Needlepoint Belts

Thinking I need a holiday project and being inspired by Tin Tin’s The Trad blog, I decided to research some possibilities to make them from kits. The last time I tackled a needlepoint project I didn’t need cheaters and the boys were babies. Yikes! A long time ago! They would look great with those pair of khakis, be a conversation piece and perhaps a family heirloom.
Wouldn’t that be nice?

Here are some links for kits that I found.

If all else fails Smathers & Branson have some great ones all ready to go but where is the fun in that? 🙂

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  1. I adore needlepoint belts! They’re really popular in my city, and I have made several over the years.

    I would pay close attention to the specs of the kit, especially when working with the leatherworker, to ensure whether or not the belt you’re making requires a braided “finishing stitch.” It seems that is truly a regional custom; some cities have needlepoint shops and leatherworkers that always use that stitch, and others have the custom of using extra rows of stitching on the top and bottom to “roll over” onto the leather.

    Here in Lexington, KY, we have some adorable shops with very specialized patterns and kits; pretty much anything you could want!

    I have used these shops in the past:

    Best of luck. Can’t wait to hear about the result!

  2. Oh I missed this post! Go for it, one stitch and it will all come right back to you. I really like the bottom one. I have to decide on a pattern. I think there is a shop near me where I can get the kit and they will finish it.
    I, too, haven’t stitched in a few years, so I’m in the same boat.


  3. Oh My Gosh!
    I loved needlepoint belts in the late 70’s and 80’s….I still have mine and an unfinished one for the Hubby….you go girl…what a great project…