, she also has a radio show and her own line of fabrics carried by Moda! Faina is a yarn lover who runs a popular website Faina's Knitting Mode, teaches in-person workshops and the Craftsy online knitting class Sizing Knitwear Patterns. She's also a designer of stylish knitting patterns. Join in the fun and follow Pat's Craftsy collaborator board here, as well as Faina's Craftsy collaborator board here! Then meet both Pat and Faina below.
So, Pat, many crafters remember the first thing they ever sewed (your website indicates doll clothes were early projects for you). But, do you remember the first thing you pinned?
You know I really don't know what I pinned first! I'm sure it was a quilt followed closely by a quote... my two favorite things to pin and my two most popular boards: Quilts from my Friends and Words for Camp Sloanie! I have been on Pinterest for over 2 years
What has been your most popular board, and is that a surprise to you?
The boards most people repin from are Quilts on the internet, words, and tutorials. I also have found out a lot of people like my Crochet Crush board... So I'm happy that a lot of quilters also love crochet like I do!
We love your Pincushion Crush board. What inspired that?
I quilt, therefore I love pincushions... Not just any pincushion but really cute pincushions! I collect ones I see onto Pincushion Crush and pretend I own them ALL!
What excites you about collaborating with Craftsy?
When I joined Pinterest it was only a few months old and you had to be 'invited' to be part of the Beta test. I really believe it is a wonderful way to share what we find with each other. I love having new people to follow, so I hope a lot of your readers will come and hang out. They can see what I like, I can see what they like. It's going to be such a great week on Pinterest!
Faina, we love following you on Pinterest. Tell us, how do you decide to create a new board? Does the board come first or the pin?
For me the pin comes first and when it does not fit into the category for an existing board, I make a new board. For example, my "International foods" began when people were asking me about Russian cooking. I like to cook and travel, so it is natural for me to be interested in dishes from all over the world. What you see there is what I made or ate and what I would love to try.
What types of pinners do you like to follow?
I love to see what other people choose to pin. Something related to fashion or very cool that I have not seen before make me follow them.
Your "Cool Math" board is very unique. What inspired that?
I have been teaching college math for many years. I love to show people that math is so much more than a multiplication table. Math is all around us in nature, architecture, food, chemical reactions, electricity paths, and so on. What I choose to pin for that board is something people notice related to math or maybe what some artists make out of shapes. In other words I pin that appears to be math plus art.
What do you enjoy most about Pinterest?
I think it is so great that I can keep images that I like organized and in one place. I also see the value in sharing those images with my friends and followers. Beauty must be displayed and enjoyed.
To learn more about Faina, check out her Craftsy knitting class, patterns, and projects. Be sure to stay tuned for our featured pinners on Monday of next week. And in case you missed it, learn more about our guest pinner from last week.