Embroiderers Style Accessories with Needlepoint

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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This belt buckle can be made from a kit and is a great example of a very stylish use of needlepoint.
The belt buckles designed by D.L.Rhein are stitched in everything from silk and metallic threads to alpaca yarns. You can purchase a kit that includes all you need.
If you are going to be using 10-count mesh canvas, use an no. 18 needle. If your needle glides through the hole and falls out the
other side, or if it catches slightly on the eye, it’s a good size!
This belt buckle can be made from a kit and is a great example of a very stylish use of needlepoint.

This belt buckle can be made from a kit and is a great example of a very stylish use of needlepoint.

Photo: Courtesy of NeedlePointForFun.com

Needlepoint is simply hand-stitching on canvas. Decorative threads are used to stitch diagonally over the intersections in the weave of the canvas. Mesh canvas is available in different counts, meaning the size of the “holes” in the mesh get smaller as the count gets higher. Choosing the correct size needle is important when doing needlepoint. If you are a beginner and you find yourself having to shove the needle into the holes, you are distorting the grain of the canvas. This will cause the finished design to be distorted as well.

The two most common needlepoint stitches used are the continental stitch and the basket-weave stitch. After searching around, I discovered that in addition to using needlepoint to make beautiful pictures, pillow covers, and tissue-box holders, it’s also fashion-friendly. I’m always checking my latest Vogue magazine for tie-ins to home embroidery. Big belt buckles are in, and the needlepoint designs by D.L Rhein are super-stylish! Go ahead and check them out. They have a gallery of gorgeous designs and embroidery ideas. And for more stylish needlepoint, see needlepoint fashionista Amy Holbrook's video.

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SusanElizabeth writes: Gorgeous!
Posted: 6:09 am on June 29th
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