Updated June 15, 2019.
If you spend much time in the needlepoint world, just as in any other world, you will find stitchers have some special terms for things. This is a list, by no means complete, of some of those words.
Stash – Your accumulation of stitchy stuff of all kinds from threads to projects you hope to stitch someday. Whether you want to or not, you will accumulate a stash even if it is only bits of thread leftover from projects.
Some stashes are so large that people stitch whole projects from them. I’m a great one for this.
SABLE – An acronym meaning Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy. I don’t remember who coined this (if you do, please speak up in the comments), but it’s what happens when your stash is large and continues to grow. I am clearly at this point with threads, but I’m working on whittling down the canvas and project piles, but slowly.
UFO – Another acronym, meaning UnFinished Object. Most of us have many of these. If you like starting projects, you may have more than most. If you are like me, you may want to start something new everyday. I made one tiny project yesterday, started another last night and want o start one right now, which is bad, as I need to clean the house.
FLUPPY – My friend Coni Rich (Spinster Stitcher) had this in a blog post several years ago I think it’s perfect. A UFO becomes a FLUPPY when you have finished stitching it, but not finished it into something. I have two boxes full of this stuff.
Frog stitching – The needleworkers term for removing incorrect stitching, no matter the reason. It’s called “frogging” because you “ripit,ripit.”
PhD – Projects half done. I found this on Facebook last week and I think it’s a great bit of slang. It perfectly captures the feeling of serial project starters.
OK, enough of this. If you have other great needlepoint slang, add it in the comments. I’ve got to get ready to help my DH (dear husband) and DS (dear son) clean.