Term of the Week: BAP


For this Term of the Week we start into our stitchy acronyms, and this week’s is a fun one, albeit not something you would want to say around the kids!

BAP stands for a couple different things, depending on the version you want to use.

The original version of BAP stands for Big Ass Project. I’ve also heard it stand for Bad Ass Project. The more family-friendly version stands for Big Awesome Project or Big Ambitious Project.

The definition means pretty much exactly what one would think it means: a very large or unusual project that will be a grand undertaking on some level.

What qualifies as a BAP depends on the stitcher. For some, like me, anything over the standard 5 x 7 project size can be considered a BAP. For others, a project has to be truly enormous to be considered a BAP. For others still, as long as the piece is ambitious or different from what they usually stitch, it’s a BAP!


“Term of the Week” is a weekly blog post highlighting a new word or phrase commonly used among cross-stitchers but not found in an ordinary dictionary. These posts are to help explain the words’ meanings in context and provide a resource for anyone wondering what a term like “frogging” means. Check back every Thursday!

Term of the Week: Frogging



Ah, the dreaded frog. This term is despised among stitchers and once we go over the definition hopefully you’ll understand why. And we’ll put a name to the deed, because we all do it.

So what is frogging? Frogging is the act of having to undo all the prior stitches due to an error or mistake of some sort. It can also be called picking, or unpicking, but frogging seems to be the most popular term for the act.

In case the definition still seems a little confusing here’s an example: say you’re working on a cross-stitch project of an angel and stitch the wings. After you’ve done about half the wing you realize you missed a few stitches! So now the whole count is off AND you stitched in the wrong color! Oh no! You have to take out all of the stitches (or even cut them out) and start all over again.

That is called “frogging,” and that’s why everyone hates it. It is a representation of having to re-do a ton of work on your project. It’s also unavoidable; very rarely can you get through a project without having to frog at least once.

Why do people call it “frogging”? I just discovered this while planning the article. In English, the sound a frog makes is written and vocalized as “ribbit.” Change a few letters around and you get “rip it, rip it,” which is what you have to do when pulling out your stitches! Hence the frog has become the mascot of the dreaded act.


“Term of the Week” is a weekly blog post highlighting a new word or phrase commonly used among cross-stitchers but not found in an ordinary dictionary. These posts are to help explain the words’ meanings in context and provide a resource for anyone wondering what a term like “frogging” means. Check back every Thursday!

Little Thread Crafts Has Moved!

Hey guys! If you didn’t read the last news post, you can check it out here: Little Thread Crafts Is Upgrading!

But long story short, Little Thread Crafts has moved to a new location! We’re off WordPress.com and we’re self-hosted as our very own website! Yay!

We’re still at the old domain, so you can check us out below by going to the usual place:


However, there have been some… complications. I guess that’s what happens when you’ve never done this before and something goes wrong. Basically, the importer that was supposed to transfer all of the articles, pictures, videos, comments, etc. from this blog to the new one didn’t work. All of the links to the old articles are broken. I also don’t think it transferred over any of the email or general blog subscribers.

What that means is that I’m having to copy+paste and repost all of my articles by hand… so there are a lot of articles missing on the new blog. But don’t worry, they’re coming! Slowly but surely we’ll get back on track.

If you are a fan of Little Thread Crafts and you have NOT received any notifications about new posts in the last few days… PLEASE go to http://www.LittleThreadCrafts.com and re-subscribe! There will not be anything else coming from this blog from now on!

I’m sorry there were issues, I apparently had a problem no one else had… so things are a little broken right now. But they will get better! In the meantime, there are lots of features on the new blog to enjoy, so feel free to look around and fix your bookmarks for any of your favorite articles!

I hope to see you all at the new blog! Happy Stitching.

Friday Finishes #8: 1 Corinthians

The finished piece, all framed!

1 Corinthians

Now it’s time for one of my favorite Friday Finishes! There’s not much of an introduction for this one, so let’s dive right in!

Name of Piece: #187-0301 Love Is Patient (taken from 1 Corinthians)

Designed by: (c) 2003 Licensed From Current USA Inc. (No kidding, that’s who it says it’s designed by.)

Distributed as a kit by Janlynn under their Stamped Cross Stitch series.

Kit Contains: screen-printed fabric, 6-strand cotton floss, needle, floss card, graph, and instructions.

Finished Size: 12 in by 10 in

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Friday Finishes #7: Friends Indeed

The finished piece!

Friends Indeed

This week’s Friday Finishes is the second gift I ever stitched for someone! (The first being the Dolphin piece I made for my sister.)

Name of Piece: Art. 1879, Friends

Designed by: This kit follows the trend of not listing designers.

Distributed as a kit by NeedleMagic, Inc. under their Stitch A Card series.

Kit Contains: 18 ct. aida, embroidery floss, needle, embossed card, envelope, backing card, and complete instructions.

Finished Size: 4 in. by 6 in.

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Friday Finishes #6: Too Many Books Bookmark

The finished bookmark!

Too Many Books Bookmark

Okay… from this Friday Finishes there should be no missing information on the charts. Unless something went missing, I do believe I kept every chart and the information that went with it. No more problems like Sleepy Moon! I don’t know what clicked within me to start keeping my info, but I stopped throwing them away after the Dolphin piece. I think. We’ll find out as I keep writing the articles, I suppose.

Now on to this week’s Friday Finishes!

Name of Piece: Item 4572 Books

Designed by: The kit doesn’t say!

Distributed as a kit by NeedleMagic Inc. under their Bookmark series

Kit Contains: 18 ct. aida fabric, embroidery floss, needle, graph, and easy to follow instructions.

Finished Size: 2 in. x 6.75 in.

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Friday Finishes #5: Dolphin

The finished piece!

Our Dolphin

Today’s Friday Finishes was very nearly a bust again, stitchers!

Why did I throw away the information on my finishes? I wish I hadn’t, I was so stupid to do so… once again I sat down to write an article on my finish and once again, didn’t have the information. And I was almost unable to find it. Thank you eBay, after I searched a couple of different keywords I just started scrolling through and I found it!

Name of Piece: Dolphin #4112

Designed by: The kit doesn’t say!

Distributed as a kit by NeedleMagic Inc. under their “Stitch ‘N’ Frame” series.

Kit Contains:  14 ct. Aida fabric, thread, needle, graph, frame, self-adhesive mounting board, and easy to follow instructions.

Finished Size: 2.5 inches round.

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Friday Finishes #4: Sleepy Moon – UPDATED – Mystery Solved! Or Is It?

The only picture of the vanished finish that I have!

The Mysterious Moon

Today’s Friday Finishes is one big mystery… one that may never be solved.

When I originally sat down to write this article, I discovered two very crucial things: one, that the information I thought I had on the kit was missing, and two, that the finished piece itself was missing. » Read more

Friday Finishes #3: Queenie

CatWIP3Today’s Friday Finishes moves on from my beginner days straight into six years later. Yes, it took me six years from my Love Bug finish to finish another cross-stitch project. What can I say, I was young and easily distracted by the Internet.

Name of Piece: Queenie

Designed by: The kit does not say, it’s a hit or miss on whether Janlynn lists the designer on their kits.

Distributed as a kit by the Janlynn Company, under their “Designs for the Needle” series.

Kits Contains: 14 ct. Aida, floss, needle, chart, and instructions.

Finished Size: 5″ x 7″ or 12,7 x 17,8 cm

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