It is not everyday that we find true talent, but about a week a go I was contacted by a very talented artist who is interested in creating custom needlepoint belt designs for us.
I’m amazed by their ability to capture details on a belt that normally would not be possible using only 22 stitches. The custom college needlepoint belt design is just an example of what we can do. The preview below is of the Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Indiana, but you go ahead and tell us the campus you’d like on your belt along with buildings, stadiums, and landmarks and we’ll create a new design for you!
Keep in mind our designs can be ordered either as a needlepoint belt or you can order the needlepoint canvas and stitch it yourself!
Custom College Campus Needlepoint Belt
Another example we created is the custom landscape scene needlepoint belt canvas. You may have seen a picture of this canvas in last week’s Friday Favorites blog post. This is just an idea, but how cool would a city scape of New York, Chicago, or Paris be!
Custom Landscape Scene Needlepoint Belt
If you’re looking for a simpler design (and cheaper), our Life Treasures Custom Needlepoint Belts are most likely the best bet. Simple but elegant, we take the favorite things from your life an put it into stitches. Think teams, schools, sports, and hobbies, these make excellent gifts!
Custom Life Treasures Needlepoint Belt
This week I’m going to start out with some feedback testimonials we got this week, it is fun designing and making projects and getting such good feedback!
“The canvas arrived yesterday! It looks great and we are thrilled. Thank you so much for your help! I am very impressed with both your website and service, and we will be happy to tell others!” Susan – 3-4-14
“This turned out PERFECT and he wears it everyday!!! Thank you so much- I have shared your name with others!!!!” Allie – 3-4-14 (this was for one of our belts)
“I’m enjoying the project so far. I’ll definitely be ordering another project when I’m finished with this one!” Robin 3-6-14
Ahh, but you’re not reading this blog to hear you’re here to get inspired! Below are some of my favorite designs from this week, the descriptions are below the pictures.
Reindeer Stocking and Custom Dog Needlepoint Canvases
Family Crest Needlepoint and Heart with Wing Art Needlepoint
Episcopal Church Needlepoint Plate Designs
Fishing Cabin Mountain and Hunting Needlepoint Belt Designs
Birth Announcement Needlepoint Kit
The DMC rainbow appeared again on our work table!
We get a fair amount of orders from people who are purchasing custom needlepoint projects as gifts for other people (especially around Christmas).
One of the most common questions we get is what is the “correct” mesh count to purchase and how “easy” is the design.
To start out, there is no “correct” mesh count as different stitchers prefer different counts.
For a newbie learning about needlepoint, the mesh count stands for the number of stitches in one linear inch. That means you measure 1 inch along a line on the canvas, and count the number holes. A 10 mesh count means there are 10 holes per inch. A 18 mesh count canvas means that there are 18 holes per inch. This may not sound like a lot, but to a stitcher it is a HUGE difference. If you consider that 10 mesh count canvas has 100 stitches in a square inch and 18 mesh count has 324 stitches per sq. in. that means that the stitcher has a LOT more stitching to do if you order 18 mesh count canvas. Thus, I suggest not ordering 18 count canvas on any design that is wider or taller than 12 inches. For smaller canvases it is OK to use 18 mesh count because it allows the design to show a lot more detail. Some stitchers do prefer more detail at larger sizes, so this is just a guideline for reference.
Things to consider when choosing mesh count:
- The stitchers eyesight. 18 count has more stitches per inch, so the holes are a lot smaller and harder to see. 10 mesh has the largest holes. If she has weakening eyesight, you may want to avoid 18 mesh count canvas. 14 or larger should be OK.
- Fiber preference. Needlepointers love to work with a lot of different fibers, the most common are wool, cotton, and silk. 13 and 14 mesh count canvas will work with almost any fiber and are the most commonly used canvas today. If the stitcher prefers wool, you may want to use a canvas with 14, 12, or 10 mesh count. With 18 count canvas we only supply cotton, but there are other fibers that will work, just not as many.
- The design details. Higher mesh counts (18 and 14) will show more detail than the larger mesh counts (12 and 10). Belt canvases often come on 18 mesh count canvas because you need the extra stitches to show designs on an area that is so limited in height. If your design is very detailed or you want to fit a lot into a smaller area, you will want to use 18 mesh count. But, if you try the 14 mesh count option on the website and still think it looks good, you can use that too.
- The design size. If you find that you need more detail but have to use larger holes, you can always increase the overall size of the design, this an alternative way to increase the detail, but does add to the cost of the project. Typically I think the sweet spot for design size is around 12 x 8 inches.
- To see how to adjust the mesh count and height, watch our how to design a pillow instructional video.
Carrots of Many Colors 10 mesh count vs 18 mesh count canvas. The 18 mesh is on the right and shows a lot more detail.
Next we have the “easy” question, or degree of difficulty.
This is very subjective, but there are some obvious guidelines that can help you determine how difficult a project will be to stitch.
- The number of colors. Often, the more colors there are on a canvas the trickier it will be to stitch. This is especially true with photo needlepoint canvas designs. The shadowing and gradients get harder to see the more colors there are. Also the thread colors get very close, so even they get hard to tell apart. When stitched this looks amazing, but a beginner stitcher may find this very tedious. Typically I recommend keeping the number of colors below 20 if possible. If you are using the website and want help, feel free to email us, we’d be happy to help!
- The nature of the design. If you are using a photo there is often a lot of intricacy in the placement of the stitches. Easier canvases will group the colors together in larger blocks, so the stitcher does not need to change thread every third stitch. Designs and artwork with plain colors and patterns often are the easiest to stitch as the contrast between the colors is big and the patterns are simple to follow. The dog needlepoint designs we have on our website range from moderate to difficult, the new stitcher can do a moderate design, but it will take them a while. The original artist needlepoint designs we have licensed are easy to moderate, mostly they go in the easy category. And our baby and kids designs all are also in the easy realm.
Carrots of Many Colors 25 colors on left vs 11 colors on right. Notice the white carrots loose detail. Not a very big difference to the eye, but to the stitcher 25 colors would be significantly harder.
If you decide to reduce the number of colors, but notice something that you would like adjusted, go ahead and place your order and email us the image you used, we can touch up the design for you!
Here are some of the great needlepoint projects we made this week.
I’m really excited about one of our needlepoint belt designs! You may be able to guess which one, but it is overshadowed by the large art needlepoint designs we did this week. If you look closely at the needlepoint belt canvas, you’ll see we did a whole landscape scene. It came out really well!
Large Art Needlepoint Canvases and Custom Scene Belt
The image below shows a custom christmas stocking canvas we did from a photo, an art canvas, and a needlepoint design from a stamp.
Needlepoint Stocking, Stamp, and Artwork
Finally, I’m adding some feedback we got from our customers last week! We get a lot of great feedback that makes me smile but our marketing director said I should be sharing it, too.
I got my canvas and it looks great! – Lee 2/25/14
I’m almost done the “A.” This is awesome! Thank you sir – Andrew 2/25/14
I got the canvas last night. It looks absolutely amazing. Even better than I could have hoped. Thank you so much for everything.
Last week we had some customers send in pictures of their lovely work!
Natalia in Mexico stitched their family’s coat of arms and Alex has stitched their cat!
I have to say, that I think they turned out great! I really brightens up my day to see the projects after they are done, I hope it does the same for you!
If you want to needlepoint a photo or have a custom design created for you, check out our website www.NeedlePaint.com
The Custom Cat Needlepoint Project is Finished!
Betancourt Needlepoint Coat of Arms
So many great projects this week!
We had personalized wedding, baby, and belt canvases, illustrated designs and some fantastic photo needlepoint designs!
Oh, did I mention the new horse belt design? That will be available soon on the website.
I took pictures of my favorites to share… Have a very loving weekend!
Illustrated Needlepoint Kits
Personalized Wedding and Baby Announcement Needlepoint Canvases
Photo Needlepoint Kits
Custom Designed Needlepoint Belt Kits with new Horse Belt Design
Needlepoint pillows are elegant, it is that simple.
Our hand stitched custom wedding ring bearer pillows feature the bride’s and groom’s names and their wedding date.
These three new wedding needlepoint designs can also be purchased as needlepoint canvases and you can stitch them yourself!
Flowers and Hearts Custom Needlepoint Pillow
Plaid Personalized Ring Bearer Pillow
“With This Ring” Personalized Wedding Pillow
Another great week at NeedlePaint! Lots of fun projects are on their way…
Two of these dog needlepoint canvases are in our shop, the other two are custom!
Dog Needlepoint Canvases from Photos
Below are a Bird Hunting, Life Treasures Custom Belt Canvas, and a Track and Field canvas.
Needlepoint Belt Designs Track Hunting and Life Treasures
Here is a Poitiers Ring Bearer Canvas and a blue version of the Taza Wedding Pillow Canvas
Custom Ring Bearer Pillow Canvases
A few more fun custom art needlepoint designs created this week!
Art Needlepoint Canvases
It is never too early to start on a personalized needlepoint christmas stocking.
If you’ve stitched one in the past, you’ll know the projects can stretch out over months, and if you start too late you may have to wait until the following year until it is done and ready for the recipient!
We created four new designs this month.
Two new Avesta designs that are coordinating but different. These are just ripe for the creative stitcher, but detailed enough that any stitch is going to look great! Colorful Avesta Stocking Kit Mixed Avesta Stocking Kit Original Avesta Stocking Canvas
The Lollipop Mixed Stocking Needlepoint Kit coordinates with the Christmas Treats Canvas.
And lastly, the new Santa’s Dove Needlepoint Canvas could coordinate with the Reindeer Stocking and Nutcracker Stocking Needlepoint Kit. These are not as color matched, but still would work together nicely.
Keep in mind, if you love these designs but want to change the color pallets, just let us know, all of our orders are custom made and of course your names will be put on your stockings and a preview emailed before the canvas is shipped!
COLORFUL AVESTA NEEDLEPOINT CANVAS
MIXED AVESTA NEEDLEPOINT KIT
LOLLIPOP MIXED TREATS STOCKING NEEDLEPOINT KIT
Santa’s Dove Christmas Stocking Needlepoint Kit
Our track and field needlepoint belt is for that special track star in your life, or it makes a great gift for a great coach!
This simple design will certainly stand out when worn! The colors can be changed to match your school’s and the monogram and jersey letters are designed to per personalized.
I’m also attaching some cool needlepoint belt designs we made last week below!
Track and Field Needlepoint Belt
Cool Needlepoint Belt Canvases