How We Do

Just over two years ago I started this little blog. I didn't really think that many people would be interested in it, and sometimes I posted a lot, sometimes a little. Thanks to this little corner of the internets I claimed in the name of Donkeywolf, I'm doing about two shows quarterly, I landed a great gig writing for MrXStitch, I've met some kick ass artists and one of my heroes, and now I'm published.

This year you can find my thoughts and my work featured in the following books-
"Hoopla includes twenty-eight innovative embroidery patterns and profiles of contemporary embroidery artists, including Jenny Hart, author of Sublime Stitching; Rosa Martyn of the UK-based Craftivism Collective; Ray Materson, an ex-con who learned to stitch in prison; Sherry Lynn Wood of the Tattooed Baby Doll Project, which collaborated with female tattoo artists across the United States; Penny Nickles and Johnny Murder, the self-proclaimed Bonnie and Clyde of embroidery; and Alexandra Walters, a military wife who replicates military portraits and weapons in her stitching." 
PUSH Stitchery: 30 Artists Explore the Boundaries of Stitched Art

Both are available at Amazon, and you can find links to the books on the right hand side of this blog.

I'm also going to be featured in the summer issue of Fiber Arts Magazine for my lacework. This is really exciting for me, because I actually subscribe to Fiber Arts! 
Love Birds
15"x15"  2011
photo by Angela Faz

Anyway, that's what's up with me! It's been hard to keep my trap shut about all of this, and I can't believe it's finally happening. I only wish I could send copies to everyone who was ever mean to me in Jr. High. Ha! Kidding... 

Anyway, I know I haven't been posting very frequently, but it's only because the lace work I'm doing now takes sooooooooo loooooooong and I'd rather share it when it's done. 

Also, I've got the largest piece I've ever done up at Hotel Hadley Studios. If you didn't get a chance to see it in Seattle at The Twilight Artists Collective, you can head over to the other side of the country and see it in Siler City, NC., curated by our Miss Drucilla Pettibone.
Curl Up With A Book 
featuring the ladies of the Oresteia 
60"x60" 2001
Photo courtesy of Hotel Hadley Studios.

Anyway, it's been a great couple of years. I can wait to see what the next few will bring. 


  1. FACE! ;) High fives and million congrats!

  2. Wow--yeah! Congrats! The Published Word means your Real!

    I love the quilt too...

  3. That's just fabulous, Penny, and so well-deserved! I'm especially excited to see you in Fiber Arts - and for lace work no less!! hot damn!!!

  4. Miss Penny, you are one of my crafting heros (no joke!) and I aspire to be like you when I grow up... or maybe just when I get a bit older - congrats!!

  5. Thanks Bowie! My only advice is, stop calling yourself a crafter and you're half way there!


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