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The SECOND LEVEL of the Beyond Cross Stitch series takes you from basic Counted Specialty Stitches to simple Free Form embroidery. Each kit includes easy Cross Stitches and features ONE BASIC FREE FORM EMBROIDERY STITCH easily learned using Silk Ribbon. Silk Ribbon is used the same way as any embroidery thread, and you'll enjoy the ease with which it adds to the three dimensional look of these designs. Each kit includes clear Step-by-step instructions for you to follow and all materials you need, including a beading needle for the beads!

Each project is designed to be quick, easy, inexpensive and fun to stitch!
Clear step-by-step instructions,
stitch history and background, and focus on the repetition of the stitch so that the new Specialty Stitch students really learn!
The projects can all easily be made into inexpensive gifts such as Christmas ornaments, Potpourri bags, Quilt Squares, Pincushions, Door Hangers, or Greeting Cards for loved ones, and can be given with pride and joy!
These inexpensive, quick, and pretty little kits are wonderful to give to friends and family, and if you are familiar with Specialty Stitching, you too can help teach others to learn! These kits don’t intimidate any newcomer and they include all the materials you will need to finish stitching them. With encouragement, your friends will soon be having as much fun as you are!
“Beyond Cross Stitch Kits” are each packaged well, with beautifully clear full colour pictures on the cover, in re-useable zip lock bags so you can take them along as “purse-able projects”!! They are perfect to be taken with you. They are easy “how-to” kits, to stick in your purse as you head to the beach, to the cabin, on the boat, to stitch gatherings or guild meetings, in the car to have on hand while waiting for the kids, on the bus or plane, or just at home, to enjoy stitching in the comfort of your own easy chair.

“Christmas Rose”

This is one of the most common stitches found in ribbon work. It is a quick and easy addition to any embroidery including counted work! You can find this three dimensional stitch in several of Thea’s counted samplers such as Heirloom Anniversary Sampler, Heirloom Birth Sampler and Summer Dreams.




This stitch is also known as the Briar Stitch or Single Coral Stitch. It has many variations and works well on both evenweave and other fabrics.   You will see it in Smocking, Crazy patchwork, and Silk Ribbon work and also on even-weave fabrics in samplers.  It has a nice feathery look to it and looks best with a fine fiber. It is a great filler stitch.


“Boughs of Holly”

Also known as a French Dot or Knotted Stitch, this is a stitch quite similar to the Colonial Knot. It  is very effective if different fibers or silk ribbon are used .  You have the option to wrap the fiber around the needle one to six or more times depending upon the desired effect. Of course the more wraps the looser the knot! It is great for flower centers, periods at the end of a sentence, or if stitched close together,  for hair, flower bunches etc. Thea has used this stitch in her “Child of Spring Sampler” wreath.



The Stem Stitch is a basic embroidery stitch, which has been used for centuries throughout the world. It is used mainly for stems of flowers or outlining since it produces a nice solid line. The stitch begins on the left and is worked to the right. Working successful Stem Stitches depends on making sure your stitches are all the same length and your thread is always to the right of or below the needle. Thea has used the stem stitch in her Heirloom Anniversary Sampler.



A Free form embroidery stitch, the Lazy Daisy Stitch is used to embellish all types of embroidery.  Also known as a Continuous Loop Stitch, it  is very effective worked with different fibers or silk ribbon, especially  if stitched in various lengths.  It works well for flower petals and leaves. You will find this stitch in Thea’s Samplers such as Golden Dreams and Friendship Tree.



This is a quick stitch used in almost all Silk Ribbon work because it is so versatile.  It is basically a straight stitch with a wonderful  difference! The tip of the stitch folds back on itself and gives the stitch the appearance of a true petal. You can find it used in Thea’s Heirloom Anniversary Sampler and Gazebo Roses Sampler.



 It is an free form Embroidery Stitch which is not often counted.  It is used to form leaves or other greenery.  It can be very effective in making a quick calyx around flower buds, and has been used in band samplers in it’s counted form. Various fibres will give an amazing variety to this stitch!



The Loop Stitch is a Silk Ribbon Embroidery Stitch which is stitched without counting threads.   It  is easy to do and very effective in creating a three dimensional look.  It works best for flower petals and particularly for leaves. You will find this stitch in Thea’s Heirloom Birth Sampler.



This is a free form embroidery stitch which combines the Straight Stitch and the French Knot. Very versatile for all sorts of areas, it can work well to make stamens, like the ones for the fuschia, and also looks great as a Queen Anne’s Lace or Dandelion head. I have seen this stitched used in counted samplers as well!



This is a stitch quite similar to the French Knot. The difference in this stitch is that it is more uniform and usually has a tighter look to it.  It is a very popular stitch and has been used in Candle wicking Embroidery which has enjoyed a resurgence since the late 1970’s.

Design area: 40h x 40w (3.3” x 3.3”)
Cut fabric: 25ct Lugana 6" X 6"

FINISHING SUGGESTIONS: Ornament: cut two pieces of mat board about 1/8” larger than stitched design.   Glue quilt batting on each, let dry and trim.  Center the design over batting and anchor with straight pins. Clip curving corners, glue raw edges on back.  Repeat on other mat board using a fabric of your choice.  Glue both pieces wrong sides together and glue cording around outside edges to finish off. Sachet: fashion into pillow or bag and stuff with lavender or potpourri. Add ribbons to tie! Frame: use 4”x 4” frame opening. Greeting Card: apply a piece of iron-on interfacing to the back, trim the fabric to size and insert. Pincushion: use container, stuff, and glue design over top or form into pillow and stuff. Quilting: Since all 50 Beyond Cross Stitch designs are approximately the same square size… using these designs for a quilted wall hanging would look great!  Use some Christmas fabric, and add some strips around the designs, and make all 25 Christmas designs into a quilted hanging or blanket for some Christmas cheer!  Work the other 25 into a wonderful floral quilt!, using different words for the first level.


 "Beyond Cross Stitch” Alphabet

We encourage you to use this FREE alphabet design, to replace words with your own saying! For instance, "Happy Mother’s Day" could be replaced with "I love you"... or "You are an Angel"!
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#173 Hydrangea House Sampler ..!

This exquisite sampler celebrates the bountiful blue Hydrangea in colours of sky blue, gold, green, indigo blue and pink. The first of what will be a collection of lovely little samplers focused on cottages and garden flowers, this sampler is stitched with luscious over-dyed silks, silk flosses, metallic, and sparkling... ... click and scroll down for more