Some readers have shown an interest lately in needlepoint belts so here are few from my collection. The aqua one is my most recent creation and I am wearing it a lot.
I send mine to a place in Middleburg, Virginia for finishing. These belts will last a lifetime and you can have them extended (with longer leather tabs) and I have seen some old ones go back in for re-backing. I have never come close to that kind of use and abuse but it is possible. And you can also send these to the dry cleaner if they get really dirty. But just a recommendation, don't use a light color for the background and that problem will solve itself.
Stitching a belt, much like a Christmas ornament, is an easy and somewhat quick way to create a needlepoint piece. When you are stitching the bigger projects, like a rug or the handbag I am currently working on, it is nice to have something that you can complete in a relatively short period of time. I like stitching belts on either 14 or 18. 18 canvas looks the best but it is harder on the eyes.
The photo is below are belts for my hubby. The plaid one you can do in any color and you can also add initials to it. The fox one has his initials in the middle of the back.
Some of the belts above are in wool, cotton or silk and ivory. It is more of a personal preference. Sometimes I mix the threads. Silk and cotton tend to get dirtier than wool or silk and ivory. Sometimes I use whatever threads I have in my own inventory.
The ladies at Needlepoint.com or Po's Point can assist you in selecting colors, canvases, threads, needles and anything else. They can also send the belt off to the finisher when completed. It's really pretty easy. And the belts are backed in leather.