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...

Thursday, February 1, 2018

~ February Again ~

 I know him ~
 February's Thrush,
And loud at eve he valentines...
On sprays that paw the naked bush
Where soon will sprout the thorns and bines.

~George Meredith, "The Thrush in February," c.1885

~ Good Morning Friends & Folk ~
we have made it to another February first!
February is that month of limbo...cold, dark & seemingly dreary.
But, it holds so much promise!
in 28 short days, we are that much closer to Spring ~
a most glorious season indeed.

This month will find me:
Planning gardens, sketching, writing in my journals...
 {{ preparing for much needed painting of the interior of this old farmhouse }}
~ keeping cozy at the foot of the woodstove with needle in hand ~

It is a month of celebration for us too,
with Saint Valentine's Day in the middle,
and my birthday at the very end...
~ 55 trips around the Sun for me this year!


Here are some of my favorite photos of interesting Hearts that I found on Pinterest ~
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please note:
these were not made by me ~
 I cannot take the credit for such beauty

I think I'll take cue from these artisans and create an embroidered & stuffed heart today...
I'll dig through my bottomless piles of trims, beads & other things to add to mine!

I will use these fabrics to make my heart:

and here are my thread choices ~

and finally I will embellish with lace snippets ~
some beads, buttons and other things...
{can you spy the tiny blown glass doll's eye below?}

and to help you get inspired, 
here is a freebie template for you to embellish your very own way ~

click on the heart below, 
then save template to your computer and print out any size you'd like 
to finish it in any manner that makes your heart happy!


I would especially ♥  
 to see yours when finished if you decide to play along!
I'll share photos of mine later today on FB and Instagram :)

Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori


Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Lori,
Hearts are a favorite of mine and I love the ones you have shared! I think I also have some of them on my Pinterest board, Love of Hearts, too!
Thank you for the heart to print out and I will look forward to seeing what your creative hands make with yours!!
Enjoy your day!
Heart Hugs~

Jeanne said...

Such lovely inspiration pictures! I love your button collection :)

Unknown said...

You know I am in love with all of these beautiful hearts!!! Jonette

Ronda said...

Beautiful inspiration! Happy February!

Anonymous said...

Oh, Heart of Hearts! How beautiful! I love your choices of fabrics and buttons and threads! I'm almost done stitching my Scarletwork Heart pillow...then I shall stuff it and share it! ~n~

NMK said...

I was thinking of making some hearts too, I have old lace, buttons , trims that were my Grand Mother's .... I have a pinterest board loaded with hearts too, my favorite motif . Happy February !!!

Anonymous said...

Lori, I've been following your Instagram heart progress. I love how you embellish the prints of the material with embroidery, giving it more depth and beauty. ~n~

Anonymous said...

LOVE the initials!!! Peter, Lori, very sweet.

elenaismyname said...

I need help! I want to learn to punch needle. I have everything I need. I have seen your youtube videos and I thought I was ready. But everytine I put the needle in it wint make a stitch. The string just comes back out! Can you please help me!? FRISTRATED IN KEY LARGO.

elenaismyname said...

If you are able to give me some advice, please send it to Thank you!

Oscar Fernandez said...

These are really so gorgeous. I like your great work. Thanks

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