Bent Creek’s Bird Seed Cross Stitch, Finished as a Cube!

Hey everyone, I’ve another cross stitch post to share with you all. Cube finishes for cross stitches have been cropping up all over the internet. A number of blogs I regularly read had some gorgeous pieces displayed using this technique. I began to fall in love with it and really wanted to give it a go. After doing a little bit of searching online, to get my head around the basic techniques involved, I made a start using a finished cross stitch called Bird Seed by Bent Creek. This chart is from Just Cross Stitch magazine April 2002 issue.

I started off with a styrofoam cube I managed to source in a local craft store. Unfortunately it was too deep, so I ended up cutting it in half with a bread knife. Not the easiest thing I have ever done but it worked. Next time I think I will raid my partner’s toolbox and use his saw. Also I will do it outside and not in our kitchen on the chopping board!

Cross Stitch Finish, Cube Finish, Bent Creek Bird Seed Finish, Just Cross Stitch Magazine

I searched through my stash of fabrics and selected a few different ones, before I settled on a tan piece with white polka-dots. I pinned the cross stitch to the Styrofoam block using flat headed pins, and did the same for the backing fabric. The back of the block was uneven from being cut, so I pinned a piece of batting to the back of the cube under the fabric to even it out.

Cross Stitch Finish, Cube Finish, Bent Creek Bird Seed Finish, Just Cross Stitch Magazine

I used a strip of the same tan fabric to cover the sides and top of the cube. I wanted it to go all the way around but alas I didn’t have a long enough piece, so I folded in the edges at the bottom and pinned them in place. The whole thing is finished off with a wide green and narrow tan ribbon.

I’m delighted with how this turned out, it is actually a relatively simple finishing technique. There are a few things that I will change next time. I want to put in a piece of batting at the front under the stitching, as it adds a bit of dimension to the piece. Also the stitching is slightly tilted, so on the next one I will have to make sure it is straight when pinning it in place. I think it just needed to be stretched slightly to get it to sit properly.

I used a strip of the same tan fabric to cover the sides and top of the cube. I wanted it to go all the way around but alas I didn't have a long enough piece, so I folded in the edges at the bottom and pinned them in place. The whole thing is finished off with a wide green and narrow tan ribbon. I'm delighted with how this turned out, it was actually a relatively simple finish. There are a few things I would change the next time I make one of these. I would add in a piece of batting to the front under the stitching, as it adds a bit of dimension to the piece. Also the stitching on the front is slightly tilted, so on the next one I will have to make sure it is straight when pinning it in place. I think it just needed to be stretched slightly to get it to sit properly.

I’m really looking forward to doing more of these cube finishes. The next one I have in mind is the Soda Stitch Harvest of Love, seen here, and I think I have the perfect fabric for it but will have to wait and see. Does anyone have any tips or tricks for these finishes, anything you do differently? If you haven’t done one before would you like to try it out? Let me know in the comments below!

That’s all for now!

2 thoughts on “Bent Creek’s Bird Seed Cross Stitch, Finished as a Cube!

  1. Love your new blog! Very clean look and nicely arranged. Great cube finish on the birds too! I recently finished my first couple of these and definitely wadding/batting on the front helps a lot. I like your idea of adding some to the back if the back is a little wonky from cutting though, good idea! I think I generally used the same technique, and definitely making sure the stitching is straight is one of the most difficult parts. Sometimes it involved pinning and re-pinning several times.

    1. Thanks so much for leaving the very first comment on the new blog!! I’m glad you like the layout, a nice clean, easy to use website was exactly what I wanted. I really love how cube finishes look. I’m planning on doing another in the very near future, so that should be showing up here very soon.

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