Some frequently used terms and abbreviations
EGA = Embroiders' Guild of America
TVR = Tennessee Valley Region, our EGA Region, one of 13 total in EGA
MMNA = Majestic Mountain Needle Arts, our chapter name
SAS = Share A Stitch, A regional event consisting of 3-4 days of various classes and fun with other EGA members from all over. Look for rescheduled SAS events in 2022.
Frog or Frogging = Not the cute green kind but the annoying task of 'unstitching' and removing/cutting out incorrect stitches from a project. Term comes from the idea that as we 'Rip It, Rip It' we sound like frogs peeping out a little 'ribbit' here and there.
WIP = Work In Progress, Some folks only work on one project at a time, some have 42 going at all times. No worries either way, but if your piece is less then finished, it's a #WIP
See also #WIPwednesday – a popular hashtag on social media to share your current project every Wednesday.
UFO = Unfinished Objects, Much like WIPs, these UFO's don't hang out in Area 51 but rather in our work baskets or bins, waiting to be finished, or not.
FFO = Finally Finished Object, Fully Finished Object or Finally Framed Object - what all our projects long to be.
ORT = Old Raggedy Threads, those little bits of floss that you snip off while stitching and they will inevitably stick to your clothes, couch, children and pets.
SAL = Stitch A Long, SAL projects are broken down into several parts where the pattern for each part is released on a set schedule and folks join in stitching each part simultaneously. EGA has a Stitch A Long FaceBook Group open to members and the public. It's a great way to try out EGA, learn or practice techniques and have fun!
SINS = Stuff I'll Never Stitch, enough said but we are probably all a bit guilty at times :)
Stash = your collection of needlework related things, such as patterns, floss, fabrics, etc.
LNS = Local Needlework Shop, a brick and mortar store for all your needlework needs.
ONS = Online Needlework Shop, for folks not fortunate to live near a LNS, an ONS may be the solution. See also, 'Road Trip to LNS'.
FlossTube = Genre of YouTube videos that focus on needle arts related content.
This is just a sampling of some of the terms you may run across, there are countless others.
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