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Featured Guest Pinners: Mercedes & Benita

Meet this week’s fabulous pinners over on Craftsy’s Pinterest account:  Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark and Benita Skinner. As the Craftsy instructor of The Seamless Artemisia Sweater, it's no surprise that tactile fibers quickly drew Mercedes in from an early age. Her love for combining texture and color results in her sharing everything from yarn and crochet, to chevrons, summer fashion, and more, in her pins. As an independent quilt designer, Benita enjoys pinning quilting inspiration, fabrics, pincushions, and more with nearly 2,000 followers tuned in each day. Join along by following Mercedes' Craftsy collaborator board here, as well as Benita’s Craftsy collaborator board here! Then discover more about both ladies and their pinning below.

Featured Guest Pinner Mercedes
When and why did you join Pinterest?

I joined Pinterest back when it was in beta testing. I was interested in using it as an ever-evolving moodboard. I like drawing together many images into a cohesive board to inspire my designs and fashion ideas.

Which of your boards is the most popular and did you expect that?
My Yarn Love board is a collection of knitting and crochet projects and images that inspire me. Rich colorwork, great textures, and a some really handy techniques that I come back to again and again to get ideas for new works. The textures of the Aran chair slipcover, braided cable purse, and smocked mug cozy all give me great ideas about playing with texture on different scales from large to small. I post some fun knitting and crochet poster images on this board, too. These illustrations make me smile, like the japanese storks knitting with their beaks, or the knitter with a yarn ball in place of her head. When I find a cool knitting tip or tutorial, I like to pin it, too. My favorite is the shadow wraps short row tutorial. This was such a great knitting technique to add to my skill set. Without the clear visuals, I don't think I would have gotten the hang of it.

Your Into the Woods board is so adorable! Can you tell us a little more about it like why you started it and where you find your pins?

I'd been noticing a lot of woodland animal motifs showing up in knitwear design, arts, and graphics. I started the board to bring together some inspiration for my art and design projects, using pins from Pinterest's "Art" and "Illustration & Posters" categories.

Your Yarn Love board looks great. Do you have any favorite pins there?

I think the photo of the Knitting Room at the Seafarer's Center in Port Newark is my favorite. It was a surprising find on the Design Milk blog, nestled in an architecture and design article about a renovation of the International Seafarers’ Center, which situates vital resources for the maritime community. The knitting room houses materials for volunteer knitters, making items for the crew of the Seamen' s Church Institute.

What excites you about pinning with Craftsy this week?

I tend to focus my pins in themes and, well...current obsessions, getting uber-enthused about my current focus. I'm always happy to share that enthusiasm with others!

Featured Guest Pinner Benita
When and why did you join Pinterest?

I joined Pinterest just over a year ago. When I discovered it, I knew right away that it was right up my alley with the way it enables picture collecting and sharing for inspiration.

How much time do you find you spend enjoying Pinterest?

Not enough!

Which of your boards is the most popular and did you expect that?

All of my boards have about the same amount of followers, but my General Quilting Online Lessons & Tutorials board leads them all in views and interaction. This board is a visual version of my General Quilting Lessons page (the first of more I hope to add). This section has always been well visited on my website.

We love your Embellishing Eye Candy board. Where do you tend to find those types of pins?

I love that board too! I believe most of those pins are from people I follow on Pinterest by searching for "crazy quilting," embellishment, or embroidery.

Have you created any pincushions from your Pincushions Online Patterns & Tutorials board?

Not yet! Dreaming about some only for now. I'm always very busy designing quilts (I have created over 100 designs in the last dozen years). Plus I also run an ever-growing website, which takes up a lot of my time. Unfortunately, this leaves me no time to work on other people's patterns, for now.

What excites you about pinning with Craftsy this week?

It gives me a good reason to spend extra time on Craftsy. I really look forward to sharing and meeting other quilters and crafters through Craftsy, who I know will continue to inspire me with their pins, long after my week is over!

Catch our featured pinners on Monday of next week. And in case you missed it, learn more about our guest pinners from last week.

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