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 or Events

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

Sunday, October 13, 2019

~ Autumn Sunday Musings ~

 Good Morning Friends & Folk ~
a wonderfully crisp October Sunday it is here on the farm!

I heard geese flying overhead this morning as I was waking up...
heading south to their winter homes.
I like to pretend this is what was making all that racket:

I have been a huge fan of Charles Wysocki since my childhood!

For those who have been following along on the progress of my embroidered Santa brooch,
I finished it yesterday ~ the addition of the beaded edge and berries just makes me smile ~

I just have to sew the pinback on and it will be fully finished off {FFO}
finished size approx. 2-1/2" x 2-1/4"
and yes this will be a pattern with detailed instructions.
I plan on a Youtube video tutorial for this type of embroidery
when I release this and {a few others} in the coming week or so ~

Of course,
I had to begin another brooch ~ so many irons in so many fires but that is me!
I drew one up on my osnaburg fabric and have put in a few start-stitches...
these help me with direction and shading as I stitch
~ and will be covered by my tiny little split stitches soon.
** Click on the Santa brooch photos to enlarge them, you'll see those tiny stitches!

It is a sleepy little fox nestled in the holly leaves ~
and I cannot wait to see this one come to life!
and I know my sweet friend Nancy B. will love it too...
of course I will add some beads to this one,
holly berries of course but perhaps a sprinkling of snow for the background?

Lately I have become a bit obsessed with beads
right along with my Tribe of enablers I mean Girlfriends!
adding beads to my work opens up a whole new way of designing for me ~

and speaking of beads...
I made all of these with the help of my friends
Sharon & Becky 
who are fabulous beaders and have the patience of Job with us
while we try to learn new things! I tend to cuss alot {really? shocking!}
while I helps me concentrate {not} 
and I thank my girls for putting up with me being the sailor/trucker in the room hahaha.

On the far left is an eyeglass chain, and the rest are bracelets ~
the one on the far right I just finished yesterday
... and holy cow that thing plucked my last nerve!
I muddled through and I love it.
friends Anita & Janice helped me through the last stages of it, 
as Janice was just beginning hers
~ and I was finishing mine up.

I may make another like the one on your middle-left, {blue beads & jump rings}
it was the easiest one for me to make and I have the perfect beads 
that I think will work nicely for another one.

Well folks ~
 I am off to grab my punchneedle, weavers cloth and threads!
a few new Christmas/Yuletide/Winter pattern models need to be worked on today! YAY!
I'll share some peeks of them, {and my progress on little sleepy fox embroidery soon.}
I tend to post my progress photos on my Instagram page & FB too...
the links are up there on the right hand side of this blog
if you should care to follow me there.

have a beautifully creative and peaceful day my sweet friends!!

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Friday, October 11, 2019

~ Shop & Studio News ~

 Good Morning Friends & Folk~
popping in to say that we will be OPEN today and tomorrow...
I will be closing the shop/studio earlier today though 
so our hours today are from 10:00 -1:30 only
tomorrow {Saturday} are regular shop hours 10:00 - 4:00

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

~ Tuesday Morning Musings ~

 Hello Friends & Folk!
and a happy blustery October Tuesday to you all!

Definitely my kind of weather,
but then again...
I am just a little Yankee farm-witch aren't I? 

the days & nights are getting cooler 
and the leaves have finally begun to resemble the season they are in...
we are in need of rain badly here though, 
and I continue to set bowls of water out for my fur, feather and insect friends
 in need of a drink or three ~

October is my very favorite month of all!

Saturday my Tribe was here in the Studio ~
there is never a dull moment when we gather...
we stitch, bead, hook & eat,
between laughter and outrageous outbursts 
of silliness that only a tribe member can understand lol!

Anita brought along a potful of heartwarming white chicken chili and toppings,
Nancy B made us a delicious batch of carrot/cardamom soup ~
Joan made raisin custard pie, and Nancy B also made her owl cupcakes!

one thing leads to another...
because we get inspired to make so many things!
an impromptu bead class had a few of us {me included} working on a new bracelet
and digging through jars of broken and salvageable jewelry parts ~

the only sane tribe member, is in the very background ~ LOL Sharon!

I'm back to doing embroidery ~ 
putting aside the uncounted cross stitch for now...
and working on new patterns, techniques and designs.

this little 2" x 2-1/2" Santa is in my hoop today:

watching these come to life before my eyes...
layer upon layer of thread and tiny stitches ~
this will be a finished brooch with a beaded edge!

What are you all working on?
autumn/halloween or have you shifted to winter/christmas?
are you hooking? stitching or punching?
do tell ...

Enjoy the rest of your day,
I hope to be back here with a finish in a few days.
Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

~ October Begins ~

 Hello Friends and Folk!
a very happy October 1st to you all ~
the leaves are falling outside my sewing room window as I type...
as a hot breeze seems to be blowing away the last remnants of Summer.

... this is such a strange time of year ~ 
caught somewhere between Summer days
and Autumn nights!

before I begin my day today I though I would take you along with me on a short walk 
around the farmyard and shop garden...

~ side by side ~

 i love the tiny amount of purple in these glory's....

a pebbled pathway in a tired garden ~

although dying,
their beauty never fades in my eyes,...

red gazing ball and my little witch
grace the front of the Studio ~

morning glory's of every size and color are blooming now,
always reaching for the last few shafts of sunshine...

my beautiful Beauty Berries ~
a shoot was given to us from our dear friends Jane & Steve ❤

Roxy & her 'nephew' Big...enjoying a morning kiss ~

a cauldron of mums...
a gift from dear friend Nancy Z ♥

 old gourds in our soapstone icebox;

 the perfect pumpkin ~
a gift from my sweet friend Becky ❤

 best friends, Bobby & Roosty:
enjoying their breakfast...

the banana trees that Peter loves so much are huge this year!


I'll be stitching up a small Christmas Ornament today,
to be revealed later on, 
for an upcoming 
Make-It Take-It class to be announced ~

and I will leave you with a favorite quote ~

the wind is rising,
and the air is wild with leaves.
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves.

~Humbert Wolfe 1936

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Monday, September 30, 2019

~ Show Photos ~

 Good Monday Morning Friends & Folk ~
a little break from yesterday's heat has me feeling a bit better...
the diverticulitis is being treated with nasty antibiotics and I am once again on the mend!
{thanks kindly for the good thoughts and prayers for healing}

this past Saturday was our 11th 
Gathering of Primitive Friends Show/Hook & Stitch In
here at our humble old homeplace...

here are some photos for you:

our daughter Hannah & dear friend Nancy Bauer

the sweetest sisters and dear friends Anita Reynolds and Janice Wright

the beautiful and talented Becky Noland/Lucy Beam

some of Becky's designs

my BFF and dear friend Miss Joan/Old Rectory Antiques

Jack & Kathy Newman's wonderful goods ~

happy shoppers in Jack & Kathy's booth!

wonderful soaps and prim goods from Jill Bivens/Fat Cat Soaps

Janelle Larkin and family from Miss Nellie's Primitives

our humble old farmhouse and Jan Cole/the Wool'n Gardener booth of luscious wools!

{men folk} in front of Becky Carney/Wing and a Prayers almost-empty booth

Becky Carney/A Wing and a Prayer & Jan Cole/Wool'n Gardener

Becky's booth almost sold out!

sweet friend captured through an old window pane

Teresa Miller/Teresa's Primitive Treasures beautiful wooden and textile goods

Jack Newman & our little Daisy!!

beautiful hooked rug in progress ~ in the Studio here at the farm

more hooking in the Studio

lots of wonderful stitching done too!

Thank you to everyone who came after the unexpected date change ~
Thank you to all of our beloved vendors!
Thank you to the best FRIENDS anyone could ever have! 
Thank you to my Family for the help and support!

Now I am going to take a short break to play catch up on orders, work on new designs and get ready for our Christmas Open House!

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

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