Down a dirt road, past fields and deep woods ~
stands a humble little farmhouse wearing chippy white paint and a rusty tin roof...
it's here at our beloved Notforgotten Farm that you will find me...chasing our kittens, puttering in the herb gardens or talking to the trees.
and I collect old & odd things.

I pull wool & cotton through linen. I walk barefoot in my garden and throw my head back and cackle when I laugh ~ I'm just a little farm-witch that loves where I am & who I'm with ~
I love seeing the past through the eye of my needle...

Our Needlework Shop & Studio
is located here at our farm:
3530 Tye River Road
Amherst, Virginia 24521
ph. 434-263-6508
email ~

Regular Shop & Open Studio Hours:
Fridays & Saturdays 10:00 - 4:00
*no Open Studio during pre-scheduled Classes

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

~ A Handy Tip ~

 Good Morning Friends & Folk!
a glorious Tuesday on tap for us here at the Farm ~

...sunshine and warm temps, along with a subdued breeze 
will have me stitching on the front porch swing after my chores are done.

as you may know, I am stitching a new design that is entirely made up as I go ~
I sometimes feel this helps my work look more primitive, and...
well this one fits that bill completely!

the border hasn't met up at all the way I had hoped for,
as you can see on the bottom left under the yellow house I am stitching:

no worries, 
as I said before I will embrace this as a happy accident and roll with it.

 Look closely at where my needle is below:
you can see that I am stitching the windows on this tiny house ~ but ~
I am stitching them over the already-filled in house!

the threads by the way, 
of this fabulous tiny dwelling are WDW;  Schneckley, Confederate Gray & Terrapin
SO beautiful together!
I find that by filling in all of my stitches. especially on a house ~ 
then going back in and stitching the doors/windows/details 
helps keep me from making a counting mistake...
~ you all know I love frogs, but not of the cross stitch variety!!!

my stitches may look a bit different than yours, too
as I like to wax my threads before I stitch ~ the wax keeps the threads tight and neat-looking.

also, I am a 'backwards' cross stitcher...meaning, I work from right to left when I stitch,
and turn my work upside-down to stitch row-by-row. 

Sounds confusing, but
~ being dyslexic, I have to find certain ways to do things 
so my brain and hands can communicate my thoughts into what I want as a finished product!

I think in my next post I'll will show you what I mean by 'backwards' stitching...
~ or ~ perhaps a short video will show better what I mean.

So, how many of you have stitched over your work like I mentioned above?
and how many of you will do it now that I mentioned it?
inquiring minds....

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Sunday, April 21, 2019

~ Easter Sunday ~

'Twas Easter-Sunday.
 The full-blossomed trees
Filled all the air with fragrance and with joy.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

~ we celebrated an early Easter Dinner with Hannah and Peters' family from CT yesterday,
so today will begin the left-over ham phase of our holiday meal!

So today we will enjoy a quiet day here on our beloved farm, 
watch a few old movies and perhaps go for a walk
before Hannah heads back to Richmond....

Hoping your day will be filled with sweets, 
peace and those who love you most!

🌸 ~ 🌼 ~ 🌺 ~ 🌼 ~ 🌸
Happy Easter

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

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