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

This page shows Level Three of Beyond Cross Stitch features one New Special Stitch to learn. Each kit is designed as a little heart shaped sampler.
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 3 Numbers 1-10


This stitch is also known as Spider Web Rose.  There are a few variations to this stitch and all are equally beautiful.  They all begin with a base and then the thread is manipulated to create a dimensional stitch. By varing the direction and twists a new type of rose will form. You will find this stitch in Thea’s sampler designs such as Frankincense.




This stitch is also known as Florentine Stitch. This stitch is found most often in canvas work for pillows , chair covers etc. The bargello stitch consists of a basic straight stitch which you lay side by side to make up different patterns. The fibre you use for this stitch should be thick enough to cover the fabric threads as you make each straight stitch.  You will find this stitch in Thea’s sampler designs such as The Green Earth Sampler, Crimson Fire Sampler and Lilac Chatelaine Sampler.



A variation of the common square rhodes, this stitch is in the shape of a beautiful raised heart. It is  stitched in a  clockwise direction and each consecutive thread passes over the previous one.  It is important to have the weight of the thread similar to, or lighter than that of the fabric thread.  You will find this stitch in Thea’s sampler designs such as Silk Wysteria, Crimson Fire, Pansy Samplers.



The technique of embellishing clothing and other fabric with Blackwork was popular in the 14th century, when black thread was stitched in intricate patterns on a white linen background. The stitch used to execute Blackwork is known as the Holbein Stitch or Double Running Stitch which both look the same on the back as on the front. Backstitching is not used for blackwork.  Today it is quite common to see Blackwork in a variety of colors.



This stitch is seen mainly on canvas but has successfully made its way to evenweave fabrics.  When stitched it takes on a square outer shape with a diamond shape built up toward the center. Each square must have an odd number of   fabric threads to be stitched successfully. You can find this stitch in Thea’s Samplers such as Silk Wysteria and Frankincense.



 This stitch is also known as Coil Stitch, Worm Stitch, or Post Stitch, to name just a few.  The Bullion is used mainly in free style embroidery and takes a bit of practice to master. It is a raised stitch, works well with a variety of threads and can form  many different shapes such as flowers or other figures. Thea used this stitch in her Celebration Square found in Heirloom Anniversary Sampler leaflet.



This stitch is also known as the Rococo Stitch and dates back to the seventeenth century.  It is a delicate stitch that takes on a diamond shape when finished and is very popular in samplers.  You can find this stitch in Thea’s Samplers such as Autumn Romance, Frankincense and Myrrh.


“Blue and White Floral”

This technique comes from the town of Assisi in Northern Italy. It is a variation in the use of the basic Cross Stitch. First, the design is outlined using Backstitch or Holbein Stitching. Then, instead of filling the design area with Cross Stitches, the stitcher fills in the background area with a contrasting colour, leaving the design area free of stitches. Designs traditionally used in  Assissi Embroidery are usually simple animal and floral motifs.



A variation of the common Square Rhodes, this stitch is in the shape of a beautiful raised butterfly. It is stitched in a clockwise direction and each thread passes over the previous one. Usually the weight of the thread is similar to the fabric thread weight. You will find this stitch in Thea’s sampler designs such as Heirloom Birth Sampler and Fresh Air Sampler.


“Satin Hearts”

This is one of the most popular of all the sampler stitches. Satin Stitching is made of adjacent parallel straight stitches. Usually, the working thread is thick enough to cover the fabric threads.  There are many applications for the Satin Stitch, including Long and Short Stitch, Bargello and Hardanger.  You will find variations of  this stitch in Thea’s sampler designs such as Heirloom Birth Sampler, Child of Spring and Crowning Glory.

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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