Pinterest Pals a great way to get crafting

Erin Loveland shows the Pinterest Pals at May Memorial Library, 342 S. Spring St., Burlington, how to assemble a decorative centerpiece (an idea gleaned from the popular Pinterest social media site) during its meeting on Aug. 19. / Abby Redding, Times-News correspondent

Photos and story by Abby Redding
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com

   Pinterest is the perfect place to go for anyone finishing a project, making a craft, wanting to know how to organize, sew and even build a robot. It has everything a person could dream of right at your fingertips. Businesses use it to drive up sales. Pinterest is a powerful, popular and addictive form of social media.
Founded by Ben Silbermann, Paul Sciarra and Evan Sharp, Pinterest launched in March 2010. It’s so addictive folks hold Pinterest parties and clubs.
A Pinterest Pals club meets at May Memorial Library, 342 S. Spring St., Burlington, to do crafts and share recipes. The club meets at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at May Memorial Library. Teens & Twenties had the chance to see the club and interview programming librarian Erin Loveland recently.
Teens and Twenties: When did you start the Pinterest Pals?
Loveland: September 2013.
Teens & Twenties: What made you decide to start a Pinterest Club?
Loveland: I really like Pinterest and crafts. I wanted to get more people involved with the Library and wanted to start an interactive club with crafts. And Pinterest is a good medium.
  Teens & Twenties: How do you come up with the different ideas? And can you name some the club has completed?
Loveland: Each month, we have a theme usually based on seasonal or something that the library has going on. I invite them onto the board (on Pinterest) to pin crafts, recipes, etc. and that’s to go with the theme and then I will chose one of them.
The first one we did was brooches made out of bottle caps representing the 1930s. In January, the theme was “Night Sky” and we made galaxy print. We’ve made do-it-yourself cat and dog toys and snow globes made out of baby food jars.
Teens & Twenties: Have any of the crafts failed?
Loveland: I try to test them before we do them as a group so they can see what it will look like.
Teens & Twenties: How many people are in the club and the average age?
Loveland: There are about 14 or 15 ladies and the ages 16-plus.
Teens & Twenties: Why do you think Pinterest is so popular?
Loveland: It’s widespread around so many interests and genres. It’s for men and women alike.

 For more information on Pinterest Pals, call Erin Loveland at (336) 229-3588, ext. 239.

Abby Redding is a senior home-schooler

and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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