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Archive for April, 2014

Big Game Hunting Needlepoint Belts

Living in Colorado means you get to see a lot of big game, sometimes walking right by you on a hike! (Although that never seems to happen during hunting season).

We decided to take some classic big game hunting needlepoint concepts and reinvent them with updated detail so the outdoorsman has something traditional and truly special to wear.  Keep in mind that we can change the background color and add a monogram at no extra charge!

Also, if you love to stitch, all of these designs are available as needlepoint canvases.

Starting with the new designs, the big game profile needlepoint belt features a moose, an elk, and a buck on a hunter green background.

Big Game Profile Hunting Needlepoint Belt

Big Game Profile Hunting Needlepoint Belt

If you’re into having a closer up view, we’ve got “head shots” of the same animals on our big game hunting needlepoint belt

Big Game Hunting Needlepoint Belt

Big Game Hunting Needlepoint Belt

The last new design we created for hunters this week is the wild boar needlepoint belt.  While probably not technically considered “big game” I know from my friends that wild boar are not only a pest but also good sport.  While writing this blog I learned that the definition of “big game” varies but in North America it can include elk, moose, deer, bear, and bison.  (follow the earlier link to learn more!)

Wild Boar Hunting Needlepoint Belt

Wild Boar Hunting Needlepoint Belt

Friday Favorites – Kids Belt – Dog Needlepoint – Wedding Ring Bearer Pillow Canvas

One picture shows a lot of fun to needlepoint!

Kids Belt Dog Needlepoint and Wedding Pillow Needlepoint Canvas

Kids Belt, Dog Needlepoint, and Wedding Ring Bearer Pillow Needlepoint Canvas

Also, this week we got some great feedback from our customers

“Just got the package….it looks great!”  Amy 4-22-14

“Just wanted to let you know that the canvas and yarn arrived today.  Looks fabulous! ” Judy 4-15-14

Have a great weekend everybody!

Black Lab Needlepoint Belt – Springer Spaniel – Beagle

Three new needlepoint belts that are sure to inspire dog lovers.

We’ve done a lot of custom needlepoint belt designs with dogs on them, and realized that our dogs make great stand alone belts.

Labs have so much personality, and so do their owners! Our distinguished black lab needlepoint belt shows the dog at attention and spices up the wardrobe with an azure blue background.

Black Lab Needlepoint Belt

Black Lab Needlepoint Belt

Traditionally used for flushing out game while hunting, the English springer spaniel’s great temperament also make great family dogs. The springer spaniel needlepoint belt is designed with the spaniel at attention, and this version is with a brown markings, but we also have black.

English Springer Spaniel Needlepoint Belt

English Springer Spaniel Needlepoint Belt

Beagle lovers will recognize this posture of howling in delight captured on the beagle needlepoint belt.

Beagle Needlepoint Belt

Beagle Needlepoint Belt

All of our belts and needlepoint canvases are customizable.  The background colors, the markings on the dogs, and add a monogram at no extra charge.  Also, every belt design is available as a needlepoint kit for you to stitch yourself.

If you love to needlepoint dogs, we’ve got a lot more designs in our shop!

Friday Favorites – Nantucket and Sailing Needlepoint Canvases – Nautical Belts – Kids Name Stitched

Happy Friday!  I’ve got a lot of pictures for you today!

First some nice feedback we got this week…

“Just a quick note of thanks for the needlepoint canvas, which my mother is busily working on! Really appreciate your help and patience in making this happen.  Thank you!  Betsy”  4-16-14

But even better we were emailed photos of a finished project that was custom painted for one of our customers!   I love all the different stitches she used!  Great work Judy!

Personalized Kids Needlepoint Art

Personalized Kids Needlepoint Art

Next up are are close to my heart, since I love to sail.  The Nantucket Wedding Pillow Canvas and a custom sailing needlepoint canvas featuring a boat with a bright beautiful spinnaker.

Nantucket and Sailboat Needlepoint Canvases

Nantucket Wedding Pillow and Sailboat with Spinnaker Needlepoint Canvases

On to my other favorite hobby (or job :-), custom needlepoint belts!  If you look closely at the second canvas from the left, you will see a fencing foil setup, and next to that is what I’m calling a liberty belt!  Fun colors and it has a liberty bell and the Grand Union flag from 1776.

Nautical Belt and ofther fun Custom Needlepoint Belt Canvases

Nautical Belt and ofther fun Custom Needlepoint Belt Canvases

There were so many great projects, but this week one took up almost half the workshop table!  This large custom needlepoint kit was made from a photo.  It is going to look amazing when finished.  I liked that they used a lot of colors so details came through.  But there was enough contrast that the colors are still pretty easy to follow on the canvas. (sorry the photo is a bit dark, but you’ll get the idea!)

Large Needlepoint Canvas from Photo

Large Needlepoint Canvas from Photo

If you are a fan of John James Audubon, then you may recognize these two designs!  Most of his art is in the common domain, so let us know if you have a project you’d like to stitch! (again sorry for the darker image)

Audubon Swan and White Pelican Needlepoint Kits

Audubon Swan and White Pelican Needlepoint Kits

Last but not least, we have a custom dog collar from our pink mountain design, and a church logo which will be stitched for the pastors office!

Dog Collar and Logo Canvas for Church

Dog Collar and Logo Canvas for Church

 

Tropical Gamefish Needlepoint Belt

How great is Tracy (our designer)?  I think she is wonderful and if you agree, why not let her know by leaving some feedback in the comments about her work on the new Tropical Gamefish Needlepoint Belt!

Boating and needlepoint have long ties, the look and quality of a hand stitched belt makes the outfit at the tournaments.  Or, when just wearing it around town, people will stop and stare at this design.  This design is also available to stitch yourself as a gamefish needlepoint kit.

This belt features many of the favorites: Marlin, Bluefin tuna, Wahoo, Yellowfin tuna, Mahi Mahi, Swordfish, King Mackerel, Sailfish, and Blackfin tuna. But, if there is something missing or you want to adjust the order, just let us know!

Custom monograms are Free, and you can even change the background color.  Don’t forget to let Tracy know if you love the design!

Tropical Gamefish Needlepoint Belt

Tropical Gamefish Needlepoint Belt

Gamefish Needlepoint Belt in Taupe

Gamefish Needlepoint Belt in Taupe

 

Friday Favorites – Needlepoint Coat of Arms – Famous Quotes – New Jersey

This week we had some challenges that made some really beautiful needlepoint kits!

The coat of arms, we had to do a little research but I think we nailed it.

New Jersey Needlepoint Coat of Arms

Needlepoint Coat of Arms and New Jersey Wedding Pillow Needlepoint Canvas

Famous quotes are always fun, one was a great one with Winnie the Pooh, the other is from Louisa May Alcott. This picture is taken along with our geometric heart needlepoint canvas in the picture below.

Fun Needlepoint Winnie the Pooh Heart Not Afraid of Storms Alcott

Fun Needlepoint Winnie the Pooh, Geometric Heart, and I’m Not Afraid of Storms – Alcott

And last but not least, some more really pretty needlepoint kits!

Oh, and here is some feedback from the belt canvas you see in the upper left corner of the picture below  (and I love that crab!):

“Thank you so much. I am so impressed with what you were able to do!” Siri – 4/06/14

Pretty Needlepoint Canvases

Pretty Needlepoint Canvases two from Photos and two from Art

 

Classic Phone App Needlepoint Belt for Tech Lovers

New ideas and old designs have been remixed for generations.  Our latest twist is the classic phone app needlepoint belt.  Inspired by Steve Jobs and his team’s work on the original iPhone.  We have interpreted the concepts onto a needlepoint belt.  Some (me included) will say that these are timeless designs and favor them over the new designs that now grace my phone.

This would make a great gift for somebody in the tech industry or who spends a lot of time on their phone or computer.  The design is calling out for customization, such as adding your favorite app (facebook, yelp, etc..) or an app that somebody you know may have created!

Classic Phone App Needlepoint Belt for Tech Lovers

Classic Phone App Needlepoint Belt for Tech Lovers

Friday Favorites – Custom Needlepoint Canvases

Our customers have been keeping us busy with some great new custom needlepoint canvases!

We’ve been in touch with a water color artist, who’s art is amazing (see the cat below on the right)  It is tricky to transfer the feel and layers of water color, but I have a felling this is going to be stunning when we stitch it into a pillow!

Before I go on, here are a few great comments we got last week from customers:

“The needlepoint arrived Monday, and thank you very much.  The canvas turned out better than my expectations.  Great job.”  Jane 4-2-14

“I just received the belt and man does it look good! Just wow! You all did an excellent job and I’m so excited to wear it to show it off to all my friends and family who have also been eagerly waiting it’s arrival! I may even be able to refer you some business while I’m at it! haha”  Mitchell – 5-31-14

Cat and Dog Needlepoint Canvases

Cat and Dog Art Needlepoint Canvases

We’ve got an amazing new sailboat and the flags of some sailing destinations in Europe.  Also note the new Elk I designed last week on the hunting belt.

Custom Sailing and Hunting Needlepoint Belt Canvases

Custom Sailing and Hunting Needlepoint Belt Canvases

These are some fun designs, one is for a wedding the others for kids.  I love the tooth ferry pillow, we made an extra little canvas for the pocket to go on the outside!

Fun Needlepoint Canvases

Fun Needlepoint Canvases

Last but not least, the Sydney Opera house and some dogs that came out looking really sharp!  (wool colors on the dogs are hand matched to the dogs and follow the photo not the canvas)

Custom Needlepoint Canvases from Photos

Custom Needlepoint Canvases from Photos

Beautiful Chihuahua Needlepoint Pillow

I love when we get to see our customer’s work.

Today when opening emails this morning a smile instantly came to my face, Angela from the UK emailed me this photo of the pillow she stitched of Tequila the Chihuahua.

She created the needlepoint design from a photo on NeedlePaint.com and I made the kit.  Matching the colors to the dog is actually one of the most time consuming parts of making custom needlepoint kits, but when you see photos like this, you can see the time was well spent!

Angela actually covered up the background, and managed to capture Tequila’s spirit to the stitch!  Beautiful work Angela!

Chihuahua Needlepoint Pillow

Chihuahua Needlepoint Pillow