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 our kittens, puttering in the herb gardens or talking to the trees.
and 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 ~
I love seeing the past through the eye of my needle...

Our Needlework Shop & Studio
is located here at our farm:
3530 Tye River Road
Amherst, Virginia 24521
ph. 434-263-6508
email ~

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

~ A New Design Finish! ~

 Hello Friends & Folk ~
I have finished my latest work in progress!

Here is
' Possessed by the Needle '

the inspiration for this design came about one day 
while Joan & I were having a conversation about something-or-another...
{can't remember what} and she suggested this.

and I thought it would make a great little stitch!
it reads:
possessed by the needle
enchanted by the thread
Elezabeth Curtiss   Her Work 1782
Stratford. Conn.

the name Elezabeth Curtiss is one from my hometown of Stratford, CT {Conn.}
the strange spelling of her name is what drew me to it, 
and dear Elezabeth was the daughter of one of the town's founding fathers.

I chose to include a squirrel & acorn ~
as my Mom feeds many of the neighborhood squirrels in Stratford...
as well as a brown headed Cowbird holding a needle sitting atop a potted fern.
Also the initials E.C. and a few generic motif of flora & fauna ~

The darker lettering is stitched over one ~ 
because I love to stitch over one and love how it ages my work. 

I also added a cartouche of vines that holds a pumpkin 
& a kettle and teacup just for fun.

don't you love the little ladye's festive dress and tophat?
she holds a tiny wreath in her hands...

a simple sampler begs for an un-fussy finish,
so I chose to add a backing of black reproduction Civil War era calico,
and brought the edges to the front of the sampler and stitched them down...

here are the particulars:
Linen ~ 32ct Tin Roof from Weeks Dye Works 
WDW ~ Kohl, Bullfrog, Havana, Pelican Gray, Lichen, Sand, Caper
GAST ~ Pumpkin Pie

I am in the midst of charting this now, 
and will provide a stitch count for it once it is listed in my Etsy shop ~
{hoping to release it Friday evening}

 Hoping you love it as much as I do!
Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori


Anonymous said...

Oh, Lori! It turned out beautifully! Nice to see it altogether! I believe Elezabeth would approve highly! I like the way you put a material backing on it...I never really thought about doing that!

P.S. Love your Turtle friend. He's adorable...

littlemancat said...

Love it. And the thread colors, such lovely names.

NMK said...

So pretty ….love the colors too & special details !!!

Anonymous said...

beautiful quote and beautiful work!!

patti hankinson said...

Oh my!!! Just love this!!!

kathy bailey said...

Do you ever sleep? You are just incredible. Cant wait to get my hands on this chart!!

linda said...

I am originally from CT!! And I remember your pictures of your mom’s black squirrels, and CT has its Charter Oak Tree. Love your new design Lori

JoAnne Reynolds said...

Lori I couldn't wait for you to finish this sampler....I'm
from Stratford, lived there 21 years and now live in Maine. I
also went to school with a Janet Curtiss from kindergarten to graduating from Stratford High AND I too feed the squirrels,
chipmunks and I love the cowbirds and the sounds they make! SO
your sampler has so much meaning to me Can't wait to order!!!!!

denise said...

Very cute

Our photos said...

Beautiful is the New Design!

Sandra said...

I love it!

elaine allerton said...

It is a treasure!
Just love , love it,,,,
Labor of love,,,,
They mean something to you!!
Thanks for sharing,,,

LaNelle said...

She’s a beauty Lori...such lovely colors! Have a fabulous weekend, blessings...

Patti said...

Love it and love your finish!
Blessings, Patti

Vicki DeCuyper said...

Oh Lori, I love how this turned out! I will definitely be stitching this! You are one talented lady :)

Daniela Bencúrová said...

Very nice!

Jessica said...

It looks wonderful! I love pumpkins, so that is my favorite addition. ;)

Strange... I recently bought that same linen (from 123stitch) but mine is not the same gray. It's darker, not quite brown, but darn close. I definitely love your lighter gray linen better! Is it older perhaps, or maybe mine is older? hmmm. I know dye lots are not necessarily consistent.

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