Author Archives: Underground Crafter

About Underground Crafter

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.

Holiday Stashdown CAL 2016 Pattern 2: Arabella Boot Cuffs by Kaleidoscope Art&Gifts

Announcing the Holiday Stashdown crochet-a-long 2016! #HolidayStashdownCAL2016Welcome to the giveaway page for the second pattern of the 2016 Holiday Stashdown Crochet-A-Long. This pattern is the Arabella Boot Cuffs by Lisa Jelle of Kaleidoscope Art&Gifts. In this post, I’ll be introducing you to Lisa Jelle and sharing the link to the monthly and end-of-CAL giveaway for this pattern, so read on for details! (By the way, if you’re new to the Holiday Stashdown CAL, here’s a description and a full schedule, with regularly updated links to all patterns.)

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About Lisa Jelle

Lisa is the crochet designer behind Kaleidoscope Art&Gifts. Like me, Lisa learned to crochet from her grandma as a child, but took a 28 year (!) hiatus. While awaiting the arrival of her youngest daugher in 2008, she got back into crochet, and her creativity took off from there.

In 2011, Lisa launched Kaleidoscope Art&Gifts, where she sells crocheted items and patterns.

Arabella Boot Cuffs Lisa JelleLisa’s pattern for the Holiday Stashdown CAL is the Arabella Boot Cuffs in Caron Simply Soft yarn.

You can find Lisa on Kaleidoscope Art&Gifts. Show your support by following Lisa  on following Lisa on Etsy | Facebook | G+ | Instagram | Pinterest | Ravelry | Twitter.

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#HolidayStashdownCAL2016 Giveaway!

This is the giveaway page for the second pattern in the CAL by Kaleidoscope Art&Gifts.

  • Get the free Arabella Boot Cuffs pattern.
  • Find out more about the 2016 Holiday Stashdown CAL here.
  • To enter the monthly giveaway for this pattern, share share a picture of your completed Arabella Boot Cuffs using the link up below by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, March 13, 2016.
  • Your projects shared here by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, January 9, 2017 will also be entered in the end-of-CAL giveaway.
  • You may share one picture of each project you complete using the Arabella Boot Cuffs pattern. Each completed project will count as one entry in the giveaway.
  • You are not required to use a link to enter, but if you do, please link directly to the Ravelry project page, Instagram photo, or blog post, not to your main blog or profile. (If you’re new to InLinkz linkups, you can find a tutorial here.)
  • One giveaway winner will be chosen from these entries at random to win the monthly prize. Another will be chosen to win one of the end-of-CAL giveaway prizes.
  • Don’t forget to join the fun in our Facebook and Ravelry groups, too! You can share as many pictures as you like in the groups, but only pictures submitted here will be entered in the giveaways.

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Holiday Stashdown Challenge 2016 Sponsor Spotlight: Rebeckah’s Treasures

Announcing the Holiday Stashdown crochet-a-long 2016! #HolidayStashdownCAL2016Welcome to another post spotlighting a prize sponsor for the monthly giveaways for the Holiday Stashdown Crochet-a-Long. (If you’re just learning about the CAL now, you can find more details here.)

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This post’s featured sponsor is Rebeckah Ferger from Rebeckah’s Treasures. Show your support by following Rebeckah on Craftsy |Facebook | G+ | Instagram | Pinterest | Ravelry | Twitter | YouTube.

Sponsor Spotlight: Rebeckah’s Treasures

Rebeckah Ferger from Rebeckah’s Treasures.

Rebeckah is a Canadian/Norwegian crochet designer and blogger who was born in Sweden and now lives in Panama. She has a fondness for tapestry crochet and dolls clothes. She also hosts the weekly fiber-arts themed Saturday Link Party. You can learn more about Rebeckah in this interview I did with her last year.

Rebeckah is generously offering one crochet pattern of the winner’s choice from her Ravelry shop to lucky monthly winners of the January, February, March, April, May, June, July, and August giveaways!

Thank you, Rebeckah’s Treasures, for sponsoring the crochet-a-long.

Which Rebeckah’s Treasures patterns do you like the best?

#FlashbackFriday Crochet Link Blast 30: Pillows

Roundup: 15 free #crochet patterns for pillows, curated by Underground CrafterOn Fridays, I share a link blast on G+, Twitter and Facebook to get you excited about crocheting all weekend! In keeping with the #FlashbackFriday meme, I’m sharing patterns that were first released at least 12 months ago.

Pillows (or, more accurately, pillow covers) are a great way to liven up your home without the time (and expense) of making a blanket or rug. Today’s roundup includes 15 free crochet patterns for pillows.

All images are copyright the respective designer and are used with permission.

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Roundup: 15 free #crochet patterns for pillows, curated by Underground CrafterMitered Square Pillow (photo 5), free crochet pattern by @ucrafter (that’s me!): This Tunisian crochet pattern, originally published in Love of Crochet magazine, is beginner-friendly and can be made with a regular crochet hook. The pattern now includes a video tutorial of the special stitches.

Crocodile Stitch Pillow, free crochet pattern by Lauren Savidge: This pattern uses a 12″ x 16″ pillow form and is perfect for providing (fashionable) lumbar support.

Tween Pillow, free crochet pattern by @CrochetKim via @Yarnspirations1: This pillow pattern includes a coordinating blanket.

Crocheted Flower Pillow, free crochet pattern by @craftyenough: This pillow uses the Flower Square by Rose Hip and includes a tutorial for joining and backing the pillow with fabric.

Rainbow in the Clouds Pillow (photo 6), free crochet pattern by @mooglyblog: This 16″ x 16″ pillow pattern works up quickly in a super bulky yarn.


Kittens and Puppies for Sale Pillows, free crochet pattern by Michele Wilcox for @RedHeartYarns: This pattern is perfect for your favorite pet lover.

Diamonds Are Forever Pillow, free crochet pattern by @deestraperlo: This geometric pillow pattern is available in English and Spanish.

Dotty Throw Pillow (photo 1), free crochet pattern by @fiberflux: This festive pillow pattern is guaranteed to brighten up any room.

Log Cabin Variations Pillows, free crochet pattern by Katherine Eng for @RedHeartYarns: This pattern includes both a square and rectangular version.

Granny Pillow with Crochet Flowers (photo 3), free crochet pattern by @lisaauch1: This pillow is made with lovely floral motifs.

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Retro Granny Square Pillow, free crochet pattern by @BHookedCrochet: This pattern includes a video tutorial and a charted granny square pattern.

Little Fans Pillow Cover (photo 4), free crochet pattern by  @Jessie_AtHome: This pattern includes a video tutorial for the stitch pattern and the joining technique, as well as detailed assembly instructions.

Tulip Pillow, free crochet pattern by @ProchetByEAS via @MichaelsStores: This floral pillow has great texture.

Round Granny Pillow Pattern (photo 2), free crochet pattern by @petalstopicots: Try this pattern if you’re tired of square pillows!

Cushion Cases, free crochet pattern by @chabepatterns: This pattern includes a photo tutorial and is embellished with buttons.

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