Meet Marie with Underground Crafter!
Hello and Happy Friday!! Today is Featured Friend Friday and I'm very excited for you to meet today's guest: Marie Segares with Underground Crafter! She's an amazing designer that offers both knit and crochet designs; however, "Don't tell the knitting, but crochet is still my favorite." Marie is from Brooklyn, New York and currently lives in Manhattan, New York with her special guy and two rescued black cats.
Marie's grandmother "taught me to crochet when I was a kid. She tried to teach me to knit too, but it didn't stick. I ended up learning through The Complete Beginner's Guide to Knitting DVD. Over the years, I've taken classes on more advanced crochet and knitting methods and I read A LOT of books on both to learn new stitches and techniques."
I asked Marie to tell me about her journey as a designer, "I've been crocheting since my grandmother taught me in 1984. In 2007, I was working full time and in graduate school and was crocheting a lot as a way to reduce stress and make affordable gifts. I heard about the Craft Yarn Council's Certified Instructors Program and decided to sign up on sort of a whim. Shortly thereafter, my grandmother became very ill and then passed away. I started crocheting more and more as a way to connect with her memory and at the same time, I started growing a small side hustle as a crochet teacher.
As I was teaching, my students would ask about specific techniques or to try new stitches, so I started designing class projects. I joined the Crochet Guild of America as an associate member and participated in their mentoring program. My mentor, Mary E. Nolfi, helped guide me through the process of submitting proposals for my designs to magazines. After my first pattern was published in Crochet World, I started to self-publish PDF patterns to sell on Ravelry. Around 2010, I also learned to knit and soon started adding knitting classes and knitting designs. In 2011, I launched my blog as a way to promote my classes, and then I started adding the occasional free pattern. Since 2015, I've been focused on sharing free crochet and knitting patterns through my blog. I usually publish a free pattern every week, including designs by me and guest contributors."
Below are some patterns that Marie has designed and is sharing. You can click on any or all of the images to be directed to the free pattern.
Marie also loves to cook and bake. "I'm always trying to improve my photography skills (both for my business and for fun). I have been using a Cricut cutting machine for the last few years and have fun making iron-on t-shirts and totes and simple paper crafts projects. I love to sew and quilt, though I haven't had time for big projects in the last few years. And, though my eyes no longer love it, I still enjoy hand embroidery."
I asked Marie what her biggest tip to a new crafter would be, "The "3-feet rule" is kind of a life saver. I'm sorry to say I don't remember who first introduced me to it, but basically the idea is that if your project looks good from 3 feet away, you shouldn't pull it out or fix a problem. The reason is because most people will never be closer than 3 feet away from your work. As crafters, we tend to be really hard on ourselves and point out every mistake when most people won't see them. When you are constantly ripping back your work, it's harder to complete a project and feel accomplished. Also, you have no record of how far you've come as you improve because all of your earlier efforts are destroyed."
To learn more about Marie and to follow her on social media, please visit her at the following links and show her some love ❤️
I do hope you enjoyed meeting Marie with Underground Crafter. She has so many patterns on her website that I highly recommend checking it out! You can also subscribe to her newsletter.
Thank you for joining us today and I hope you have a lovely weekend filled with lots and lots of yarn!
💕 Stacy J