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...

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.
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


Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

I will be following . . . Now I must learn to do embroidery stitching . . . These are so delightful and thanks for the inspiration with a Happy New Year to you.

gracie said...

Oh I can not wait! I have been wanting something different to do this new year...this will be perfect. Sign me up...

NMK said...

Jenny Wren is adorable !!!! I am sure her Beau will be a very handsome Fella too !!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, my, Lori! You are the Beatrix Potter and Tasha Tudor of the embroidery world!! Jenny Wren all dressed in her finery is charmingly captivating, and I'm quite sure she will catch Cock Robin's eye!

Farm Girl said...

These are fantastic works of art Lori. I would be interested. I think doing something like this would be so rewarding. I love my book I did this summer. I would love to learn something like this too. Thank you so much for sharing and Happy New Year!

Kim Van De Riet said...

Love! Would be interested in learning... you're so creative Lori!

Jane said...

Love these, Lori!! My current project is hooking a Celtic Crow.
HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and Peter!!
Jane & Steve

Rugs and Pugs said...

Jenny Wren is adorable!
Your NYE celebration sounds just perfect.
Hugs :)

Saundra said...

Love Jenny Wren and bet that dapper fella will be quite something too.

Jacqueline said...

She is beautiful.

littlemancat said...

Love Miss Jenny Wren and can't wait to meet her "fella." And wishing you and yours a Happy and Healthy New Year! Your plans sound just perfect.

jennifer768 said...

Love this and can't wait to her beautiful! Just so lovely!

Janet Lawson said...

Oh my simply adorable..i love the colors you chose for her..

Mary A said...

Would you consider an online class for those of us who can't make it to your store? Love the new designs!

elaine allerton said...

Ohhhh, lori,,, how utterly sweet,,, shes gorgeous!
I do love ur stitchery!!
Did this in the 70s when my kids were small, might be tempted again!!! Beautiful, ,,,
I learned to knit socks in 2017,, and am starting cross stitch again, so I can relearn a craft in 2018,,,,
Thanks for sharing ur talents , lori ,,,
Hapoy new year to u and peter!!

Queen Bee's Musings said...

Happy New Year your evening sounds just perfect and my cup of tea. May I ask what fabric you use for Jenny Wren? She turned out beautiful !

Pat said...

What a classy little lady! Can't wait to see how her gentlemanly friend turns out!!
Great job Lori!
Happy 2018...stay warm!!!!

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