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 kittens, puttering in the gardens or talking to the tree.

I love seeing the past through the eye of a needle ~
...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 ~

Our little needlework shop & studio
is located at
3530 Tye River Road
Amherst, VA 24521
ph. 434-263-6508
email -

Regular Shop/Open Studio hours:
Fridays & Saturdays 10:00 ~ 4:00
*unless we are away at a show or teaching a class*
{better to call/email first}

our Etsy Shop is ALWAYS OPEN!
Please visit our ETSY Shop ~
by clicking on any one of the thumbnail photos below...

Friday, January 31, 2014

New "Hookinpunch"© Gripper Frame from Notforgotten Farm


…the sun is out and it is actually above 10* today! 

So, what have we been up to here in the workshop?

well, my BRILLIANT husband, 
(partner and cohort in all-things-fun)
...has done it again ~
burning the midnight oil to bring this to life:

"HookinPunch"© Frame 
...from Notforgotten Farm

ta da!!!!
 Peter built one for me a couple of years ago ~
and I get so many folks asking about it,
 that we decided to design one that could be used for both
Rug Hooking & Punch Needle…just like mine ~

gripper strips held on with industrial strength glue and strong staples

adjustable angle allows comfort for your hands and back ~ this is a 45 degree angle

view from the back ~ beautiful piano hinges on the sides

30 degree angle shown above ~ folds up and fits in your tote bag nicely!!

45 degree angle from the other side ~

inside dimensions are 8 1/2" x 9 1/2" (opening)
outside dimensions ~ 11 1/2" x 12 1/2"
height ~ 9"

this view shows the mechanical fastener that is used at all joints ~

this shows the 'spreader stick' that is used to hold the frame in the fully-open position, if you so choose...

top view

... and here is how it works:
like the gripper frames that are in use now, 
...this one holds the weavers cloth for your punch needle drum tight ~
the opening is a perfect size for punch needle projects, both large & small, 
(multiple smaller projects can be punched at the same time while on the same fabric on the frame)

showing the frame open fully with spreader stick inserted ~

... but here is where it gets a little different:
I like to use my frame in this position, below ~
at the 45 degree angle…

at this angle, I can use it comfortably in my lap and/or on a table…

I'm showing you how I wrap my threads onto our wooden thread winder for punching...

punching on the table ~

Our frames are hand crafted using the Poplar Trees from our woods
and milled right here at Notforgotten Farm ~

punching in my lap…
see how the "V" shape of the sides fit comfortably in my lap?
and still allows plenty of room for my hand underneath ~

here I'm showing how much room is underneath the frame
while it is in the fully open position with spreader stick in place.

...and here is how I hook on it:

in my lap, fully open position ~

big rug or small mat...
 perfect for rug linen, burlap or monks cloth ~
gripper strips holds it nice & tight.

~ in my lap, 45 degree angle position.

on the table ~ 45 degree angle position ~
... and yes, that is my "inspection" face!
{notice my humongous teacup with multiple teabags hanging from it? ha!}

hooking in my lap, with frame at the 45 degree angle…
when I need to turn my work, I simply flip the sides and frame around 180 degrees.
(my thanks to Dear Hubby for all of the measurements, angles, and technical terms…)

This frame is super-lightweight, yet very strong!
the design is perfect for how I work, and I think you'll be well-pleased with it.

busy busy...

These will be available for shipping in approx. 3 weeks
but we are taking pre-orders now.

you can order yours:
 for $120.00 + 16.95 shipping

When you purchase a frame
you will also receive a FREE carrying tote with your order.

to purchase please email us at or call the shop
 at 434-263-6508

Check, Paypal & MC/Visa happily accepted :)

*These will also be available in our ETSY Shop*

White tote with our logo in black ink.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this!

* Blessed be * 


Sandi said...

Love this, Lori! going to order one soon :)


woolyredrug said...

Love the frame! REALLY well thought out design...and knowing Peter's workmanship, I know they will be beautiful!

Debra said...

Wow! Wonderful!!

Lauralee @ The Eclectic Stitcher said...

I LOVE IT!!! As soon as we dig ourselves out of some medical bill/car repair debt, I'm going to start squirreling away the $$ to purchase one. Absolutely superb craftsmanship!

susiedele said...

So cool, I love it. That Peter is a gem. You two are a match made in heaven.

NMK said...

Wow ...the frame looks great !!! Love how you can adjust to all the different directions ....Yeah for your Smart Hubby !!!!

Tansy Annie Studio said...

This looks great, I will order one! Can't wait!!

Joni of Fully Wooly Primitives said...

Love the frame and that bag is an added plus. will order one!

Julie said...

Love this frame! I can see you put a lot of thought into it. I would like to reserve one for when they are ready to ship.

Julie ~

Ronda said...

Love it Lori ... I will be ordering one ... let me know what shipping will be to 46902....

thank you...excited to get one!

P.J. said...

Very cool! And can I say love your hair cut. I just save a picture of the back to show my stylist. Love the way it is stacked.

He is a crafty one; your man.

Ronda said...

haha...I came back because I wanted to also say how much I like your hair! .. wonderful! .. ic p.j. had the same thought..

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea. I am wondering about the gripper strips. I know they make two different kinds. One for punch needle and one for rug hooking. What kind is on your frame.

Margs Primitive Quilts said...

Lori....that frame is just what I have been looking for ! I will be ordering one for sure . Thanks for posting the tutorial. What a "Godsend " it is. Have a great week-end...

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

***The gripper strips used on the frame are accommodating to both punch needle & rug hooking ~
some of the heavier grippers are not suitable for the finer weavers cloth, but ours is wonderful! I would NOT suggest using our frames for cross stitch linen though ~
THANK YOU! for the kind remarks re: my hair! :))

Margs Primitive Quilts said...

I have a gripper on a stand that I use for rug hooking, but this will be so handy for needle punch & when I want to take it to class or to the "cabin" to "punch." My hoops just do not hold the cloth I am working on at the moment tight enough for punching. You must have heard me ..hmphing!shfkvnckihgfjv yesterday. Your post could not have come at a better time. Thanks so much for coming to my rescue:) M.

Crescent Lane Hooker said...

Hi Lori,
I was wondering if it folds up completely? We have a lot of new rug hookers in our guild. I will show them your post. Thanks, Cynthia

Charlotte Gonzales said...

I'm just gathering information at the moment. Will replacing the finished portion of a large project on the gripper frame ruin the existing stitches?

Divya Goyal said...

how can i order and for how much?

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