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 ~ notforgottenfarmwitch@gmail.com

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
www.Notforgottenfarm.etsy.com



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
 
 
 and
 
"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,
....you do.


Blessings from the Farm
 ~ Lori

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