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

Saturday, November 21, 2020

~ A Little Holly Jolly Tutorial for you! ~

 Hello Friends & Folk!

are you getting festive? 
have you begun your Holiday/Winter decorating?
...are you looking for something prim and unique to add to your decor? ~
well then, how about crafting a bunch of Holly Leaves from cotton fabrics?
if you're like me, 
you have plenty of fabrics in your stash to use up to make these quick,
 easy and NO SEW holly leaves!
my Gift to you ~
 a freebie tutorial on exactly how I make mine as shown in the photo above...
First, Download the template for your holly leaves to print out:
here is the template ~
 {click on the template to enlarge, then save to your computer and print...
you may resize to suit your needs}


after you have printed your paper template, cut ou the holly leaf shape and place it onto your fabric...I find it easiest to fold my fabric together with right sides facing, trace with a pencil then cut out both pieces at one time... cut out as many leaf shapes as you like, from however many different green {or not!} fabrics you want :)
After you cut out all of your leaf shapes, gather the following supplies:

*instant coffee
*white tacky glue
*paintbrush and small glass

and some floral stem wires ~ mine are green but you can use whatever color you'd like...

mix a tsp. of coffee with half a glass of warm want it to be dark;

take your floral wire and fold it in half...

then twist the wire onto itself like this:

take the white tacky glue and dot some out on the backside of one of your fabric leaf shapes,

then place your twisted floral wire down onto that:
{i place the 'loop' end of my twisted wire flat against the leaf}

and then place the matching {or not!} fabric leaf shape down on top of that...
making sure to use your fingers to push the two fabric leaf shapes together,
and twist the bottom portion of fabric shape around the wire as in the photo below:

Now set your oven to 350* degrees 
{don't get nervous!} and preheat it for about 10 minutes...

then place all of your glued leaves on a towel lined cookie sheet 
and dry in that hot oven for about 5 - 8 minutes...

after the glue on the leaves have dried, take them out of the oven {leave oven on}
and using that mixture of coffee and water, brush on the stain down the middle and edges of your leaves,
on BOTH sides...

as you can see, I am not one for making everything 'perfect'...
i don't mind rough edges or loose leaves may not even match up together on their stems but that is how I like things...

~ Perfectly Imperfect ~
now place your coffee stained leaves back on your towel-lined cookie sheet and put them back into the oven to has tannic acids which darken with heat, so the more coffee and the more heat the darker they will become...
let's just not get carried away and make crispy holly leaves, shall we? 
and, you may want to repeat the above staining/drying steps to your desired darkness,
depending on the grungy look you like best...

after all of your holly leaves have been stained and dried thoroughly,
you can {or not!} use a Prisma Marker to draw veins onto the leaves...

I prefer to use the Sepia-colored BRUSH marker
{found at most craft stores}

no need for a heavy hand with the brush-marker...
a few light strokes is best...

Now that your leaves are dried and the veins are drawn on,
you can bunch them up by twisting their wires together ~ I like bunches of threes,
but you can bunch as many as you'd like ~

make sure to bunch leaves together that don't match ~ {or not!}
I like the way tehy look this way...

 and finally....
tuck your finished Holly Leaves into a favorite vessel...
maybe an antique vase? or on a wreath?

I tucked mine into one of Peter's hanging wooden heart pockets 
that I burned with my woodburning tools...

Well I hope you enjoyed this bit of holiday-frivolity!
I would LOVE to see your finished holly leaves...

Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

Friday, November 20, 2020

~ Merriest Yuletide & Birthday Wishes ~

"Merriest Yuletide" ~ 
this design tugs at my holiday-loving heartstrings...
a cozy farmhouse, white picket fences...garlands of greens and a bough of holly,
not to mention a towering tannenbaum and the wording Merriest Yuletide ~ 1830 December.
....can't you just smell the gingerbread baking??

Stitched using one strand of cotton floss over 2 threads of linen.
Linen used: 36 count 'Parchment' from Weeks Dye Works.
Stitch Count: 120w x 89h ~ finished size approx: 5-1/2" x 7-1/4" inches.
DMC cotton floss used throughout: 
640, 3011, 610, 780, 832, 3865, 975 & 644.

Pattern now available in my Etsy Shop:
~ AND ~
wishing my sweet, kind & gentle husband
 the very happiest birthday today!
♥ ♥ ❤ ♥ ♥

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

~ New Cross Stitch & Folk Embroidery Patterns ~

Hello Friends & Folk!
happy to say that the 2 new Cross Stitch, and 2 new Folk Embroidery 
patterns from Notforgotten Farm™ are now available in our Etsy shop for your stitching pleasure ~
"white christmas"
~  below
" basket of cheer'  
~ below

"forest santa"
~ below
"crow ho ho"
~ below
these are avialble as PDF/Download & PAPER/Mailed patterns ~
and they, along with ALL OF OUR OTHER patterns are now on SALE
for 20% off their regular retail price

Happy Stitching my sweet friends ~

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

~ Dyeing Naturally... ~

Good Morning Friends & Folk ~
it's been a minute since I've been able to actually sit and write a new blog post...
I do apologize, but I'm here now and that's what counts!

The Oaks and the Black Walnut trees have been gifting us 
with more than their share of nuts & acorns this year ~

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 I have taken my cue for this posting from my Dear Friend Nancy Duncan
{remember the fabulous blog named The Bonny White Hare?}

Nancy & I are friends through time, 
~ friends through space and
we talk via this crazy internet...
 ~ it is a blessing to open my gmail and see one of her {almost} daily 'letters' to me.

Nancy is well-versed in many things, 
and she & I connect on so many different and varied subjects;
the other day she was telling me how she planned to dye some cloth with acorns 
and then showed me the results of her work.

Yesterday I gathered acorns on my daily morning walk in our woods and field,
and threw in a couple of black walnuts for good luck ~

I found some scraps of linen, osnaburg 
and a small piece of green/cream polka dot fabric for the dye pot...

I put the acorns and black walnuts into an old steamerpot that I use for dyeing,
and let them bubble for a good while on the stove.
Once my dyebath was dark enough for my liking,
in went my cloth ~ then bubbled that for a while too...
Afterwards I glugged-in a bit of white vinegar to set the dye into the cloth
and let the pot/dye/fabric cool slowly.
...then it was out to my clothesline to hang to dry ~
{the fabric shows darker when it is wet}

this is the end result, below...
very primitive, old looking and perfect for one of my naive
UNcounted cross stitch projects ~
I may finish this project into a small pillow using the polka dot fabric aforementioned...
or may just simply frame it in a black frame.
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I am hoping to have another
 Etsy Shop Update for Finished Goods soon!

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Thursday, October 1, 2020

~ OctOBer ~



Why You Might Be a Witch

by Theodora Goss

Because sometimes you dream of flying
the way you used to.

Because the traffic light always changes for you.

Because when you throw the crusts of your sandwich
to sparrows in the public park, they hop close
and closer, until they perch on your finger
and look at you sideways.

Because as you walk down the street,
the wind plays with the hem of your skirt
so it swings dramatically around your ankles.

Because as you walk, determined and sensible,
your shadow
is dancing.

Because a lot of people talk to cats
but for you they answer.

Because the sweetgum trees along the sidewalk
love to show you their leaves, sometimes even tossing
them in front of you, yellow veined red,
brown shot with green and yellow,
~ like children showing off artwork.


 Because when you look up,
the moon is always smiling.

Because sometimes darkness closes around you
and you remind yourself that it’s all right,
you’ve worn this cloak before.

Because in winter you acknowledge
that snow is a blanket as well as a shroud,
and we must all sleep sometimes.

Because in spring you can hear the tinkling bell-sounds
that crocuses make, and the deeper gongs of the tulips.

Because the river waves to you in passing,
and you wave back.

Because even the brownstones of this ancient city
look at you with concern: they want to make sure you’re well.
You belong to them as much as they to you.

 Because witches know what they are
and if I asked, do you remember?
You would have to confess that yes, do.

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Monday, September 28, 2020

~ Homeplace at Christmas ~ A Visit to the not-so past ~


Good Evening Friends & Folk 

~ I have a very happy announcement to make!

Many of my dear customers have been in search of my

 " Homeplace at Christmas " 

πŸŽ„ πŸŽ„ πŸŽ„ πŸŽ„ πŸŽ„ πŸŽ„ πŸŽ„ πŸŽ„ πŸŽ„

...cross stitch pattern for many moons ~ 

{I had to re-chart this due to corrupt computer files} 

And a bunch of lovely Youtube Ladies have recently showed their finishes of this pattern, when they bought it so long ago...

and tonight I am finally able to say that it has been fully re-charted and is now available in our Etsy shop as PDF or Paper versions! 

...and even better, they, along with ALL of our patterns and books,
are ON SALE for 20% off during these crazy Covid times...

"Homeplace at Christmas" ~ designed and stitched in 2006, released in 2007 and now fully re-charted and newly released for 2020!!

...a scrolling vine of berries and leaves dangle above the most primitive two-story home you would ever wish to live in ~
the chimney holds a tiny tannenbaum and is that Santa's magic key there on the roof?
this charmingly bedecked red home is decorated with swags of green'ry under her windowsills, and baskets of seasonal fruits and foliage flank her sides...
the date '1830' represents one hundred years before my mom's birth year ~
"welcome Home...."

Inspiration for this design came from our family's many trips to Pennsylvania, where my mom's side of the family hails from...
specifically the Bucks & Lancaster counties...the old brick homes and tidy gardens always held my heart as a child, and still do to this day.

This Original model shown was stitched in 2006...
by my dear Mom: Elda Elizabeth Geiste Smith ~
She stitched this using two strands of thread, on 18ct white Aida cloth,
which I severely overstained with tea & coffee dye.

I then finished it into a pillow stuffed with whole cloves, scraps of cotton & bits of wool, crushed star anise, dried orange peel
 and dried pine needles saved from many
of our family Christmas trees!

DMC threads:

611, 720, 734, 783, 919, 921, 3011, 3012, 610,
733, 3013, 3031, 3822 & 3853

Stitch Count: 168w x 84h
Finished size of pillow shown: approx: 9-1/2 x 4-1/2 inches.

thank you for visiting, come by again soon & Blessed be,
Lori from Notforgotten Farm



Wednesday, September 23, 2020

~ New Cross Stitch Patterns for your Spooky Stitching! ~

 Hello Friends & Folk ~

just listed the following in our Etsy shop:

All available as Paper/Mailed or PDF/Download...
they are ON SALE!
visit our Etsy shop by clicking HERE or on any one of the thumbnail photos above this posting.
hope you love them as much as I do ;)
I have had to unfortunately remove/delete all visitor commenting
 from my blog due to robo-hacking.
Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

Saturday, September 19, 2020

A Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween Virtual Event is LIVE ~

after a few internet issues this morning, my FINISHED FOLK ART
is listed in my Etsy shop, as part of the Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween Virtual Event!
click HERE for the link to my shop for Finished Folk Art


and be sure to visit 
~ to visit ALL of the participating Artists 

Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

A Bewitching Virtual Show!

Kindly join me, 
and a cauldron-full of over 40 of the most enchanting, 
sweet & spooky Hallowe'en artisans you will ever find in one magickal event!

A Virtual Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween
Saturday, September 19th at 8:00 A.M.
~ here is the spooktacular Participating Artists list:

 ☞ How to shop this Fabulous Virtual Show

On Saturday Morning, at 8:00 A.M. sharp,
where you will see all of the above Participating Artist's links go LIVE, 
for you to click on
and purchase their wondrously-frightful goodes...

I am honored to be participating, 
and will be offering you some of my finished goods over at my Etsy shop:
 ...once at my Etsy shop, 
the link to my "Finished Folk Art" section 
will be there on the left hand sidebar ~
(the link is not there at the moment, but WILL be there when the show goes live)
and... here is a peak at some of the things I'll be offering ~  

~ Stay tuned for more info on my finished folk art & goods ~
I'll be giving more previews all week!

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

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