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, March 14, 2014

Spring Cleaning ~

Brooms ~
all shapes and sizes fill my mind come this time of the year…

I love corn brooms, whisk brooms & old scrub brushes with wooden handles.

I collect children's brooms and dustpans ~
(((I even wear a tiny silver broom around my neck!)))

I was given a beautiful handmade cobweb broom by friend Gail for my birthday 
that now hangs in my shop to be put to very good use ;) 
~ thank you Dear friend for knowing my 'heart' ~

...something so simple as a broom 
can 'sweep' my imagination 
into concocting new needlework designs too.

...remember last year I offered the little
 'Well Swept Farm' cross stitch design?

a small portion of my whisk broom collection

well I'm at it again,
...this time a new little whisk broom apron pattern will be offered for punch needle ~
I cannot wait to share it's finish with you!


but, before I show you that, I must finish this:
'Honey Girl'

back of my work

 I like to see the back of my work with all of the textures and thread-ends…
lets me know how busy I've been!

close-up of back

 ...of course when you look at the front of the design at this stage, 
everything looks like a blob ~ facial features and smaller details will take better shape once the background has been filled in….

front or finished side of my work

a 'crisper' look at the edges of the motifs, 
...but shaggy from the thread-ends on the work-side…

punching her little skirt

 I've finished the 
'Blessed Bee' pocket and am excited to show you that too ~
but you'll have to wait a bit more!!

I'm a busy little bee

Miss Felicia is working on two new designs for cross stitch ~
I'm working on the punch needle designs, and I may throw in a couple appliqué and/or hooked patterns for you as well ~

we'll see how the time goes between my Spring Cleaning
 of this old farmhouse and the other chores to be done around here ~ is a snap of Pinocchio and little Miss Daisy taken this morning…
look closely at Daisy ~ she is giving me raspberries!
(click on the pic to enlarge it)

Daisy seems to be saying "who wants to clean on a beautiful morning like this?"

Hoping Spring is finally reaching you wherever you are!

* Blessed be * 


jennifer768 said...

Lovely designs! I can't wait to see what else you have in mind.Wonderful collections of brooms! The simplest things often bring the most pleasure.Enjoy your day.Blessings,Jen

Debby said...

I was thinking about hand-made brooms last night. My son moved to the mountains of western NC last year and we attended Heritage Day at WCU in September. We met a man there that makes brooms - so, I need to find his address as I want to buy broom(s) from him. Plus, I am getting ready to take a class in Punch Needle. So, it will be great to have a design that fits my recent passion for brooms!

Debra said...

My Cameo punch-needle arrived yesterday, and I can't wait to start on a project. I have watched your tutorial several times, so we will soon see how well I do!

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

Dear Debra ~
I'm sure you'll do just fine ~ relax and go slow and remember I'm here if you need me! Will be posting a new Punch Needle tutorial on my Youtube channel next week :)
~ L

penelope said...

Love these new designs! Great colors as well. Can't wait for the new designs.

Debra said...

Many Thanks, Lori!

linda56 said...

hi lori....just go out of shower and took a peak at your blog before we go out to dinner with some friends......I am loving your punch needle....and cant wait to get home to start working on mine....that is if I get a little something thing from you in the inspire me so much to keep doing what I am doing....even if others cant appreciate where I am....thanks so much....I get all excited every time I see your work...

linda56 said...

I am also going to bring back up my broom collection and see where I can work it into my new look....and I have a few kids brooms too....I think we have so many similar taste in so many things...after I hit post to the above comment and read can see I was in a of been got out of shower.....and should of been something something in the how excited you get

Raymond Homestead said...

I just love brooms too, can never have too many! What a neat punch needle piece!

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

The Honey Girl is beautiful!

Rita C. said...

Lori, I love your broom collection and needlework I've seen so far. I came over from Susan's blog, and have started following so I can receive your posts in my feed. I also really love the post on the farm friends and garden waking up - all those quiet moments you've observed and caught, so in tune with nature.

Anonymous said...

Lori, I too love the brooms. I have a couple of cross stitched sleeves for them that I found the patterns for a couple of years ago. The ones I have are a witch and a snowman. Would you consider doing patterns for the sleeves? Would love to have more! They are stitched on high count fabric over one. Thanks, and I love your designs! Cheryl

Ginene said...

I love brooms, too. One of my prized possessions is a whisk broom holder that belonged to my great-grandmother. I wonder what she would think if she knew that is all we have of hers.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What beautiful stitching! I love seeing your brooms and photos of where you live, too! Happy weekend!

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