Fingerprints was the company I started in 1972 in Arizona with my step mom, Betty. It featured our small, hand-painted, Christmas needlepoint designs that were framed in colorful wooden drapery rings. When Tom and I moved back to California in 1979, Betty retired and I expanded the line into cross stitch, pre-finished fabric and round plastic, original frames. All materials to complete these cute ornaments were included in kits that were sold in retail catalogs, department stores and specialty shops.
(Left). An amazing woman by the name of Nilda Badillo was the inspiration for a wonderful group of girls in her care. She taught them all forms of stitchery which was their favorite activity and she watched as their talent blossomed. Here are the girls with the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Kate Romero, at the Governor’s Palace in December, 1979. Their needlecraft is proudly displayed on the annual “Fingerprints’ Christmas Tree.” And I couldn’t have been more honored than to have my designs chosen for this event.