Sunday, May 26, 2024

~ Dyeing, .... Naturally ~

 Good Morning Friends & Folk!
and a very happy Sunday to us all...
hoping you're all safe, happy & healthy this Memorial Day Weekend ~ 

 I've been saving all kinds of things for natural dyeing, avocado stones and peels, onion skins, flowers, leaves and grasses.

I wanted to just dye a couple of skeins of 'white' {beige, flax, ecru, etc.} colors to see how they would tun out. Mind you, they are not heavily dyed, but more subtly, which is a wonderful look!

I simmered my avocado stones & peels then plopped in the cotton thread skeins...all in the same pot, and let them simmer for about an hour.
 this is the result when still wet:

after drip drying for a little while, I then carried them outside
and dried them in the full sun, turning them and separating the threads a bit more...

and here they are all dried:

you can see the differences in their hues better in the photo above than below ~
I really do like the way they came out!

I made enough of the dye that I jarred it,
into the jar of dye I added one solitary clove
to keep the natural dye from spoiling until I use it again. 
I'm planning on using these skeins in a punch needle project design
that is living in my sketchbook...

~ I'll share that with you in my next post :)
Blessings from the Farm
~ Lori

Thursday, May 23, 2024

~ Photo Drop ~

☀ Good Morning ☀
~ some randomness from my phone ~

 hoping your day is filled with peace & creativity!
Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

Thursday, May 09, 2024

~ it's that time again ~

Hello Friends & Folk!
time to sign up for our 2024
Hallowe'en Open House & Stitch In
on Saturday, October 5th ~ 10:00 - 4:00

~ there is limited seating available, so contact me soon to save your seat! may email me at,
or contact me through Instagram or Facebook messenger,
and I will add your name to the growing list of attendees...

there is no charge for the stitch in ~ just bring whatever you're working on
and enjoy a day filled with magic and frivolity!
(you may even spot a good witch or two)

there will be light refreshments, so bring a lunch if you're staying the full day...
oh and always free broom parking by our purple front door too ~
our shop will be stocked with patterns & supplies for cross stitch,
embroidery, rug hooking, punch needle & applique....
...we carry beautiful hand dyed cross stitch linens, hand dyed wools
& also cotton fabrics for small quilting projects or project backings.
shop our finished goods, seasonal decor and candles too! will have a wicked-good time! 
Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Friday, March 29, 2024

~ what's in your workbasket? ~

~ Good Morning Friends & Folk ~
....and a very happy Good Friday to us all...

 we have had rain, cold temps...
and wind!
dear old March seems to be a bit confused as to whether {weather}
it wants to be a lion or a lamb this year...

the garden is sprouting, the trees are greening and
new life is all around us here on this old farm.

and speaking of this old farm...
(nice segue, huh?) lol

I'm slowly working on this piece that I started last month ~
...a larger {for me} embroidery that will be depicting an old farm, of course.

I try to make a few stitches on it daily,
and I don't really have any particular 'design' in mind,
besides using my surroundings as inspiration.
{nothing new there!}

I'm working from my head, to my heart, to my hands and to my cloth.
just letting ideas pop into my thoughts of what needs to be included
to make my soul happy...

my usual muted colorways & palette ~
brown, white, black, green....

I can really get my threads in a knot if I'm not careful<
so I wind it around my pincushion to keep it tidy.
I made the pincushion from a scrap of silk linen matka
and stuffed it with scraps from previous projects {and failures}.

I like to think it has a soul now ~ filled with memories and hours of healing.

...the old house resembles ours ~ how can it not?
with picket fencing and chipping clapboard...

I will stitch a garden-of-sorts next, then our animal friends
and farm folk who live there.

I'm also thinking on adding a cross stitch alphabet, or initials & date in the mix somewhere ~
perhaps hidden amongst the hustle-bustle of the daily goings-on ~
or in plain view.
...we shall see...

In the meantime, 
we have been busy planting,
preparing for roof-painting,
preparing for the Easter Holiday...
...planning new designs in thread.
 ~ always planning something.
what's in your workbasket this week??

❤ ❤ ❤

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori