About Penny


In my earlier life I was a Professor of Computer Science in England for 2 years, specializing in Graphics and System Analysis and Design. I worked in the Software Design and Development field for many years working mainly on Artificial Intelligence and software deveoplment.

I have been an avid sewer since I got my first sewing machine at age 8. I really immersed myself in the world of wearables when I retired from NASA in 1994.

I have helped found and belong to several wearable groups, including Contempo Wearables. This inspiring group is a joy to work with. I am a leader of an American Sewing Guild (ASG) Neighborhood Group - Adventures in Wearables that meets in Webster Texas.

Born in Britain, I married my American husband Steve and we enjoy spending time together with our Siberian Husky, Vinnie.

Currently we live in Alvin Texas on 8 wooded acres out in the country. Very different from our waterfront home of 22 years. We bought the property because of all the trees and the pond with the island! We call it Taddies Hollow because of all the frogs (which I love!) In the early Spring we get anywhere from 6-23 Night Crested Herons. We have actually had 6 mating pairs one year. Each pair seems to have 2 babies (Actually one had 5 this past year!) and they get big very quickly. They fly away in about June or July. They are so much fun to watch as they try to build their nests and manage the babies. Of course we have lots of other kinds of birds, including a red-tailed Hawk, many cardinals, and a slew of squirrels.
While still a work in progress, the house and property  has changed significantly since we bought it.
My favorite part was finishing the extension we added, as I got a great new kitchen and a wonderful studio. Of course the studio is not completely organized yet. (probably will never be finished)

Awards and Honors

Federation of Fiber Artists 2004
2nd place juried show
American Sewing Guild 2003
Most Creative Entry Grand Winner
Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine Creativity Contest 2003
2nd Place Professional Category
Houston Area Fiber Artists (HAFA) 2003
Best of Show
 Houston Area Fiber Artists (HAFA) 2002
Best of Show

Publications and Write-Ups

Penny's Practical Guide to PE-Design, Pallette, and Deco Wizard-
Penny Muncaster-Jewell , published 1997

Penny's Practical Guide to Advanced Projects-
Penny Muncaster-Jewell, published 1999


Machine embroidery & Textile arts Vol 12 No 2
(2006)-The art of Penny Muncaster-Jewell, pages 42-48

Quilting Arts
Spring 2006 - Spotlight on Penny Muncaster-Jewell page 94.

Australian Stitches
Vol 13 No 8 (2006)- Fabric from Thread, pages 84-87

American Sewing Guild Notions
Spring 2006-Winning Ways article.
Machine Embroidery and Textile Arts
Vol 8 no 3 (2002) - Brother Sewing School page 42.

The Sky is not the limit, nor are the stars. It’s your imagination!