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Treasure A National Park Needlepoint Ornament Kit!

Rest, relax, explore, and needlepoint!

Create a keepsake NeedlePaint National Parks ornament kit, which will be as unique as the national treasure your family has explored together. We have designed a National Parks Needlepoint Ornament Collection just for you. Stitch one or stitch them all, this year’s Christmas tree will look fabulous!

Yellowstone National Park Needlepoint Ornament Kit

Our nation’s first national park — Yellowstone National Park, is home to bison, grizzly bears, wolves and many endangered species. With plenty of fragile geysers such as Old Faithful, hot springs, mudpots and travertine terraces. This park is truly a national treasure! 

Grand Teton National Park Needlepoint Ornament Kit

Wyomings most notable landmark features the prominent peaks of Grand Teton National Park. Visible from many miles away, this mountain range may be one of the youngest in North America, but the rocks of this national treasure are some of the oldest in the continent.

Grand Canyon National Park Needlepoint Ornament Kit

One of our most well known national parks, the Grand Canyon was the ancestral homeland to eleven American tribes, and is also one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The scenic beauty of these steep sided canyons, are one of the most extraordinary examples of erosion anywhere in the world.

Zion National Park Needlepoint Ornament Kit

Utah’s Zion National Park, has massive redstone cliffs in a spectacular array of colors, offering incredible views, plenty of outdoor adventure, and guests can follow the paths where native people and pioneers once walked.

Yosemite National Park Needlepoint Ornament Kit

Giant sequoias, deep valleys, soaring cliffs, cascading waterfalls and abundant wildlife are the pride and joy of California’s Yosemite National Park. This national treasure is a popular favorite travel destination. 

Everglades National Park Needlepoint Ornament Kit

Florida’s Everglades National Park, is the largest tropical wilderness in the US, and a habitat for numerous and endangered species including: the manatee, American crocodile, Florida panther, numerous bird and fish species. This was one of the first national parks that was created to protect a fragile ecosystem. 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Needlepoint Ornament Kit

With beautiful ancient mountains and a magical smoky haze, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is located in southeastern United States with areas in Tennessee and North Carolina. The most visited of all the national parks, one can see why with all the canopies of old growth forest, abundant wildflowers, wildlife and 70 miles of the well known Appalachian Trail.

Acadia National Park Needlepoint Ornament Kit

Located along the mid-section of the Maine coast, you will find the crown jewel — Acadia National Park! With expansive views of the ocean, pine forests and island lakes; this area features an abundance of wildlife, historic motor and carriage roads, hiking trails and plenty of cultural heritage.

If you have a favorite travel destination,
our designers would love to create a
custom vacation needlepoint ornament kit just for you!
We are here to help with any question that you may have at:
info@needlepaint.com

Create treasured memories, one stitch at a time!

Egg-cellent Self-Finishing Needlepoint for Spring!

Explore our Chinoiserie Inspired Egg Canvases and an Easy Self-Finishing Technique

This Spring we are loving the combination of the classic Easter egg with blue and white chinoiserie!

We have several options from which to choose.  These needlepoint egg canvases are beautiful by themselves or stitched as a collection.

One of our favorite quick needlepoint self-finishing options is framing.  This is such a simple process.

First we stitch the main portion of our design.  Then we purchased a frame with a pre-cut mat at our local hobby shop. Open the back of the frame and remove the mat.  Place it on top of your stitched ornament upside down so you don’t accidentally put a mark on the front.

Carefully mark all four corners of the inside of the mat board on the canvas. Remove the mat board and now you can see the area you will need to fill with your background stitch.  Select a color and stitch you like and complete your project. We used Nobuko stitch and DMC Perle Cotton 5 in 906 for a grass-like look.

If you did not stitch on stretcher bars you might need to block your canvas to get it straight before framing.  Cut a piece of art board or mat board to fit inside the frame.  If you don’t want to measure you can pop out the glass and trace it.  Trim your completed canvas with an inch border around the stitched area.  Using acid free art tape, affix the canvas to the art board by taping the unstitched border of the canvas to the art board.  Use a little tension to make sure the canvas will lay flat. Reassemble your frame with the mat and now you have a beautiful framed piece of needlepoint art for your home!


Happy Spring and Happy Stitching!

Welcome to the NeedlePaint Family!

NeedlePaint would like to introduce, an experienced and knowledgable stitcher who joined our family last summer! She helps us out in so many ways: coordinating new projects, patiently answering all of your questions, and still has time in her day to stitch and create some amazing needlepoint projects.

W e l c o m e   C a r o l i n e !

By Caroline Dicken

My mom taught me to needlepoint when I was about 8 years old. She has been stitching since she was a young adult. My paternal grandfather also learned to needlepoint so he had something to do while his wife, my grandmother, was convalescing during her chronic terminal illness in the 1950s. Needless to say, there was a lot of needlepoint in our house growing up! I didn’t really appreciate it until my grandfather passed away—now we have all these handmade pieces to remember him by.

My first canvas was a butterfly… and then I am pretty sure I didn’t stitch again until high school! I was an art major in undergrad but as an adult who is not a professional artist, I have found that needlepoint is just the creative outlet I need to scratch that artistic itch.

Santa's X Mask Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Santa’s X Mask Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

I love making ornaments to commemorate major life events, and what was more major than the crazy year we just had? I love the idea of the masked Santa as a nod to the weirdness that was 2020.

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Ornaments are the perfect projects to play with stitches and fibers. Since they are not really touched and used like a pillow or a belt, the stitches can be longer and don’t need to be quite as durable. Plus, if you end up trying a stitch that you don’t love, it is not a huge area to stitch (or rip out)!

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One of my favorite parts of this design was the shading that our designer Gwynn, included on Santa’s bag, as well as the numerous opportunities to incorporate fun fibers and stitches. On an area with great shading in the printed canvas, I love using an open stitch that allows that to show through. Alternating skip tent is one of my favorite open stitches that also gives a section of canvas texture.

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For Santa’s beard, I wanted to give the field dimension but in a more controlled stitch than the turkey work on the hat’s pompom. By alternating every row with a stitch over a small bamboo skewer, I was able to achieve a fluffy beard worthy of the big guy.

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When doing decorative stitches (especially anything involving French knots), I always stitch on a frame. I have tried several different kinds, but my favorites are the mini stretcher bars (see first photo) from FA Edmunds https://faedmunds.com/needlepoint/.

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All finished stitching!

Stitches and fibers I used on this ornament canvas:

Background: Diagonal mosaic stitch in DMC Perle Cotton #5

Santa’s Bag: Alternating skip tent stitch in DMC Perle Cotton #5

Santa’s Glove, Face and Mask: Basketweave in DMC Perle Cotton #5

Presents: Basketweave in DMC Perle Cotton #5 and RG Petite Very Velvet

Bow on Present: Long stitch in Kreinik Gold Braid

Santa’s Suit: Basketweave in Petite Very Velvet

Santa’s Beard: Basketweave alternating stick in Planet Earth Wool

Santa’s Fur Trim: Alternating French knots and basketweave in Vineyard Merino Wool

Pompom: Turkey work (unclipped) in Planet Earth Wool

St. Nick's Delivery Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

Fingers crossed, Santa won’t need a mask next Christmas!
St. Nick’s Delivery Needlepoint Ornament Canvas

We’ll be checking in occasionally with Caroline to see what she’s been working on. If you have any questions: on this canvas, about our ornament finishing service, or any project that you may be working on, don’t hesitate to send her an email: info@needlepaint.com.

H a p p y  S t i t c h i n g !

Explore A Scuba Diving NeedlePaint Project!

NeedlePaint has been inspired by one of the fastest growing extreme sports in the world today — scuba diving! With our insatiable attraction to the undersea world, we have designed a selection of scuba themed canvases for you to explore. In addition, sharks remain the object of our fascination and fears, we think you will enjoy these canvases too.


Scuba Diving Flag Needlepoint Belt Canvas
Scuba Flag Needlepoint Belt Canvas

This flag is easily recognized with its bold color and simplistic graphic design.
The scuba diving flag, or diver down flag, is flown from a dive boat
warning other surface watercraft that a diver is in the water.

 

Scuba Diving Needlepoint Key Fob Canvas

Scuba Flag Needlepoint Key Fob Canvas

Similar to our Scuba Flag belt canvas, the diver down flag also looks great on a key fob canvas.
Feel free to personalize this canvas with your monogram or initials.

 

Mako Shark Needlepoint Key Fob Canvas

Mako Shark Needlepoint Key Fob Canvas

The Mako shark is viewed by the Maori people of New Zealand as a guardian spirit, and appropriately named Mako; the Maori word for shark. A fun key fob design featuring
a combination of the Mako shark and the scuba diving flag.

 

Personalized Scuba Diving Needlepoint Belt Canvas

Personalized Scuba Diving Needlepoint Belt

A gallery of underwater adventure is depicted on this scuba diving needlepoint belt design. Images include: a Spotted Eagle Ray, the Scuba Flag, a Hawksbill Sea Turtle,
a Scuba Diver, and a Black Tip Reef Shark.

 

Shark Needlepoint Belt Canvas

Shark Needlepoint Belt Canvas

The streamlined proportion of this needlepoint belt is a perfect backdrop for the beautiful lines of the shark. On a background color of rich ocean blue, you will see a variety of sharks including: Hammerhead, Black Tip Reef, Great White, Mako and a Tiger Shark.

 

Great White Shark Needlepoint Dog Collar Canvas

Great White Shark Needlepoint Dog Collar Canvas

A whimsical twist on a traditional dog collar! Our Great White Shark needlepoint dog collar is sure to make your dog feel like a tough guy, even though we all know he’s a real sweetheart.

 

On our NeedlePaint website, we do offer finishing services for your completed belt, key fob and dog collar needlepoint canvas, as well as other canvas types.

Explore a new NeedlePaint project and try something new: a new stitch, new type of thread, new mesh count, or a new theme. We have a variety of needlepoint canvases and would be happy to help you with any questions you may have at info@needlepaint.com.

Happy Stitching!

 

 

NeedlePaint Mask Version 2

Written by Peggy BondEscher Mask

The new NeedlePaint mask, inspired by M.C. Escher, is designed for quick stitching and assembly. It is slightly lighter weight with fabric for the nose and chin portions, but the central needlepoint band retains its form to allow freedom of air flow.

Since the band is a 9-1/4” x 2-3/4” rectangle, it can be stitched in about one half of the time of our full NeedlePaint masks. The mask is a little less formal.

The materials needed are:

  • Cotton fabric for liner and strap trim
  • Cotton fabric for filter pocket (optional)
  • Ear strap material
  • Nose clip material (optional)

Step 1. After blocking the finished canvas, trim away excess canvas leaving no more than 1/4” of blank canvas. Cut two 10 “ x  3” strips of cotton fabric which will serve for the nose and chin portions of the mask. (One could go two tone and make the nose and chin portions of different colors.)

With right sides together sew strips to the top and bottom of your needlepoint canvas. Press fabric away from canvas. Do not press seam open. Top stitch the fabric side of each seam.

Position the mask pattern so that the needlepoint band is centered between the nose and chin darts and cut out the mask. The shaped pattern is similar to our Geometric Face Mask shown below. Using the same pattern cut one liner or two if making the optional filter pocket.

Top Sticch

Step 2. Fold the canvas along center line with right-sides together, matching the two upper nose points and the two lower chin points. Stitch 3/8” seam and press open. Repeat for liners and optional filter pocket.

If using the filter pocket, sew a ½” hem on each cheek edge.

Nose Clip

Step 3. Cut a piece of fabric 1” by ½” longer than the selected nose clip. Sew a ¼” hem on each short edge of this fabric nose sleeve. Place the nose sleeve on the liner or filter pocket centered ½” below the nose seam. Sew in place. Press so long edge lines up with top of liner or pocket.

The nose clip will be inserted after the rest of the assembly is completed.

Step 4. Place right sides together, carefully aligning the seams of the nose and chin darts on all pieces. If using the optional filter pocket, it will be the closest to needlepoint mask.

Sew the ¼” seam along the top and bottom of the mask and turn the mask inside out. Be careful not to pull on the edge of the needlepoint canvas as it can separate easily. Press the seamed edges and top stitch.

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Step 5. For the ear strap sleeves, cut two 1-1/2” strip of liner fabric that are ½” longer than the ear edges of the mask. Sew to each ear edge with ¼” seam. Press top and bottom edges down. Then press a ¼’ fold on free edge and fold to back aligning the folded edges with the ear edge stitches. This will leave a ½” sleeve for the ear strap.

The straps can be tucked under the fold before stitching the sleeve in place or can be threaded through with a safety pin after stitching.

Check out these two new designs we have created for you!

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Mosaic Face Mask Panel Needlepoint Canvas

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Geometric Face Mask Needlepoint Canvas

Sweet Summer Stitching at NeedlePaint!

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Ahhh . . . . summer! Bright warm sunshine; plenty of picnics; crops of fresh juicy fruit; carefree longer days; and that special time of year when you don’t have to make excuses for being a bit lazy. Take a break in your routine, slow down a bit, and “needlepoint” as long as you want . . . we won’t tell anyone!

NeedlePaint Cheery Cherries Needlepoint Canvas

4.29” x 4.29” on 14 mesh, “Cheery Cherries” needlepoint canvas.

This new NeedlePaint design, “Cheery Cherries” has “summer” written all over it. Bright, cheerful and full of vivid color; we know you’ll enjoy stitching this sweet needlepoint canvas. Perfect as a small picture for that little spot in your kitchen which could use some color; or as a colorful Christmas ornament to remind you of those wonderful summer days when it’s snowing outside.

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“Life is like a bowl of cherries!” — Wishing you a wonderful summer of stitching!

NeedlePaint Masks Unmasked!

Written by Peggy Bond

Two needlepoint face masks

After the initial rush to get cotton masks made for all my neighbors and friends, I was out of material, elastic, and thread. Stores were closed and mail order was going to take at least a week. So into the closet I went and found some 18 and 14 mesh needlepoint canvas and a stash of thread.

Thread Stash

I had been thinking about making a needlepoint mask but wondered how it would hold up with washing. With time on my hands, this was the perfect project for lockdown. The pattern I has used for the cotton masks was not going to work with stiff needlepoint canvas.

Flat tent stitch cropped

Searching the internet, I found a pattern that I thought would work from PrettyHandyGirl.com. I used the Inside Liner pattern from Pretty Handy Girl and then set to work on my Geometric Mask on 18 mesh canvas using random colors from my stash and a classic background Flat/Tent stitch from A Pageant of Pattern for Needlepoint Canvases by Sherlee Lantz.

Geometric Needlepoint Face Mask

The stitching went quickly and soon I was ready to assemble, check the fit, and then wash it. (Finishing options will be the subject of my next blog.) The fit was a little large for me but fit my husband perfectly. Washing was a success. I washed it by hand in Woolite and hot water. Then hung it out to dry. The mask held its shape well, so on to the next one.

Turtle Design Needlepoint Face Mask

For the next mask, I redrew the pattern to make the top more slanted and picked out a NeedlePaint design used on a hatband – my Hawaiian turtles. The turtles were done on 14 mesh canvas using the continental stitch with the background in alternating rows of the Byzantine stitch from Jo Ippolito Christensen’s The Needlepoint Book.

I chose to alternate two different blue threads because that was what I had on hand. Alas, it was not enough and I had to ask for more from the NeedlePaint staff who have been working tirelessly to keep shipping orders while I am in lockdown elsewhere. Many thanks to them!

I am now on my third mask – the lotus blossom shown in the photo at the top of the blog.

Now, sewing it up!

Lotus mask

Remember your mask will not be a replacement for an N95 or surgical mask. 

There are a couple options to consider assembling your NeedlePaint mask – a filter pocket and nose clip. Pretty Handy Girl describes the material choices for the nose clip and straps. I agree with her recommendation to use the coffee bag flat ties for the nose clip. I am not a coffee drinker but luckily my husband is. However, her other suggestion works too. Her discussion of adjustable strap materials is very good. Due to unavailability of any of the materials suggested, I have been opted for ¼ inch ribbons of which I have a stash.

The materials needed are:

  • Cotton fabric for liner and strap trim
  • Cotton fabric for filter pocket (optional)
  • Ear strap material 
  • Nose clip material (optional)
  • ¼ in double fold bias tape or cotton fabric for homemade bias strip

Step 1. After blocking the finished canvas, trim away excess canvas leaving no more than 1/8” of blank canvas. Place on liner material with straight cheek edges aligning with the straight grain of the fabric. Cut one liner.

For optional filter pocket, cut a second liner of the same size. 

Trimmed

Step 2. Fold the canvas along center line with right-side together, matching the two upper nose points and the two lower chin points. Stitch 3/8” seam and press open. Repeat for liners and optional filter pocket.

If using the filter pocket, sew a ½” hem on each cheek edge.

Stiching

Step 3. Optional Nose Clip

Cut a piece of fabric 1” by ½” longer than the selected nose clip. Sew a ¼” hem on each short edge of this fabric nose sleeve. Place the nose sleeve on the liner or filter pocket centered ½” below the nose seam. Sew in place. Press so long edge lines up with top of liner or pocket.

The nose clip will be inserted after the rest of the assembly is completed.

Nose Clip

Step 4. Align NeedlePaint mask and liner with wrong sides together. If including filter pocket, place the pocket on top of the liner. Match nose and chin seams. Baste together.

Bind the upper and lower edges of the mask with the bias tape or strips. If using ¼” double fold tape, place over the edge of the mask and liner (and optional pocket) and stitch through all thicknesses. 

Bias trim 2

The above photo is not of a mask but from another project because I do not have a source of double fold bias tape. The lotus mask was finished with my own bias strip, machine sewn on the canvas side and turned and finished by hand on the liner/pocket side.

The pre-made double fold tap is easier to use but often you can’t find a matching color for your project.

Bian Trim

Step 5. For the ear strap sleeves, cut two 1-1/2” strip of liner fabric that are ½” longer than the ear edged of the masks.  Sew to each ear edge with ¼” seam. Press top and bottom edges down. Then press a ¼’ fold on free edge and fold to back aligning the folded edges with the ear edge stitches. This will leave a ½” sleeve for the ear strap.

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The straps can be tucked under the fold before stitching the sleeve in place or can be threaded through with a safety pin after stitching.

Ear Sleeves

Step 6. Now it is time to insert the nose clip. It should slip easily into sleeve and then sew off the ends by hand. DONE!

Lotus Blossom Face Mask Needlepoint Canvas

Check out our new Lotus Blossom Face Mask and Sea Turtle Face Mask needlepoint canvases available on our website!

Sea Turtle Face Mask Needlepoint Canvas

Happy Stitching!

NeedlePaint’s Fresh View of the Great Outdoors!

At NeedlePaint we’ve been anxiously anticipating our next adventure outdoors, to explore the great wilderness of our National Parks. In the meantime, we’ve been busy bringing the outdoors inside, with beautifully designed panoramic views of our National Parks for you to needlepoint. 

I am constantly amazed at the level of detail our designers can create in such a small amount of space. On 18 mesh canvas, with 18-20 stitches in height on a belt canvas to design within, we watch as these landscapes unfold, and see how one single stitch can illustrate so much.

NeedlePaint National Parks

National Parks Needlepoint Belt Canvas

The conservation of “wild nature” for future generations, is a symbol of national pride, and is the main idea of what the National Parks program is all about. This stunning panoramic view on our National Parks design includes: Zion Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Yosemite, Tetons, Yellow Stone, Grand Canyon, Glacier and Acadia National Parks. We will also include your monogram or initials inside of the National Parks sign!

NeedlePaint Rocky Mountains

Rocky Mountain National Park Needlepoint Belt Canvas 

Ahh . . . . the spectacular and breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains! At NeedlePaint we are lucky to have the most beautiful view of this landscape in our own backyard. Comprised of three thousand miles of mountains, national forests, monuments, and recreations areas. This mountain range spreads from British Columbia and Alberta in Canada down through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.

NeedlePaint Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park Needlepoint Belt Canvas

This national treasure lies on top of a volcanic hot spot! Featuring 3500 square miles of canyons, forests, alpine rivers, gushing geysers and abundant wildlife. We have designed this belt canvas with Yellowstone landmarks from left to right to include: the park entrance sign, the entrance gate, an elk family, Old Faithful with hot air balloons, Grand Prismatic Spring, a bison family, and Roosevelt Arch.

These designs are available as belt canvases to stitch or finished needlepoint belts. Have an idea for a custom landscape design you would like to see come to life? We would love to design one for you. Feel free to contact us at info@needlepaint.com

Enjoy Earth Day, and Happy Stitching!

Staying Positive Needlepoint

By Kathryn Berman:  I’m a beginner needlepointer (I’ve done 3 projects total in my life), but lately I have been thinking that with a little extra free time on my hands during the coronavirus pandemic it would be fun to get to work on a new project. Stitching is like a good book that you can’t put down… let me finish just this one row, or this one color.  I find needlepointing relaxing yet addicting, and now seems like just the time to put my extra energy into a project as opposed to watching the news or worrying about family members.

Lemons make Lemonade Needlepoint Canvas

Lemons make Lemonade Needlepoint Canvas

I wanted to work on a project that would feel positive, and one that I could hang up on a tiny wall space in my kitchen. I was trying to think of positive sayings that would be fun to stich, but also would look good as permanent artwork in my home. I’m a big believer in positive thinking, and an eternal optimist, but even I’ve gotten a little down lately, and what better way to brighten my day then to be stitching a positive saying.  I’ve always loved the saying “when life gives you lemons make lemonade”, and I asked the Needlepaint team (headed by my husband 🙂  to design a custom needlepoint canvas for me.  What seems more smile inducing than stitching a big juicy yellow lemon?

I love what they came up with!  The Lemons make Lemonade needlepoint canvas is now available on NeedlePaint. Hopefully I can finish it before summer.  Another really cool thing, is that I printed out my canvas preview and taped it to my kitchen wall where I intend to put the finished project.  I of course debated long and hard about what color the background checkers should be- but am sticking with blue for now. I love that I can easily change colors/design ideas with the help of the Needlepaint designers and get a good idea of what my canvas will look like before I get started on it.

What other ideas do you have for positive uplifting quotes that would make a fun needlepoint project?

Here are a few others I thought of: “Create your own sunshine” with a big yellow sun. “Stay positive” surrounded by a colorful rainbow.  “Be happy” surrounded by flowers. Stay positive and keep on stitching!

CoronaVirus Needlepoint Update

Hi all, I hope you’re staying safe!

Needlepointers have been posting lots of funny messages on the Needlepoint Nation Facebook page, if you are not a member yet, you should join!

On the serious side, here at NeedlePaint, we’ve been working on being safe so we can remain open and help design custom needlepoint canvases for you.  Luckily our customer service and design teams are able to work from home, and we’ve changed our production schedule so that only 1 person is in the workshop (Thanks Lyndse!).

We know that a lot of you are spending more time at home than you are used to, and having a hobby is a great way to be productive and make the best of it.  We’ve stocked up on supplies and are ready to make your needlepoint canvases.

This week, we’ve designed something not only fun to look at but useful in days and years to come.  Parents are already used to saying this, but a reminder on your bathroom wall would look great.  Even more important these days, is to wash your hands every time you enter your house after being outside of your property.  So maybe at the front door 🙂  Years from now when coronavirus is hopefully a distant memory, you will have a hand made remembrance of your time at home.

Please remember, staying isolated and helping slow the spread of the virus is the best thing we can all be doing.  Sometimes it is the small things that can make a big difference.

 

Wash Your Hands Handprints Needlepoint Canvas

Clean Your Hands Needlepoint Canvas

 

Wash Your Hands Keep Calm Needlepoint

Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands Needlepoint Canvas

 

Wash Your Hands Needlepoint

Wash Your Hands Needlepoint Canvas