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
Each one is stitched on simple evenweave fabric and features a
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
Beyond Cross Stitch Level 2 Numbers 1-10
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 Theas counted samplers
such as Heirloom Anniversary Sampler, Heirloom Birth Sampler and Summer Dreams.
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.
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.
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 Theas Samplers such as Golden
Dreams and Friendship Tree.
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 Theas Heirloom Anniversary
Sampler and Gazebo Roses Sampler.
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 its counted form. Various fibres will give an amazing variety
to this stitch!
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 Theas Heirloom Birth
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 Annes Lace or Dandelion head. I have seen this stitched used in counted
samplers as well!
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 1970s.
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
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 4x 4 frame opening.
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.
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
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”!
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
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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