Mandan News

Local artist published


The magazine, Crochet Accessories, featuring Sue Balcom's pattern design.


It wasn’t the cover of the Rolling Stone. But to a Mandan fiber artist, the thrill of seeing your pattern on the cover model of Interweave Press Crochet Accessories Magazine was a thrill indeed.

Sue Balcom, of Mandan, submitted the pattern in January on a whim. An email newsletter encouraged artists to submit designs as a New Year’s Resolution, so Balcom thought, “What have I got to lose?”

After designing crochet, knit and hand woven designs for more than 30 years, and traveling the country to sell these items, Balcom had turned her attention to writing patterns.

“With lessons and fiber being available in today’s market, many woman want to make things themselves. So selling patterns and inspiring people to create their own pieces is really a more cost effective way of selling your own ideas,” she said.

After submitting the design, the staff at Interweave had Balcom create the scarf with yarn of their choosing.

After months of waiting, the first advertisement for the magazine appeared by email about the end of September. “I looked at the cover and thought to myself,’ hey that’s my scarf,'” Balcom said. “It was the most awesome feeling.”

The magazine was published at the beginning of October and the check for the pattern came shortly after.

Balcom, former editor of the Mandan News, may also be remembered as an artist designing hand woven clothes under the name Sue B. Weaves.