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...

Sunday, February 11, 2018

~ Happy Hookers... {and stitchers and crochet-ers...}

 Hey Howdy Friends & Folk ~
we are sopping wet here at the farm!
pouring rain since yesterday...the ground is super-saturated...a mud-bog mostly.

we need the water tho, for our well and gardens come spring, 
so I'll use this day again to my advantage 
and do a little housecleaning {perfect day to wash windows}, 
put on a nice big pot of sauce & meatballs and maybe even bake a loaf of bread :)

Then I'll head back to hooking my Tombstone Sheep:
I like his fleece, but it looks too harsh for me ~ the front half of his body, from the neck down
is too stripe-y, like he's wearing a sweater and I'm not a fan.
SO, I'll reverse-hook {which means to rip out my wool strips} and re-hook
to more resemble his back half & tail.
~ what do you think?

As I mentioned in my previous posting,
I want to use my #10 Oxford punch and fill in the entire background 
with a beautiful wool/blend yarn that I found... 
as I was finished hooking the sheep, I just had to flip it over on my big floor stand frame
 and punch in just one row around him to see how it looks ~ it may not look like anything now, but the yarn is variegated and will look great!

All of the motifs {sheep, flowers, vines, leaves & basket } 
are hooked with wool strips ~

just a couple more leaves to fill in now...

my happy place.

Yesterday we had a great time in the Shop!!
We enjoyed the company of new friends and old...

and each one talented in their own way ~
Just look at the beautiful project Sharon was working on:
I would love to be able to crochet like that....

Dee was working on her beautifully designed rug of her happy place:
the wool she is hooking the water with is sparkle wool that she hand-dyed
and it is just gorgeous!

Barb was working on a rug by Going Gray Rugs:
her wool choices are super!

Becky was rug punching!
you all may know Becky as the crazy talented designer behind 

I can't wait to see what her new designs for rug punch will be ~

Miss Joan was here with us too, and she was cross stitching!
So we had a nice variety of folks doing their thing ~

Well I am off to start the sauce...
Hoping your day is full of peace and creativity!
Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori


Michelle H said...

I love your first I thought it was a small mat but then I saw how large it was on your frame! This is going to be beeaauuttiifuuullll when done.
Great post, I hope you have a fantastic Sunday hooking! It's a quilting day for me (EPP) with snow/rain and the fire burning.

NMK said...

Love the Lamb his hind end hooking better too ,and the Oxford punch needle looks so neat !!! Love the look !!! Everyone's projects look great , has to be so much fun sitting around and chatting ....inspiring !!!! Lots of Fun !!! And you Happy Place is great !!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I know you'll figure out exactly what will please your artist's eye...but I must say that it's kind of cute, the idea of a sheep wearing a wool sweater...:) Perhaps it needs a turtle neck and some sleeves to define it?

Nice to see all the various projects going on...wonderful works-in-progress! Have a cozy Sunday!

acorn hollow said...

you have a great creative space! And wonderful creative people to surround you.

elaine allerton said...

Your sheep is sweet,,, like it,,, like he has a sweater,,,, cant wait to see the background,, fun, fun,,, sweet pattern,,,,
Your spot is cozy,, love it,,,,
Thanks for sharing the girls projects ,,, what fun,,, everyone doing different fun stuff!
Thanks , lori,,,,

denise said...

would have loved to have been there

jean edmonds said...

Hate to be a negative vote, but to me the first stripe looks too much like a collar--, otherwise he(?) is a neat sheep.

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