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
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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Early Bird ~

Good Saturday Morning to you!

I've finished the little punching that I've been working on
since being snowbound these past few days ~

I love the colors of this one:

"the early bird gets the worm…"

...all done in simple DMC threads
using all 6 strands and a medium Cameo Ultrapunch Needle set on the #1 setting…

approx 6" x 6"

the loops are lumpy & bumpy ~
just how I like 'em…
reminiscent of an old & worn hooked rug :)


after punching is finished, 
I stain the piece using walnut dye and dry in a low 200* oven ~

staining mutes & mellows the colors even more for an aged look

punching with my needle set at the lowest (#1) setting,
the finished piece has an almost-flat look,
 but still very nubby & low…

folky little guy
I'll be finishing this into a sawdust-stuffed pillow 
...and have something unique in mind for the finished edge ~
I'll share photos of the finish later on this afternoon!

This will be a pattern available soon,
and I am working on a bunch more punched designs too ~

...the annual Virginia Rug Fest will be here before I know it,
and I always like to have fresh, new designs for the attendees…
I'm working on smaller hooked designs too!!!
watch for them soon :)

the snow is melting a bit here at the farm ~
final measurement was almost 18" !!!!
yesterday we had 60* weather & sun…but then it froze again overnight.
now it is dripping and making mud everywhere.

The donkeys haven't set foot out in the snow!
but the sheep love it… well as Buddy, 
who has been making humongous
dog-snow-angels in the front yard.

Lazy mostly stays on his blankies in the barn, snoozing it all away.

Minew is getting SO FAT ~ 
Peter, Hannah & I are so excited with anticipation of her kittens arriving!!!!!
she won't hold still long enough to let me snap a picture of her though ~
(or maybe she just feels like we all do when we're 8 months pregnant).

Have a beautiful day my friends ~

* Blessed be *


Shelley said...

Lori, what is walnut dye and where can I get it?

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Tina McFadden said...

Love the robin. Can't wait until spring. We're getting 5 more inches of snow today.

Sandra Sullivan said...

Love your birdie!
Homespun Elegance

evelyne staebler said...

Blogger evelyne staebler said...
HI Lori , I love this very cute bird punchneedle . I want this pattern , but , I wait others. Spring come! kisses , evelyne France

1890* said...

Loving this new design. Can't wait for the pattern release...Dear Lori Will you be offering any of your new punch designs in PDF/download sales? I'm an impatient puncher.. If not via PDF/download ..Could you possibly be open to releasing the color schemes for the patterns to the buyer at time of purchase.. giggles.. So that we can get prepared while we wait for the mail? ... Blessed Be- Thankful for your Creativity! ((HUGS))

SewAmy said...

Love this pattern. I don't needle punch but I think I am going to try to go to the show. It looks wonderful and is too close to miss.

old crow said...

Lori, love your new pattern!!
Hugs, Mona

The Evening Stitcher said...

Lori..Love this little bird! Can't wait for the pattern!

arttramp said...

OMG....I LOVE THIS PIECE!!!!! You are so talented my dear friend.

Anonymous said...

I would really like to see this in cross stitch!


Linda said...

love it !!!!

Margs Primitive Quilts said...

Lori.. You do beautiful work. Amazing! I LoVe the colors used in this one too and the way the punching has been done.

Martha Doe said...

Hi Lori,

Just love your Early Bird punch needle piece...happy it will be a pattern!

Hope it warms up for Minews delivery! She'll be a sweet Mommy

Faye said...

Like Terri, I'd love to see this one in cross stitch~~~ it's just darling!!!

Denise said...

I really like this, love the colors. I am working on one of the patterns I purchase from you and I really like using the DMC 6 strands.

dogwoodfarm said...


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