Marcy says that her career began as an academic, teaching at North Carolina State University, then proceeded to journalism, with a newspaper with a craft column. Interweave approached her when she left the paper, and she’s been there for seven years. She says, it was as if everything in her life had led up to this. Her first thing to do was attending TNNA (Marly says ‘Thrown to the wolves).
Marcy learned to crochet at age 8, her mother crochet aran style afghans. Mom crocheted on road-trips, if you can imagine. She says she put it aside and picked it up again. At one point, someone sent out a call for crochet authors. She said, Sure I can do that! and created The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Crochet Projects.
Marly asked Marcy if she’s noticed big changes in crochet, and Marcy says she admires how much Tunisian crochet has grown. One of the first issues that Marcy edited of Interweave Crochet included projects that combined knit and crochet. She seems to find reason to be excited about every issue though, sounds like the current excitement is for the birthday issue next spring.
The year 2010 introduced Interweave Crochet: Accessories, and Interweave Crochet: Home special editions. Interweave Crochet focuses on intermediate patterns. Another publication Crochet Scene is more trendy items that Interweave also publishes. Marcy says that she will be editing Love of Crochet starting next month, which features more basic skilled patterns.
It was really interesting to hear what they look for in designs to publish and how they get submissions (sometimes they fall in love with a piece but have to put it on hold until it fits with the ‘story’ of an issue), how the photographers try to feature the design and what makes a great cover photo. Then there’s the whole digital vs paper copy discussion…
Interweave Crochet can be found at your local newsstands or at their website. If you missed hearing this live, it is still available as an archive: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2015/08/20/marcy-smith-editor-of-interweave-crochet or in iTunes.