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...

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sunday Dinner & Spools of my Thread...

Happy Wednesday!

I finished hooking a little chicken rug…
((no this isn't the larger one I'm naming "Chicken Soup",
 you'll have to be patient for peeks of that one))

this one I'm calling
"Sunday Dinner"

Sunday Dinner ©Notforgotten Farm

 who doesn't love chickens?
and pie?
and chicken pot-pie?
….Mmmmm comfort food.

{oh, sorry…back to the rug.}

I wanted a very scrappy, almost early/vintage look for this little girl…
so I used some wonderful wools that I bought from 
Mary Henck
and Rebecca Erb 
while I was at Rug Fest saturday ~
some hand dyed, some as-is…

scrappy hen
 I had some of the girls at the show kind of bewildered I guess,
because I hook my rugs with hand-cut strips (anywhere between an 8 & a 10 cut)
I use a tiny, FINE rug hook to pull my loops through the linen…

I'm also a 'high hooker' as you can tell:

high wool loops

 I love this little rug ( approx.  9" x 14" at the moment)
….and think I'll add another border around her…
then add some fringe and make into a big heavy pillow!!
maybe the fringe should look like straw?

fat little hen nesting in a striped bowl

and here is the finish for the current
Little Stitches Handwork Club project
(April/May/June LSHC):

"Spools of my Thread"

a sweet little pocket project/kit to hold your old wooden spools ~

 This kit will be shipping a little late (sorry ~ please forgive?) 
...due to the preparations for the Rug Fest last week…
so watch for yours in your mailbox soon!

worked in blues and brown….
a quick and easy 'in-between' project for your hands and sewing basket

If you are not a member of the
Little Stitches Handwork Club
and would like to join,
you can email me at 
and also click on the link up there on my sidebar under
'little stitches handwork club' for more details about joining.

Have a wonderfully creative Wednesday my Friends!!

* Blessed be * 


Karen Martinsen said...

What a darling pattern - the colors are just perfect in it too. I like your high hooking method - quite possibly if I tried that my work would look better. I will try it for sure.

Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

Darling chicken rug!! I'm a high hooker, too!! Love that you hand cut ~ gives it a primitive look!

Patti said...

I am loving the new club project! I will be doing it right away for sure! I'm glad that you are a wee bit late as I am in the process of stitching the last kit and now I can finish it up before being tempted with the new one :)
Blessings, Patti

cucki said...

Super sweet :)
I sent u a email :)
Hugs x

Nancee said...

Love it. Adorable as always.

Shakerwood said...

I so wanted to go to the VA Rugfest to meet all that i have been doing business with. Had my application printed out and everything. But I hadn't finished taxes yet so had to spend the weekend doing that instead. Wonderful finishes! I think this project has convinced me to join the handwork club!

Anonymous said...

Love the chicken. Will it be a pattern? Does your creative mind ever rest?
Mary Brown

arttramp said...

LOVE IT ALL!....beautiful designs and beautiful always my friend.

Nancy Bauer said...

The sweet little hen is adorable! Love it, you going to have a pattern of that? And can't wait for the LSHA project to arrive, colors right up my alley :) Off to pick up our little chocolate cupcake in Williamsburg this weekend, can't wait to meet her!

Enjoy the sunshine my friend xo

Jacqueline said...

Love your chicken... chickens, roosters and crows are my favorite birds to decorate my home with.

Thanks for sharing.

Linda said...

omg, you had me with the hen....lovin both projects...awesome as always!!!

Lurena Sheary Williamson said...

Love that chicken! A pillow would be perfect so you can pick up that cutie and give it a squeeze! Bock Bock!

Linda said...

Love your new designs; they are beautiful.

NMK said...

Love your chicken ! All the pretty colors of wool makes it so neat ! Can't wait to see how you finish this too ! Darling cross stitch too !

Jenny Wright said...

Hi Lori,
I love the new LSHA pattern and the new patterns I ordered. Can't wait for the book to come out too. You provide us with so many hours of stitching pleasure. Thank you!

denise said...

cute cute cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Love the mini rug! Will you ever do a video on rug hooking? Hope this will be a pattern sometime.


Merry Wind Farm said...

As always, your new designs are delightful.

Martha Doe said...

Love the new Little Stitches Spool bag...more practice on blank space letters!
Chicken Dinner is adorable!
Thanks for sharing the Rugfest pictures!


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annie said...

I love your chicken , it does look like a country version of one of those glass hen dishes! I esp. love the colors and the stripes! And the high / low hooking!

Anonymous said...

cute cute cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I love the Spools of My Threads! Can't wait to do it! Any plans on converting the rug hooking Haste Ye Back to cross stitch?

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