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
We just had to share some of the latest custom belt needlepoint kits we recently made.
I love the Tennessee checkerboard! We also have a University of Alabama Canvas, Episcopal Day School, and patchwork custom design. These are going to look very sharp when stitched.
If you have any ideas for a custom DIY needlepoint kit or a fully stitched needlepoint belt, let us know we’d love to help create the perfect belt for you! www.NeedlePaint.com
Custom Needlepoint Belt Kits
It is nice to get away, and come back to see freshly stitched projects that turned out wonderfully!
These new custom needlepoint belts look amazing and have had great reviews:
“Oh my goodness Seth the belt arrived today. I am blown away. It is absolutely gorgeous! My husband is going to absolutely love it. And, thank you so much for getting it to me on time and ahead of schedule. You were tremendous to work with. I will write you a raving review on Etsy with photos (once he opens the gift on Thursday). ” Amber 2015-04-21
“Just wanted to let you know I picked up the belt yesterday and it looks awesome!! I love it!!” Riley 2015-04-23
If you have an idea for a custom needlepoint belt, let us know we’d love to help make it look amazing!
Custom Needlepoint Belts
Custom Needlepoint Belt Monograms
Ali in Massachusetts has emailed us pictures of her most recent project, nice stitching Ali!
The surfboard needlepoint belt features colorful surfboards, both short and long.
If you are thinking of getting a belt or canvas for your favorite surfer, we will be happy to change one of the boards to incude their own surfboard on the belt.
Please share or comment if you like Ali’s work!
Surfboard Needlepoint Belt