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!