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Thursday, 7 March 2013


Can anyone explain the derivation of the term "frogging"?  Bits of leftover thread have been called "orts" which I believe comes from some Latin term, but I'd like to learn more.


queenstownsamplerdesigns said...

I have been told a frog says
"rippit". So when you are frogging, you are ripping it (out).

I did not make it up, only passing the info on. :-)

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Marsha,
The frog goes ribbit, ribbit, we stitchers go rippit, rippit.
No sophisticated Latin involved :)


Kaisievic said...

That is so cute!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

That's what I heard too. ORTS are Old Ragged Threads or some other combination of those initials. We save them in a jar for the TUSAL or Totally Useless Stitch A Long. That's why you see so many pictures of them on blogs around about the Full Moon (or New Moon, I can never remember!)

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Incidentally the Californian frog is the only one that says Ribbit. When sound tracks were first added to movies in Hollywood they needed a frog sound and recorded the closest one. Consequently most people believe all frogs say Ribbit.
The Power of Hollywood!

C Street Samplerworks said...

"Ort" is an old crossword puzzle standby, and it actually means food scraps or garbage, so I sort of hate to use the term for my thread clippings. ;o)

Jo, thanks for the info on California frogs! I never stopped to think that I've never actually heard one of our local frogs say "ribbit". Around here they say "bree-deep!"

Stitch Wizard said...

This is so interesting to read today as I never knew about the orts meaning but I think Old Ragged Threads is a good meaning so if that really isn't where it came from, maybe we should just make it the meaning for those of us who stitch. I like it! :) I had heard about frogging and I think it is really cute too! :)

Merry Wind Farm said...

The "totally useless" orts are not useless, I'm going to put all mine outside for the birds to use in their nests!

Scarlet Letter said...

That's hilarious! Frogs in Wisconsin go "peep","trilllll", or "Ba-Room" depending on the species. Actually I have a CD with Wisconsin frog calls and there are far more than the three that I hear on my farm. Melinda, I agree, put orts out for the birds. Here they also enjoy skirted sheep fleece to make very cozy nests.

Merry Wind Farm said...

Marsha, the sheep fleece for bird's nests sounds so nice. I once tried putting out dryer lint, but they wouldn't touch it, I guess because it has cat hair in it. I didn't think of it at the time, but of course they wouldn't use hair from a predator for their nest.

Ann at Beadlework. said...

It's fun to read everyone's take on a word or phrase - I think you get many regional differences the minute you start to look at individual words.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I use my ORTS to stuff small ornies. I also shred the cutoff pieces of fabric to make into stuffing too.
I don't like waste!

C Street Samplerworks said...

Our birds won't touch dryer lint either, but they LOVE fur from my long-haired cats. They much preferred the fur from my beige cat, but now that he's no longer with us, they make do with grey.

I keep an old crystal hair receiver beside my chair for my floss clippings, and it's packed full right now. I've never before put them out for the birds, but this year I'll give it a try!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Mary Corbet http://www.needlenthread.com/2013/03/orts-embroidery-thread-scraps.html

just had a post about ORTS and some of the comments were LoL funny.

That's the same 'frogging' definition I've heard. Ours is the Eastern Gray Treefrog - it and others are listed here if you'd like to hear them.

Fiona said...

What everyone else said about frogging was my understanding of why we use it. I have also heard it called reverse stitching...LOL.