About Underground Crafter

  • Website: http://www.undergroundcrafter.com/ or email
  • Biography : My name is Marie Segares and I’ve been crafty for a long time. My maternal grandmother taught me most of the needlearts at a young age, but the only one I’ve done continuously since childhood is crochet. As an adult, I picked up (again) sewing, quilting, embroidery, and knitting. My parents were also big creative influences, especially my dad, who is a fine artist. He had a kind of creativity “boot camp” program in place after school, on weekends, and in the summer time. (He was the Drill Sergeant, and I was the new recruit, in case you were wondering.) I live and work in New York City and am currently on the endangered species list as a Native New Yorker. By day, I work in higher education administration/college access. By night (and weekend) I make cool creative stuff and teach people to do the same.

Posts by Underground Crafter

Blog tour: Interview with Amy Gunderson, author of Knitted Mitts & Mittens
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Posted by Underground Crafter on April 16, 2014 | Short Link

Today, I’m excited to be part of the blog tour for Amy Gunderson’s new release, Knitted Mitts & Mittens: 25 Fun and Fashionable Designs for Fingerless Gloves, Mittens, and Wrist Warmers. I’ll be sharing an interview with Amy and offering a giveaway of the book, so read on for details! Amy is a (mostly) knitting […]

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Interview with knitting designer, Michele Wang

Posted on April 7, 2014 in Needlecrafts, New York | Short Link
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Today, I’m excited to share an interview with a fellow New Yorker, Michele Wang. Michele is a knitwear designer, and if you’re a fan of Brooklyn Tweed, you’ve definitely seen her work before. In addition to appearing in numerous BT publications, Michele’s work has been published by Vogue Knitting, Quince & Co., knit.wear, and amirisu, […]

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Announcing the Scraptastic Shawl(ette) with Crochet Button Spring Cleaning CAL!

Posted on April 4, 2014 in Needlecrafts | Short Link
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If you’re like me, you are in a constant battle with your stash. My Scraptastic Shawlette with Crochet Button is the perfect stashbuster, and it can easily be resized from a small shawlette into a jumbo shawl. I made the sample with 500 yards of medium weight yarn, but you can use any type of […]

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2014 Sampler MKAL April Giveaway Sponsor: Bending Flow Designs Guest Post

Posted on April 2, 2014 in Needlecrafts | Short Link
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You can find more information on the 2014 Sampler MKAL here, and can order the pattern here.  Join in any time for a fun project with great prizes! This month’s giveaway sponsor is Bending Flow Designs (formerly known as Alchemic Viscera). Jesse sells blown glass and wire wrapped creations on Etsy.  In addition to the Etsy shop, Jesse […]

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Blog tour book review: Fine Art of Crochet by Gwen Blakley Kinsler

Posted on April 1, 2014 in Needlecrafts | Short Link
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Today, I’m excited to participate in the blog tour for The Fine Art of Crochet: Innovative Works from 20 Contemporary Artists by Gwen Blakley Kinsler. I had the pleasure of meeting Gwen online in 2011 when I interviewed her as part of my blog series, Getting Started as a Local Needlecrafts Teacher, and have since learned more […]

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Interview with Tamara Kelly from Moogly

Posted on March 31, 2014 in Needlecrafts | Short Link
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I can’t believe the last day of March is already here! I had so much fun celebrating National Crochet Month, and I’m happy to end the festivities with an interview with crochet designer and blogger, Tamara Kelly. You may know Tamara from her blog, Moogly, or from crocheting one of the more than 130 designs […]

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Scraptastic Shawlette with Crochet Button

Posted on March 27, 2014 in Needlecrafts | Short Link
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I love swaps, even though (more often than not) they come into conflict with my desire to downsize my stash.  I’ve been participating, on and off, in the International Scarf Swap on Ravelry.  Recently, I joined in their Stashbuster Swap, which seemed perfect for me.  I needed to make a scarf (broadly interpreted) with stash […]

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Interview with crochet designer, Sarah Jane

Posted on March 24, 2014 in Needlecrafts | Short Link
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I’m continuing the (Inter)National Crochet Month festivities today with an interview with Australian crochet designer, Sarah Jane.  I was first introduced to Sarah Jane when I saw her beautiful Frostberry Hat pattern during the Indie Design Gift-a-Long last fall.  (And, after reading through Sarah Jane’s pattern descriptions, I learned that we frequently share the same tech editor, […]

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Posted on March 21, 2014 in Needlecrafts | Short Link
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This week, I’m releasing another square pattern inspired by the Spring Garden theme of Crochetville’s National Crochet Month Designer Blog Tour.  I’m sharing one new pattern a week during NatCroMo, and these new patterns are available as free Ravelry downloads through March with the coupon code NatCroMo14. I call this square Gerbera.  Unlike the other 3 square […]

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Review: Lazadas Blocking Wires

Posted on March 19, 2014 in Needlecrafts | Short Link
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Recently, I was invited by astridl on Ravelry to review a set of blocking wires from her company, Lazadas. Since, like many crocheters, I have a love/hate relationship with blocking, I thought I’d share the review as part of my celebration of (Inter)National Crochet Month.   When the package arrived, I discovered that Lazadas Knitting Accessories is based in […]

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