What People Are Saying About Penny

"I like to think of you as a high priced call girl that the unwashed masses can't afford--like Woody Allen's Whore of Mensa. It's not your fault that people offer $10 blowjobs on the street corner. It's not an insult if somebody doesn't buy your art." -Alexandra J Walters

"Once Penny was making her own silk thread, and a midget appeared. Before he could open his ugly mouth, without looking up, she exclaimed, 'Rumpelstiltskin. Now get the fuck out of here.' Fairytale Over."- Beth Featherstone

"Penny can push a needle through a telephone pole without a thimble." -Shane Blaufuss

"When a man asked Penny, 'What’s the meaning of life?' She looked at him for exactly 3 minutes, completely still, until he cried. That man’s name was Steve Jobs."- Beth Featherstone

"A demon from the pits of bitch cunt." -W.C. Hurst

"pulitzer for you too." -John Lurie

Friday, December 29, 2017

Heart Brut

Heart Brut 
drawn thread work on linen

Based on this comic I drew

Saturday, November 25, 2017


Cilaos embroidery, wool selvedge 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Hedebo Sampler

Hedebo Sampler
drawn thread work and cutwork on linen

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Just Girly Things

Just Girly Things 2017
handmade lace
completed in 680 hours
regular and backlit

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Progress on my new lace piece

Back to the flowers #lace #lacemaking #lacework #needlework

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I'm super proud of this claw 🦂💅🏻💋 #needlework #lacework #lacemaking #lace

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Lacework progress

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

New work

Working on a new lace piece

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Jersey Devil

The Jersey Devil, 2016
1500+ hours of labor 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Lacework in progress

Lacework progress

Saturday, February 13, 2016


Prawn, 4"x4"
shown with different lighting
pin pricked paper

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Shadow Boxers

Shadow Boxers

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Battenberg Baphomet

Battenberg Baphomet, started in May 2014 completed in July 2015. Egyptian cotton lace thread. Battenberg lace handmade by me. 18" inches across, price available upon request.

Watch the video of me pulling the lace on my Instagram- https://instagram.com/p/5GeOassu0K/

Please read this for information about my lacework- http://donkeywolf.blogspot.com/2015/04/questions-about-lace.html

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Questions about Lace

Questions about Lace
I learned how to make lace first by studying 16th and 17th century portraits of royals, and by 17th century English translations of 17th century Italian manuscripts. Most of the traditional lacemaking tools I use are no longer made and unavailable outside of Antiques Roadshow, so I had them handmade for me. I use Egyptian cotton thread imported from Belgium. As it turns out, lace thread is also difficult to come by. 
Types of lace are like types of cheese. The variety is astounding, and vary by style, technique, place of origin, and materials. I currently know about ten varieties.

It takes a least a month to create the foundation that the lace is worked on, and several months to create the lace itself. I am not taking vintage or machine made lace and repurposing it to create art, or manipulating material to give it the appearance of lace, I am actually hand making lace and using that as the medium. 
I am always thrilled to respond to questions about my work, please try to keep this information in mind when inquiring about the price.