Term of the Week: Stitchy Bug

Stitchy Bug

Term of the Week: Stitchy Bug

This week’s Term of the Week is one of my personal favorite terms! I use this one all the time! I’m really excited to share it with you all.

The Stitchy Bug goes by many names, but the variation of ‘bug’ is what I hear the most often. So what is a Stitchy Bug, and what does a bug have to do with cross-stitch?

The Stitchy Bug is a lot like a ‘muse’, the Greek goddesses of inspiration, and the name for what many a creator call their creative energies. The Stitchy Bug is the cross-stitch equivalent of that. It is the drive, the determination, the motivation, the creativity, the passion, the thing that makes stitchers want to sit down and stitch.

The phrase can be most commonly heard when someone is referring to their lack of drive or motivation for a cross-stitch project. “I lost my stitching bug!” is a common complaint in the needlework world. That’s what happens when your craft is an art; everyone loses inspiration, their drive for creativity every once in awhile.

Sometimes it can take awhile to come back, but it always does in the end. And that’s the second most common way you will hear the term used: “My stitchy bug came back!”


“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!