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, January 29, 2020

~ Stitching Stories ~

Walking barefoot in her Strawberry patch is our little farm witch ~
humming and swaying while she waters her vines...

she will grow them fat with juice and the darkest sweetest red.
she has been growing them for centuries, it seems 
using her green thumb and kind disposition to coax them 
~ from the ancient black-as-coal soil.

most of her plants are allowed to grow wild ~
but some of her plants are potted.
they thrive in moss-covered and hand thrown pots she has made 
from the red clay that lies beneath the dark loam...
these she brings with her into her humble little farmhouse each Wynter ~
providing herself and her companions with much needed vitamins during the colder months.

~ she waters them daily using icy clear water from a secret wellspring 
found deep in her old woods.

in the evenings, when the Moon wakes ~
she visits her garden once more
to hum her delicate blossoms and tender leaves to sleep
under a sky filled with glistening stars...

her opossum companion will follow her into the night-garden
 to hunt for ticks and other insects 
and hope the old girl will drop a few sweet berries from her apron pocket ~

then they will walk into the woods together at dusk to find treasures of nature:
hagstones by the creek, snail shells, and bleached fox bones.

such friends they are, the farm witch and opossum ~
blessed with the richness of nature and the freedom of being themselves,

Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

~ Picture Walk ~

 Good Morning Friends & Folk!
Happy Tuesday to you all....

Going for our morning walks refreshes me,
~ soothes my soul and nourishes my lungs...

the quietness of the countryside 
...and the stillness of the air yesterday was perfect
for what has become our daily routine as of late.

bringing my iphone always looking for glimpses of magickal nature and stolen moments:

woodland fungi

old cedar post

reindeer moss

our Roxy girl love our walks too

Peter leads the way on a favorite path in our deep woods

dried berries feed the birds

pileated woodpecker was here...

...looking for his breakfast!

my beloved

go for a walk ~ breathe deeply ~ think peaceful thoughts

Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

Sunday, January 26, 2020

~ Crafty Saturday and so much more! ~

~ Hello Friends and Folk ~

... Happy Sunday to you all!

We enjoyed a fun day here in the Studio yesterday ~
I can't tell you how much I enjoy this group of girls ♥ when we get together,
... we just never know what will happen!

Janice and Anita have been knitting and crocheting.
I have mentioned how many times before that I cannot knit but I can crochet {a little}?
well Janice took me under her wing yesterday and showed me how to crochet...
but we'll get to that in a little bit ~

Here is my sweet Janice working on the cutest little crocheted trees:

she brought along with her some extra yarn and hooks for me to try...

and knowing how much I want to make a granny square afghan, 
she also brought this book for me to look through :)

here she is showing her knitting skills below ~

my dear Anita worked her needles too...
these two sisters have such talent ~

when this Tribe of creative women gathers together, 
they bring with them more than their bags and baskets of works-in-progress...

the always bring with them cheerfulness, friendship and positiveness ~
and I love them for that.
...way to go Anita!

our talented and funny friend Sharon can do so many types of crafting...
beading, needlework, and...

~ knitting and crocheting too!
{I can't knit with two straight needles, let alone two needles attached to each other!}

just look at the beautiful hats she is knitting for a very lucky recipient ~

again, here are more of their bags and baskets full of supplies, 
and projects for show 'n tell....
we don't travel lightly!

Miss Joan was working on a 'secret' project that she kindly declined to share, 
but you will all see it soon enough.

in the meantime, 
she brought along a few of her own antique needlework for us to drool over ~
I just love the old motto samplers...

Joan loves to hunt for needlework treasures {don't we all?}
and came upon this set of 4 needlepointed coasters ~

we never know what our wonderful friend Nancy will bring along with her...
but we can expect nothing but stitchy-goodness of some kind!
here is her applique from Rebeka L. Smith's newest book:

Nancy loves her horses and this project resembles
 her gorgeous Frisian-girl "Vrome"

see those wrap bracelets? yep. Nancy made them...
our entire tribe is addicted to beading now too ~ we love everything! 

I worked on making necklaces from some older embroidery bits & bobs
that I have had stored away for a couple of years ~
see? I can crochet! I crocheted the necklace portion for all 3 of these!
{ok, so it's just chain stitch crochet, but I added BEADS to that one! LOL

here is the results of my 'class' with Janice yesterday ~
my very. first. EVER....granny square!
made with beautiful worsted yarn and a larger hook...
{and I just realized it is the color of a granny smith apple hahaha!}

with Janice's guidance and patience
{I can be very trying as I am not a good student lol}
I got the hang of it... 

so I decided to try another one while she was by my side ~
I doubled some Valdani size 8 pearl cotton,
grabbed my smaller hook and made another granny square!
YAY for me!!!!!

while us 'girls' were in the Studio "playing"
my dearest was in the Shop "working" ~
here he is packaging the remainder of club kits that will ship out on Tuesday ~
{thank you Peter}

as I mentioned, we never know what a day together will bring ~
Nancy showed us how to make Elderberry Syrup on the woodstove !

Nancy is a plethora of knowledge when it comes to organics, herbs, 
homeopathy and Natural healing ~

...simmering the berries and cinnamon ~ can you smell that? mmmmmmm

straining out the juice after cooling...

and voila! the best natural remedy to keep on hand
when one feels like they're getting sick...
Nancy says: 
"its high in Vit C and has antiviral properties that help fight cold, flu and URIs. 
Also helps with coughs and congestion as it is an expectorant. Take 1 to 2 teaspoons 3 times a day when you feel "something" coming on and during an illness...".

thank you Dear Friend ~

after a nice lunch of split pea and ham soup, 
crusty bread, salad, globe grapes cheese, crackers and bran muffins,
we got back to work...but not before checking in on Nicky, 
Nancy's little old corgi-girl who is deaf ~ she likes to sleep at our feet under our work table...

she is so sweet ~

here is Nicky's brother Jack ~ always looking for a treat!
sweet boy!!

I love this photo of my girls below!

Cannot wait till next weekend to be together again ~

Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

Friday, January 24, 2020

~ Regular SHop & Studio Hours ~

 Good Morning Friends & Folk ~
just a quick note to say....
we are 
O P E N 
friday & saturday
10:00 ~ 4:00

Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

~ My Folky Heart ~

Good Evening my Friends & Folk ~
I have finished punching this little heart pin pillow
Here is ~
'My Folky Heart'

I chose vibrant colors that complement one another, 
~ using Valdani #8 Pearl Cotton

of course you may use whatever color threads you love the most
 or to match your decor ~

for the backing I used scraps of quilting cotton from my overflowing scrap baskets ~

 I hope this fills your heart!

to Purchase the Download/PDF Pattern  HERE
to Purchase the Mailed/Paper Pattern HERE

Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

Sunday, January 19, 2020

~ beautiful things ~

just a sort post today ~
photos are all from Pinterest and are not mine personally.

 Fence with sunflowers. Fence needs a few repairs ~~~~

 darning eggs

 This basket was loved enough to be repaired....must be a favorite!

Rustic Farmhouse


Carefully done repair (rather than destroy and/or replace) maintains respect and helps create a sense of place.

Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori

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