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 ~ notforgottenfarmwitch@gmail.com

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
www.Notforgottenfarm.etsy.com



Sunday, December 31, 2017

~ New Years Eve {Day} 2017 ~


Brrrrr!
...frosty & cold day isn't it?
not heading out there today or tonight. 
nope. 
no way-no how.

I will hunker down in our cozy little farmhouse
~  and stitch the old year out and the new year in!

I have everything I need at the ready:
needles, thread, fabric
sketchbooks, copious amounts of green tea, snacks ~
warm socks and a crocheted blanket and a furry 'friend' to warm my lap!

Since I have been doing alot of embroidery lately, I wanted to let you all know about this product
if you don't already know ~
Embroidery Tracing Paper from DMC
it comes in a package of 4 -  8.5" x 11" sheets.
What I love, is that you can trace your designs on either light or dark fabric!
I found it in our local Joann's store but I'm sure you can get it online somewhere as well.


Now that I've gathered all of my 'stuff',
I'm ready to sit and stitch ~ 
yep! a marathon stitch-in while watching the Twilight Zone marathon!


I've got my hoop stand to hold my work in progress...

in-between stitches, I'll wind more of my DMC floss skeins onto my little wooden spools using Peter's Floss Winder Box {mine is sunny & bright in Yellow Ochre paint} 


at-the-ready and on the arm of my chair is my trusty Stitcher's Tray in Oyster White paint ~


I love to relax and wind my threads onto our little wooden spools ~ 
then put them all together on our handy 
Accessory Spool Stand 


I use a pencil to write the thread numbers on the spools 
~ helps me at a glance know which is which.


Once my winding is finished and all of my threads are on my spools,
I keep them in my Hinged Lid Sewing Box ~ of course the paint matches my tray ;)



so handy & neat & tidy too ~


everything I need at my fingertips for a peaceful stitching day
{or two}



Progress on Mr. Robin Redbreast is coming along nicely...
Jenny Wren is happy to see his little face!



My cozy little stitching nest awaits!

 Hoping your New Year's Eve is filled with everything you love
and those who love you most ~
 P.S. 
if you're interested,
you can find our Wooden Needleworker's Goodies in our Etsy shop...
click on the links below to visit them :)


Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Saturday, December 30, 2017

~ Just Thinking....

 Hello Hello!
 and a fine day to you all ~

Another cold bitter morning, 
but the weather-folk tell us that today will be a bit warmer...
not so sure about New Years Eve or day though.

We will ring in 2018 at home once again...
some shrimp cocktail, cheese and crackers & antipasto for appetizers
~ then pork chops and sauerkraut for supper.

I will bake lemon bars & oatmeal cookies to snack on while we watch old movies, 
then finally turn the station to see the ball drop at midnight ~ if our eyes can stay open that is.

Of course I'll be stitching too!

I finished dear Jenny Wren and I am pleased with the way her dress and bonnet came out ~


I gave her a garland of greens to hold, with the tiniest leaves...
and added black french-knot buttons to the front of her frock too ~
 

....she is impatiently waiting for her beau to be stitched now though...
The handsome Robin Redbreast or Cock Robin is already in my hoop, 
with penciled-on standing collar and a wild-eyed look!
 

just thinking about the colors to choose for his waistcoat and trousers
and of course his beaver top-hat will be greys ~


I am enjoying this phase of my creative path, 
and am so happy to hear how much you are too! 
Thank you kindly for all of the kind words via Instagram, FB, email & PM's!!
{whodathunk that in my mid-50's I would be embroidering nursery rhyme characters?}

Some of you have asked if these will be patterns,
and my answer is yes, they will.
but
I am hoping to compile enough finished embroideries 
 to offer as a series to those who are interested in embroidering them yourselves.

it's not as hard as it looks! 
just lots {LOTS!} of split satin stitch, long & short stitch, 
~ outline stitch, chain stitch & french knots...
the tricky part for me will be writing the instructions ~ but it will be done.

Let me know just how interested you are in learning to embroider like this...
I may just offer a class or two!

Stay Warm, be happy & keep creating my friends ~

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Friday, December 29, 2017

~ SO COLD!!! ~

Good Frosty Morning
Friends & Folk!

Well our plans to have the shop open tomorrow have changed ~
due to the super-cold weather,
our little Needlework Shop here at Notforgotten Farm 
will be C L O S E D Saturday December 30th ~

We will also be canceling our 
January 1st Needle Night ~
:(

BUT we will be back open on Saturday January 6th!
{providing we have warmer temps}



my sewing room windows




...although it's cold, 
I try to find beauty in everything.

Hoping your day is filled with warmth, love, peace & light!
 {and a little stitching, too}


Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

~ Planning Ahead ~

 Hello Friends & Folk!

Hoping your Christmas was wonderful ~
... ours was !

Our girl, her beau and their pups we here with us...
making these past few days both chaotic and fun.

Last night, after dinner we headed out to the theater to see Jumanji!!!
what a great movie!!!
 we laughed so hard ~ it's a must see...love Jack Black and The Rock,
but I have to say the original with Robin Williams is still awesome

In other news,
I'm spending this last week of 2017 planning my 2018 designs.
I will be adding more embroidery to my pattern line,
... and have been honing my stitching-abilities working on this little Jenny Wren:


her blue dress is being worked in split-satin stitch
using DMC threads in gradient hues ~


and for the past few weeks, 
~ I have had a bug in my brain about making another bear.
I cannot even tell you the last time I made one!
 

so this is on my worktable for the day....
don't you love that blue mohair?
of course when I finish stuffing, plucking and distressing, 
~ the fur will not look like this at all.

I'm thinking a little pair of red wool shoes 
and an embroidered apron will be the clothing of choice, but we'll see.


How are you spending your last week of 2017?

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Sunday, December 24, 2017

~ Christmas Eve ~


 Christmas Eve is here!


last-minute shopping & baking to finish...
then a relaxing evening of old movies and good food.

Reminiscing about Christmas Past while dreaming of the New Year to come.
 

... and wishing you all a Good Night. 
{Santa Claus comes tonight!}

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Saturday, December 23, 2017

~ Christmas Eve, Eve ~

 our little Needlework Shop here on the farm will be
O P E N 
today from 10 - 3:00


 Come in for a visit, 
have a look around, warm your hands with a mug of hot cocoa
... find some last minute treasures and
bring something to work on!!

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Friday, December 22, 2017

~ Friday Musings ~

Oh Iggy ~
so handsome and photogenic
... and a little nuts.
 


 chilly mornings = no legs out to risk getting cold.
they are all tucked under that fat...I mean fluff.


you wanna rub my belly?
 cold and quiet mornings = stitching by the woodstove while the house is sleepy and calm.
~ I'm working on an embroidery of a Jenny Wren-girl.
...in a dress.


I have always loved anthropomorphic characters,
and have many i my imagination that I'd like to bring to life with needle and thread...
 

I see you!
 her dress will be blue, as it is her favorite color {she tells me}
but it will be embellished with tiny flowers and leaves as well.


 After I'm finished with her, 
I'll be stitching on her beau ~ Cock Robin {Robin Redbreast}
from the Mother Goose storybook of the same ~ here is the beginning of their sweet story:
"It was a merry time,
When Jenny Wren was young,
So neatly as she dressed,
And so sweetly as she sung.
Robin Redbreast lost his heart,
He was a gallant bird;
He doffed his hat to Jenny,
And thus to her he said:
"My dearest Jenny Wren,
If you will but be mine,
You shall dine on cherry pie
And drink nice currant wine.
"I'll dress you like a goldfinch,
Or like a peacock gay:
So, if you'll have me, Jenny,
Let its appoint the day.''
Jenny blushed behind her fan,
And thus declared her mind
"Then let it be to-morrow, Bob
I take your offer kind..."
-Mother Goose (The Marriage of Cock Robin to Jenny Wren)

and, more on this work to come
 :)

In the meanwhile,
Hannah will be home for Christmas soon ~ 
and I have been getting the farmhouse ready for our simple and peaceful celebrating...

I moved our tree to the same place it was last year, 
as I didn't like it blocking out the sunshine in our keeping room...


On the mantle ~ simple decorations of greenery and lights
 in my very favorite vase that Hannah gave me last Christmas...
 

another view of the tree...
 

I have a little more shopping to do,
presents to wrap
cookies to bake
and final touches on the farmhouse....

 
our shop will be OPEN 
tomorrow, Saturday December 23rd
10:00 - 3:00



Wishing you everything Merry & Bright!
 
Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

Thursday, December 21, 2017

~ Y U L E ~

 A Blessed Yule to All of our Friends!
of Flesh, Fur ~ Feather or Fin!

I have long-loved the tradition of gnomes, trolls, tomtes or tomtens...
nisse, elf, pixie or fae ~ 
those often-times helpful, but sometimes mischievous sprites that I believe are around us.

I wanted to share with you a few of my very favorite antique postcards depicting the little 'beings' that have captured my heart and imagination since childhood:

please enjoy their beautiful illustrations and sometimes cheeky humor ~
{all have images have been borrowed from Pinterest}

Sweet kitten waiting for cream.

The Holly King.

Yes, please feed the birds!

{{I believe...do you?}}

Hello!

kind little thing ~

...lending a hand {beak?}

i see you ~

a Tomten and his julbock {julbock means 'christmas goat'}

and another jolly pair ~

shhhhhhhh.....

can you smell that coffee brewing?
 
 
and here is a beautiful story of Tomten ~
very familiar to us here....

Tomten
Adapted by Astrid Lindgren from a poem by Viktor Rydberg


It is the dead of night. The old farm lies fast asleep and everyone inside the house is sleeping too.
The farm is deep in the middle of the forest. Once upon a time someone came here, cut down trees, built a homestead and farmed the land. No one knows who. The stars are shining in the sky tonight, the snow lies white all around, the frost is cruel. On such a night people creep into their small houses, wrap themselves up and bank the fire on the hearth.

Here is a lonely old farm where everyone is sleeping. All but one. . .

The Tomten is awake. He lives in a corner of the hayloft and comes out at night when human beings are asleep. He is an old, old tomten who has seen the snow of many hundreds of winters. No one knows when he came to the farm. No one has ever seen him. but they know he is there. Sometimes when they wake up they see the prints of his feet in the snow. But no one has seen the Tomten.

On small silent feet the Tomten moves about in the moonlight, he peeps into cowshed and stable, store­house and tool shed. He goes between the buildings making tracks in the snow.

The Tomten goes first to the cowshed. The cows are dreaming that summer is here, and they are grazing in the fields. The Tomten talks to them in tomten language. a silent little language the cows can understand.
“Winters come and winters go,
Summers come and summers go,
Soon you can graze in the field’s.”

The moon is shining into the stable. There stands Dobbin. Thinking, perhaps he remembers a clover field, where he trotted around last summer. The Tomten talks to him in tomten language, a silent little language a horse can understand.
“Winters come and winters go.
Summers come and summers go,
Soon you will be in your clover field.”

Now all the sheep and lambs are sleeping soundly. But they bleat softly when the Tomten peeps in at the door. He talks to them in tomten language, a silent little language the sheep can understand.
“All my sheep, all my lambs,
The night is cold, but your wool is warm.
And you have aspen leaves to eat.

Then on small silent feet the Tomten goes to the chicken house, and the chickens cluck contentedly when he comes. He talks to them in tomten language, a silent little language chickens can understand.
“Lay me an egg, my jolly chickens, and I will give you corn to eat.”

The dog kennel roof is white with snow, and inside is Caro. Every night he waits for the moment when the Tomten will come. The Tomten is his friend, and he talks to Caro in tomten language. a silent little language a dog can understand.
“Caro, my friend, is it cold tonight? Are you cold in your kennel? I’ll fetch more straw and then you can sleep.”

The house where the people live is silent. They are sleeping through the winter night without knowing that the Tomten is there.
“Winters come and winters go.
I have seen people large and small
But never have they seen me.” thinks the Tomten.

He tiptoes across to the children’s cot, and stands looking for a long time. If they would only wake up, then I could talk to them in tomten language. a silent little language children can understand. But children sleep at night.”

And away goes the Tomten on his little feet. In the morning the children see his tracks, a line of tiny footprints in the snow.

Then the Tomten goes back to his cozy little corner in the hayloft. There in the hay, the cat is waiting for him, for she wants milk. The Tomten talks to the cat in tomten language, a silent little language a cat can understand.

“Of course you may stay with me, and of course I will give you milk,” says the Tomten.
Winter is long and dark and cold, and sometimes the Tomten dreams of summer.
“Winters come and winters go,
Summers come and summers go,
Soon the swallows will be here.” thinks the Tomten.

But the snow still lies in deep drifts around the old farm in the forest. The stars shine in the sky, it is biting cold. On such a night people creep into their small houses and bank the fire on the hearth.

Here is a lonely old farm, where everyone is fast asleep. All but one.
Winters come and summers go, year follows year. but as long as people live at the old farm in the forest, every night the Tomten will trip around between the buildings on his small silent feet.


 The Winter Solstice is upon us!
 Make Merry and welcome the days growing longer once again!

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

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