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PAGE ft RECOftD ft LANDMARK SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 1960 HATMAKING HOBBY - Mrs. Victor S. Caldwell, 229 North Patterson Street, makes hats of feathers. It's her newest hohliy. She's shown here at her worktable, fastening the airy materials to a firm foundation. (West Photo). Making Feather Hats Is Hobby Of Local Woman By ROSAMOND CLARK "Taking nothing ;nul making something on! of it " That's Mrs. Victor S. ('alJwcl)'s personal dt'f- inition of ii hohhy. And, right here, a word to hunters from Mrs. (,'aldwcll: "Please don't throw away the feathers of the birds you kill. 1 can use those feathers." Yes. Mrs. Caldwell's hobby—her newest—she has several—is making feather hats. And she never has enough feathers. She's got boxes full. Small, round tin boxes packed full of washed and sorted feathers are stacked up in her work room, hut not enough feathers, not nearly enough. What kind of feathers does she Want—Any kind: Chicken, turkey, goose, duck. Mallard feathers that Mrs. John Mcl.aughlin saved for her following a hunting trip of Mr. McLaiighlin's have made two of the prettiest of Mrs. Culdwell's hats. But she doesn't have enough feathers to finish one of them. The markings of these wild duck feathers are really beautiful. One hat is marie of the hron/c-marked feathers and the other is a band of white feathers, edged with markings in pequot—effect in soft brown sheading to black. Quail feathers are especially desirable because of the beauty of the markings. Looking at some quail feathrs recently, Mrs. Caldwell says she found 14 different markings. Pheasant feathers are gorgeous, of course. As for chicken feathers, well, a clip this ingenious designer made from the feathers—mostly the tail feathers —of the family's pet chicken, following the chicken's death from natural causes, can't be outdone by the finer birds so far as the rich sheen of the plumage is concerned. Mrs. Caldwell made her first hat a year ago last fall for her daughter. Ruth wanted a feather hat and when her mother couldn't find one that suited she suddenly rememb- ered some white feathers she had saved when their Thanksgiving turkey was killed. "They were too pretty to throw away and I thought how nice they'd be for pillows." She got out the turkey feathers and, for the first time, really looked at a feather hat to see how it was made. Ruth's hat is lovely, though Mrs. Caldwell says she made it l>eiore she had acquired the real know-how. The hats Mrs. Caldwell makes are of two types—the clip, a very narrow band, and a larger, half- hat type. Foundations for rhe "clip" hat are available at the dime store, and she covers these with velvet ribbon. The half-hat foundations, made of a stiff material, she orders in quantity. It's the sorting of the feathers that's the tedious part, but Mrs. Caldwell says she loves doing' it and she can do it and watch television. The feathers, after sorting and selection, are first glued to small disks of pcllon and these, in turn, are glued to the foundation. "I've always liked crafts," says Mrs. Caldwell. She does leather- tooling and lately has had a class in this craft at Broad Street Methodist Church. She's very proud of an antique picture frame, whose broken border she repaired with plastic wood very carefully, before refinishing the frame and making it a thing of beauty. She tints photographs, too, for a local photographer. For her latest hobby she has enthusiasm in plenty. After all, many women are pushovers for feather hats, so pretty, so light in weight, so easy to wear—and all the year round, fall, winter, spring, even summer. "Don't you have feather hats for sale?" we asked Mrs. Caldwell. She explained that heretofore, she had made hats for her family, or for gifts for friends—she made several for Christmas gifts. "It all depends on whether I can get the feathers." Poll Parrot in a cage in Mrs. Caldwell's workroom has feathers to bo proud of. "Surely at tlio molting season. . ." "Oh, yes," said Mrs. Caldwell and she exhibited some beautiful parrot feathers, explaining that, parrot feathers are too stiff to make a feather hat. Splashed with bright color, one or two such feathers will set off a hat of another material, but you couldn't make a hat of them. So Polly continued to look smug. Countess Will Come Monday A number of local people who are interested in travel are being invited to an informal tea Monday from 4 until 6:30 p.m. at the Elk's Club to meet Countess Elizabeth Von Frustenburg. The charming Countess is an avid traveler and a native of Memphis, Tenn. She has made over 75 trips to and from Europe and makes her home in Baden-Baden. Germany, which is the Hot Springs of Germany. The countess will conduct her first tour this summer to Europe in July for John Miles, native of Hickory, who is in the travel agency business. Miles honored the countess at a party in his Charlotte offices this week and will accompany her here Monday afternoon. The count and countess have lived in Baden-Baden for the past 10 years and she describes it as a famous resort where life is more leisurely than in this country. The Von Furstenburgs have a daug^ ^r, Betsy Von Furstenburg, the actress whom the countess visited when she arrived in New York a week ago and there are two grandchildren. The countess has been a world traveler since she was 16 years of age and made her first trip to China with her parents. She has lived in Venice, Paris, Cannes and

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  1. Statesville Record And Landmark,
  2. 16 Jan 1960, Sat,
  3. Page 5

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