"A piece of needlepoint saying 'Bless This Home' "

Needlepoint is a type of generally simple embroidery in which thread is stitched and covers a canvas. Needlepoint originated in ancient Egypt and became a popular domestic pastime from the 16th century. ‘Bless This Home’ is a popular needlepoint design that takes its origin from the Christian (particularly Catholic) ritual of house blessings. The ritual is usually performed by a parish priest sprinkling holy water through the rooms of a house and praying for its occupants.