This was my post prepared for Etsy. I hope you enjoy it.
In expectation of the Earth Day and to show awareness for the protection of our beloved Earth, I have prepared a cute, recycling project – consisting of stitching cork discs.
When embroidered, the cork gains an enriched and amazing appearance and the jewelry created with the little corks is extraordinary and truly unique.
So without further ado, find some used wine corks and let us start!
* embroidery thread / floss
* embroidery needle
1. Types of Cork: Let me introduce you to the varieties of cork you may encounter. I have come across 4 types, and only one of these can be used for the project.
As you can see, they are all different. The one most suitable for embroidering is number 3. See how it is nicely defined with the little cell-like structure? That’s the kind you’re looking for.
The outer surface of the cork does not reveal the inside, so cut a thin slice to see if it is the type you need. Next, mark the cork for cutting. In my experience, the best width is 0.2” / 5mm. Thinner slices will break; any thicker, and you will hurt yourself.
2. Cut the slices of cork.
3. Thread a needle and tie a knot. You need a long, thin needle so that the cork stays intact while you work it. Insert the needle for the first stitch. Do not go too near the edge because the cork might break.
5. When I embroider, I most often use a wave pattern because I really like the way it transforms the cork. Stagger the stitches for this look.
8. For the back, you may leave it as is, cover it by stitching the bare part, or glue a felt piece over it.
I hope you liked it and you got inspired to make some your own.