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Monday, January 30, 2012

Needlepoint Belt Project

At a friend's Christmas soiree, I had the good fortune of being introduced to Susan Battle, the owner of DC's fabulous needlepoint shop, The Point of it All. I admitted to my new acquaintance [whilst hanging my head in shame] that I love needlepoint but I have never actually finished any of the projects I've started. So my friend and I decided that once the holidays died down we were going to take a trip to the Point of it All and have Susan get us started on a new that I'd actually finish and could have proper instruction for.

So on Saturday we ventured up to Susan's jewel box of a store in Friendship Heights. If you love needlepointing (or just want to learn) this is the place to be- I felt like I'd walked into a neighborhood hangout where everyone knows each other's name. The store is so fun and fresh, full of bright colors and alluring canvases- definitely not your grandmother's needlepoint store! I decided on something I'd wanted to do for years and years- a belt. Susan measured the belt I brought so she'd know the canvas size, finished size, etc. 

And then the fun began- we chatted about what would be going on the belt so that she can send instructions to her canvas painter. It's a bit daunting to sum up your life in 8 symbols or less.

I started off with a few easy ones- my monogram and my cats. I've got to represent my Florida heritage, so I'm also thinking either a flamingo or the outline of the state.

A mix tape because I go to shows. A lot.


A chippendale chair to represent blogging and design.

And since I always seem to have one of these in my hand...

If you had to sum up your background/interests in 8 [easily recognizable] symbols or less, what would they be?


GRC_Ltd said...

Wahoowa!! You go, Girl!
It's a tradition in my family to needlepoint belts for all the men (very Country Club of Vujinya, don't ya' know) and they turn out wonderfully and are much-used. You will LOVE yours!

Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore said...

Oh how much the diet coke!!! I was taking about lifestyle needlepoint belts over the weekend. I have been working on JCW's forever and someone suggested that I work my initials into it. I thought that was such a cute idea! xx

kayce hughes said...

so fun! I just finished a really easy eyeglass case for my daughter and started a hand bag. I am glad to hear that I am not alone in my gift for starting things and not finishing them!

EKM said...

monogram, ADPi, Auburn AU, republican elephant, pearls?, something with number 3-favorite number and month (I'm a march baby), sweet tea, state of alabama outline

Rebecca said...

I love my needlepoint belt! (I stitched mine with my name in different typefaces and colors.) I think I might have left this comment before, but check out Needlepoint Alley next time you are in SoFla. They're in N Palm Beach and have great stuff. Also, they'll finish needlepoint belts with D-rings and grosgrain: super cute!

Summer is a Verb said...

After you finish this belt you should queue up the one with the UVA scene w/the rotunda and entire lawn. It's my fav one I've done for Babe. Happy to send a pic if you'd like :)

Whitney and the Preppy Puppies said...

Isn't Susan a doll?! TPOIA is my needlepoint shop (or LNS for those in the know) and I can always count on Susan to steer me in the right direction. I just did a post on the many projects I have going right now. I also have a resource to finsih belts with grosgrain and a d-ring buckle. Let me know if you'd like it-happy to pass along.

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