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LEVEL 2:
Do you want to stitch Thea's Sampler Designs but find you need some extra help with the Free Form Embroidery Stitches? We recommend our Beyond Cross Stitch Series of kits!

This page shows Level Two
of the Beyond Cross Stitch Learning Series. Each kit includes a lovely Free Form Embroidery Stitch mixed with Cross stitch. We use Silk Ribbon to teach you these stitches becauseThea also occasionally uses Silk Ribbon in her designs! 

Each one is stitched on simple evenweave fabric and features a
NEW Level of
Special Stitch for you to learn. There are five Christmas themed designs, and five Floral Designs, so you have plenty of variety. 
Each progressive kit builds on  the specialty stitches you have already learned. They include clear Step-by-step instructions for you to follow and all materials you need (except scissors). Collect all 60 kits to empower you to stitch Thea’s samplers!   Look below for more details on each one!

See complete video instructions for the first
three levels on our Youtube Channel

Beyond Cross Stitch Level 2 Numbers 1-10


“Christmas Rose”
LEVEL 2 - #1 “SPIDER WEB ROSE STITCH”

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.


“Azaleas”

LEVEL 2 - #2 “FEATHER STITCH”

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”
LEVEL 2 - #3 “FRENCH KNOT STITCH”

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.

  
“Mistletoe”
LEVEL 2 - #4 “STEM STITCH”

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.

  
“Poinsettia”
LEVEL 2 - #5 “LAZY DAISY STITCH”

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.

  

  
“Forget-me-not”
LEVEL 2 - #6 “JAPANESE RIBBON STITCH”

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.

  
 
  
“Rosebuds”
LEVEL 2 - #7 “FLY STITCH”

 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!

  

  
“Buttercups”
LEVEL 2 - #8 “LOOP 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.

  
“Fuchsias”
LEVEL 2 - #9 “PISTIL STITCH”

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!

  
“Lilacs”
LEVEL 2 - #10 “COLONIAL KNOT STITCH”

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 fpr each design: 42h x 42w (3.3” x 3.3”)
Cut fabric for models: at least 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,  glue design over top or form into pillow and stuff. Quilting: Since all 60 Beyond Cross Stitch designs are approximately the same square size. using these designs for a quilted wall hanging would look beautiful!  Use some Christmas fabric, and add some strips around the designs, and make all 30 Christmas designs into a quilted hanging or blanket for some Christmas cheer!   Work the other 30 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, found in our Free Pattern area, 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”!

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.



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#119 Babe's Honey Farm Leaflet ... !



“Life is the Flower for which Love is the Honey” - Babe’s Honey Farm is a companion to Ravenhill Farm, Strawberry Fields Farm and Jingle Bells Christmas Tree farms. Parts of this design can be stitched separately, use some of the motifs for a nametag, greeting card, or honey bee stitching accessories! ... click and scroll down for more