It has been a great year at NeedlePaint and I have much to be greatful for.
Desiging needlepoint belts for a living is truly a great job. And, our most recent design is one of my new favorites!
The Americas Cup Winners Classic Yacht Needlepoint Belt features 7 boats that helped defend one of the longest winning sreaks in sporst. The yacht names are America, Mischief, Magic, Enterprise, Defender, Intrepid, and Rainbow.
This design is availabe as a fully stitched needepoint belt, or as a DIY needlepoint kit. And it can be customized! Add a monogram, yacht club burgee, and change the background color to navy if you don’t like the light blue!
Americas Cup Winners Classic Yachts Needlepoint Belt
Seasoned scuba divers regularly see some of the most beautiful, rarely seen sights in the world underwater. Each dive is a chance to get away to a personal paradise and enjoy all of the beauty that nature has to offer. As most divers can attest to, a lot of time on land is spent thinking about the next dive. If you’re looking for a great reminder of your next adventure, look no further than the scuba diving needlepoint belt.
Our custom needlepoint scuba diving belt is perfect for any diving enthusiast!
The belt showcases some of the most majestic sea creatures known to man. From the Black Tip Reef Shark, to the Hawksbill Sea Turtle, and even the Spotted Eagle Ray, the belt will remind you of the animals you’ve seen or hope to see in the future. The animals and the scuba diver on the belt are split with the traditional scuba diving flag, recognizable by aficionados everywhere.
You can customize your scuba diving needlepoint belt with a monogram to make it really yours, or customize it with a friend or family member’s initials to make a perfect gift for any occasion.
If you love to needlepoint and would like to stitch your own scuba belt, you can order the scuba diving needlepoint kit here.
If you haven’t already heard, we’re hosting a custom needlepoint belt giveaway with our long-time friend Carly of “The College Prepster” blog!
Carly Heitlinger is a preppy blogger who grew up in Florida, began blogging while studying at Georgetown, and now lives in New York City where she continues to find inspiration for her style. Her blog is full of great tips on what to wear, what to see, and what to do!
We recently collaborated with Carly on a custom belt showcasing the landmark sights of South Tampa for her father. Together with Carly, we brought her father’s favorite places to life: from the country club where he golfs, to the University of Tampa, to the high school campus that he and Carly both attended, the essence of each building is captured on the belt.
Carly says she is “obsessed” with the way that the belt came out and said that her “dad’s been wearing it a lot, and all his golf buddies are jealous.” We’re excited to hear that they both are enjoying it as much as we enjoyed making it!
Together with The College Prepster, we’re giving you the opportunity to win your very own custom Needlepaint belt. Simply visit Carly’s website here and enter the giveaway for your chance to win your very own custom belt.
Finally, the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington is captured on a belt!
Long awaited, the University of Kentucky Needlepoint Belt features some of the historical buildings, basketball stadium, and gardens. It came out great! (please click the link above for a rundown on the buildings)
This design is available with the Rupp Arena or commonwealth stadium and comes as a fully stitched belt or a DIY needlepoint kit. Designs can be personalized (monogram and graduation year is included) and even customized upon request.
If you are interested in ordering from NeedlePaint.com – Please read some testemonial reviews we recieved this month. (see them below the pictures)
University of Kentucky Needlepoint Belt
“I just received the belt, and I am BEYOND pleased. Thank you very much for your great customer service and product! I look forward to buying from you all again.” – Kaelyn 2015-09-29
“Thank you so much! I received the belt today and it is beautiful. I will definitely pass on the word about Needlepaint. I have lots of needlepoint friends here in MA.” – Katherine 2015-09-28
“Just got my belt yesterday. I’m thrilled with how it turned out, it looks awesome!” – Alex 2015-09-15
“I gave it to him tonight and he LOVED it (and so did I)! I think it came out absolutely perfect. Thank you so much for helping me create such a great and sentimental gift!” – Cara 2015-09-14
“Got it. I love it. Fits great! Thank you” – Chris 2015-09-08
“We received the belt and my son surprised me coming home from West Point for the weekend! It fit him perfectly and it was beautifully done!!” Elizabeth 2015-09-02
Pulling up to the docks or leaving the waders behind?
Don’t leave the fish on ice, now you can take them with you to the bar for a beer, too!
This week’s blog features two of our favoite fishing belts. The Tropical Gamefish Needlepoint Belt, and the Moutain Fly Fishing Needlepoint Belt.
Our belts are made to order and can be personalized with a monogram. All designs are also available as DIY needlepoint kits.
Fly Fishing Needlepoint Belt
Tropical Gamefish Needlepoint Belt
A few months back, we had a few requests to design the West Point Military Academy campus which sits on high ground overlooking the Hudson River in West Point, New York.
The West Point Campus Needlepoint Belt was really fun, it features an American flag, Mitchie Stadium, the Cadet Chapel, Washington Hall, George Washington Statue, Jefferson Hall Library, Battle Monument overlooking Trophy Point on the Hudson, and a Bald Eagle.
We even have worked on a customized version that featuers a new visitors center that is being built!
West Point Needlepoint Belt
I also am including in this post some feedback we recieved about our belts recently:
“Yesterday was —’s birthday and he LOVED the belt. In fact, he said it was
the best gift he has received… The image of Beezo was particularly good. I appreciate all your help making this happen.” Laura 2015-07-23
“the belt looks great, very happy with it.” Mike 2015-7-11
“The belt arrived and looks FANTASTIC, of course! Thank you for creating such a memorable gift for my husband… and for your inexhaustible patience. ” Mary 2015-07-10
Plate 119, The Needlepoint Book
If Jo Ippolito Christensen can leave backgrounds unstitched as shown in this piece from the 3rd Edition of The Needlepoint Book, why shouldn’t I? (Click on the image to view the detail of the background. It is only partially stitched and the printed canvas is exposed.)
I was almost there with my Four Hour Needlepoint Ornament but this is one step further. A belt would be my test piece. Many of our Needlepoint belt designs are ideal for this technique. The backgrounds are solid and the images, like the surfboards and sailboats, are colorful and sharp.
Stitching these two belts went as fast as riding the waves. The only thing one needs to pay attention to is keeping on the thread ends within the stitched areas because the background will be unstitched canvas through which the thread ends will be visible.
Looking closely at the stitched surfboard, you can see that I also look the liberty of slanting the continental in two different direction. The top slants to the left and the bottom to the right, while in the center I used a straight stitch over one canvas thread. (Note: a straight stitch over one thread needs to be worked very loosely, and only works here because it was worked after the top and bottom of the surfboard was completed.) Working the top and bottom of the surfboard with two different slants has the advantage of giving smooth edges to the circle and rounded edges of the design. I used this technique on some of the surfboards and on part of of the sailboats. I was please with my finished canvases!
Quick Stitch Needlepoint Belts
We just finished a new Nantucket needlepoint belt design this week. The timing is perfect for the upcoming holiday! This design features a silhoutte of Nantucket combined with the American flag. If you live on another island or would like us to incorporate an American flag into a state silhoutte, let us know, we’d love to help!
Nantucket Needlepoint Belt
The image below features the Nantucket design and 3 other American favorites from our shop. Just in time for the 4th of July!
The other designs are the Stars and Stripes Belt, 4th of July Flag Belt, and the personalized Airforce Belt.
4th of July Needlepoint Belts
We love getting photographs back from our customers with them wearing our needlepoint belts!
The first two photos were taken by Carly’s (AKA the College Prepster) family. We’ve worked on a few projects with her, and will hopefully have more in the future. This design features the University of Florida Campus Needlepoint Belt in Gainsville, FL. The details and buidling names can be seen on our website, just follow the link above.
University of Florida Needlepoint
Florida Needlepoint Belt
Next we have a Washington and Lee Campus Needlepoint Belt. This features the blue ridge mountains as a backdrop and many campus highlights. And to answer his mother’s question “Do you think he was proud?” I think so! Congraudations Yates!
Customer Spotlight Washington and Lee Campus Needlepoint Belt
Last is a series of photos from Amber, who had a lot of great input in this amazing gift. The perfect accessory for summer!
Customer Needlepoint Belts
Custom Design Needlepoint Belt Preview
To read some more testemnial reviews from some of our customers, see below or click here.
Click the following link to learn more about desiging your own custom needlepoint belt or DIY needlepoint canvas.
“We received the belt on Friday, and could not be any happier with it! It looks AMAZING and Ken was blown away by how special and unique it is. Thank you for making this process so easy, and for creating such incredible products” Jeana - 2015-06-08
“You did an amazing UGA belt for my father and now I am ready to order his fathers day present!” – Gabby 2015-06-11
“The belt looks amazing – I’m sure I’ll be back for others” Chaka – 2015-06-08
“amazing!! Thanks so much for the quick turn around !!! i will take pictures of my dads and my boyfriends and post them asap! I will definitely be ordering in the future!” Bailey - 2015-06-08
Our customers do some amazing work, and helping them create custom needlepoint belt designs is what makes this job fun!
Attached are a few projects recently finished.
Jenny in CA has stitched the Surfer’s Healing Belts and Key Fob which are going out for a great cause. She also needlepointed the nautcial designs shown at the bottom of the post.
Allie in NY has finished another surfboard needlepoint belt!
I love working on these projects and thanks to Jenny and Allie for sharing the photos! Jenny has recommend hilltop leather as they did the finishing on Red and Khaki belts.
Surfing Needlepoint Belts