About Me

My name is Marie Segares, and I’m the Proprietress of Underground Crafter. I learned to crochet from my maternal grandmother in 1984, and I’ve been hooked ever since.  She tried to teach me to knit, too, but that was far less successful. In 2010, I finally conquered my fear of knitting, and I haven’t looked back since. (Don’t tell the knitting, but crochet is still my favorite!).

I make hot process soap, quilt, sew, and embroider from time to time, too. I also do my fair share of cooking and love to bake.

You may be wondering about the Underground Crafter name. I’m not part of a secret society of crafters (though that would be pretty cool), but I do crochet and knit underground quite a bit while commuting on New York City’s subway system.

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Thaden's Asymmetrical Shawl, crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter

My patterns have been published by CrochetvolutionCrochet WorldEntwine, Galler Yarns, I Like Crochet, I Like KnittingInside CrochetKnitCircus, Kollabora, Love of CrochetLove of KnittingPom Pom Quarterly, and the Quick & Simple Crochet booklet series.  I share free self-published patterns on the blog (free crochet patterns and free knitting patterns). You can find all of my patterns on my Ravelry designer page. You can also buy my self-published designs as instant downloads on CraftsyEtsyKollabora, and Ravelry.

I’m a Craft Yarn Council Certified Crochet and Knitting Instructor (Level I) and Certified Crochet and Knitting Teacher (Level II).  In addition to private lessons, I regularly teach at the DC 37 Saturday Activity Program.  I’ve also taught through the Barnard College Mini Course Program, the Adult School of Montclair, the Brooklyn Workshop Gallery, the Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival, Michaels Manhattan, the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum, the North Jersey Fiber Arts Festival, and the Queens Public Library.

I’m a Professional member of, and volunteer book reviewer for, the Crochet Guild of America, a Designer/Teacher member of The Knitting Guild Association, and an Affiliate member of The National Needlearts Association.  I’m also a member of the New York City Crochet Guild and Blogs by Latinas. I’m a contributing blogger at Creative Income, Fave Crafts, Oombawka Design Crochet, and Stitch and Unwind.

Underground Crafter is one of AllFreeCrochet's top bloggers for 2015I was an AllFreeCrochet Top Blogger for 2015 and 2013. In 2014, Crochet Concupiscence awarded my 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month interview series the Awesome Crochet Blog Award for Best Crochet Blog Series. I was awarded the Awesome Crochet Blogger Award for Best Crochet Interviews in 20112012, and 2013.

You can also read more about me on these other sites:

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If you enjoy link parties, here are some of my favorites to participate in!

#Knitting Love #LinkParty with Jessie At Home and Underground Crafter, starts first Thursday of the month at http://jessieathome.com/ and http://undergroundcrafter.com/Making It Thru MondayCreate-Link-Inspire_2015-500x500

Tuesday Pin-spiration Link Party
Linky Ladies Community Link Party Button
Oombawka Design
Hookin on Hump Day
Rebeckah's Saturday Link Party
Creative Crochet Workshop

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