Say What?

Today’s post is from Jennifer Crutchfield. She’s our relatively new web gal at the shop, and she’s been quickly learning some new vocabulary over the last several weeks.

When you hang around a quilt shop long enough, you’ll hear some awfully funny words. Some of them you’ve heard before but they’re being used in a whole new way. Others, you may never hear anywhere else.

For example, how do you handle your kids “tatting” on each other?

No. Wait. That’s not what we’re talking about.

Not tattling. Tatting. You know, the age old art of lace making. Of course.


And don’t even get me started on when my kids are “smocking” each other.

No, no, no. Not smacking, smocking. Smocking is an embroidery technique used to gather fabric so that it can stretch. Yes, I did have to look that one up so that I could be sure I defined it properly. I can’t be expected to know all of the crazy crafting words inside and out, can I?

How about a “fussy cut?” Is that something a distressed mother does when she’s waiting in line with a crying child? Or even “over 2?” Is that an age limitation on who should undertake the crafting project?

Seriously? A glossary should be standard issue when a person walks in the front door of this building.

“Are you a Continental (European) knitter, or English knitter?”

“Where will I find the punch needle books?” (If I punched a needle, wouldn’t that hurt?)

One thing I know for sure is that I don’t want to end up “in the ditch.”

You Did What In the Ditch? Book Cover

The good news is that no matter what crazy words you hear around Erica’s, somebody knows what you’re talking about. Everybody does some sort of crafting and everybody is always eager to help and to share her knowledge.

Do you have any funny stories of using crafting language around your friends or family that got them confused? We’d love to hear them. Please share in the comments!

(To find an item or event on our web site after clicking on the highlighted words, hold down the “Ctrl” key and touch F. Enter the item number in the box, press enter, and you’ll be taken to that item.)

You can see What’s New at Erica’s almost every day! Any page of our website has a column on the left that tells you where to find things, and all you have to do is look for “New Items” in purple, and click to find out.

One thought on “Say What?

  1. Well, one of the funniest terms I found was that of a new profession. I am a “hooker”… and no not THAT kind of hooker… I like to hook rugs, and therefore, am now called a hooker. I bet this one will get lots of folks’ attention.

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