...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.

~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*



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
***FARM SHOP IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO HEAT WAVE!!***
-----> Etsy Shop is always open! :)



Thursday, July 28, 2016

~ Powerless ~

Well!
~ finally our power is back on…
hellacious storms rolling through here just about every afternoon
 is playing havoc with our little rural power co. 
On & off, flickering & then off. popping back on & the power surges!
weird.
So needless to say, I have had no access to my emails or FB since yesterday.
oh, and our phone lines are down too. yep.
*sigh*

Update on shipping for the Punch Needle Stations:
we are shipping as fast as we can!
~ kindly remember that we are a small business... 
a true Mom & Pop, American Based Entrepreneurship! 

we strive to bring you quality & fast shipping 
and love to offer you our very own original and unique wooden products 
that you just won't find anywhere else. 
Each one of our wooden products is made one at a time, by hand, with lots of care ~

We ship 2x weekly and all of our orders ship in the order they were received…
and I can provide tracking numbers for you as I get them shipped.
If your order {via Etsy} is marked 'not shipped', 
~ that simply means that I didn't check the box yet.
:)

between dyeing linens, designing, processing orders, packaging & shipping…
I do find a little time to create, of course...
{because I will lose my mind if I don't make time for that!!!}
so I'm working items for the August 1st   Early Work Mercantile  update:





Hoping the power stay on long enough now so I can catch up on emails & messages,
we have another evening of storms ahead….

Thanks so much for your patience my friends!!


~ Blessings from the Farm ~
 Lori

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

~ Autumn in the Mail ~

Beloved Autumn ~
was waiting for me in my mailbox yesterday…
couldn't wait to get down our long dusty road 
~ back into the cool farmhouse to do a little light reading.




I also received two spools of this wonderful wool thread from my friend Kathy at




this is 100% rustic Wool Thread from Moire ~ 
and as a designer I thought I would give it a try…




at first, 
I threaded my Dimensions punch needle with Medium tip with the orange wool thread…
it was too 'thin' for me, 
~ so I ended up doubling the thread in the needle and I love it!
I'm sure those of you who work with a small punch needle tip will find the single strand works well,
I just prefer my medium needles and a little bit more of a 'denser' look ~




here is the 'back' or 'working side' of my practice design…
you can see the 2 threads better:





and here is the 'front' of my work ~
you can see that I've punched two rows of the doubled-thread 
and how it 'floofs' up better using the doubled thread.
{yes, 'floof' is a word. in my vocabulary, anyway}
;)




Using the Dimensions medium tip needle, which is NON-adjustabe, the loops are at the same height as they would be if I used my Medium Ultra Punch Needle set on the #1 setting…




so far, so good.
~ me likey.

I will be mixing it up to finish this, as I'll finish the orange part using the Moire Wool Thread
and use DMC cotton 6 strand {all 6 strands} for the facial details & background.




the Sun is playing hide & seek today.
and I don't want to play.
I'll just let it continue to hide behind those clouds up there….




the farmhouse is dark & cool when the sun hides.
and my favorite chair waits for me to continue my work ~




quiet corner of my world….
except for the occasional squawk from Peaches,
letting me know he wants to come out & play.
for him, 
I'll oblige…





Dear Friends PLEASE READ:
*Update on Orders of our Punch Needle Stations*
we have been overwhelmed with your gracious purchases of our
Punch Needle Stations and we are doing our very best to get yours asap!

~ please also know that all orders ship in the manner in which they were received ~
Thank You All So Much.

Peter & I are so grateful for your continued support & kindness…


~ Blessings from the Farm ~ 
 Lori

Monday, July 25, 2016

~ Monday Morning Musings ~


Good Morning ~ Friends & Folk!

I just cannot believe it is the 'end' of July already, can you?

oh how we wish Summer to come, then
we wish for the cooler temps to return once again.
ah well, so is life…seasons come & go.

… spent some time in the garden last evening when the sun wasn't so harsh.
I like to wait until it slants behind the trees a bit
so it's not too unbearable ~

I caught these beautiful 
Yellow Swallowtail Butterflies visiting our smaller herb garden, 
gathering the sun-warmed nectar from the tiny flowers on our butterfly bush:













Here's one happy friend that doesn't seem to mind the scorching heat & sun,
~ our huge sunflower!
… we measured it at almost 12 feet tall 
and it continues to grow inch-by-inch everyday, 
while producing multiple blooms on it's trunk-like stalk.

did I mention this was a 'volunteer' plant?
yep, we didn't plant it.
must have come from the bird feeders ~
what a sweet gift from nature!

~ the very tip-top bloom is lifting it's face to the sunshine ~




 Our tiny lemon-yellow day lilies are almost spent now,
just too hot for them…I guess.
I look forward to seeing them every year, 
~ then it usually gets to hot
for me to enjoy them for long!
*sigh*




&
here is the finished project model for the
Primitive Punch Needle Club from Notforgotten Farm™
{a.k.a. the "PPNC"}

~ Merrie October 31st ~
2016 © NFF

'…a delightful young Goode Witch out taking a moonlit stroll behind her beloved saltbox house...'

I chose to hang mine from a small vine wreath ~ and you can too! 
~or~ 
finish yours into a sawdust/spice-filled pillow or a simple framed piece…
how about mounting it to a slice of wool and adding some wool appliqué? 
or finish yours into a pocket...
~ the finishing possibilities are endless and I WANT TO SEE THEM!
:)

All "PPNC" Members kits WILL include:
*Weavers Cloth 
*DMC/Valdani Threads to finish project
*Reusable Paper Pattern
*Color Photo
* Detailed Finishing Instructions

ALL "PPNC" Members will need to provide their own:
Lip Locking Hoop or Gripper Frame {at least a 10"x 10" size"}
Ultra Punch Needle {Cameo} with MEDIUM TIP

If you haven't joined our exclusive club for primitive punch needlers, 
you may click HERE to join ~ 

Kits will begin shipping in August so you can have your project completed in time for the
~ Autumn Decorating Season ~
{the most wonderful time of the year}

Have a beautiful & creative day my friends ~ keep cool and be happy!

~ Blessings from the Farm ~ 
 Lori

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

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