Saturday, March 02, 2024

~ soggy Saturday ~

 Good Moring Friends & Folk!
...and a happy Soggy Saturday to us all...

it rained most of the night, leaving our ground saturated and sponge-y ~
great for the flowers, not so for the shoes lol.

Some of you have asked me what sampler I used
as the the background to this photo of my latest little embroidered Farm Folk:

I used my 'Eliza Chace' sampler as seen below,
although the photo is a bit washed out ~

here's a better photo showing colors of linen, threads & stains...

This sampler is in my personal collection,
and I've charted it for you!
it was stitched in blue, green blue, brown & black threads
but of course you can stitch it in whichever colors suit you!


I would LOVE to see your version of my 'Eliza Chace' ~
so if you stitch it and share it on IG or FB, kindly tag me @notforgottenfarm 

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Thursday, February 29, 2024

~ Pulling Threads ~

Good Morning Friends & Folk ~
...a very happy Thursday to us all, and happy Leap Day!

{{ any extra day we have to stitch, is a happy day, no? }}

I charted a little sampler last night,
one that includes a portion of sweet verse that has been a favorite of mine for a very long time:
".. we come from the Earth, we return to the Earth...
and in between ~ We Garden."

so the title of my new sampler will be called
"We Garden"

I'll be stitching it onto stained Osnaburg,
which I have become addicted to stitching on lately!
{seriously, if you haven't tried stitching on it yet, just do it...
you'll either throw tomatoes at me or you will hug me!}

and I'm using DMC threads in stormy, spring-y hues...

you can see my osnaburg under my threads for comparison as to how they will look...
but we all know that might/might not change once I get to stitching.

...especially the 3782, and how/if it will show up on the fabric.
{fingers crossed it will lend a ghost-look, like the fading letters and motifs on ancient samplers}

the needlepoint pincushion I have had for years,
a scrap from a larger project {not mine} that I couldn't pass up while perusing a dusty antiques shop somewhere....I made a few pincushions and sold them, but this one stayed with me.

the scissors are 'chust for show' as my PA German ancestors would say,
they are fragile and old and perfectly broken.

did you watch Brenda & Laura's flosstube where Brenda is excited about waxing her threads?
{ }
they are my absolute favorite floss-tubers to watch...even Peter loves them!

I've used natural beeswax for years and can really say that it does make a big difference in stitching.
especially helping with knotting and twisting threads.

It's a sunny day, albeit chilly ~
but the skies are blue and the birds {chickens, peacock, guinea hens etc} are welcoming the day.

maybe if it warms up enough I will stitch outside on the porch swing?

wishing you a beautiful day filled with creativity & peace.

Blessings from the Farm
~ Lori

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

~ Bees Knees ~

Good Morning Friends & Folk ~ 
....and a very happy Tuesday to us all!
I have another one of my cross stitch 'littles' finished  •••

this is
'Bees Knees'

Stitch Count: 39w x 55h
Finished Model: Sawdust Stuffed Pillow size approx. 3" x 2"

  all worked in DMC threads & stitched on stained Osnaburg

available now in my Etsy shop as mailed paper pattern or PDF download.
click on the thumbnail in my Etsy pocket shop above!
 🐝 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

~ My Primitive Heart ~ FREEBIE ~

Good Morning Friends & Folk ~ 
happy Tuesday to us all...

here is a little FREEBIE from me to you:

'My Primitive Heart'
©Notforgotten Farm ~ 2024 ~ Lori Brechlin

of course you can stitch this in any color,
with any thread
and on any fabric you choose.



 I will start mine this evening...
on osnaburg with the called for threads,
but I'll stitch it with one strand, not two.

and I would love to see your finish if you so choose to stitch it
 Kindly refer back to me as the designer if you do stitch and post on social media 
Happy Stitching!
Blessings from the Farm
~ Lori

Thursday, February 08, 2024

~ Color-Shaded Embroidery ~

 Hello Friends & Folk!

here is a very short primer
on how I have done my color-shaded embroidery project,
"Spring on the Farm"
which the pattern is now available in my Etsy shop as PDF download or Paper/Mailed versions...

 I used coffee stained osnaburg for my ground cloth, then drew on my motifs with a FINE point black Sharpie pen...{YOU will be using a lightbox to trace your template onto your osnaburg}

Once my pattern drawing {tracing} is complete,
I then use my PRISMACOLOR pencils to color in the motifs...
this is NOT A NEW TECHNIQUE, by any means...there are wonderful designers who use crayons and other types of pigments to shade their work, but for me...these work the very best.

the pressure of my hand allows my coloring to be as dark or light as I'd like,
and I actually prefer the more-faded look of a light hand.

Once the coloring part is finished, I will use 3 strands of floss to stitch my motifs...
most all of my straight lines are done in stem-stitch, while I have made tiny 'X' stitches for the letter "S" and the flower stems...I also did a running stitch on the flowerpot.

once all that is finished, I iron my project, front & back to 'set' the pencils...
{{ not that I mind the fading of them, just 'saying' lol}}

So I decided to 'finish' this project into a simple sewn mat,
then added a patch of scrap fabric and a few old buttons for charm...

 After I was COMPLETELY finished,
I took my pencils to the project once again, to deepen and shade my motifs just a bit more...
~ The finished look of this is truly folky...
and combines both my love for drawing and needlework ~

I hope you try it and that you enjoy it as much as I do!!

Blessings from the Farm
~ Lori