Has anyone ever made themselves a super-cute needlepoint belt? I've needlepointed a little, am a pretty crafty person (I'm a pretty accomplished knitter), and think that with my mom's help I could take this on. (And I assume that it will get sent off for "finishing" or whatever.)
So...any should I buy a kit? Are any websites better than others? What sites have the cute hunter-y jumper-y stuff? What should I know before dropping some cash on this?
You don't need a kit - you'll probably do better on your own! I've made several, and they're dirt cheap as well as really fun to do. Pretty sure I used 14 guage canvas - small enough for some detail, big enough to get it done. My favorite is one I made in college for derby day - it's like a fantasy race. Blue background, green line at the bottom for turf, single white with a few uprights for the fence - but first the fun part: horses of all different colors. Paints too, and even an app or two. It's better than any kit I've seen (except Eliz Bradley floral pillows - totally diff league). The best thing about needlepoint is that you can stitch and unstitch so easily - just play. Bring it to a leather shop to finish for you.
Needlepointing a belt is a relaxing way to deal with nerves and waiting times at horse shows. I learned the hard way not to work on light/whitish areas at dusty shows (gets dirty) and on hot days in the sun, using a magnifier thingie so you can see the stitches easily if your eyes aren't the best...well, it can burn your fingers (a la days at summer camp using a magnifying glass to burn a hole thru a leaf...) Hmmm, I will say that hardly anyone I know has had the patience to complete a whole belt, but it's kind of fun to work on anyway.