Macrame
 
 

In the late 1960s through mid 1970s we were very active in the "fiber arts", both macrame and weaving. We wrote several books about Macrame under the Andes name, and ghost wrote 4 books on various crafts for a short-lived craft series from Doubleday.

The editor we worked with at Doubleday was William Thompson, who was Steven King's first editor and also "discovered" John Grisham. Bill used to visit us at the farm in New Hampshire around 1971 and would tell us about this young author he was working with. He wanted to take us up to meet him, but Bangor seemed too far away at the time, and we just had another beer.

The following gallery includes some photos of the works featured in our macrame books, and pictures of the covers of some of the other books we wrote. By 1971 most of the work we were doing was sculptural or clothing, which is pretty sculptural too. The popular trend in knotting had moved more to beads and plant hangers, and when we moved to New Hampshire, we did not have the time required to obtain and maintain gallery connections required to show the kind of work we did. We did have a few fans; the large lamp pictured below was purchased by Bernard "Blackie" Langlais. When we needed a photo of it for the book, we visited his home and studio in Cushing and had a great day with him, touring his yard full of wooden figures.

 
         
     
  Cover of our first book. Model is Geraldine Duskin   The back of the book, showing the author with hair  
     
  Photos taken in the back yard and studio of friends in New Orleans, Artie and Merce Silverman   Macrame purses were big those days. This is still one of the nicest purse patterns  
     
  Very 1960s, don't you think?   The most popular photo from the book. I loved making custom macrame bikinis!  
     
  Our second book. More sculptural and less clothing   Lamp in cotton cord. About 5 feet tall