Hi, everyone! I just discovered Craftster recently and I've been snooping around for a couple of weeks. I've been very impressed with how nice everyone is here and all the awesome things people come up with! I figured that I wanted in on this awesome community so I am adding some of the things I've done. Here is one my favorite cross stitch projects I have done so far:
I made this guitar strap for my husband last year. He wanted it to look retro so we went with some pretty out there colors. I really liked the way it turned out, though! I also made a Joust guitar strap that I will post soon, as well.
*EDIT* Thanks everyone for your kind words!! You make a girl feel special
To answer your questions, the guitar strap was pretty hard to poke through, but not impossible. I used a thimble and a large needle (sorry I don't remember the size). I didn't use a cross stitch needle because it kept slipping around the fabric of the strap. The sharper pointed needle made sure the thread went where I wanted it to. And to how I got them pretty even was I used tear away paper (or waste cloth - not sure what they call it everywhere else). It makes a grid on your piece and the grid can be pulled out from under the stitches when you're done.