...Down a dirt road, past woods and fields sits a humble little farmhouse wearing chippy white paint and a rusty tin roof ~
It's here you'll find me pulling thread and wool through linen and chasing after my kittens…
I collect old & odd things ~ I throw my head back and cackle when I laugh and I see the past through the eye of a needle.
~ I love my life and those I share it with.


Our Farm Shop is located at
3530 Tye River Road
Amherst, VA 24521
ph. 434-263-6508
email ~ notforgottenfarmwitch@gmail.com

*** SUMMER Farm Shop Hours***
June through September
Open Saturdays ONLY 10:00 - 3:00

{best to call ahead just to make sure}

~Visit our Etsy Shop~

to see more than 300 of our patterns & supplies for the Needleworker ~ below is just a small sampling!
* click HERE to visit our ETSY Shop*


Sunday, July 24, 2016

~ A Hot Mess ~


Yep ~
that about sums it up.
one HOT mess.

it's Hot out.
it's Hot in.
I'm sick of the AC ~ I need fresh air.
… I need fresh rain…

In the meanwhile,
I'm giving my hands a break from punching.
So
 I turn to a gentler type of needlework, 
~ my trusty hand embroidery.

When I begin, 
I get all of my threads ready on those little paper spool-things….
good intentions of keeping everything neat & tidy in my basket,
you know.




which
soon leads to this:
a beautiful but chaotic thread nest that seems to grow & grow without control
~ not unlike my free-spirited gardens.

yes! this is my Thread Garden….untamed & wild and full of inspiration!
ahhh ~ now I understand!
it has to be this way for me to create!!

to dig through them is cathartic for me ~ finding just the right color.
taking my time to untangle
 just. the. right….one.




I designed a sampler called 
"The Sowing Sampler" 
a few years back and it's verbiage sums my thoughts exactly:

'my linen is my soil, my linen is my plow ~ my threads are my seeds, and my words I do sow."


… all of those wild threads will eventually lead to this, 
my small little works of heart…
no design in mind,
~ just needle & thread in hand ~
&
 Sometimes,
 tiny little things appear that make me giggle ~ 
like the bushy tails on the Goodwitch's fur-friends below:


"Squirrel Whisperer"© ~ Notforgotten Farm™ 2016

or the shocked-look on the Ladye's face 
in this small work in progress...

"where's my broom?"

Well, 
it looks as though it has reached the 80* degree mark {again}
and it's not quite 9:30 a.m.
I wish it would rain.
but
me thinks I'll take a walk in the cool, dark woods for a bit ~
maybe dip my toes down into the cool spring out behind our farmhouse
and sit on the bank for a spell.

Hmmm…..


~ Blessings from the Farm ~
 Lori

Saturday, July 23, 2016

~ TOO HOT! ~


Our little Farm Shop will be 
CLOSED today ~ sorry for any inconvenience.

Hoping you all stay nice & cool where you are, & please remember our outdoor friends in this heat by always providing plenty of fresh, cool water to drink :)





~ Blessings from the Farm ~
 Lori

Thursday, July 21, 2016

~ Gratefully Busy ~


* Good Morning Friends & Folk *

Peter & I want to Thank all of you who have purchased our new 
and also thank those who have become members of our 

We are blessed to have such wonderful customer-friends like you.

I'm finishing up the model
 for the first kit of the Primitive Punch Needle Club {PPNC}
and should have it finished today ~ I'll update you asap!




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I wanted to show the colors we use for our finished painted primitives 
like our Punch Needle Station, Rug Hooker's Tote, Sewing Box etc…
~ now you're able to see your choices better.




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Our Gardens are blooming wildly with all of the heat & humidity ~
we haven't had the chance to pull any weeds, but so what?

I enjoy the weeds too ~ 
… especially when they bring butterflies & bees.

















Hydrangea & Speedwell





Hoping you are all enjoying your needlework & staying cool ~
I'll be doing the same!






~ Blessings from the Farm ~
 Lori

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

~ HEY! ~


Well Howdy Friends & Folk! ~
I have been away from my blog for a few days…
~ lots of wonderful happenings going on around here!

a little birdie told me that it's time to share with you all the details:

Hi Peach!!!

 Peter & I, with the help of our dear friend Joan ~
have come up with something that we think you will love…

I know I am Over-the-moon excited about it!

If you LOVE LOVE punch needle as much as I do, 
and love using Valdani Pearl Cotton then I think you might appreciate this, our new:

~ Punch Needle Station ~

yes!
Peter has brainstormed once again to 'help' those of us addicted to punch needle :)


made from our home-grown & hand milled wood ~
painted & finished right here on the farm.

I chose the color red for mine ~
…  but you will be able to choose from our primitive colors.
 slide the lid off and take a peek inside:


{{oh boy!}}

next, lift up the thread rack using the tiny spool handle:


…then tuck the lid down behind the thread rack for a clipboard!



Each Punch Needle Station will come with 5 reusable clear 'stickies'…
what for you ask?




WELL...you have to remove those little circular papers
 from inside your Valdani thread balls to place them on the thread rack {dowel}
~ but you want to keep track of what color you're using, right?

Boom!





now you can clip on your paper pattern instructions to the lid {clip is included too!}
so you can get punching
:)





Now
thread that needle and get to work!






and it's pretty, isn't it?
 it's no bigger than our Hookinpunch© Adjustable Gripper Frame…
AND both fit down inside your tote bag perfectly ~





There is even a divided interior to store your needles & scissors
AND
Peter even included a magnet-strip for our threaders! 
~ woot woot ~

{can you tell I'm excited a bit?}}





 when you're all done punching,
remove your paper & clip from the lid, fold down the thread rack,
~ tuck in your needles & stuff and 
slide the lid  back on…






So, what do you think?
We will be listing these SOON in our Etsy shop ~





~ and if THAT wasn't enough excitement for one day…
{told you we've been busy!}

we have decided to open the 
Notforgotten Farm's™

* Primitive Punch Needle Club *




This is something we have wanted to bring you for some time ~

we've had such great response from asking our customers if they would be interested in such a club, and there is no better time that to begin with the very first kit for Hallowe'en!!!

Just like our well-received 
Little Stitches Handwork Club for cross stitchers,
memberships to the Primitive Punch Needle Club are for 1 full year and you can join/renew at any time.
Members will receive one kit, every three months ~ for one full year from when they joined.

Kits will include:
weavers cloth
exact threads to finish project 
{threads will vary between DMC & Valdani, sometimes both!}
reusable paper pattern 
 full instructions with thread list
color photo

***you will need to supply your own punch needle & lip lock hoop 
or gripper frame {available in our Etsy shop}

We will begin this club with the first kit mailing in August ~
AND it will be a folky-primitive Hallowe'en Design!!
 {{I am almost finished punching it and will share finish here soon.}}

If you would like to read more or pre-register please

Hoping you are all enjoying the hot Summer weather!
{I am enjoying it from inside! haha}

~ Blessings from the Farm ~
 Lori

Friday, July 15, 2016

~ July/August/September Little Stitches Handwork Club ~

~ Good Friday Morning to you Friends & Folk ~

If you haven't seen the recent model for our 
Little Stitches Handwork Club {LSHC}
here it is ~

'Alpha-Basket' Needle Roll
by Notforgotten Farm™


needle roll closed

needle roll open
 {back, or stitched surface shown}


needle roll open
{inside shown with wool patch}
All of our current members' kits have been shipped as of yesterday, 
~ and you should be receiving yours soon
If you would like to join our EXCLUSIVE club, or renew your years' membership 
please click 

Working on finished goods,
 & my new upcoming Autumn/Hallowe'en designs for patterns today ~
 I'll share photos of my progress soon :)

Keep cool & be safe ~
enjoy the Summer before it's gone!

~ Blessings from the Farm ~ 
 Lori

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