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 ~

Our Shop & Studio are NOW OPEN by APPOINTMENT Only Please...kindly call to arrange a time to shop or stitch!

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

Oct 31, 2021

~ Christmas Open House 2021 ~

Hello Friends & Folk!
join us on Saturday & Sunday, December 4th & 5th from 10:00 - 4:00 
for our annual
~ Christmas Open House ~
we will have patterns & supplies for cross stitch, embroidery, punch needle and rug hooking
...along with some finished folk art & primitives...
there will be light refreshments and we will be limiting the number of guests allowed in the Studio
this year, but there will e outdoor seating too! {weather permitting, so dress warm!}

Hoping to see many of you again soon!
Blessings from the Farm ~ Lori

Oct 23, 2021

~ October Musings ~

 Hello Friends & Folk!
it surely has been a while since I've posted here...

~ seems like my days have grown much much busier and so much shorter.
Since my mother moved in with us, there have been many changes to everyone's schedules!

Waking up, each day is ground hog day LOL ~ the days/weeks/months just FLY by!
but it's all good...

aside from my regular designing and stitching models,
I'm getting things ready for the PSS {Prim Stitchers Society} Fall Retreat!!

I cannot wait to see my stitching friends again, it's been way too long!
this has always been my very favorite stitcher's retreat...
the members of the Primitive Stitcher's Society 
are such a fun-loving, sharing, giving and sweet group!

I hope to see lots of shoppers at the Merchant Mall!!
I've visited Asheville, NC a few times...a beautiful town and such friendly folks ~
{{ cant wait to shop for myself too! }}
I'm also in the midst of clearing out/cleaning up my sewing room here in this old farmhouse.
I refuse to show photos until it is finished!
 there are just so many things that I no longer want/need...
too many craft supplies that I will donate, that I just do not use any longer...
anyone else know that feeling?? 
simplifying my home and life seems to be the best therapy for myself right now, 
 ~ as being a caregiver can be extremely stressful.
I'm hoping to take the the time to find myself back here blogging more regularly.
I miss it. I miss me.
I miss you!

Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

Aug 18, 2021

~ a tisket a tasket ~

Hello Friends & Folk!
If you follow me on Instagram, 
~ you'll see that I have been making small little pine needle baskets... 
here is my second one that I have ever made! :

this photo below shows the first one {smaller} that I did...

and there will be many more being made in the future, that's for sure :)

I think they're perfect for my small sewing things
 like thimbles and strawberry emeries and such ~

too cute!

my ancestors on my father's side were of the Creek {Muscogee/Poarch Creek} Nation
and making these pine needle baskets have been one of their staples for centuries...
I love being connected to my roots and working with natural objects ~ 
and the photo below shows a Creek woman working on her basket:
{photo found on the web}

this photo below shows an antique Creek basket 
{photo found on the web}

 If you are interested in learning how to create your own pine needle basket,
here is wonderful tutorial that I found on Youtube:

click -----> HERE
 Have fun!!!

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Jun 7, 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

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

Apr 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

Apr 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

Apr 7, 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

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