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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

Regular FARM Shop Hours:
Saturdays Only
10:00 - 4:00

If you would like to visit on a day that we aren't open, give us a call first :)


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

~ Wednesday Morning Musings ~

 Good Morning Friends & Folk

44* this morning as I enjoyed my hot tea on the porch....
although it has cooled off tremendously, we still are enjoying bits of summertime around us ~
... like our huge banana tree, happy little fig tree and red tomatoes on the vine!

the black walnuts are dropping by the minute ~ they hit our tin barn roof and the sound echoes through our little 'holler' like gunshots ~ sending the peacock, chickens, guineas & ducks into alarm.
the donkey's are used to it now though...

can you believe it will be Hallowe'en in 5 short days?
heading to Ohio for the From our Hands show in 14 days!?!
where does the time go...

this time of year is tricky for choosing what to wear too ~
sweater in the morning, shorts by afternoon & sweatshirt by nightfall :)
but I'll take it rather than days upon days of heat & humidity,
... that just "plum" wears me out!

{love my little spooky jack below}


Peter wanted me to let you all know that FINALLY 
we will be offering more of our wonderful steel-shank Primitive Rug Hooks ~

I use mine constantly, 
love the shape of the hook and the fact that they are magnetized is awesome...

two, wool-covered magnets 
{one on the front of my work, the other underneath on the back}
hold my scissors & hook on my frame while I work...

We have the actual steel shanks made exclusively for us by a local machinist
~ who does a superb job at creating just the size & shape we want.

Peter & Chris lathe-turn the handles in our woodshop, 
from our farm-grown & home-milled trees 
then paint them in the color you'd like.

The red & blue handled ones you see below 
are brand-spanking new and have never pulled a loop....
 ~ you can tell they are shiny & sharp next to my 'honed' black hook.

the more you use one of our steel {or brass} primitive rug hooks,
the more 'mellow' it becomes...
their sharpness will dull a bit more, and the color of the metal 
will take on a glow from the oils on your hands and lanolin from the wools you work with. 

... as each metal shank & hand turned handle are made individually & each one by hand,
no two will ever be the exact same, although very very similar.

We will be adding them to our Etsy shop very soon,
along with our new Winter/Holiday needlework patterns & thread winders ~
OH! {almost forgot}
 Peter has another 'surprise' for us 'Hookers' out there
...something to helps us organize our wool strips while we work.
{more on that to come}

 now, I'm heading out for another walk to look for turkey feathers in our deep woods.

Have a beautiful Autumn day my sweet friends!

~ Blessings from the Farm ~ 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

~ Classes and HUGE News ~

I love teaching ~ 
whether it's rug hooking, punch needle, applique or cross stitch...

it doesn't matter to me what it is actually,
as long as my students are happy!

Those that 'know' me ~ 
know that I am animated, outspoken and sometimes-nuts.
ok, more-than-sometimes-nuts.
{I prefer to call myself passionate}


This past Saturday 
we enjoyed another punch needle class here at the Farm Shop ~
some of us were old hats at this and others were complete beginners. 

we chatted, punched & learned.
I helped the newbies learn the basic techniques while
the advanced students quickly made progress and happily punched away.

Miss Joan celebrated her 70th birthday yesterday, 
and we all celebrated at the class with her by having chocolate cake!

~ Happiest Birthday to you ~
my Dearest Friend Joan

Thanks to all of the Girls who came out for the class, and helped us celebrate ~

Oh ~ 
If I seemed a bit-more cranky than usual at the class, I apologize...
I've just been super busy and slightly overworked lately.
~ nothing a good long walk in the deep woods won't fix!
{and chocolate...chocolate is good for that too!}


In Other News:
 here is the BIG NEWS that I've been keeping secret:
I have been asked to teach & vend at  Sauder Rug Week in 2017!!!! 

Here is the Link for you to read more about 2016's FABULOUS event:

I am MORE than humbled and nervous, excited & blessed to have been asked ~
this is an event that I personally have wanted to attend for many many moons...
and now I can't believe I'll get the chance to go AND be a small part in the actual event.
{{ I am working on the class project model now, a combo project for rug hooking/punch needle }}

the Sauder website should be updating on/around November 1st for the 2017 details.

 well friends, I'm off & running...miles to go before I sleep tonight ~
Next posting I will share with you some more of the finished goods
that I'll be bringing with me to the From Our Hands show!

~ Blessings from the Farm ~

Thursday, October 20, 2016

~ Coming Attractions ~

It is so very hard to create winter/holiday-themed folk art 
~ when temps are in the high 80's!
 but, I am....
and making goode progress I might add!

for those that live on another planet,
this is the show that I'm in the midst of creating for...
{{click *HERE* for more info}}

 and here are just a few of the offerings I will be bringing with me ~

~ plenty more punching, hooking & stitching to go,
plus lots more to 'finish-finish' ;)

I'll keep you posted on my progress.

~ Blessings from the Farm ~

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

~ Upcoming Class ~

 Good Morning Friends & Folk ~
and happy Wednesday to you!

is it really October the 19th?
I mean...
was it not just June and I was teaching 
at Ye Country Mercantile in Sturbridge, Mass.??
where does the time go....

 I wanted to pop in here this morning to remind my preregistered students 
that this coming Saturday is Class day for the
Dimensional Black Cat Paddle project!

if you already have a punch needle and hoop/frame, bring them to class with you.
{{your supply fee will be lower}}
for those who don't already have a punch needle/frame/hoop,
I have them here for you to purchase.

what to bring to class:
a happy disposition & sense of humor. 
{I'll supply snacks/lunch/drinks}

~ class begins around 10:30, but come a little early ~

this class is FULL ~ 
but I will be offering more punch needle classes in the near future 
and post them as soon as I get my Winter 2016/2017 schedule going.

**Please Note**
There will be NO 'Crafty Saturday' this saturday due to the class,
BUT if you're in the neighborhood and want to come shop, please be our guest!
~ Blessings from the Farm ~

Monday, October 17, 2016

~ Little Stitches Handwork Club Model ~

 Hello Friends & Folk!
Finally I have a chance to post photos 
of the finished model for the Oct/Nov/Dec 2016

here is:
"There's no Place like..."

the sweetest word in the dictionary ~


my beautiful model was crossed stitched by the talented & able hands of friend 
Beth Wiksen
{many thanks dear!}
and I finished it into this sweet cupboard hanger, 
... shaped like a house with a wool appliqued roof.

Current Members:
your kits are already on their way!

Folks interested in joining or renewing can click

 Now to finish the next Primitive Punch Needle Club {PPNC}
model for Nov/Dec/Jan!!
{photos coming soon}
click * HERE *  for details 
or to renew/join in on the fun!

~ Blessings from the Farm ~ 

Previous Postings ~ So much more to see!