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 us...chasing our kittens, puttering in the herb gardens, or talking to the trees.

Our Needlework Shop & Studio
is located here at our farm:
3530 Tye River Road
Amherst, Virginia 24521
ph. 434-263-6508
email ~

Due to Covid-19 Health restrictions, the Shop & Studio at Notforgotten Farm is CLOSED until further notice...

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

~ BEE-Witched ~

Happy Saturday Friends & Folk ~
hope you are enjoying the peaceful-feel this holiday weekend brings
 as much as we are…
tomorrow will be spent with family & friends 
{{ and we are looking forward to an awesome ham dinner too! }}

Here are some more photos of the little hedge witch…
I've named this pattern

here it if, punching all finished and ready to have the backing machine-stitched on…

I chose a complimentary color cotton fabric in a wonderful cheddar color with tiny black stars ~
{witches & orange aren't just for Hallowe'en you know}

I've pinned by finished project to the backing fabrics, right sides together ~

…and  old black-swirl headed hat pin serves me well ~

now to machine stitch together…
can you see how very close I stitch to the last punched row of loops?
yep, almost on top of them.

I usually machine stitch completely around my project, 
~ then cut a slit in the backing fabric and turn & stuff….

and I always use my pinking shears to trim away, especially on curves.
that makes for nice & neat edges once turned right sides out.

backing & extra weavers cloth timed away to within 1/4" from machined stitching

I decided not to stuff this, but merely ironed it flat once finished,
added a bone ring & ribbon at the top to hang and….

here is out little witch-friend,
tending to her beehive & bumblers 

I like the 'flatness' of this style of finish,
 and I'm well-pleased with how my finished shape
 mimics her hat & tall, wonky beeskep !!

The paper pattern for
will be released at next weekends'
Prim Stitchers Society Retreat in Marietta, GA
and will be available in our Etsy shop soon after that :)

I have two more designs that need to be punched for the 'motto' series yet ~
I will be working on them today!

Friendly Reminder:
our FARM SHOP is CLOSED from now until April 15th!

Have a blessed Easter {Ostara} my friends ~
and get outside to celebrate!

~ Blessings from the Farm ~


  1. Wishing you a Happy Easter and Joyous Spring!! I'll be posting on Facebook some of my Bee pieces for the Amherst Honeybee Festival.

  2. This piece is so stinkin' adorable!!! I still haven't tried punching, but I do LOVE this design!!! Easter joy to you!

  3. Oh, Lori, Bee-Witched turned out so magickal! Love her and am looking forward to her debut, or "coming out," lol! Today we celebrated Easter with our family, complete with Easter Egg hunt, confetti eggs, candy, chirping chicks, Superhero stickers, a ham dinner, but most of all, like my three-year-old grandson said as all three grandsons rocked in the hammock…"a happy family." Wishing all of you a Happy Easter, and a Happy Ostara! Love, Nancy

  4. Lovely... thanks for sharing the backing process with us.

    Hope you and yours have a blessed Easter .

  5. Nancy D ~ when will that blog be ready?????

  6. It's ready!

  7. Interesting…after your quote about the walk in the woods, I thought you had read them! That's wild.

  8. Celebrating spring here on the northern California coast! We have water so that is something to celebrate and our trees are deliriously happy too! Love your finish. I received my new rug hook today and I love it!

  9. Happy easter to u and ur family, too,,,, the witch is great,,, love the finishing,, very neat,,,, take care

  10. Wishing you a beautiful weekend. My Best, Kimberly

  11. LORI...Question....when I tried to sew very close to a punch needle design (my first ever!! Loved it!!)I also put right sides together as you did and sewed right along the edge as you did....but, when I flipped it right sides out I was very disappointed to find that a lot of the loops got caught under to stitching...I think because the pressure foot pushed them down when it was reversed...any suggestions regarding that issue. Or did I just do it wrong?? Please email Thank you so much for your expertise!! Lisa K....By the way the design is fabulous!!

  12. Dear Lisa ~ to answer your question, I do catch the loops of the last rom with my machine needle, but I don't mind. I always make sure to out line my design's border at least twice with my loops and then fill in the background… as long as you don't stitch too far into your design, it should be fine :)
    ~ L


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