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

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

April/May/June 2015 Little Stitches Handwork Club project!

Hello Friends & Folk
  Happy Thursday to you!
{everyday is a happy one, no?}

here is my finished  project model for the
April/May/June 2015 ~ Little Stitches Handwork Club from ©Notforgotten Farm

"Garden House" Pin Tuffet

...current LSHC members will receive in their kits ~

1 ~ pc. 30ct hand dyed Ironstone linen from Notforgotten Farm
1 ~ pc. Green floral print cotton backing fabric
1 ~ pc. wool {for 'leaf' patch on reverse}
1 ~ pc. hand dyed Green silk ribbon
DMC 6 strand cotton floss in the following colors: 732, 729, 830, 831 & 919
Re-usable paper pattern/chart/graph
Color Photos
Finishing/Age-ing instructions

stitch count for this project is: 69w x 65h {one thread over two strands of linen}
**stuffed with our own Organic Sawdust ~ available separately from our Etsy shop.
finished stitched area is approx.: 4-1/2" x 4-1/2"
finished tuffet size approx.: ~ 6" in diameter

for those who would like to renew their membership, or would like to become a member,
you can click on the link below:

that will take you to my Etsy shop where you can join/renew.
I hope you like this little project!


...and today I am switching gears a bit ~
I will be using my Cameo punch needle, and those luscious Valdani threads to
begin working on 4 new designs for the upcoming

{how did that come up so fast???}

the 4 designs that I have in mind will be separate, but once you have them punched, they will become one cohesive, larger body of work…

the Valdani colors that I'm using are in my basket waiting…
this is MY Easter basket!! ~

my 'Spring from Notforgotten Farm' designer collection in conjunction with Valdani Threads
include these colors:
JP7, O178, O538, O534, O531, O506, O510, H209, JP12, H210, O154, & P2

I will have 10 boxed collections available at the Rug Vest, 
~ but you can also order them directly from me by Emailing me at Not4got@aol.com 
the collections are $69.99 + shipping

I'll share my progress of the designs as I go ~
they are all "farm" related 
{ya think?} 
and represent simple, daily farm-life 
rendered in my primsical, folk-art-y style :)


for now, I'm off to the kitchen ~
need to make a big jar of 
PA German Red Beet Eggs
for the upcoming holiday weekend ~
...here's my recipe for you to try!

~Red Beet Eggs~

8 hard boiled eggs, shelled

2 cans of red beets + their liquid

1 tbls. pickling spice

1/4 c. sugar

2 cups vinegar
(I like to use apple cider vinegar for better flavor)

In a large glass jar with tight fitting lid, place all ingredients except eggs...
stir and then place in shelled eggs.
refridgerate over night for better flavor, can be kept for 2-3 weeks in fridge,...
(I usually keep adding new eggs once the original eggs are eaten)
...these are great as a side dish or in salad!

and one more treat for you today!!!

Here is how I make my 
Onion Skin Dyed SILHOUETTE Easter Eggs ~

boil 6 large white eggs in salt water (1/2 c. in 4 c. water)
*you will not be eating these!!!*

drain cooked eggs and let cool completely...

in a saucepan, add about 2 handfuls of yellow onion skins (not red onion skins!)
and add 4 cups water...bring to a boil, then simmer...

you'll need some old knee high's or old stockings for the next part...
to make stencils for the eggs, cut our your design from parchment paper...
wet your stencil and place on cooled egg...now wrap your egg, covering stencil, with a piece of stocking (approx. 5" x 5" square...) and tie off with a twist tie...continue to do this for each egg.

now place eggs into dye bath and simmer for at least an hour,
or longer until your desired shade of dye is achieved...once dyed, let entire pot of liquid and eggs cool completely...now you're ready to snip off your stocking and peel away your paper stencil.
dry each egg with a paper towel, then coat each egg with a light rub of vegetable oil...this will help 'seal' the eggshell, and make them shine a little...

place eggs in a bowl or straw-filled basket to display...

Eggs like this were made by the PA Germans (and still are!) and some have survived over 50 years with careful handling...

make sure you don't break one of these old eggs
you'll have to evacuate your house if you do!

Have a wonderfully creative day my Friends!

~ Blessings from the Farm ~ 


Ronda Tedder said...

Sweet design! ... can't wait to see the new PN designs, those Valdani thread colors are wonderful! .. I do love pickled eggs. Enjoy your day!! thanks for sharing your how to's with us. blessings,~ronda

dulcy said...

I've done many onion skin dyes with eggs. I love your stencils, I always used leaves. Very pretty!

*-* said...

Love the instructions for the onion skins stenciled eggs. Especially about evacuating the house if the eggs are broken!
Thanks for the chuckle.

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