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

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

~ Dyeing Naturally... ~

Good Morning Friends & Folk ~
it's been a minute since I've been able to actually sit and write a new blog post...
I do apologize, but I'm here now and that's what counts!

The Oaks and the Black Walnut trees have been gifting us 
with more than their share of nuts & acorns this year ~

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 I have taken my cue for this posting from my Dear Friend Nancy Duncan
{remember the fabulous blog named The Bonny White Hare?}

Nancy & I are friends through time, 
~ friends through space and
we talk via this crazy internet...
 ~ it is a blessing to open my gmail and see one of her {almost} daily 'letters' to me.

Nancy is well-versed in many things, 
and she & I connect on so many different and varied subjects;
the other day she was telling me how she planned to dye some cloth with acorns 
and then showed me the results of her work.

Yesterday I gathered acorns on my daily morning walk in our woods and field,
and threw in a couple of black walnuts for good luck ~

I found some scraps of linen, osnaburg 
and a small piece of green/cream polka dot fabric for the dye pot...

I put the acorns and black walnuts into an old steamerpot that I use for dyeing,
and let them bubble for a good while on the stove.
Once my dyebath was dark enough for my liking,
in went my cloth ~ then bubbled that for a while too...
Afterwards I glugged-in a bit of white vinegar to set the dye into the cloth
and let the pot/dye/fabric cool slowly.
...then it was out to my clothesline to hang to dry ~
{the fabric shows darker when it is wet}

this is the end result, below...
very primitive, old looking and perfect for one of my naive
UNcounted cross stitch projects ~
I may finish this project into a small pillow using the polka dot fabric aforementioned...
or may just simply frame it in a black frame.
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I am hoping to have another
 Etsy Shop Update for Finished Goods soon!

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Thursday, October 1, 2020

~ OctOBer ~



Why You Might Be a Witch

by Theodora Goss

Because sometimes you dream of flying
the way you used to.

Because the traffic light always changes for you.

Because when you throw the crusts of your sandwich
to sparrows in the public park, they hop close
and closer, until they perch on your finger
and look at you sideways.

Because as you walk down the street,
the wind plays with the hem of your skirt
so it swings dramatically around your ankles.

Because as you walk, determined and sensible,
your shadow
is dancing.

Because a lot of people talk to cats
but for you they answer.

Because the sweetgum trees along the sidewalk
love to show you their leaves, sometimes even tossing
them in front of you, yellow veined red,
brown shot with green and yellow,
~ like children showing off artwork.


 Because when you look up,
the moon is always smiling.

Because sometimes darkness closes around you
and you remind yourself that it’s all right,
you’ve worn this cloak before.

Because in winter you acknowledge
that snow is a blanket as well as a shroud,
and we must all sleep sometimes.

Because in spring you can hear the tinkling bell-sounds
that crocuses make, and the deeper gongs of the tulips.

Because the river waves to you in passing,
and you wave back.

Because even the brownstones of this ancient city
look at you with concern: they want to make sure you’re well.
You belong to them as much as they to you.

 Because witches know what they are
and if I asked, do you remember?
You would have to confess that yes, do.

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Monday, September 28, 2020

~ Homeplace at Christmas ~ A Visit to the not-so past ~


Good Evening Friends & Folk 

~ I have a very happy announcement to make!

Many of my dear customers have been in search of my

 " Homeplace at Christmas " 

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...cross stitch pattern for many moons ~ 

{I had to re-chart this due to corrupt computer files} 

And a bunch of lovely Youtube Ladies have recently showed their finishes of this pattern, when they bought it so long ago...

and tonight I am finally able to say that it has been fully re-charted and is now available in our Etsy shop as PDF or Paper versions! 

...and even better, they, along with ALL of our patterns and books,
are ON SALE for 20% off during these crazy Covid times...

"Homeplace at Christmas" ~ designed and stitched in 2006, released in 2007 and now fully re-charted and newly released for 2020!!

...a scrolling vine of berries and leaves dangle above the most primitive two-story home you would ever wish to live in ~
the chimney holds a tiny tannenbaum and is that Santa's magic key there on the roof?
this charmingly bedecked red home is decorated with swags of green'ry under her windowsills, and baskets of seasonal fruits and foliage flank her sides...
the date '1830' represents one hundred years before my mom's birth year ~
"welcome Home...."

Inspiration for this design came from our family's many trips to Pennsylvania, where my mom's side of the family hails from...
specifically the Bucks & Lancaster counties...the old brick homes and tidy gardens always held my heart as a child, and still do to this day.

This Original model shown was stitched in 2006...
by my dear Mom: Elda Elizabeth Geiste Smith ~
She stitched this using two strands of thread, on 18ct white Aida cloth,
which I severely overstained with tea & coffee dye.

I then finished it into a pillow stuffed with whole cloves, scraps of cotton & bits of wool, crushed star anise, dried orange peel
 and dried pine needles saved from many
of our family Christmas trees!

DMC threads:

611, 720, 734, 783, 919, 921, 3011, 3012, 610,
733, 3013, 3031, 3822 & 3853

Stitch Count: 168w x 84h
Finished size of pillow shown: approx: 9-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches.

thank you for visiting, come by again soon & Blessed be,
Lori from Notforgotten Farm



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