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...

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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

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