Hey all! So for a while now the hubby has really been wanting a needlepoint belt. I am probably getting him one from Smathers and Branson for Christmas (don't tell him!!) but in the mean time I thought ... "Well...how hard can it be? I can make one of these!" So what did I do? You guessed it! It took me about a month to finish, but I made a needlepoint belt! And I am very proud of it if I do say so myself!
I chose the sailboat design because Neil loves the water and boating and it was a pretty simple design for my first time ever needlepointing.
In step 4 of the tutorial where is says "center needlepoint design on canvas" I drew the outline of the belt and then drew in my sail boats. Then I painted the majority of the canvas navy blue, leaving the sailboats white. I did that so the white canvas didn't show through when I stitched over it with navy thread (I had to find that out the hard way).
Here is the list of supplies I used:
14 Count Aida Cloth (36" x 40" roll)
Needlepoint Thread (I used DMC pearl cotton skein size 5)
Tapestry Needle ( I used a size 22 needle)
Paint and brush (to paint the canvas before you needlepoint)
Masking Tape (to cover the rough edges of the Aida cloth)
Old webbed ribbon belt
-I picked all of this up at my local Hobby Lobby, except the belt which I found in the closet.
-I think I ended up using about 6 skeins of Navy thread and 2 of white. *A little hint: I found that to get the perfect strand length, take one end of the yarn skein, put your scissors through the big loop at the end and cut. Now you have the perfect length of yard to work with*
-You can use 16 or 18 count Aida cloth, but you use more thread and it takes a lot longer to finish. Also, you can get several belt canvas out of one roll of Aida cloth.
So, with a little imagination and creative thinking I realized that I could take apart one of Neils old belts and use the ends and webbed backing to back the needlepoint canvas. The old belt looked just like this: (you can usually find these pretty inexpensive)
Next I used a paint brush and brushed fabric glue evenly onto the webbed backing, then centered the needlepoint canvas on it. Smooth it out so there are no lumps or bumps and let it dry. Once it is dry, place the canvas and webbing piece into the opening of the leather ends, and using thread that matches your belt ends, sew, by hand, through the holes left by the old stitching. Repeat with the other leather end. And you're done!
Now you have a beautiful handmade-by-you needlepoint belt!Hope you all enjoyed! Let me know what you think!