~ our ~

Needlework 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

Or Call/Email to make an appointment to visit us another day ~


~ Please visit our ETSY Shop for our unique patterns, supplies and wooden items
specifically designed for rug hooking, punch needle, applique, embroidery and cross stitch ~
... the photos below are just a few examples of what we offer in our Etsy shop ~ kindly click on any photo below to visit and see more ~

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

~ Stitchy Superstitions ~

 A collection of 'Olde Wife's Tales' found on the interweb...

I find these fascinating and often wonder about their origins!
my PA German side of the family has a few of these that have been passed along & down the family, 
...do you know of any others??

- Superstitions About Scissors -

You will "cut off'" your fortune if you use scissors on New Year's Day.

Scissors should be put away during thunderstorms
...to decrease the likelihood that the house will be struck by lightning.

Placing a pair of scissors under the pillow of a woman in labor will
 ‘cut her pain in half’....

As with childbirth, placing a pair of scissors underneath the pillow of anyone in pain will halve their discomfort, making it more bearable.

Breaking both blades is a sign of an impending disaster.

Giving a pair of scissors as a gift
will cause problems in a friendship by cutting the relationship in half.
When giving scissors as a gift,
the receiver should always give a little money in return,
since ‘buying’ the scissors will not cause the friendship to be cut.
Scissors should always be sold, they should never be given.

A pair of scissors nailed above a door in the ‘open’ position,
 so they resemble a cross to some extent, was said to protect a household from dark witchcraft and evil influences.

Dropping a pair of scissors is said to warn that a lover is unfaithful.

Breaking one blade of a pair of scissors
 is an omen of quarreling and discord;
...if both blades are broken at once; a calamity is to be feared.

On Wednesday and Friday,
...no should use a needle or scissors, bake bread or sow flax.

 - Superstitions about Needles,Pins & Thread -

See a pin and let it lie, ...sure to rue it by and by.

Never lend a pin to a friend lest it prick the friendship.

A bent or crooked pin is thrown into a wishing well for good luck.

Dropping a needle was good luck unless it sticks upright in the floor, then company was expected.

Remove a needle or pin from the packet
and prick the recipient before giving it to them.

If you break a needle while sewing a dress you will live to wear that dress out. If you prick you finger with a needle depending on the hand and finger it means something different.
Hand: Right – Work, Left – Heart
Thumb: Happiness
Index Finger: Trouble
Middle Finger: Love
Ring Finger: Letter
Pinky: Farewell

- Sewing/stitching in General -

Single girls who sew a single piece of hair into a wedding dress in couture, will get married within the next year. A bride can sew a swan’s feather into her husband’s pillow to ensure fidelity. If you make a quilt, finish it, or you’ll never get married.

Never sew on Sunday because you will have to rip out all of those stitches when you get to heaven. There is harm in sewing on Sunday if you do not use a thimble.

It is bad luck to sew clothing while some one is wearing it unless the person in the clothes holds a thread in their mouth.

Always sew a pillow case on New Years Eve to hold all of your troubles.

When you are sewing and your thread knots and tangles,
someone is talking about you.

A knotted thread means an argument is coming.

A tangled thread on a needle during mending gives health and prosperity to the owner.

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Sunday, July 15, 2018

~ We've got CLASS! ~

 Good Morning Friends & Folk ~
and a happy steamy Sunday to you all!

{and a very happy birthday to my sweet sister Sharon}

Yesterday we had the pleasure once again to host a finishing class
taught by Beck Noland from Lucy Beam - Love in Stitches!

~ her project for class was this sweet as honey Tea Box ~

Becky always brings along a few of her beautiful models for us to drool over, 
and other needfuls for class...

{she also brought along AWESOME cupcakes from Frosting bakery in R'mond, VA}

here she is during the class ~
Becky is a wonderful teacher and we love to host her classes!

some of us brought along other forms of needlework, too ~
and they sure were fast at it, see those busy blurry hands?

here the class students are wprking on covering their tea boxes...
they had previously cross stitched the top portion ~

Becky carefully chose pages from a vintage cookbook for class ~

after class,
a few gals shared some of their show 'n tell with us...
below is Debbie holding up her lovely quilt that she made, and taught a class for as well...

and here are a couple of Deb's stitched reproduction samplers 
from Susan Greening that she stitched:

our beloved friends Steve & Shari Kritikakos 
joined us for a much overdue visit!!
{you may also know them as Santa & Mrs. Claus}

here Shari is showing us a beautiful embroidery done by her grandmother... 
such perfect stitches and so fully embroidered!

treasured family heirlooms indeed.

My sweet friend Heather gifted me with this happy ORANGE coneflower!
I have never seen one this color, but she knows I love orange and thought of me...
this will be planted here in our kitchen garden to come back each year and remind us of how much we love our friends ~

Much thanks to Becky for another awesome class ~ 

and thanks to all who came out to the shop for the class, 
so good to see everyone's beautiful faces
as well as our shoppers who visited during class too!

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

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