Enjoying the chill in the air and dreaming up designs in velvet and wool.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Getaway Skirt

Sometimes, fabrics themselves inspire certain designs. I once ordered a satin to use for a skirt - I got a bolt of it, because it was such a good deal, but found that it wasn't exactly the stuff I needed for that particular order. It is a lovely fabric, however, and when I paired it with another impulse buy (some really great medallion lace I found), this is what came out of it!

Isn't it pretty? The combination begged for something fairly simple, but not overly traditional. I played around with it for a bit and settled on a straight skirt with a surprising twist; a flat-pleated high waist, bound with a triple-wound grosgrain ribbon and finished with a very soft ruffle formed by the pleats just spilling over the top.

You can see more photos at the Getaway Skirt listing in my Etsy shop. Thanks so much to Emily at Red Leaf Photography for featuring this skirt in a fantastic giveaway (you can still enter up until midnight tonight - February 28th - go check it out!)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

I'm offering discounts for everybody and a chance to win shop credit in celebration of Valentine's Day! Simply comment on this post (or enter on Facebook - you'll have to "Like" the page and then scroll briefly down to the posting that gives you instructions) for an automatic 14% off any order from Clever Fingers on Etsy and a chance to win $2, $14, $20, or $11 (four separate winners will be drawn) shop credit!

This is one thing a $20 store credit could get you!

The 14% off is only applicable in the Clever Fingers shop on orders made between now and midnight on February 14th, but if you're a drawing winner, your shop credit will be good until February 14, 2012. The drawing will be held on Tuesday morning, February 15, and winners will be notified within 24 hours.

To stay in touch for further promotions, please "Like" my Facebook page - there are some really special wedding giveaways coming down the pike!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Royal Blue

I've long been fascinated by peacocks (but then, who hasn't?). Near our church in rural South Carolina, where I grew up, a family friend kept a gigantic concrete swimming pool open during the summer. We'd go swim, and the peacocks in the surrounding woods cried their weird cries.

Freehand embroidery in a pretty nifty frame I came across (free with purchase - click here to check it out)
Peacocks are regal, in the way they strut around, but it's really their colors that make them seem so rich. I came across some iridescent floss that almost glows in the deep colors, and rather than going with the full palette for this little kingly fellow, I focused on the royal blue.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Minxy Dress

Remember that amazingly beautiful red dupioni I used for these bridesmaid dresses? Well, I bought a bolt of it at the time, since we weren't sure how much we were going to use up. And I have quite a bit of it left. I take it out from time to time, look at it, sigh with happiness, and then go about my day.

I would like to use it up for great projects, though; and this past Christmas, I had the opportunity to put a few yards to another good use. A lovely little friend of mine was going on a cruise with her family for the holidays, and she wanted a vintage-looking, sassy gown to wear for on-board partying. We put our heads together, and this is what we came up with!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Look at that stuff! Isn't it neat?

I spent most of the day yesterday on the couch with my laptop, hydrating and trying to beat a bad bug that I've been exposed to repeatedly. I think it worked - I'm feeling fantastic today - and I have a new wish list of awesome items for which I am saving up. All for my shop, of course!

A-MAZ-ING hand-felted slippers from another Etsy seller, to keep my feet warm but still sensitive to the machine power pedal. I drool over these. That's okay, because natural wool insulates even when wet! They even have a thin latex coating on the bottom so I won't slip and fall down my beautiful wooden Stairs Of Death when I go to the kitchen to refresh my coffee.
(More awesome stuff after the jump.)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Fox Went Out on a Friday Night

Virgil Fox in bright blue linen

I never set out to do stuffed animals - but necessity begets creativity, and I am in the phase of life where my friends are having children. Enter the baby shower.

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