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 us...chasing our kittens, puttering in the herb gardens, or talking to the trees.

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

Due to Covid-19 Health restrictions, the Shop & Studio at Notforgotten Farm is CLOSED until further notice...

Our ETSY Shop is Always Open!
visit our Etsy Shop by clicking on any one of the thumbnail photos below or going to

Monday, June 07, 2021

~ We're BACK!!! ~

Good Morning Friends & Folk!
Happy Monday to us all! 
This past Saturday my Tribe and I got together here in the studio 
to make chicken wire cloches {more about that below}
but first we had show 'n tell... 

Mom put her crochet aside for a bit 
and got straight to work on making Hexies {English paper piecing} 
she just started, so stay tuned for her progress photos in upcoming posts ~
We have been crocheting!!
{well SOME of us have been when they're not busy stitching pattern models lol}
so we decided to do a group crochet-along...
a beautiful Sunflower afghan that ONE of us found somewhere on the internet ~
we have been working on the squares at our own pace, as
most of us are not seasoned crochet-ers, {but some of us are!}

Nancy {below} is gleefully working on her sunflower squares ~ love her yarn colors!

Anita has her squares done, but is now joining them together....
aren't they so pretty?

Janice has hers completely finished!!!
awesome-sauce miss Janice!

and so does Sharon!!!! you go girl!!!
and just like us, each one is different & beautiful ;)

 Janice also finished a few African Flowers, a pattern she found online...

ok, on to the Chicken Wire Cloches!! 
I LOVE A Simple Life magazine...always have always will ~
Thankfully I have saved every issue, as it is no longer in print 

I love to read them over and over and look for cool things to make,
 like this chicken wore cloche project from
Lynn Oppenheimer ~
So I asked the girls if they were interested in getting together to make them...
{did you all hear the resounding "YES!!"}???
so we did.
 Janice & Sharon brought the wire & supplies, 
Nancy & Anita brought some paint & cheesecloth...
we needed gloves, wire cutters and pliers too.
 and then we began by cutting the wire... 
with the help of Janice & Anita ~

 measure twice, cut once!
Sharon & Nancy doing algebra me thinks?
{mom is working on those hexies!}
Some of us even thought of wearing their project as a new fashion trend:
{the gloves make the whole outfit!}
 we each made two, one large one, one smaller...
some of us painted theirs white, brown or black ~ others left as-is...
 cheesecloth & calico added to the tops...
we had fun and enjoyed being with each other!
 Nancy offered to make
Elderberry Flower Fritters!!

such beautiful, delicate and fragrant blooms they are...Nancy grows these in her lush garden!

here are the blossoms freshly picked, before cooking:
here they are frying, after being dipped in a batter...
 and here are the finished fritters!!
Nancy always does something special for us...
like making Rosewater Syrup {in jar} 
and freshly whipped cream with Orange essence
{in bowl}

a dusting of powdered sugar and ~

and ye, they are as delish as they look!
 Thank you to my Tribe...for being who you are 
and being such wonderful friends!

Peter and I will be Reopening the Shop/Studio Soon!!
by appointment only, either call/message/email me...

I will be posting exactly when very soon :)
Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

Monday, May 17, 2021

~ A Happy Life ~


A Happy Life
*new* cross stitch pattern from Notforgotten Farm™
now available in our Etsy shop:

a quick little stitch with lots of meaning...

"A Happy Life..."
quote: "Very little is needed to make a happy life"

oh. so. true.

All DMC threads:
611, 831, 869, 3033 & 3768

stitch count: 93w x 61h
stitched two over two, 30ct coffee/tera stained natural brown linen used.
finished model size approx. 5" x 7"

Frame not available...{{ I painted a store-bought wooden frame for this one ;) }}
Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

Thursday, April 22, 2021

~ New BEES, Old BEES ~ and Garden Thingies ~

 Hello hello Friends & Folk!

it is a Thursday evening...high winds and low temps here on the farm tonight.
April is being finicky and FICKLE for sure!

we have wonderful growth in our gardens, but the colder temps of the past 2 nights
~ are not being friendly to delicate blooms and buds.
...Fingers & toes crossed that all will survive!!
I wanted to share two new designs with you...
 this is
"The Bee Kind"
{Be kind to the BEE kind"

"Plant & Weed Quartet"

these {above} will be available tomorrow 4/23
in our Etsy shop, as both PDF and Mailed patterns...
 Do you LOVE bees ???????
{ or beekeeping, honey, knowing that by digesting honey you are supporting local beekeepers, treating your body to one of the very 1st-known natural antibiotics/healing agents., a natural humectant for your skin, an Earth-born gift that without we would perish from the planet???}

I love bees. Peter & Hannah & I kept bees for a short time when we first moved here to VA in 2003...we weren't successful, as our queens kept wanting to waylay to other lands...
we let them go, feeling they knew better than we ~ and have since been blessed by visits of offspring from our original hives each year ~

the tender and gentle workers perch on my fingertips as though they 'know' me...
I have been known to sing to them, and they, in turn, dance for me.
Between stitches,... I watch them flit from flow'r to flow'r ~ gathering their pollen to feed their young ~
knowing that we, in some small way are helping our neighbors gardens and crops come to fruition...

eating local honey has helped my allergies immensely also.

As a needlework designer, my love for bees creeps in.

here is a smattering of my earlier designs that include my beloved BEE-Friends:

"Blessed Bee' Punch needle

"Bee Good" punch needle


"Birds & Bees" punch needle

"BUZZbee" punch needle


"The Bee Sampler" cross stitch

"Keeping the Bees" punch needle

"Give Bees a Chance" cross stitch is our Etsy shop address ~
all paper/PDF patterns & Books are 20% OFF ~
thank you for visiting, come by again soon & Blessed be!
Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Sunday, April 18, 2021

~ Gardens, Cotton & Silk and Stitching~

Good Morning Friends & Folk ~
and a very happy, sunny Sunday morning to us all!
...the pollen count in our area is so high! 
~ there is a film of yellow/green dust on everything.

but that won't keep me from being outside as much as I can, 
soaking up the sun {and sneezing!} 
I'm taking my Nettle tincture to help alleviate the itchy eyes and scratchy throat,
and putting Vaseline inside my nostrils {ew.} to keep the pollen at bay...
{hey! it really works!!}

I love seeing the colors in my gardens...
purples, yellows and greens.

I have to share with you my gorgeous full thread palettes from

I received them in yesterdays' mail ~
oh my stars.....

the saturated and lovely ~
 every color under the rainbow!

and the silks....soft and luxurious ~
I cannot wait to stitch with them!

and, speaking of stitching...
I will be re-stitching the model for my
'Eliza Phelps' sampler.
I designed her in 2008, and either sold or lost the model...
she is charted using DMC cotton threads, 
but I think you know how I will stitch her now {Classic Colorworks!} 
and will have the DMC conversion in the new chart as well ~

Here is a great conversion for DMC to Classic Colorworks from 
"Eliza Phelps 1860...
little Eliza loved the village she and her family lived in ~
notice she even included her Church and Home..."

Hoping you have a wonderful Sunday my friends...

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

~ Early Morning Stitching ~

 Good Wednesday Morning
Friends & Folk...

another beautiful Spring morning here at the farm ~

the earth is greening and the birds are twitterpating!
buds are budding and blooms are blooming...
always an exciting time of year, to see what new plantings come up,
after a cold Winter.

Per usual,
I am stitching.
and am starting on a new design for a woman's sewing pocket ~ 

I have made/designed pockets in the past,
 and thought I might share a few of them for you here:
 "Dove Basket" ~ embroidery

"Ruthy's Sampler Pocket" ~ cross stitch
"Jacks' Sweet Bag" ~ cross stitch
"Sparrow's Pocket" ~ UNcounted cross stitch

these pockets/bags are so easy to make, really...
they look harder than they are to finish!

I love using them in my seasonal decor to hold natural drieds/feathers/etc...

So the one in progress is being worked on 35ct 'Beige' from Weeks Dye Works
~ a beautiful, creamy white-ish beige with a touch of greeny-grey.

the threads I chose are soft and spring-hued:
Gentle Art 'Apricot Blush' & 'Cornhusk'
Weeks Dye Works 'Verdigris' and 'Grape Vine'
I'm using two strands of floss over two threads of linen, 
as I wanted my stitches and motifs to stand out...

Peter gifted me with my favorite color Hyacinth for Easter...
I keep it next to my favorite tattered old wingback chair, which is my very favorite place to stitch.

the scent fills the whole farmhouse!
...and that deep purple color...
be still my heart

this old chair has seen many days...
as threadbare and ratty as it looks,
it is comfy and feels like a hug from an old friend each time I sit down to stitch ~
One day I plan on reupholstering it with old french feedsacks.


Peter prepared our potato patch
{say that fast 3 times!!}
and we should be expecting lots {LOTS} of potatoes this harvest!!
I will gladly share with friends LOL


Hoping the rest of your week is full of creativity and peace!

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Spring Stitching ~ Tiny Works

 Good Morning Friends & Folk!
...and a very happy Saturday to us all!

what has everyone been up to? I have been super-busy since my last posting here...
as you all may well know, my Mom has come to live with us here at the farm ~
we are all adjusting to different schedules and ways, and I am so happy to have her here with us!

I have been working on more cross stitch designs {what a surprise, right?} 
and hope to share more progress photos of things that are either in-or-out of my hoop very soon!
OH! and I've also got a batch of Stitcher's Bling {scissors fobs}
& Thread Ring Bling {self-explanatory} in the works!!! cannot wait to share them with you...

in the meantime, 
... Spring has sprung ~
the birds are twitterpating, and Pinocchio is feeling his 'oats' once again lol

the herb gardens are getting their make-overs...
and our daffy's and hyacinth are filling the barnyard with their wonderful scents...

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 I am so very thankful for my readers here, and my followers on Instagram & Facebook too..
I have gotten more followers and for those that might now have seen these,
I'm sharing them here on the blog...
these are older, small & quick, 'stitchy' related designs available in my Etsy shop:
 here is 
Tiny Little Stitches ~
this one below is called ~
Bless my Scissors - and it reads: 'Bless my scissors, needles, thread'

the one below is called ~
My Needle is Sharp ~ and reads: 'my needle is sharp and my hands swift'

the next one below is called ~
the Sowing Sampler - and reads: 
'My linen is my soil
my needle is my plow
my threads are my seeds
and my words I do sow'
 and finally below is ~
My Threads are Cut and reads: 
'My threads are cut, my work is done.'

 wishing you all a beautiful weekend 
spent with your needle and thread 
 ~ and those who love you most!!

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Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

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