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

Monday, February 26, 2018

~ Getting Lucky ~

Hello Friends & Folk ~
and a very happy Monday to you!

can you believe there are only 2 days left till March?
and as mild as it has been, me thinks it will be coming in like a lamb...

I finished my little Lucky Witch!
and as pleased as I am with her,
 I just noticed that I left off one single star in the background...
 there, in between the tip of her hat and the letter "C" ~
... there should have been a tiny gold metallic star!


oh well. I may be able to surface stitch one on there...
but I have already finished off the back of this project.

I wanted to leave the finished work in the hoop,
so I covered the back ~

I thought about how I could attach the back to the hoop
and came up with the idea of carrying my thread around and over the sides of the hoop...

...making "X" stitches as I went around.

I'm happy with it!

Now that this is finished,
I am excited to share with you a new project that I've been wanting to make for a while...
a scissors pocket that will have you 'leaping' with joy!

stay tuned!
Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Saturday, February 24, 2018

~ Saturday Morning Musings ~

~ Good Morning Friends & Folk ~ 

It's Saturday {again}!
 geeez how the weeks {months, years...} fly by, don't they?

I have to admit, since my back has been acting up and I've been 'planted' on the couch 
I didn't even know that today was Saturday until I looked at my computer screen.

I've had my head buried in thread and my hands busily stitching ~
always taking advantage of down-time and putting it to creative use.

I'm working on a little witch. a pansy witch, me thinks...
or fern ~ or strawberry since she has red hair?
oh! 4 leaf clovers!
that's it ~
 a LUCKY little witch she is then.
{who says witches are just for Hallowe'en?}
I'll finish her dress & hat then begin choosing the 'greens' 
for her foliage which will surround fun!
{I may even offer her for sale when she's finished!}


In other news ~

the daff's are up! 
poking about 5-6 inches out of the red southern clay soil we have here...
which, btw is still a bit soggy from the last rains we had.

And look at these two:
each morning, our sheep Esther & Bobby 
~ walk around the barn and head on out to the big field to graze and nibble on the new sprouts... 
they are old now, and go much slower than they used to ~ 
... especially Esther, who we think to be about 15 yrs or so.
Bobby, her son is 8-ish if my calculations are correct
{ he is devoted to her and never leaves her side }

just a happy snap of our Roosty, showing off his spring feathers :)

 Here are two books I recently found at Joann's store and got with 50% off coupons!
I am so happy that they accept coupons on books now ~

these are two very good, inspirational books on my favorite subject:
Hand & Surface Embroidery

Progress on the shop:
Peter & Chris have been working every day on the shop...
and yesterday our friend Lee a.k.a. Mr. Millstone 
{Robin's sweet hubby & Millstone Mercantile's main-man} 
came out to help Pete with the pegboard...
 it will be painted a very soft, light grey color, along with the trim and floors
and the walls will be a brighter white

the lower shelves are in the process of being built, as you can see in the photo below...

we can't believe the change already ~ 
we are excited to reopen and have you in for a visit! 

We are planning a grand reopening day with our fresh look and new products,
that will also include an outdoor market of vintage items, plants and flea market goods!

 stay tuned for more on that ~

Well Happy weekend my friends,
hoping you all have a peaceful & creative one!
Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Thursday, February 22, 2018

~ Woe is Me ~

 Hello Friends & Folk ~
a little under the weather today...

my back hurts and I'm not sure if it is just from vacuuming up 
thousands of Asian Lady Beetles {click here to read more}
or if I have re-injured a pinch that I had a few weeks ago from lifting
OR I have a kidney stone {again}.

So you will find me on the heating pad if you need me.

While I'm heating up,
I have been stitching on the Daffodil Hill design...

I love the design.
I love the colors of thread I've chosen
and I love the linen I'm working on,
I HATE my stitches!

Take a look at the photos below, and you'll see what I'm referring to.
I have been stitching for a little over 30 years and have never had this happen before ~ 

I posted yesterday in our Samplermakers Group on FB about my problem,
and thought maybe it was the DMC threads I was working with...

can you see to the right of the window and door,
how awful my stitches look?
fat, flat & fuzzy.

 a kind-hearted and knowledgeable member of the group
responded to my posting with this reply:

"It's because some rows are worked in rows horizontally and some vertically. Though you don't realize it, the natural flow of your hand movement affects the twist of your floss and thus the rate of damage to the thread. Work your stitches individually and you will solve the problem. .."

she then went on to say:

  "Another consideration is how you are working the two threads. Yes, there is indeed a nap to the thread and you can see if if you "pounce" the will blossom more than the other. If you work with two individual threads, be sure they are in the same "nap" direction....and the blossom is the bottom (away from the needle). If you are using one thread doubled and doing a cheat start, then you are always working one thread with the nap and the other against it. Chances of fray are more likely."

 and that is exactly what I have been doing! 
for the first time ever, I have been cutting one long strand of thread 
and doubling it through my needle. 
AND on top of that I stitched this portion in every imaginable direction.

So there you have it.
 *heavy sigh*

I will now get back on that heating pad 
and begin this design all over once again on another piece of linen....

Lesson Learned.

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

~ What have we done ??? ~

it looks like something is going on at the farm shop? 
there are sawhorses in the garden!

yes, the sign says closed...

and Pepper says:
"Mom, don't even go in there...."

we are in the process of a total renovation!!!
 {whatcha doin' up there Pete?}

the men folk are sheet-rocking the storage area above our office...

with the steadfast help of our buddy Chris,
{our right & left hands here on the farm!}

this is what Pepper doesn't want you to see:
a massive pile of stuff in the center of our shop ~
just waiting for new wall paint, floor paint, trim paint and new shelving and lighting too!

it is already so much brighter with our beams painted white!

and I have even chosen a new color for the front door...
{every good witch has a purple front door you know}
ok, more of a reserved Plum color, but plum is in the purple catagory ;)

there will be wrap-around shelving along the bottom half of the walls, 
~ and new pegboard will be above the shelves to the top of the beams..

the walls will be a brighter white, 
while the floors, trim and pegboard will be a warm grey enamel ~

this view below is how I feel with the shop in this condition:
so off kilter for me!!

why, there is even run-off from inside, 
to the front porch!

"I told you not to go in."

 So, while we are in the midst of remodeling, we will be of course
and I will keep you updated on the progress of the remodel!

Our new look will be brighter, roomier, and more organized for the needleworker to shop ~
think: vintage farmhouse with a nod to modern industrial ;)

...we will also be adding more stitching space {tables and chairs} for Stitching Saturdays /Classes
 and a NEW coffee bar too!!
woot woot!

while the men folk are working in there,
I'm working on models for new things... always busy & productive ya know!

have a most-beautiful Tuesday my sweet friends!

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Sunday, February 18, 2018

~ Thinking Ahead ~

... Or should I have named this posting:
Stitching ahead ~ Springing ahead?

My needle has found me, once again ~
giving these tired old farmwife hands of mine a break from punching & hooking ~
well, for a bit anyway...

I'm in the process of winding all of my thread cards onto my small wooden spools
so I can use them on my Spool Caddy ~

 ~ and I was coming to some little-used colors that I have in my massive collection of threads...
and thought; how very cheerful and springy they are!

I decided there & then to begin stitching up a little something for Spring.
and what better harbinger than beautiful happy daffodils?

While charting, the name 'Daffodil Hill' came to mind.
So mote it be then.

Daffodil Hill will be stitched and offered as a pattern for those who love 
happy little cross stitches in bright & sunny colors!

• my threads are DMC
• my linen is 36ct Bark from Wichelt 
{but I will stain it after the stitching is completed}
and I'm using one strand of thread {doubled} and stitching over 2 threads of linen.

will keep sharing progress on Instagram in the evenings:

~ Things I'm Thankful For ~
my family & friends. {human and animal}
a good sense of humor.
my aching back is a feeling bit better.
my hookers-hands {that sounds funny} are getting a much needed rest.
it did not snow yesterday.
it rained yesterday.
lots of steaming hot green tea with organic honey in my favorite mug.
a hard working husband that loves me still.
blueberry pancakes with real maple syrup.

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Friday, February 16, 2018

~ Farm Shop Closed ~

Our little shop here at the farm will be CLOSED Saturday February 17th ~ 
Due to the inclement weather forecasted & a bad pinch in my back!

And we will be holding our pre-registered ‘seed bird/bird seed’embroidery class
On Saturday February 24th instead....

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

~ Kindness & Customer Appreciation ~

Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the blossoms,
Kind deeds are the fruits.
~19th century rhyme used in primary schools

Hello Friends & Folk ~
Please take a moment to read my story below...

...I began designing needlework as a profession back in 2000,
at the gentle nudging of my hubby.

After years of giving my finished needlework as gifts to friends & family,
Peter suggested that I try and see if anyone would be interested
 in purchasing a pattern of one of my designs...

so I purchased a vendors' spot at a local farmers market in Guilford, CT
and brought along some finished models and some very crudely packaged paper patterns
that went with them.

~ there I sat among tables of fresh veggies, flowers and handmade crochet items,
artisan jewelry and local potters & soapmakers ~ feeling rather out of place.
{{ ... but hey, the sun was shining, people were happy and I made new friends! }}

I smiled at everyone and shy-ly waited for someone {anyone} to come take a look at my table.
Two very sweet & kind older ladies came over to my table and one picked up
one of my finished models...  since they were not for sale, they were not priced ~
but the other lady asked if it was for sale and I politely said no, it was a model for a pattern
that they could purchase, to make one for themselves...

They were thrilled to purchase some patterns, and I asked them if they would like me to contact them when I made more ~ {I had no business cards, just a small notebook and pencil...I didn't even have bags for my 'customers' to put their things in...I have learned a lot since then}

Happily {and thankfully} they gave me their info,
I thanked them a thousand times over,
 and they left me beaming at my small table.

About five minutes later, they were back...but this time they brought friends!
My little table was now surrounded by a group of lovely, kind women
who actually seemed to be interested in what I was offering.

Little did I know, these women were members of the local Historical Society ~
with a very voracious appetite for needlework!

Due to the gentle persuasion of my sweet husband,
and because of these ever-encouraging women,
I was asked to teach Rug Hooking, Embroidery & Cross Stitch
at the Guilford Handcrafts Center in Guilford, CT.,
the Dudley Farm {also in Guilford and was where the little farmers market was},
and numerous other locales on the East Coast/New England.

 At one of my classes, a student asked me if I sold my patterns on the Internet.
{I had NO clue what that even was at the time} So my dear hubby stepped in again,
purchased our first computer and I sat for hours upon hours learning everything I could,
finding venues to sell my things.

Ebay was just a baby then, and with trepidation, gave it a try.
I offered finished items like dolls, bears & the like...
then took the plunge and listed some cross stitch patterns.

To my surprise, I was contacted by a sweet woman who suggested I contact a distributor
 to help me sell my cross stitch patterns...that woman was none other than Kathy Barrick!

Opening doors of opportunity to me beyond my wildest dreams,
I went about designing more & more for my distributor...
then saw my first pattern in a needlework shop in CT and almost fainted.
This Internet, Etsy, and this blog has been nothing but a blessing for us, too.
Allowing us connect with and make friends worldwide,
~ friends who have encouraged us, supported us and help us earn a living.

This year, 2018 ~
marks my 10th year as a seller on Etsy, with 19,000 sales as-to-date.
~ this year also marks my 12th year being partnered with a dear friend,
Kris Miller of
with whom and thankfully,
I have branched out more into the crazy and fun rug hooking world.

and the rest they say....

In appreciation for your continued Friendship
an support of what Peter & I do ~

... we extend this token of gratitude to you:

If I could give you all a big hug for your kindness I would!

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Thursday, February 15, 2018

~ Spring?? ~

 Good Morning
~  Friends  & Folk ~ can the weatherman be true?
will we indeed have sun & temps in the 70's today??

if that is indeed factual,
then I will be throwing everything into the washer and hanging out loads upon loads of laundry!
{ I enjoy hanging my laundry on the line, as my mother, aunts and sister have taught me well. }

~ when all that has been wind-blown dry, folded and put away ~
 I may take a look at my wintering gardens and see if I spy any sprouts.

Taking full advantage of the warmer weather today ~
I'd like to get a jump on my Spring Cleaning.

Only after all has been said & done,
will I return to my needle and thread....

I want to be just like her when I grow up...

Oh Spring!
please come quick...I'm desperate for warm breezes
& sunshine on my face...everyday!
I want to stitch on the porch swing
and listen to the whippoorwills sing...
Pick fresh Strawberries and salad greens...
wear cotton skirts & t-shirts.
Watch the Sheets blow in the breeze
and hear the buzzing of the Bees...
Oh Spring, Sprung!!!
 ~ © L. Brechlin

This Saturday's class, Feb. 17th 


...wishing you warm, 
~ sunny days filled with daydreams of things to come...
Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

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