I have a lot of dorky hobbies, and one of them is needlepointing. I love to stitch equestrian stuff, and although I’m good at finishing the stitching part I lack follow through on turning them into actual things. Example? I have five beautiful equestrian ornaments I finished last spring… and they’re all still in the canvas waiting to be turned into actual ornaments.
I’m hoping to break my “not finishing” streak this year, because I got a belt canvas for Christmas!
The canvases are hand painted, so mine looks a little different than the picture above. When I posted the below picture on Instagram, I got a lot of questions about needlepoint belts in general. Although I’m by no means an expert, here is how it works:
First, you pick out a canvas. Mine came from Po’s Point, which has tons and tons of equestrian designs. Canvases run from around $75-$100+ from what I’ve seen on different sites. They are designed by artists and (I believe) hand painted, hence the cost. Most of the time they do not include thread. Some people design their own canvases instead of purchasing a pre-made pattern. If you’re artsy, this will cut the cost down since the actual needlepoint canvas itself is no expensive. If/when I make another belt, I’m going to design a custom one I think!
So your next step, is picking thread! You can stick to the colors on your canvas, or branch out. With mine, I’m mostly following what’s on the canvas since it’s my first time doing a belt. I am going to do a few small custom things like switching a few of the horse blankets to my current barn and past barn colors, and I will add my initials to the middle.
Then you stitch and you stitch and you stitch some more. It’s easy, and something I love to do when watching TV. Start with detail colors and fill in bigger areas next, with the background for the end.
When the belt is done, you send it off to be “finished” aka turning it into an actual belt. There are lots of different places to get this done, and I’ve heard the cost range from $50 – $150. You can usually choose your leather color and buckle, as well as size of course.
Below is a finished belt that my barn friend’s aunt made her… it’s stunning!
So creating a needlepoint belt is a multi-step process for sure. It’s one of those “labor of love” projects that I wouldn’t start unless you already enjoy needlepointing or cross stitching or similar type hobbies. Just because it’s a DIY project, doesn’t mean it’s cheap either! Needlepoint belts are classic, often custom pieces that will likely last you a lifetime. Since I enjoy stitching and I enjoy customizing these, the cost doesn’t deter me when I think about a belt I will love and use for many years!
Any of you out there enjoy needlepointing as well?