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

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I'M IN A BOOK!!!! Also- CONTEST!!!!! WIN SOMETHING!!!!


Hello Everybody! I'm so excited to be included in PUSH Stitchery: 30 Artists Explore the Boundaries of Stitched Art, edited by my dear friend and boss-man Jamie Chalmers, known fondly as MrXStitch. Anyway, I thought it would be nice to do a contest!

So here are the rules-
1. To participate, you must submit ONE photo of ONE piece. The work can be new or old. It will be judged solely on originality. That's it. Don't send in derivative work. I'm looking for work that is truly unique. Photos must be clear. They don't need to be professionally shot or anything fancy, but they do need to be in focus and well lit. I need to know what I'm looking at! Please include the title, materials, medium, and dimensions.
2. Your submission must also include an essay, no more that 750 words, on why your work is awesome. Not your job/work but your artwork. Don't hold back! Be fearless and honest!

I will be accepting submissions through the entire month of September. The contest will close at 12AM Pacific Time on October 1st. Submissions should be sent to me at donkeywolf@gmail.com. The subject line should read "Push Contest".

The winner will receive a signed copy of PUSH Stitchery, and have their essay and piece featured on Donkeywolf, Feeling Stitchy, and MrXStitch. Two runner ups will receive a mystery goodie from me, and have their pieces featured on Donkeywolf, Feeling Stitchy, and MrXStitch.

That's it! I really hope I get millions of submissions, I love seeing your work and reading about what makes it tick!
EDIT- Der. This contest is for stitchy stitchers. Mixed media stitching is fine.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Women, Rise Up!

Women, Rise Up!
hand worked punto tagliato and hand embroidery
by me

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Thunk. Thunk. Is this thing on?

Wow! I've obviously been very lazy about posting. So what's been going on? I'm sure if you're reading this you heard me shout alllllll over the internets about being in the final issue of Fiberarts Magazine. So that's old news. (Check your newsstands!)

I did have a really cool exchange with DMC. I asked if they would send me info on the history of their company so I could write about them on Needle Exchange, and boy did they deliver!

Here are the links of you missed it-
DMC Part I
DMC Part II
DMC Part III

I also included a vintage cross stitching pattern from 1904 at the end of Part III, here's the first page.

Oh, fashion. Ye are a fickle mistress. Still working on lace. This current piece is sculptural and hurting my feelings. I have been taking breaks from it to spin yarn for winter sweaters. Party like it's 1899 over here.
Speaking of fickle, I am also currently obsessed with terrariums.

So these have been fun and cheap time wasters.
 Johnny Murder has become obsessed with floral design. 

He's pretty awesome. 
Speaking of parties, we've had a bunch of house guests this summer, and we've gotten creative with our smoker for dinner parties. Check out this magic- 

That's right. Smoked oysters. 

That's about it! I haven't been posting much because I've been trying to wait until I have finished pieces to show off, not just WIPs. Oh! But I have been paper piecing, and that's been surprisingly easy. Not the clippy clippy basting style, the stitch the pieces on to the paper style. Anyway, more soonish. In the mean time-