When I started going to cross-stitch sites, I was often lost in acronyms and terminology! Fear not as this will not happen to you! If you’re a seasoned stitcher, this may be a good refresher, and if you aren’t, this will help you make sense of what is out there online.
Here is a collection of terms that may prove to be useful.
BAP – Big Ass Project
Confetti – many single stitches of different colors
Count – the number of holes per one inch of fabric
Cross Country – thread being used continuously across sections of a pattern
Floss – cross-stitch thread
Frog / Frogging – when you’ve made a mistake and you have to ‘rip it rip it!’
Fractional Stitches – a part of a full cross-stitch used for detail and non-rectangular shapes
French Knot – a small knot for detail
Full Stitches – the traditional cross-stitch using one full square and look like an “x”
FS – Forgotten Stash
HAED – Heaven and Earth Designs
Half Stitch – a diagonal stitch made up of “half” of a cross-stitch
Haul – the aftermath of a cross-stitch shopping spree
LNS – Local Needlework Shop
Needle Minder – a small decorative magnet that attaches to your fabric to hold the needle in place when you aren’t stitching
OAP – Old Abandoned Project
ONS – Online Needlework Shop
ORT – Old Raggedy Threads
PAD – Project All Done
Parking – to use multiple needles with different threads on each to save time by not rethreading the needle over and over again
PFO – Pulled From Oblivion (if you haven’t worked on a piece for quite some time!)
PHD – Project Half Done
Railroading – passing the needle between two strands of thread already stitched to give a flatter look to the stitch.
RAK – Random Act of Kindness – where one stitcher will post or buy a kit/pattern for someone else
SABLE – Stash Acquired Beyond Life Expectancy
SAL – (Stitch-a-Long)- a pattern broken down piece by piece and several stitchers work on it at the same time. Or, in my case, my works in progress that I share with you
SINS – Stuff I’ll Never Stitch
SIP – Stitching In Progress
Stash – a collection of cross stitch related items
Stitching Buddy – any pet that sits with you (or on you!) when stitching (typically Darth Kitty)
Stitching Over 2 – working over 2 threads typically on evenweave fabrics or linens.
Tweeding – (also called Blending) using two or more colors of thread (usually one strand of each) in the same needle at the same time to blend the colors together when stitching.
TOAD – Trashed Object Abandoned In Disgust
UFO – Unfinished Object
USO – Un-Started Objects
WIP – Work In Progress
WISP – Work In Slow Progress
WTF – Waiting To Finish
I hope this helps! These are the main ones I came across, though there are many, many others out there!