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Pg. 2 Sec. S Th Pittsburgh Press, Sunday, Dee. I, 1968 Blackwell Host At House First Feather f Pat's Pointers J Knit Stripes Fashionable ... ... ? - - r By BARBARA CLOUD, Press Fashion Editor LOS ANGELES The home of designer Mr. Blackwell, known for feathers and rhinestones, easily could be mistaken for a museum. But no museum would have a party with such diversified guests as Agnes Moorhead, Marie (the dumb blond) Wilson, Lome Green and Gary Crosby. Only Mr. Blackwell could get away with having covered a true Norman Rockwell painting hanging above a bed with a fake chinchilla fur spread. His poodle, Mandy. named for actress Amanda (Miss Kitty Bought in amazement. "I'm not tre Clark knew he did this, but Ms son does b i same thing.1' Of course, this is the look that had women swooning all over the world, I said, and every woman was aware of it. "I was hf-ppy to snare him," she smiled. . LOOK goes to your feet when you wear our bLrip-happy shoes by "and so like his father it rather scares me. He never saw Clark but his mannerisms make me gasp at times. "Clark had a way of looking at you with one eyelid kind of lowered," she said, demonstrating and shaking her head Irowu or Black Calf THEBELTED 17.99 fci auditions. By PAT TREXLER Fasiuon forecast for '69 . . . stripes, stripes and more stripes. Fortunately .'or the beginning knitter, stripes are one of the easiest ways to add excitement to an outfit worked in simple stockinette stitch. Quick-knitting, highly textured yarn is the perfect choice for this short-sleeved, boldly striped dress. Directions for it are in sizes 10, 12 and 14. To obtain instructions for making this easy-knit style, send your request for Leaflet No. BU-3S with 25 cents and a long, stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Pat Trcx-ler, The Pittsburgh Press, P. 0. Box 17635, Charlotte, N. C, 28211. ti Gifts Su$$ested If you are still looking for Christmas gifts, have you thought of giving needlecraft books to those who love knitting, needlepoint and embroidery? Once you glance through any of the books 1 am recommending today, I'll bet you will slip a hint to Santa that you would like one too. A fascinating new book on needlepoint is entitled "Sylvia Sidney Needlepoint Book" The famous film star has lonjf been an avid needlcpoinler, and many of her original creations have sold for thousands of dollars. Although the book contains excellent illustrations and directions for working many needlepoint stitches, it definitely is not the usual "how-to" book. It is also a highly readable account of Miss Sidney's longstanding interest in this craft and is generously sprinkled with reminiscences of her exciting career and anecdotes about the .many famous friends who own her work. Of equal interest are her accounts of how she received inspiration for her original designs. Hopt's Book Handy In my opinion, no discussion of excellent needlecraft books would be complete without mentioning Hope H a n 1 e y 's "Needlepoint." It is a truly comprehensive guide for anyone, beginner or expert, containing directions for making over 50 stitches and suggestions for combining two or more stitches on any piece. I Mrs. Hanley also tells you how to make your own designs, how to choose the proper materials, and how to block and mount the finished pieces. Erica Wilson's "Crewel r knitted stripe dress. JENKINS ARCADE - Street Floor! of "Gunsmoke") BlaKe who gave him the dog as a gift, snueeled on the bed as 100 fashion e d i-tors took t h e grand tour of the 28 -room house. It's clearly Mr. Blackwell. "I bought this house with my first feather." he I a u ghed. "I Mr. Blackwell hate to tell you what all the rhinestones have bought.'' The designer laughs all the way to the bank. Chided for his elaborate use of feathers and glitter in his early years as a designer, he has come a long way. "You've certainly stretched those feather earnings," I said as I marveled at the original paintings and fine antiques. Austrian chandeliers, French salon mirrors, hand-carved Italian furniture, Gainsborough paintings and dozens of paintings reflect, as the designer teamed: "The incredible things bad taste will buy." Collection Draws Raves His collection for spring, however, received raves. A few feathers and rhinestones remain but he has become a fine designer and editors were particularly impressed this year. There are photographs and portraits of Mr. Blackwell in practically every room. There are two huge oils hanging in his living room and he even has his likeness hand-painted on a large china plate. Also scattered around his home are photographs taken with celebrities of the film world. In fact, Mr. Blackwell himself was one of the Dead End kids in movies years ago. The host was wearing what he called a dinner suit of black silk with lapels and cuffs of black velvet. His shirt was ruffled and his ' ie was black but not a bow-1i Comfortable Reality "I would pot wear a bow-tie with a dinner sui' ever," he said. "I liKe comfortable reality. I didn't design this suit," he lajpbed. "I like to buy retail and not always try to get something for nothing." It was amusing to me to hear the designer speak of comfortable reality. This is the same man I saw in New York this past summer weening a u j v, mviii u uuu and on the pocket was a huge tnna7 hrnrvn Famior Faces But this is Hollywood. Min- gling at (he party were sever Christmas Party Planned Dec. 9 A Christmas party with, cookie and gift exchange is planned for Dec. 9 by the Divine Providence HosDital Auxiliary. The gathering will be held at the hospital at 1:15 p. m. Mrs. C. P. Scott, president, will preside. Mrs. Charles P Berndt, hospitality chairman, is in charge of the party. L SHOES Open Mon. & Thurs. Eves. BRYANT above-average sizes, ways or not at all . . . THAT PAMPERS YOU THE PURRING POINT Mellon or PNB CHARGE LANE In to belt two THE COAT TO tended a tea for the wife of Gov. Rorald Reagan. When I entered the foyer of the residence where we were to meet Mrs. Reagan, one of the hostesses came over tc me and introduced herself. "I'm Kay Gable from Enci-no," she said very graciously. And it was indeed Clark Gable's widow, who is one of the loveliest women I think I have ever met. She's blonde and gracious, friendly and open. When I told her I was from Pittsburgh, she seemed to have found a friend. "Oh, good, I'm from Erie," she said proudly. Son Is V2 Now Dressed in a navy gabardine sleeveless dress, she was happy to respond to questions about her young son, the son the late actor never saw. "He's VA now," she said, Club To Observe Christmas Spirit Theme of next Wednesday's meeting of the Hoe and Harvest Garden Club will be "God Is Everything." The meeting will be held in the home of the club president, Mrs. Howard Gillery. Members will decorate the home in the spirit of the holiday season. Dinner Is Planned The student nurses of Columbia Hospital will sponsor a spaghetti dinner on Dec. 11 at the nurses' residence. Serving times are 11 a. m. to 1 p. m. and 4:30 to 7 p. m. A bake sale will be held from 11 a. m. to 8:30 p. m. DOWNTOWN, DOWNTOWN, J ) I f5& ffifc M-- v j I Isn't it great? That seal-look lining is really cotton-backed acrylic pile, as cuddly as it is counterfeit! The Black Herringbone al familiar faces, the types you know so well by sight but never the names. I finally asked two of the gentlemen and discovered one to be Richard X. Slattery and the other a character actor named Murray Mattheson who escorted Agnes Moorhead. Another young starlet, Chris Noel, a charter actress named Gladys Gould, singer Beryl Davis and a c '. r e s s Kathy Garver who plays Sissy on "Family Affair," also strolled through the special tent set up on the lawn to accommodate Mr. Blackwell's guests. You see a variety of "fashion" at such a gathering and you also discover that in many cases the host doesn't know many of his guests and vice versa. Mih Fur Stole Miss Moorhead wore a red linen skirt and navy linen jacket, Lome Green had a bright green silk scarf at the throat of h s very tweedy sport jacket, Kathy Garver wore a mini dress with a mini fur stole. Gary Crosby's wife wore a very slinky cocktail dress and Beryl Davis was wearing a Blackwell design of black silk with a huge Bertha collar of white lace and a p p I i q u e d rhinestones. Miss Dp vis is a member of the singing trio which includes Connie Haines and Jane Russell. I might add that a great deal of conversation at the party centered around the sudden death of Miss Russell's husband just a few weeks ago. Marie Wilson, whu had her own television series at one time, wore a coat and dress with lots of feather trim, ob- viously a Blackwell creation. The attire for the evening was almost as varied as the hundreds of antiques, vases, paintings and photographs which are found in the mansion which the designer purchased seven year's ago. Tea For Mrs. Reason There is no real fashion significance to this little story, but I found it amusing. Before attending the Black-well party, fashion editors at ENJOY 20 SAVINGS Our 49th Anniversary IK ; g f 5 "Real Christmas Fvsvi A VV L& " , 281-1686 m Tifin mi' a. Phone 261-2615 Phone 421-2035 i ; . L0V6 ft v Mr' w !, . r tntmit lift i. . it'll ,rj 'W vs 0 V i 518 WUUU STREET Maxwies FOR FASHION GIFTS SUPREME THE SPARKLERS! Tweed is wool and nylon. From a collection of coats that pamper. $90 sizes 1614 to ItVi and Junior Plenty sizes 19 to 27 (fits I women's sizes 38 to 46) yarn is the key to Embroidery" is an equally comprehensive book on the fundamental and advanced techniques of crewel embroidery. This book starts with the history of crewel work and has beautiful photographs of many memorable crewel embroideries. The author also describes the materials needed, and has included a chapter on design suggestions. Excellent d i a-grams showing how to make 64 different stitches are included, too. Earlier this year, I recommended two fine books filled with fascinating knitting pattern stitches. For those who might have misplaced those earlier columns, here are the titles of the two books: "A Treasury of Knitting Patterns," by Barbara Walker, and "Adventures in Knitting," by Barbara Aytes. Both of these are excellent choices for any knitter who prefers fancy pattern stitchery over plain stockinette. One More Idea Finally, I have just finished reading a book published a month or two ago, which I feel should be in the library of every serious knitter. Gertrude Taylor is the au NORTHWAY MALL FT! M W . , 1 " ' m thor of the book, entitled "America's Knitting Book." After careful study, I can recommend the book sincerely to any knitter who wants to improve her work. I just wish this book had been published years ago when I was struggling by the trial and error method to find the best solutions to my knitting problems. If any of you wants to obtain the books I have mentioned today, I suggest that you check with your local bookstores. I have no connection with any of these authors or publishers and, therefore, cannot help you obtain these books. If they are not now a v a i 1 a b 1 e in your favorite bookstore, that store can order any of them for you. Student To Discuss French Christmas - A student from France, provided by the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, will discuss that nation's Christmas customs at the Wednesday meeting of the Carrick Mothers Club. The 1:15 p. m. meeting in the clubhouse will include a collection for blind children and a gift exchange. SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE n Fifth Ave.-NORTHWAY MALL SOUTH HILLS VILLAGE I I M LANE The Diamond Solitaire V M FASHION COATS . SECOND FLOOR BRYANT It's shaped just close enough, sized just right for you, and BEAUTIFUL WITH VELVET HIGHLIGHTS Enjoy high-luster rayon . velvet in dramatic . play against no-luster double faced crepe of acetate', rayon A and other fibers. A look of pure quality . in Black. 23 sizes 142 to 267i FASHION DRESSES SECOND FLOOR ! M ' M j ! J , &f M : 1 t . : The latest in gifts for the glamorous at h o m e b o dies. Make "her" happy with this gleaming acetate and rayon satin dirndl patchwork skirt ensemble. In red or blue combination. 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