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This week was really busy, it seems like the Christmas has arrived and we’d like to announce our deadlines.

Needlepoint Belts – We need orders to be place by Nov. 1 to guarantee they will arrive before Christmas.  We are also offering an express order option to be place by Nov. 17, there will be a $100 fee for this service and only a available for a few belts, we just don’t have enough stitchers.

Needlepoint Kits – Orders placed by Dec. 11 are guaranteed to arrive before Christmas.  Orders placed by Dec. 16th will have the option to pay for 3 Day air to guarantee on time arrival.  (We will use FedEx over Christmas, FedEx 3 day air is a $10 surcharge, Priority Mail may arrive in time, but we cannot guarantee this)

Needlepoint Pillows – Already Past.

Onto the fun stuff!  Here are some reviews that came in this week:

“LOVED the License Plate Canvas! Thanks so much.”  Sarah 2014-10-15

“Got the canvas yesterday!  THANK YOU SO MUCH!  It looks amazing!  I can’t wait to start it (and finish it!!!!).  I’m so happy to have found you and look forward to doing business with you again soon!!!!!  Thanks again!!!”  Tenley 2014-10-15

“I got my canvas in the mail today and it looks awesome! I am so excited to start working on it but also very nervous to mess it up!”  Halie 2014-10-14

Since we’re on the topic of Christmas, we do love to personalized designs.  You can see the two stocking canvas designs below in the Christmas Needlepoint section of our shop.  If you have an idea for a stocking but don’t see anything similar in our shop, let us know we’d be happy to commission a new design for you!

Personalized Needlepoint Christmas Stocking Canvas

French Horn and Christmas Tree Personalized Needlepoint Christmas Stocking Canvas

Next up are lots of needlepoint belt kits!  There are a lot of notable designs, too many to name…  Again, many are available in our needlepoint belt shop section.  These are going to look amazing once they are stitched!

Sports Needlepoint Belt Canvases

Sports Needlepoint Belt Canvases

Duck Hunting - Lobsters - Jockey Silks - American Flag Needlepoint Belt Kits

Duck Hunting – Lobsters – Jockey Silks – American Flag Needlepoint Belt Kits

Alabama Campus, Trout, and Custom Needlepoint Belt Canvases

Alabama Campus, Trout, and Custom Needlepoint Belt Canvases

Those of you who follow our website know that we specialize in needlepoint animal portraits created from your own photos!  Too cute!

Dog Portrait Needlepoint Kits

Dog Portrait Needlepoint Kits

Next is a Jackson Hole needlepoint pillow design.

Jackson Hole Wyoming Needlepoint Pillow Kit

Jackson Hole Wyoming Needlepoint Pillow Kit

Last are more custom projects that came out really well!

Custom Needlepoint Kits

Custom Needlepoint Kits

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve added another college campus to our design library.

The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa campus needlepoint belt features the presidents mansion, the quad, Shelby Hall, Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tailgate scene, Gorgas Library, Gorgas Hall, and Denny Chimes.

We will personalize your belt with a monogram and graduation year for free!

Looking for another school?  Check out our other college and university needlepoint belt designs or commission your own custom college campus needlepoint belt design!

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA CAMPUS NEEDLEPOINT BELT

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA TUSCALOOSA CAMPUS NEEDLEPOINT BELT

Are you looking for ideas for wedding gifts or an anniversary coming up?

Check out our custom wedding needlepoint pillows.  Or, try designing your own custom pillow online on our needlepoint pillow designer.  All of our designs are available as finished needlepoint pillows, or DIY needlepoint kits!

Below are some pictures I took of two projects we recently finished, if you like them as much as me, let us know!

Custom Wedding Needlepoint Pillows

Custom Wedding Needlepoint Pillows

Wedding and Anniversary Gift Needlepoint Pillows

Wedding and Anniversary Gift Needlepoint Pillows

Bermuda Anniversary Gift Needlepoint Pillows

Bermuda Anniversary Gift Needlepoint Pillows

 

 

Spooky needlepoint kits and more this week!  I love all the colors in these projects!

Halloween and Video Game Needlepoint Canvases

Halloween and Video Game Needlepoint Canvases

Next are some more custom needlepoint belts.  The Pennsylvania license plates include the stitchers monogram snuck into the design!

Pennsylvania Colorado and Life Treasures Needlepoint Belt Kits

Pennsylvania Colorado and Life Treasures Needlepoint Belt Kits

Below are some custom needlepoint pillow kits, the upper right is an somewhat abstract sailing scene that is going to look great!  The Live Colorfully is a special project that you will see again in the future.

Custom Pillow Needlepoint Kits

Custom Pillow Needlepoint Kits

Custom Needlepoint Kits

Custom Needlepoint Kits

Needlepoint Wallet and Key Fob Needlepoint Kits

Needlepoint Wallet and Key Fob Needlepoint Kits

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for different ideas for monograms on your custom needlepoint belt?  I’ve seen a lot of great ones, so I’m going to go over some of my favorites.

Typically we design a monogram with First Middle Last initials.  Or if you prefer to have the last name in the middle, then the first and middle initials will be on the sides and smaller than the last name initial.  With these letters, we most often use a Times New Roman typeface that is more traditional, or a Arial typeface that does not have the flair on the ends (see the EAK monogram below).

Other ideas:

Diamond Monogram – This is where the first and last name all come together in a diamond shape, last name goes in the middle.  See JRL monogram, the third image down.

Circular Monogram – We can put the letters inside a circle (see SEC below). Again, last name goes in the middle.

Stacked Monogram – Stack the first and middle name on top of each other, and put the last name in a larger size to the right.  See MWC monogram below.

Nautical Flag Monogram – This is where we use nautical signal flags for the monogram.  See the top belt below.

Tiny Monogram – Looking for something that is not going to stand out in the design, but still be personalized?  See the Tiny monogram below – fourth picture.

Custom Monograms – Do you have an idea not on here?  We’ve done monograms from wedding invitations and we have over 200 type faces to choose from.  So, send us an image of something you like and we’ll see what we can do!  You can see more monogram ideas on Pinterest.

Monograms are important and we include free custom monograms on all of our designs!

Needlepoint Belt Monograms

Needlepoint Belt Monograms

Needlepoint Belt Stacked Monogram

Needlepoint Belt Stacked Monogram

Diamond Monogram Needlepoint

Diamond Monogram Needlepoint

Needlepoint Belt with Tiny Monogram

Needlepoint Belt with Tiny Monogram

Needlepoint Monogram Ideas

Needlepoint Monogram Ideas

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday a customer emailed me a photo of her project that we helped her create.  I’m stunned how well this came out!

We did spend a lot of time going over the details, but I can tell she went the extra mile when stitching the project and it shows!

Fantastic stitching Maggie!  Please let Maggie know if you like this too in the comments at the bottom of the page.

If you have an idea for a project you’d like to stitch, preview a design for free on our website!  www.NeedlePaint.com

Finished Needlepoint from Art

Finished Needlepoint from Art

Original Artwork

Original Artwork

Stitch Chart Accompanying  Needlepoint Canvas

Stitch Chart Accompanying Needlepoint Canvas

 

 

I want to share two reviews (one is 2 weeks old but I forgot to post), because turning ideas into reality really does make this job fun!

“Just wanted to say how much I LOVE my custom needlepoint. Seth was great with all my request, and I am so pleased. I can’t recommend Needle Painters enough. My rabbits look gorgeous and fluffy! I’ll be sending in a finished photo soon!”  Miranda 10-2-2014

“I just wanted to let you know that my husband has been wearing his beautiful belt all the time and he always gets comments-everyone loves it. I also wanted to let you know how well it wears!! It still looks brand new.” Kathryn 9-18-2014

So, onto the fun projects this week.  First are three canvases that are going to be made into pillows.  Each uses a college’s colors, the last name and birth order

Custom College Color Family Pillow Needlepoint Kits

Custom College Color Family Pillow Needlepoint Kits

More Custom Needlepoint Belt Canvases, check out the Lake Tahoe Belt design!

Cool Custom Needlepoint Belt Canvases

Cool Custom Needlepoint Belt Canvases

Pillow Key FOB and Jack Russell

Pillow Key FOB and Jack Russell

 

We have a fun new design just in time for the football season.

The custom football needlepoint belt is the perfect gift or project for the “kid” in your life who loves to spend time with the ball and with friends watching their favorite teams.

This design was created with customization in mind.  We can adjust the colors of the: helmets, background, add designs to the helmets, add team numbers into the design, remove parts of the design and add team logos, and add a monogram to top it off!

As with all of our designs, this is available as a belt or a DIY football needlepoint kit.

custom football needlepoint belt

custom football needlepoint belt

Happy Friday!

This week I’m really excited about the latest statue of liberty canvas design!  Look at the bottom left khaki design and you’ll see it.  Actually, look at all these, they are a great assortment of how talented our designers are!

Custom Needlepoint Belt Kits

Custom Needlepoint Belt Kits

Fun “Keep Calm” design from a customer.

Keep Calm Needlepoint

Keep Calm Needlepoint

More fun projects…

Fun Custom Needlepoint Projects

Fun Custom Needlepoint Projects

Custom House Needlepoint Kit

Custom House Needlepoint Kit

Dog Cat and Rabbit Needlepoint

Dog, Cat, and Rabbit Needlepoint

More positive feedback came in this week, too!

“Thanks for the canvas – was a nice surprise waiting for me after a short trip out of town.  It looks wonderful and I am anxious to get started – will be sure to send you some pics when it’s completed!”  Noelle 9-25-2014

“Just opened the canvas…and I absolutely LOVE it!!!  You did such a fabulous job capturing the dogs!!!…..and the thread colors are perfect!

I can’t say enough good things about you and your company…from start to finish you have been a pleasure to deal with.  I’m amazed at the quick turn around from concept ideas to finished canvas and even your packaging and shipping are terrific!    I’m so happy I stumbled upon your website!

I will definitely be a repeat customer and am already thinking about my next canvas!”  Sheila 9-23-2014

“My kit arrived yesterday, and I love it”  Jim 9-23-2014

 

 

Two new custom needlepoint belts fresh from our stitchers!

The first is a Life Treasures design, simple but classic colors and a lot of team pride!

Custom Needlepoint Belt 1

Custom Needlepoint Belt 1

Custom Needlepoint Belt 2

Custom Needlepoint Belt 2

Custom Needlepoint Belt 3

Custom Needlepoint Belt 3

Second we have a custom golf needlepoint belt design…

Custom Golf Belt 1

Custom Golf Belt 1

Custom Golf Needlepoint Belt 2

Custom Golf Needlepoint Belt 2

 

 

 

 

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