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Archive for December, 2014

Warm Wishes This Christmas!

We wanted to wish all of our readers and customers a very merry Christmas!

We’re sending warm thoughts your way this year with two new designs.

The Surf Board Needlepoint Belt brings the beach with you!

Surf Board Needlepoint Belt

Surf Board Needlepoint Belt

And the Rock and Roll Guitar Needlepoint Belt features some of the worlds most famous guitars (click the link to the left to learn more and also note you can get this without the flames if you prefer something more traditional)

Rock and Roll Guitar Needlepoint Belt

Rock and Roll Guitar Needlepoint Belt

All of our designs can be customized includeing a free monogram and swaping in a surf board or guitare of your own into the design!  Availble as a fully stitched belt, or a DIY needlepoint canvas.

High Quality Custom Needlepoint Belts Delivered in Time for Christmas

We’ve got more pictures from this year’s Christmas orders!  This blog post features pictures and reviews of our custom needlepoint belts.

We’ll start with one review and put the rest at the bottom of this post.

“The belts arrived today.  As my sons will soon be saying, “These are AWESOME!”  They are indeed  gorgeous.  Thx. Very much.”  Paul 2014-12-23

Those of you looking for 2015 Christmas Gift ideas, please note that these custom needlepoint belts were ordered at the end of October and very early November, so please try to plan ahead!

High Quality Quality Custom Needlepoint Belts

High Quality Quality Custom Needlepoint Belts

Christmas Gift Custom Needlepoint Belts

Christmas Gift Custom Needlepoint Belts

Now on to some more detail!

Scuba Diving, Country Flag, and Bowdoin College Needlepoint Belts

Scuba Diving, Country Flag, and Bowdoin College Needlepoint Belts

Custom Hand Stitched Needlepoint Belt

Custom Hand Stitched Needlepoint Belt

Last as promised is some of the feedback we got this week from customers who ordered these belts:

“The belt arrived safely and was a huge success!  Thanks so much for getting it there on time!   …PS – and I will suggest this to a couple of other wives as a gift – it is so wonderful”  Ward 2014-12-23

“I received the belt tonight, it looks fabulous!” Alicia 2014-12-22

“The belts are beautiful! I can’t wait to have them open them-thanks again. Just an awesome job:)!”  Kathryn 2014-12-19

“I received the belt and it looks amazing!!! I can’t wait to give it to him tomorrow. Thanks to you and your team for such an awesome job”  Molly 2014-12-22

“The belt is here and it’s fabulous! Thank you SO MUCH for making this happen before Christmas.”  Connie 2014-12-22

“Got the belt It looks great!!!!”  Elizabeth 2014-12-22

“We received the belt today and it looks wonderful!  Thank you so very much.  It was a pleasure working with you!”  Michelle 2014-12-20

“Got the belt today and it looks great! Can’t wait to see my son’s reaction. I’ll probably be ordering another one in the future for my other son. Your work is great.”  Denise 2014-12-19

“I received the belt with time to spare. GREAT JOB !!! GREAT BELT !!!”  Peter 2014-12-17

 

Friday Favorites – Merry Christmas and Fun Needlepoint Treats!

I’m so fortunate do have a great team to work with.  I was aways last week with my family, but Karen kept everything going and ensured that all of our Christmas and Hanukkah orders made it out in time.  Thanks Karen!!!

The first project was a dozen custom designs that will be stitched into two rugs.  They are mountain themed and look like a lot of fun.  We kept the number of colors down and used 14 mesh and wool so there will be a lot of detail  This is a work in progress which we hope to share photos of when it is done!

Also, the customer loves it!  Here is their feedback after giving the gift: “Just wanted to let you know that (…)’s mother loved your work and she was so happy!  Thank you so much!  You did an amazing job!”  Christine 2014-12-17

Winter Mountain Needlepoint Kits

Winter Mountain Needlepoint Kits

Mountain Landscape Needlepoint Kits

Mountain Landscape Needlepoint Kits

If you read our blog regularly, you’ll know that we love designing needlepoint belts!  Below are more DIY needlepoint kits just in time for the holidays (or at least being able to get started and have something fun to work on with the whole family around).

Personalized Needlepoint Belt Canvases

Personalized Needlepoint Belt Canvases including our New Surfing Belt Design!

Last are a lot of personalized needlepoint designs that for sure will be cherished for years to come.

Personalized Needlepoint Kits

Personalized Needlepoint Kits

Large Portriat and Cardinal Photo to Needlepoint Kit

Large Portrait and Cardinal Photo to Needlepoint Kit

Wedding and Baby Needlepoint Kits

Wedding and Baby Needlepoint Kits

Below is some of the feedback we got this week, it really does make us feel great!  Again, big thanks to Karen!

“The canvas arrived today and I love it! Thank you so much!”  Kate 2014-12-17

“I received the belt with time to spare. GREAT JOB !!! GREAT BELT !!!”  Peter 2014-12-17

“We received the belt today and it looks wonderful!  Thank you so very much.  It was a pleasure working with you!”  Michelle 2014-12-20

“It arrived yesterday and it looks great! Thank you”  Elizabeth 2014-12-21

“Got the belt today and it looks great! Can’t wait to see my son’s reaction. I’ll probably be ordering another one in the future for my other son. Your work is great.”  Denise 2014-12-19

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all.  We’ll be working between the holidays, but taking days off here and there, so if we don’t reply to an email right away, please wait a day or two and we’ll be in touch.

 

 

Friday Favorites – Fun Needlepoint Projects for Christmas

Needlepoint is fun, and this is a great time of year to share it!

This week was one of the most challenging, and yet rewarding weeks we’ve ever had and NeedlePaint.  So many great projects, but not enough time.  We will be shipping, but not until Monday as we still have some packing to do over the weekend!

People looking for last minute Christmas and Hanukkah gifts have until Tuesday night to place your order.  There will be a FedEx surcharge of around $10 for guaranteed arrival.  Please email us to confirm shipping information and also note we can’t guarantee custom belt canvas designs will be ready, as they take us a few extra days.

Onto the fun projects!  (And if you want to read more reviews from our customers, please see the bottom of this blog post).

Needlepoint Family Portrait

Needlepoint Family Portrait

Black and White Needlepoint

Black and White Needlepoint

Custom Dog Needlepoint

Custom Dog Needlepoint

Dog Art Needlepoint

Dog Art Needlepoint

Modern Needlepoint

Modern Needlepoint

Fun Needlepoint

Fun Needlepoint

Custom Landscape Needlepoint

Custom Landscape Needlepoint

Needlepoint Baby Sampler and Ring Bearer Pillow

Needlepoint Baby Sampler and Ring Bearer Pillow

Custom Dogs and Beer Belt Needlepoint

Custom Dogs and Beer Belt Needlepoint

So, we like to share feedback we get, as it not only makes us smile, but also lets us know we are doing a good job, we hope we can help create something great for you someday, too!

“I received the canvas and love it.” Rachael 2014-12-11

“Received the belt over the weekend and I love it. Can’t wait to give it to … for Christmas – I know he will love it. Thanks again!”  Kelly  2014-12-08

“Just wanted to let you know that the belt arrived today and looks great!  Thanks so much again for all of your help over the past few months!”  Connor  2014-12-06

“It’s here and I love it!  Thanks so much!” Melissa  2014-12-06

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas, Isaac and Alex – Needlepoint Stockings!

 

Stocking Deck3

The stocking are ready for Santa with time to spare. The finishing touches on Alex’s stocking were:

  • Silver buttons, blue eyes, and a read nose for the snowman
  • A red glass bead nose for Rodolf and bead eyes for all the reindeer
  • A blue glass bead eye for little penguin.

On Isaac’s stocking I added:

  • Glass bead eyes for the penguin
  • A mouth for the ginger bread man out red glass beads stung together
  • Glass bead eyes for Santa
  • Large red beads for the holly berries on the Santa’s airplane

Each needlpoint piece is with light-weight cotton cut on the bias and then the back of each is wool, also cut on the bias. Both are trimmed with gold braid.

To see more about the stitches I chose, click here, here, and here

And click here to see more personalized needlepoint stocking designs!

 

 

University of Georgia Needlepoint Belt and Wabash College Belt

Some of you may have seen the Wabash college needlepoint belt on The College Prepster a few months ago, but we finally have added it to our shop!

Wabash College Needlepoint Belt

Wabash College Needlepoint Belt

For those of you waiting for a University of Georgia Campus Needlepoint Belt design to be created, your wait is over, and boy does it look great!

University of Georgia UGA Needlepoint Belt

University of Georgia UGA Needlepoint Belt

The UGA Alumni will recognize the bell tower next to the chapel that is rung in celebration and on special occasion, and check out Sanford Stadium!   Other buildings are Holmes – Hunter Academic Building, The Arch, Brooks Hall, Waddel Hall, Bell Demosthenian Hall, Phi Kappa Hall, and Terry Hall.

Both belts can be personalized, buildings substituted, and are also available as DIY needlepoint kits.

Friday Favorites – Custom Needlepoint Belts – Pillows – Artwork – Christmas Deadlines

Happy Friday!

We’re halfway thought the holiday season already, just two more week!  Orders placed by Tuesday Dec. 9th will ship by the 13th and still make it in time for Christmas.  (This is for needlepoint canvases only, and does not necessarily include personalized designs).  Orders placed by Dec 16th will need to use FedEx to guarantee delivery by the 24th.  We will email customers the details about your orders if is shipping that week.  If you are ordering a Life Treasures Belt design, please order ASAP, as it takes us 2 – 3 days extra to create your preview.

We’ve been having a great holiday season this year and really appreciate feedback from our customers.  Here is some we received recently.

“The belt came today. It is EXACTLY what I was hoping for. Thank you so much. I am thrilled with it. I will update you after the gift has been received.” Ellie – 2014-12-04

“it took me awhile to finally finish these belts, but my sons love the way they came out.  Thanks very much for designing them…” Karyl – 2014-11-30

“I am very proud of the finished article but wouldn’t have achieved it without the fine canvas!”  Beth – 2014-11-30  See her work below!

“I got it (a needlepoint belt) late yesterday.  LOVE IT.  I hope my son loves it as much.”  Meg – 2014-11-29

“Got it!  Thanks so much Seth for the super service!!!” Eric – 2014-11-24

“I love my canvas! Can’t wait to get started on it!”  Betsy – 2014-11-26

Now is time for a real treat!  Below is a project one of our customers stitched recently.  It was created off a piece of art called Lady with a Letter.  You can see Beth’s very positive feedback above.  Please let her know if you love it as much as I do!

Lady With A Letter Needlepoint

Lady With A Letter Needlepoint

Onto some custom needlepoint belts we finished stitching this week…

Needlepoint Belt Monograms

Needlepoint Belt Monograms

Custom Needlepoint Belt Details

Custom Needlepoint Belt Details

Custom University Needlepoint Belts

Custom University Needlepoint Belts

Finally, a needlepoint pillow that we stitched capturing a happy moment of true friendship.

Custom Dog Needlepoint Pillow

Custom Dog Needlepoint Pillow

 

 

Metallic Needlepoint Threads

Cape of MaltaAfter a visit to the Legion of Honor Museum in Paris, I got inspired to retry some metallic threads. What prompted was this magnificent cape. It doesn’t show well in this picture, but all of the designs are stitched with glistening metallic thread. If you click on the image, for a better view of the details.

Any way, I had some metallic DMC thread in the selection of threads that I had with me on my trip and decided that I should dress up the stockings a bit. I had used the thread before and found working with it difficult. It cracked easily and my needle slipped off easily.

Candy CanesFirst lesson: Use it sparingly. I liked what I got when I added it as an accent to the bow on the candy canes. The underlying yellow was done in a modified satin stitch and the gold thread was stitched over one out of three yellow satin stitches.

Second lesson: Be patient and take it slowly.

Third lesson: Avoid the continental stitch. It was the only alternative for the tops of the ornaments and shouldn’t have used it on the blue and white ornament.

Ornaments

I am still working on the stocking and am contemplating where to use more metallic threads and beads. Stocking should be finished for my next post.