Abbreviations and Terminology again!

frogging – undoing stitches… “Rip-it! Rip-it!”

ripping – see frogging

stash – your personal needlework supplies

WIP – work in progress

WISP – work in slow progress

UFO – unfinished object; haven’t stitched it in a while & don’t plan on soon

LNS – local needlework shop


NSLNS = Not So Local Needlework Store

ONS = Online Needlework Store

RR = Round Robin

SAL – stitch-along, where two or more stitchers work on a design at the same time

HD or happy dance – announcing a finish to your friends, acquaintances, and/or a cross stitch bulletin board

S.E.X. – stash enhancement experience; needlework-related purchases. Must always be spelled with periods to avoid being listed on the “bad” web search engines!

SABLE – Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy

on the wagon – a period of time where one avoids any new acquisition of stash

StRIP – Stash Reduction Implementation Plan, usually done when SABLE has been achieved. Typically, no new purchases are allowed for a set amount of time and/or until a certain amount of stash is used up. A person who does this is a StRIPper. See on the wagon.

PRUDE – Person Resisting Unnecessarily Diminishing Existing stash, i.e. someone who refuses to StRIP.

BAP – Big arse project

BF- blending filament

RAK – random act of kindness (Usually to do with giving away stash to someone with or without them knowing :D)

Designers and Projects:

TIAG = told in a garden
HAED – Heaven and Earth Designs
CDC- Cirque de Cercles
CDCx= Cirque de Carreaux
CDT- Cirque de Triangles
BOINK- Book of ink circles
GK – golden Kite
HDF- Hand dyed fibers *sometimes referred to as VC HDF for Vikki Clayton* (Closed 2013)
SW- Silkweaver – fabric supplier (Is a little different now to the old days)
PTP- Picture this plus – fabric supplier
TW- Teresa Wentzler
AVAS=Au Ver A Soie (A brand of Silk fibers)
NPI= Needle Point Silk (A brand of Silk Fibers)
GAST=Gentle Art Sampler Threads (A Brand of overdye cotton Fibers, uses DMC base)
DFT=Danish Flower Thread (A particular type of cotton fiber)
WDW=Weeks Dye Works (A Brand of overdye cotton Fibers, uses DMC base)
TX=Threadworkx (A Brand of overdye cotton Fibers, uses DMC base)
NN=Needle Necessities (A Brand of overdye cotton Fibers, uses DMC base. Out of business. Can be exchanged exactly for TX.)
OWD=Old Willow Designs
ATS=And they Sinned (Chart by Examplar Dames. Its a HUGE BAP)
SMF=Sugar Maple Fabrics (Brand of Fabric, Out of Business)
LL=Lakeside Linens (Brand of Fabric)
R&R= R&R reproductions (Brand of Fabric)
CWC=Crossed Wing Collection (Brand of Fabric)
GA – gentle arts threads again
Mira – mirabilia designs
EF – Enchanted Fabrics (Gone, but never forgotten)
IC – Ink Circles
NC- Nora Corbett (designer of Miras but has small designs under her own name)
JE – Joan Elliot
PR – Passione Ricamo


CC can never be included on this list – there are two many CCs that exist in the cross stitching world.

Subversive Cross Stitch – A movement that incorporates adult terminology into cross stitch designs.



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