The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 19, 1996 · Page 5
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 5

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, October 19, 1996
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THE SALINA JOURNAL LIFE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1996 AB •• . Photos by Scripps Howard News Service [Kathleen Cole, Memphis, Tenn., feels at home among the 1,800 glamour girls depicted in vases imported from Japan after World War II. I r -, | A Head of her Times i Queen of heads collector says ;;she doesn't mind the stares ijof»her hundreds of vases | ;By MICHAEL DONAHUE , • Scripps Howard News Service MEMPHIS, Tenn. — With a house full of vases shaped like heads, you'd think Kathleen Cole would feel she's being watched all the time. ;; '"No, not really," she says. ; v But, she concedes not everyone shares her "nonctialance. "Somebody was telling me that • their guest room had a lot of head vases in it. One guest said, 'I'm not sleeping in that room •with all those 'people' watching me.'" ; .Cole's collection of 1,800 head-shaped flower ; vases is displayed in four rooms and a hallway other Memphis home. , "Cole is regarded as a leading authority on head vases. She knows so much about them ithat she's written two books, "Head Vases" ;and "The Encyclopedia of Head Vases", con- •sidered bibles to collectors. The brightly colored vases, shaped like the ;heads of movie stars, babies, animals and glamour girls with necklaces and earrings, were popular among florists from the 1940s to .the mid-'60s. The vases, which Used to sell for pennies in dime stores, now can sell for thousands of dollars. For example, a Marilyn Monroe head vase sold for $2,800 last year in Orlando, Fla. . Cole's vases, which she began collecting in the'mid-'70s, are made of various materials, in- .cluding ceramic, porcelain, bisque, chalk and ;papier-mache. 1 Cole originally wanted to title her second 'book "A Head of Her Times", but the publisher ,nixed that idea. Still, the title would be perfect •for her autobiography, since conventions, .newsletters and collectors began to spring up iafter her first book, "Head Vases", was published in 1989. "We consider her books the bible of head va$es; everybody keeps them at their bedsides," says Maddy Gordon, editor and publisher of Head Hunters Newsletter and manager, and promoter of The Head Hunters Conven- tioiji. "She was the beginning. We all call her 'The Queen.'" Originally, head vases without flowers sold from about 29 cents to about $1.49. Cole has fou'nd some with the original tags still on them. People couldn't understand why she collected them. "My friends would say, 'Oh, I had one •of, those and I thought it was the ugliest thing 'I'd ever seen and I gave it to Goodwill," or 'I put !;that in the garbage. Somebody sent it to me ;with flowers in it." " V CRAFTS Head vases declined in popularity for a couple of reasons: They didn't hold enough flowers, and many people decided they were ugly. Originally, these heads sold for pennies In dime stores, but now they can sell for thousands of dollars. Head vases became popular after World War II when they were imported from Japan to the United States, says Cole. The Japanese, who made them in backyard sheds, carved the heads in clay and then took molds, of them. Artists copied each other's creations. Inarco, Napco, Relpo, Lefton and other names found on the bottom of the pieces are the importers, not the artists. Head vases also were, made in the United States; Betty Lou Nichols made them in the '40s on her kitchen table in California. "She would take the clay, roll it out, twist it and make the bows and the ruffles. She took samples to the department stores and they would buy from her. The Japanese copied her molds because she didn't have patents." Among the most common head vases are the saucy-looking women with closed eyes, arched eyebrows and heart-shaped mouths. Among the most common are saucy-looking women with closed eyes, arched eyebrows and heart-shaped mouths. "I think they took them from the faces of people in magazines. A lot of them were made to look like the movie stars." Head Hunters Newsletter, published quarterly, has more than 750 subscribers, but Cole thinks there are many more collectors. There were about 3,500 head vases at this year's convention in January in Orlando. Most people are looking for head vases that are seven inches or taller, but Cole is searching for the elusive 14-inch heads. Supposedly many were broken when they were shipped from Japan to the United States. But the most sought-after head vase is the Relpo one of Marilyn Monroe. That was the type that brought $2,800 at The Head Hunters Convention in 1995. Cole likes to tell about her friend who paid about $5 apiece for 13 Marilyns that she found in a florist's warehouse. Also popular are the Disney head vases: Snow White, Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins and Cinderella" jiCrafters on lookout for trendy buttons By Scripps Howard News Service • ; Lisa :Gervolstad of Redding, ! 'Calif., enjoys nothing more than a J.gdpd button fix. Gervolstad uses [iboYtons to create pins and decora- • tive accessories, but usually when ! she brings out her stash of buttons, it's just to spend time with ; ;them. • > "J have a button fetish," she lisajd. "I like to look at them and J;cpUntthem." [j Cpts of folks these days are j <h6bked on the colorful fasteners, i! flCaren Powell, owner of a gift shop, turns buttons into refrigerator magnets and uses them to decorate clothing, Christmas stockings, signs and other items. "They're fun. They have the appeal of old treasures," she said. Tami Shook puts buttons on wooden hearts. They also show up on pillows, angel's wings and other decorative items that she makes. Becky Ramsdell makes soft-sculpture, antique-looking dolls and animals that hold strings of buttons or are adorned with buttons. "I incorporate them into every craft I do. It gives character. It brings out that extra special little touch that is there," Ramsdell said. RALPH WEIBEL Bonds - Insurance Phone 827-2906 115 East Iron V SEW SIMPLE Back detail perfect for a bridesmaid Dear Eunice Farmer: My daughter is getting married this winter and hopes you can solve her problem. Her bridesmaids want to wear sleeveless, slip-type dresses. The problem is no back interest, which my daughter EUNICE FARMER King Features feels is ittl- portant. Please help! — Helen L. Dear Helen: McCall 8235, sized 6-24, would be perfect. It is a very simple slip-type dress with a beautiful flared hemline. It features a wrap- type panel that ends at the center back with a bow (or substitute with a large fabric flower). You can make it any length. Select a soft fabric — velvet, taffeta, moire or shantung. The princess lines are flattering to almost any figure. Dear Eunice Farmer: My question concerns doing embroidery on turtleneck cotton shirts. I use the Hoop It All for this small area and do my embroidery on a single layer of knit. I purchased some readymade turtleneck shirts at a great price and am having difficulty using the embroidery machine, even though I still use the Hoop It All. What am I doing wrong? — Beth C. Dear Beth: Your problem is that a ready-made shirt has two layers of knit for the finished turtleneck. When you make your own shirts, you embroider them on a single layer. The Hoop It All stabilizes the bottom layer of the knit, but the top layer still shifts slightly. Here,'s the solution: Machine-baste the two layers of fabric together very close to where the design ends, on all four sides of the design. This will prevent much of the shifting. Dear Eunice Farmer: Where should I sew the buttons on a garment when applying vertical buttonholes? My jacket with vertical buttonholes looks uneven at the hem, even though I've carefully placed the buttons at the cen- Pattern: McCall 8235 ter of the buttonholes. — Karen L. Dear Karen: Whenever you have buttonholes stitched vertically, place the button at the upper tip of the buttonhole to avoid shifting down. If you place the button at the center, it will slip to the top when worn. Another tip for buttons is to stitch the last button first, then button it and repeat with the remaining buttons. This will prevent sewing them on without allowing enough space between buttons, causing the fabric to puff up between buttons. Another important tip is to allow enough thread for each button so there is some give. If you don't do this, the button will pop off immediately. Winner of the Sim-Flex measuring gauge, for the sewing tip of the week, is B. Mar of Tularosa, N.M. Her tip: "To match pockets to fabric where there is plaid or a pattern, place wax paper over the fabric where the pocket is to match. Trace with a blunt object (I use a retracted ball point pen). Take outlined pattern to fabric for an exact match. It works perfectly every time." 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