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...

Our ETSY Shop is Always Open!
visit our Etsy Shop by clicking on any one of the thumbnail photos below or going to

Thursday, August 31, 2017

~ Early Work Mercantile ~

I'll be offering a few 
Harvest & Hallowe'en Goodes 
tomorrow, September 1st  ~  on my page at

stop on in for a visit ~
and see all of the beautiful offerings by some of thee most talented artisans!

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori 


Monday, August 28, 2017

~ Getting Ready ~

Good Morning Friends & Folk 
and happy Monday to you all!

It is a crisp, overcast and delightful day here at the farm ~
the temps are low, and the breeze brings with it
 the occasional flutter of yellowed leaves which float down 
from our many black walnut trees. 

a hint of things to come.

I have been gathering fabrics, wools and threads lately
 since I am in full Autumn swing creatively!
I am working on finished goods for our upcoming 
Gathering of Primitive Friends Show
{which will be here before we know it}

we enjoy so much 
having our friends come out to our beloved farm & shop with us and our vendors....
and we love seeing our vendor friends each year as well!
this year, our list of vendors will include:
Lee & Robin Harrison of Millstone Mercantile
Teresa Miller of Teresa's Primitive Treasures
Dorrie & Susan of Olde Threads
Donna Smith of Southern Star Antiques
Joan Spalding of Olde Rectory Antiques
Becky Carney of A Wing & a Prayer
Jill Bivens of Fat Cat Soap Works
Jack & Kathy Newman of Everlastings
Becky Noland of Lucy Beam Love in Stitches
Kay Werner with her fabulous painted Floorcloths {new this year!}
Kathy Barrick of French Sentiments/Kathy Barrick Designs {a returning friend!}
Kris Miller of Spruce Ridge Studios { new this year & YAY!!!}
and, wonderful food from
The Master's Inn

those of you who return to us year after year will know that this is not a huge event ~
but one more intimate, with invited vendors only...showcasing them & their offerings better
because we believe in the quality of things, not necessarily the quantity.
and, since this is our home, front yard & barnyard that we share with our animal friends,
 we feel it's just nicer for everyone that way ♥

so make some plans to come out to the farm & enjoy yourselves!

here is an applique that I've been working on for the show, 
it will be available at the show in the farm shop along with more of my finished folk art ~

I received the model of my When Pigs Fly cross stitch design back from Beth
{ who did another wonderful job }
and will be adding it to our Etsy shop today...
isn't it awesome??
Thank you muchly Beth!

{please overlook the wrinkles, still needs pressed & framed}

I will also be listing the When Pigs Fly Punch Needle pattern, the Owl & Jack pattern, 
and our new little wooden sewing clamp:
{ i have to say...I love this handy little thing when I'm punching!}

 Hoping your day is one filled with all Good Things and much creativity ~

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Saturday, August 26, 2017

~ A few of my favorite little rugs ~

Hello Friends & Folk!
and a Happy Saturday to you!

What a busy week we've had here at the farm ~
...glad to see the weekend come!

and our weather is surely Fall-ish today too
 with temps in the 70's making this farmwife one happy girl :)

I thought I'd pull out my fall rugs in my collection and show them to you {again}...I just love them so much I am thinking about leaving them up here in my sewing room all year long :

 this one below, 
was hooked by Sherry Kristoff in 2014....
and I am not sure who the designer is Pineberry Lane.

this one below was designed & hooked on burlap by Bonnie Stahl in 2005 
it measures approx. 6.5" x 9.5"

here's one that was hooked by Lori Rippey {below} 
in 2013 

this one below was hooked by sweet Sandi Lucero!

 a favorite of mine...who doesn't love a chicken?
this rug was hooked by Julie Butler in 2015

another beauty from Sherry Kristoff, love those spicy colors!
Sherry hooked this in 2011

yet another unsigned rug....but it holds my heart! 
love everything about this design and the colors used below ~

and one more rug by Sherry Kristoff below:
simple and primitive.

and this is in my hoop at the moment ~
I'm almost finished with my witch's dress, then will move on to the pig....
the name of this is When Pigs Fly and it will be available to rug hookers on paper and on linen soon!
{I promise}

 So my query is this: ....just where shall I hook?
listening to the chickens clucking near the barn?
quietly on the porch in my rocker?
listening to the buzzbee's on the patio near the garden?
or how about the Keeping Room with my classical music playing softly...

....anywhere I choose will be just perfect.

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

~ Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week ~

 We are home.
we are exhausted ~
 and we are so very thrilled to have been a small part of 
Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week
 in Archbold Ohio!!

I didn't have much time to take many photos of the actual show and vendors, 
{ thanks to our friends & customers we were quite busy in the booth!}
but here are some for you ~

Upon entering the door, 
you were greeted by sweet Debra Smith from Rug Hooking Magazine, 
and her helpers ~ one of whom was our friend Nancy Parcels...

taking a right into the exhibit room, 
you were stunned with this wonderful sight:

with the exhibit featuring:
 "R is for Rug Hooking", Celebrations rugs, "Men Only" and "Man Made"  

there was so much excitement there 
... that the air felt like it was crackling!!!

beautiful finishes, unique mixed mediums ~

 and let us not forget the vendors!
{I do apologize to all vendors for not being able to take a few snaps of your booths}
but here is a link list of ALL vendors for your shopping pleasure:

Ali Strebel Designs for Kindred Spirits
Ali Strebel, Dayton, Ohio

Bee Line Art Tools
Stephanie McCammon, Bettendorf, Iowa

Dorr Mill Store
Terry Dorr, Guild, New Hampshire

I Love Rug Hooking / Lakeside Oaks 
 Shelley Lencioni, Auburn, California

Let Nola Do It
Nola Heidbreder, St. Louis, Missouri

Mason’s Mercantile 
 Janet Mason, Dunkirk, Ohio

Rug Hooking Magazine
Debra Smith, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Searsport Rug Hooking
Christine Sherman & Julie Mattison, Verona Island, Maine

The Oxford Company
Amy Oxford, Cornwall, Vermont

The Paisley Studio & Thimblefolk
Sarah McNamara & Barb McNamara, Greenport, New York &

The Wool Studio
Rebecca Erb, Reading, Pennsylvania

Two Old Crows
Jeannine Happe, Blairstown, NJ

W. Cushing & Company
Lisanne & Ron Miller, Wells, Maine

Two Old Crows

Searsport Rug Hooking

Lisanne Miller
Lisanne's Tower of Wool!!!!

Lisanne Miller's booth next to Two Old Crows booth
And here are a few snaps of our booth ~ Peter made the chicken wire screens especially for this show, and we do thank you all for the compliments on how our booth looked 'farm-y' & 'home-y'

aside from Joan & I being vendors at this wonderful event,
I was blessed with the opportunity to teach a class on Friday as well ~
look at my beautiful students!
{one was late for this pic}

 I am not a 'formal' teacher, by any means.
I try not to have "rules" when I teach ~ preferring instead to call them 'gentle guidlines'
 as I want my classes to be enjoyable & fun....
and I hope to share with my students a some-what different view on things.

chatting and creating together...
what could be better?

my readers will know how much I enjoy taking photos of women's hands as they are creating...
such beauty in the way we hold our implements and tools ~
and such reverence in the way we hold our hands, 
... young or old.

we, as women should never be ashamed of our hands...
age spots, scars, knuckles ~ short nails, hang nails & warts even!!!
they are part of us and our journey of life.

 Women's hands
are strong enough to weld iron and protect us and our loved ones if need be...
but instantly can be gentle enough to soothe a fevered child's brow or injured kitten.

I would like to express heartfelt thanks to:

~ Kathy Wright and all of the helpers at Sauder Rug Hooking Week ~ 
for inviting us and giving us the opportunity to be a small part of such a fabulous event.

~ All of our customers and friends who continue to support & encourage us 
in what we love to do most.

~ My soulmate & hubby Peter for weeks & weeks of preparation, 
lots of hard work and cold pizza for dinner ~ you hold my heart.

~ Chris, our right & left hands here on the farm: 
without your help with absolutely everything and seemingly never-ending patience with us
we would be a complete mess.

A special Thanks to my dearest friend Joan, 
who, without her by my side and keeping me on my path I would surely fly away.

photo courtesy of Connie Fletcher/Seven Gables Designs ~ taken during my class at Sauder Village.

and now we are focusing all of our attention
on our own little show here on the farm on September 16th!
 come see us!!!

I will be listing all of our vendors soon!

Blessings from the Farm
~ Lori

Saturday, August 12, 2017

~ The Friendliest Reminder ~

popping in quickly,
... just to remind that our little Needlework Shop here at the farm will be 
CLOSED now until September 16th ~

We will reopen the farm shop on the day of our annual
Saturday September 16th 2017

our Etsy Shop is always Open!
but kindly remember that shipping of orders will not begin until I return from the

I hope to see so many of you there!!!

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Friday, August 11, 2017

~ Primitive Punch Needle Club Update ~

a brief posting for you :)

wanted to say that the member's kits for our current Aug/Sept/Oct 2017
Primitive Punch Needle Club {PPNC} 

have begun shipping out...
BUT the remainder of them will not be shipped until I return from
 the Sauder Rug Hooking Week event ~ 
*sorry for any inconvenience and I thank you kindly in advance for your patience*

this is our current design, 
a sweet little Jack'O 𝓟ocket

 If you'd like to join in on the punching fun and become a member,
kindly click HERE

and If you sign up now as a new member, 
you will receive this design as your first kit .

we are accepting members for our new Facebook group:
The Punch Needle Guild
you may click HERE to join in on that fun too!

enjoy the rest of your loverly afternoon my sweet friends!

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

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