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

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

~ Jeepers Creepers ~

 Yes yes....
I have a new eye ~
say you....
~ I say, indeed.
I have had quite the surgery to repair my damaged left eye ~

first was the removal of a deep cataract {or 'thick', so I am told...}

second was to repair the mishap-en eye {left} from a 'football' shape
to more of a socially-acceptable and visually-correct 'round' shape...
all-this being done manually {with hands of Doctor} 
after incising crescent shaped incisions on wither side of my iris, 
to reform said eyeball.

was to implant a tiny plastic lens, behind my cornea ~
that will {hopefully} enable me to see far-away - 
~ without the need of an external double-ocular device {glasses}.

I am sore, yes.
I am swollen, yes.
can I see? um, yep...for the most-part.
is my outcome of my procedures a normal outcome for everyone?
everyone who has eye surgery is different in their procedure and healing....
do not let my posting here stop you from having your procedures done ~
we are different, we are individual and we will be fine!

much affection to you all ~
Blessings from the Farm ~ Lori

Monday, October 29, 2018

~ I will ALWAYS Love Ewe ~

Coming home from anywhere, 
~ after a fun and busy weekend is a welcomed-thing ~
{the Heavens to Betsy Hook In & Withes Gathering} 


coming home to find that one of your 'babies' has passed on is never good...

after settling in a bit last evening,
Peter broke the news to me that he had found her in the barn 
the morning that we left for the Hook In ~
but he didn't want to upset me before I began the long drive to NY state.

my dear sweet, gentle & beautiful Esther {aka 'Mommy'} ewe sheep
has crossed that Rainbow Bridge to the Summerlands ~

we aren't even sure how old she was when we brought her home,
perhaps 2 or 3 years young at the time, 
and already had given birth to a couple of lambs before her life began here with us... 

She was to be our very first ever sheep to love;
to have and to hold, till death do us part,
~ forever and ever.

her beautiful eyes told me how very kind she was.
she allowed me to love on her, and gave us many happy spring mornings
by sharing brand new baby lambs with us ~ 
while she lived here at the farm, she birthed a total of 2 sets of twins, and 2 sets of triplets!
{not all at once, silly...but over her 1st couple of years here}

after that much mommy-ing, that is exactly what I started calling her...
'Mommy' ~ and she was a good one.
one of her last lambs was born smaller and weaker 
~ so we decided to keep him with her,
and we named him Bobby {'Baaaa-bee'}.

...and they were inseparable.

Mommy & Bobby would walk out to the big field together 
many times during the day to graze in the hay ~ she always led the way...

I will miss looking out my old farmhouse windows
and seeing her - seeing them together in the sunshine, snow or rain...
walking one behind the other.

as Esther grew older,
she developed cancer, poor eyesight and slowed down on her daily trips to the big field,
but Bobby never left her side....

this morning as I went out to see Bobby,
he had such a lost look on his face that brought me to my knees....
all I could do was wap my arms around his neck and bury my face into his fleece and cry.

Esther/Mommy was so much inspiration for me
in my needlework and folk art designs ~ 
and a huge part of my heart is now gone.

Dear Esther,
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your sweet life.
We hope you were happy here with us all, as we have loved you dearly.
I will take good care of your Bobby-baby, until you see him again...

Rest peacefully in those golden fields and warm sunshine ~
our lives are richer, our hearts are fuller 
~ and we are more blessed because of you.
 All our Love,
Mom & Dad & Hannah

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

~ Shop News ~

Hey friends and folks !
Just a friendly reminder to say that our little Shop and Studio
Here at the farm will once again be 
C L O S E D this Saturday πŸŽƒ

Tomorrow, miss Joan & I will be traveling North to
Heavens To Betsy’s Hook In and Witches Gathering πŸŒ™πŸŒ™

Betsy says to wear your ‘best’ hat....
And I will, for sure ~
Hoping to see many of you there!!!

Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

Sunday, October 21, 2018

~ Sunday Morning Musings ~

Good Morning Friends and Folk ~

Bright sunshine, winds and a chill in the air on tap for today here at the farm...
the last leaves on our black walnut trees are blowing away now, 
~ leaving their skeletal silhouettes against the azure blue October sky.

Yesterday I once again picked up my punch needle and threads,
feeling the need to create with them this little 
"Kitten in a Mitten" ornament...

I punched this using different heights for a dimensional effect ~

I love the jumble of tangled-joy in my little work basket ~ 

once the punching was finished, I backed the ornament with cardboard and calico, added tiny beads for eyes, some colonial knots for teeth ~
and a rusty wire curlicue hanger...

I am working on a few more ornaments like this, 
...and these will be available soon as PDF & Mailed patterns.

I wanted to show you how I finished the binding on my Holly Olde Santa rug:
I used a wide cut of wool and simply hand sewed it on ~

it was off the bolt wool that I hand dyed using my marigold heads ~
love the natural color the dried flower heads added to the checked wool...

Holly Olde Santa will be offered as a pattern too,
 PDF, Paper & a few on Linen for you...

Hoping you all have a very peaceful & creative Sunday my friends!!
Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

Friday, October 19, 2018


Oh Friends, 
~ sorry but, yes we will be 
again Saturday October 20th...
my dearest hubby Peter  is working away at finishing the Studio here at the farm.

we are at 89.637 % finished!!!!

 please join us as we Re-Open on Saturday, November 3rd 2018...
we will be holding our Tea & Embroidery workshop in the Studio,
but you are always welcome to come shop if you're not signed up for a class!

we do, 
~ however, 
have just a few more spaces available for our workshop if interested!

Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

~ Cozy Autumn Farmhouse ~

 Greetings Friends & Folk!
~ and a happy most-beautiful Autumn October-ish day to you all...

it is a perfect day for hooking in my keeping room...
working on a new design called 
"Holly Olde Santa"  
{ from Notforgotten Farm™}

the late morning sun slips through my shutters next to my working chair ~

I've done a tiny bit of decorating for Autumn, 
~ but will be bringing more of my Halloweenies out soon... 

I think I might work in some of my hand spun wool yarn
to this fellow's beard and brow:

Last night I had posted to my members on my 
to kindly share their collections of antique/vintage rug hooks...
here are a few of mine:

the Joan Moshimer hook from Kennebunkport, Maine 
was the very first hook I stared with over 30 years ago ~

I don't use bent hooks, 
but I do grab them for my collection when I see them while I'm shopping "oot & aboot" 
{if Joan doesn't spot them first!}

I do switch between hooks to keep my hand from getting too tired...
my ergo steel hook that Peter makes is my favorite, but I also use a miller ball
~  and an antique hook too.
{I keep them in my sliding lid needle box}

here is a different angle of the keeping room ~

my favorite Pumpkin guy
made by Becky Carney of A Wing and a Prayer ~ 
{{ you can find Becky on PFATT and Early Work Mercantile }}

and a small chalkware black cat from Misi Axel of Gable House Goods....

more goodies live in my Witches Cupboard all year long...

 Well my friends, my hook is calling me ~
time to get back to work!

Hoping your day is filled with wonderful Autumn Goodness!

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

~Tea & Embroidery Workshop ~

Kindly join us here in the Studio at Notforgotten Farm ~
on Saturday, November 3rd 2018 from 10:00 'til 4:00
for our 
~ Tea & Embroidery Workshop ~
taught by Nancy Bauer and Lori Brechlin
Nancy will be teaching us how to blend teas, 
share with us her tea herbs & spices, talk about properties of teas 
and then we will get to taste those wonderful tea!
~ students will also keep their own blended loose teas to take home...

Lori will be teaching the embroidery portion of the class,
a linen 'tea bag' drawstring pouch to hold your loose teas in ~ worked in cotton floss.

light refreshments (and of course tea!) will be served,
or bring a bag lunch ~ 

Registration is required & Workshop Fee is $50.00 per student 
~ which covers all supplies from both Teachers

To Register:
or call the studio at

Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

Friday, October 12, 2018

~ On the Fly!! ~

 Hello friends & folk!
just a reminder to say that our 
Farm Shop & Studio will be
★ C L O S E D tomorrow ★
Saturday October 13th ~

 and just why are we closed do you ask?

because Miss Joan & I will be flying off to play at the fabulous ~

✫ we are not vending, just going to shop, eat and have a bewitching-good time! ✫

  〰️〰️〰️〰️ hoping to see lots of my witches there!! 〰️〰️〰️〰️

Blessings from the Farm

 ~ Lori

Monday, October 8, 2018

~ Tea & Embroidery ~

 Good Morning Friends & Folk!
happy Monday to you all.....

with the recent spell of hot humid weather, it's not likely that many of you are drinking hot tea...
{sweet & iced perhaps?}

I am a year-round & year-long tea drinker. 
gotta have it. 
copious amounts of tea fill my mornings 
and my belly with it's healing powers and sunshiny-goodness...

did you know that green tea is the best fighter for cancers?
and can help keep weight down too?

so many benefits from those tiny leaves...but not all tea can come from tea leaves.
herbal teas are beneficial and tasty too!
mint, chamomile and rosehip are among my favorite.

On Saturday, November 3rd 2018
 we will be holding a "Tea & Embroidery" class here in the Studio at Notforgotten Farm ~
... our dear friend Nancy B. will be teaching us once again 
about healing teas and how to mix our own teas from her organic botanicals.

 whilst we are learning from and listening to Nancy, 
we will be stitching on an embroidery design
 that will be finished into a drawstring bag to hold our loose tea!

I'll post a photo of the finished bag 
and also all info for class soon, then opening registration for students :)

hoping you all have a most beautifully productive day my friends!

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Friday, October 5, 2018

~ Friday Morning Musings ~

 Hello Friends & Folk ~
it's Friday again! 

I wanted to let you all know that our Farm Shop & Studio will be 
C L O S E D 
tomorrow, Saturday October 6th ~ 
while we are working on finishing the Studio :)
{our Etsy Shop is always open!}

if you follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook,
you'll see that I have been flitting around from one type of needlework project to the next...
but ~
- it's still too hot for me to hook or work with wool -
- my hands bother me too much to punch at the moment -
- and my eyes aren't quite ready for counted cross stitching again...
so embroidery it is!
{but you already knew that, didn't you?}

my Belsnickle is coming along, 
with only a few more holly leaves to work in split and satin stitches...

then it will be on to the berries...
should they be traditional red? or white? or both?
or perhaps I should stitch them like tiny peppermint candies 
and call this body of work Peppermint Pig! 
{Hmmmmmmmm....I like that!}

the large blank area to the left of said pig and belsnickle
is where I might add some lettering...or not.
any suggestions?

our Nandina berry bushes are full of berries this year...
and I love their red and green leaves before turning blazing red in the winter ~

Please don't forget that we are CLOSED tomorrow ~ 
you wouldn't want to run into me when I am in my work clothes
 and swinging a hammer or covered in taping compound!

Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

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