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!
Step 1: Needed materials
* 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.
Cut the slices of cork.
Step 2: Start embroidering
Make your first stitch. When you stitch, always keep the thread tense with your thumb for a neat job. Stitch close to the stitch you made before, unless you aim at a more “dispersed” look.
When I embroider cork, I most often use a wave pattern because I really like the way it transforms the cork. Stagger the stitches for this look.
Cut off excess thread, and you are done. Isn’t it beautiful?