There are three basic routes to getting your own, make it yourself, get someone to make one for you, or buy one. The going rate for a pre-made needlepoint belt is $165 as offered by Smathers and Branson. Sounds expensive?
Smathers and Branson University of Delaware Needlepoint Belt with Monogram
Well let's take a look at the other options.... To make your own needlepoint belt you are probably looking at $150 in materials and in the neighborhood of 100 hours of labour. Think about how much your time is worth and we are talking about a pretty expensive belt in terms of materials and time, not to mention the practice needed before even attempting such a project. Of course if you are very fortunate to have someone make one for you, you have to remember how much the loved one has spent in time and effort to make a belt for you.
So when we look at the other options, $165 is not really a bad option and their "stock" options for belts are wide and varied, not to mention "custom" belts which they make for a variety of retailers around the country. Now surely you can't get the true custom belt like you might from a family member or girlfriend, but those options exist at some level with Smathers and Branson with their monogrammed belts and custom "life belts" both available with with additional charges.
Smathers and Branson Custom Belt for Yoicks!
These belts are made in Vietnam where they pay women more than the prevailing wages there to make these needlepoint belts for the American market.
So if you are looking for a special gift for someone, ore something fun to add to your own wardrobe, consider Smathers and Branson and their needlepoint belts.
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