...Down a dirt road, past woods and fields sits a humble little farmhouse wearing chippy white paint and a rusty tin roof ~

It's here you'll find me pulling thread and wool through linen and chasing after my kittens…

~ I love my life and those I share it with.

Our farm shop is located at
3530 Tye River Road
Amherst, VA 24521
Studio Phone ~ 434-263-6508

Regular Shop Hours:
most Fridays and Saturdays 10:00 ~ 3:00
{weather permitting}
Best to call ahead PLEASE!!

bring your work in progress and create with me!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Small Update Tomorrow ~

Good Evening Friends & Folk ~

are you snowed in?
well  if you are ~
 I'm hoping it is perhaps with someone you love most...

...not a flake here!
{except for a couple of best girlfriends and you know who you are.}
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

With the winter weather upon most of the northeast,
'us~folk' who love needlework really don't mind being snowed in though , do we?

with that said,
I will be releasing just a few new patterns for your Valentine's Day stitching...

"I Forgot"   ©2015 Lori Brechlin for Notforgotten Farm

Actually, one of the new designs is coming from Miss Flea!!!
~a sweet little wool appliqué runner ~
and I could not be happier that she is dipping her tiny toes back into the designing waters!

Miss Flea, {aka Felicia Martin from The Martin House}
 as you may know is my model stitcher for my cross stitch designs ~
although she has not designed a new project in a few years, 
NOR has she been blogging, 
she is not one to be idle...
she is very busy caring for her large family {5 children} 
and going to school for her RN degree!

AND she also is my right hand, my BFF, my confidant 
~ and I couldn't get through a full week without her help here in the shop.
So very proud of you Flea ~ xoxoxoxox

So, tomorrow you will see what is soon to be one of many to come
{I hope} of her vintage-looking designs ~

(((and Joan, if you're reading this, you need to get to work ~)))
and I love you too.

~ Blessings from the Farm ~

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Morning Musings ~

Well I spent the entire day on the couch yesterday ~
needle in hand and feet up.
feeling a little better today, so I guess I'm on the mend so-to-speak….

so I stepped out into the fresh air this morning 
to clear my lungs a bit and this was waiting for me:

Pinocchio & Daisy say
"Good Morning to you!"

I put my "FAUX-sythia" {lol}
in my basket on the porch post the other day…
doesn't it look cheerful?
can't wait for the real thing ~

{{Hmm…think I'll go cut some and force it here in the farmhouse!}}

Our hens are juuuust beginning to lay again ~
the cockerels have been busy I guess!
this is our plunder from yesterday morning ~

I love my old Star Egg Carrier ~ 
and those white eggs are blown glass….
 used by farmers to 'encourage' their hens to brood ~

Here is that pocket I was working on ~ all finished…

~ it is fully lined and I love it.
the fabric is prairie cloth, and the threads are Valdani ~
...my own doodle-design ;)

I am enjoying hand embroidery/stitching more and more recently…
I love my cross stitch and punch needle,
there is something so very rewarding 
about the freedom of creating various stitches while I work.

just taking a line drawing, transferring it to fabric 
~ and then letting my imagination run with color and stitch…

here is what I worked on all day yesterday
{between naps, stretches and cups of tea, mind you}

I wanted to start something simple,
and I wanted to just sharpen my stitches a bit ~
you know, that practice-makes-perfect thing?
well, my stitches are far from perfect…but they are happy little stitches and that's all that matters to me!

this is stitched on weavers cloth ~ 
yes, the same cloth we use for our punch needle…
I like it because:
I can trace a design through it ~
it is nubby like linen ~
it is woven and 'takes' cross stitches well ~
it is stain-able ~
it is inexpensive ~

the threads I used for this are Guterman threads found in Joann's ~

using an air-erasable marker,
I drew on simple, positive words {'believe, keep going, carry on"} and then just let my needle dance ~
really not a lot of thought went into this, as my poor brain was fuzzy from this head-cold.

If you are interested, I created a group on Facebook 
{yes, another one! no rolling of eyeballs please lol} called:
"Humble Work Hand Embroidery"
here's the link:

it's a group devoted to hand embroidery & embellishment ~
like crewel work, stump work, 3 dimensional stitching, needle weaving ~
and simple, primitive stitching using the basics:
chain stitch, satin stitch, french/colonial knot, straight stitch, running stitch, feather stitch, etc…

 As there already is the most awesome
Prim Stitchers Society
and the equally fabulous
Punchneedle Place
I thought a group for other hand embroidery would be a good place to chatter about ~

Do drop me a line if you'd like to join the Humble Work group!

well, I am off to get a little more fresh air into my lungs…
perhaps allow my hubby to accompany me on a short woodland walk ;)

hoping you all have a beautiful Sunday my friends!

~ Blessings from the Farm ~ 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

we are CLOSED today ~

sorry, we are closed today, 
~ Saturday January 24th ~

we were supposed to hold our Winter's Tea & Wool Applique class today...
but the powers-that-be, aka the weather-folks
put the fear into us all that it would be crummy weather, 
...not suitable for driving...

so what's a girl to do?
better to be safer than sorry and postpone the class,
 and not have our students drive in the 'proposed' mess.

oh well,
I am feeling a tad under the weather too,
scratchy throat, headache & slight cough.
I will keep the shop closed, 
...and rest a bit.

hot tea, cozy blankets, fluffy pillows…
box of kleenex and a 'heater-cat' on my lap {chest, back, head…}
needle and thread? perhaps…
old movies?

even when I'm sick, I cannot be idle.
unless I'm unconscious…


~ Blessings from the Farm ~