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, July 30, 2010

Stitching N Junk!

Yay Yay Yay! Part one of my interview is up! It's pretty awesome. We talk about fiber and stitching and Steely Dan and I finally spill the beans about what my real name is. Check it out!

Click HERE to hear it. 

Also, I am still demanding submissions for This Is Handmade. Have you already sent me a video? Great! Now send me another one. THIS IS A BORING REVOLUTION, DO YOUR PART.
Click HERE for details. 

Friday, July 23, 2010

Side Project

I have a theory.

Do you make stuff? Are you an artist? A crafter? 

Have you ever spent 40 hours on a project, only to be offered 20 dollars for all of your hard work?*-See note

I think it's because most buyers don't understand how long it takes to make stuff. I think it's because buyers think what we do is "fun", so somehow, we haven't earned a fair hourly wage. 

The truth is, this stuff takes forever. Hours and hours and hours. I have pieces that I've spent well over 100 hours on. And as far as fun goes? In my experience, only about 10% of it is actually fun. The rest is tedious and demanding and I do it because I'm a crazy person that freaks the fuck out if I'm not working.* -See Note

So I've started a new blog called This Is Hand Made. All it is is 5 minute videos of people working on projects. No tutorials, no guides, no talking to the camera, no explaining, just 5 really really boring minutes of what it looks like to actually make something. I only have three up so far, but I want more! 

If you make stuff, I want to see it. Especially the boring parts that you have to thole through to complete the project. I don't care if you're a knitter, a cobbler, a mosaic maker, whatever. 

Did it take you 2 minutes to thread that needle/bobbin? Perfect. Did it take you 2 hours to scour that fleece? Yes. Did it take you an hour to warp that loom? THIS SPEAKS TO MY INTERESTS. 

Send me links to you doing what you do at donkeywolf@gmail.com

Let's change the market by boring people into submission, because if they can't watch a five minute video of us working, they don't get to bitch about pricing. 

Again- NO tutorials, guides, explaining, just you working. And if you're worried about looking silly or dumb or weird, don't. Nobody's going to sit though these anyway, that's the point. 

Special thanks to Shae who kick-started this project by picking up my slack and making the first video

*I'm assuming your work is good, but buyers are still trying to sweatshop you. 
*Drinks whiskey

Now this one

"P is for Philatelist"
Three color relief print in progress, transferring the image to the second block to carve

Sunday, July 18, 2010

A is for Augur

A is for Augur
four color relief print 9"x12"
Artist's Proof

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Going Batty. (I went there)

Thanks to everyone who gave me carding/twisting advice in my recent posts. It was immensely helpful.
So I've been carding batts today, a blend of silk, baby llama, and BFL.
I'm going to give them a few more passes to incorporate the silk a bit better, but I'm really stuck by the texture. It makes me want to listen to this while I'm carding-
It's kind of perfect for the color. I also recommend it for H.P. fans, $4.95 on iTunes, and acted by a full cast, radio show style. (Cough Cough... Bascom) As you can see I have a few by that company. Love it.

Anyway thanks to Drucilla Pettibone, and Mademoiselle Chaos for your advice and guidance, it really made a difference.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Doing Stuff

I can't even believe it's July.
I decided to take advantage of the weather and make chicken stock and knit a sweater. I was half watching last night's True Blood and carefully counting my increases when I heard a CRASH! on my front porch. I opened the door to find this. 

THANKS U.P.S. GUY! Awesome job! 
Anyway I opened it up to find my new Strauch drum carder! EEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!
That's the sound I made. 

So there she is, along with my first batt. You know what I love? That this came nearly fully assembled. I am lazy, and "assembly required" means that it's going to sit in my studio for 3 months before I even look at the directions.  I have had a strict policy for skipping assemblies since Jr. High. Also awesome, this comes with something called a "Knuckle Saver" that you use to remove the batt. I sure wish my Strauch hand cards had come with a knuckle saver. 

Anyway, YAY! 
I have another question for my fellow fiber nerds, approximately, how many ounces of fiber should I be feeding into this thing to produce one batt? Any idea? I know I shouldn't cram stuff in there, and I'm sure I'm being a little conservative with the amount. 

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I Love that I can ask you guys anything

And you're always so good with the information. How cool is it that I can ask the internet the question, and I get a real answers from people who know what they're talking about? Amazing.

I'm going to be tail spinning some mohair locks to weave with. This is new territory for me. I'm thinking I might use it for a rug. I'm also thinking I might use a Finn/BFL blended core so it will felt a bit and really hold those locks. (It is going to get walked on after all) Or is that nutso?

Anyway, my REAL question is, how does something like this hold up? Has anyone made anything like this? Do the little locks fuzz into puffs after a month or so of foot traffic, or do they tend to keep their shape?
How do you set the twist with tail spun yarn? (Soak/slap/ect) Does that affect the locks? Is a tailspun/corespun yarn ever really balanced? I mean, it's basically a single, OR IS IT because the core is the opposite twist of the finished yarn? These are mysteries.

I know these are a lot of questions, and I know they're unorganized. Any insight would be helpful.

In other news, we made pine cone peanut butter bird feeders today. It was hilarious.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hello Embroidery Fancier!

I have a new article up at MrXStitch on the history of Redwork! Go read it!

There's a dead body featured prominently in the text. Mysteries!
Click HERE to see more!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Did you know?

Did you know that MrXStitch has a podcast? Huh? Did you know that they interview people like Bascom and Pam Kittykill and Julie Jackson? Do you know that I almost peed my pants because Bridget and Jamie said such sweet things about me at the 7 minute mark on the new episode? Yep. This post is mostly about me disguised as a post about other things. But really! It's pretty awesome and full of laughs.

So go listen! Click HERE.

Oh, and for Jamie and other curious listeners, it's pronounced "Raymond Luxury Yacht".

Thursday, July 1, 2010


I just bought a drum carder.


Now I don't have to feel so intimidated by the 20 lbs of fiber I purchased at the OFFF last year.
Angora Goat Locks