Introduction: Cork Embroidery Tutorial

About: Hi there, My name is Maya and I am the person running a crafty blog called The Little Treasures. I throw myself joyfully in all crafty activities starting from crocheting, sewing, knitting, drawing, quilling …

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!

Step 1: Needed Materials

* cork
* embroidery thread / floss
* embroidery needle
* thimble
* scissors

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

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.

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.

Step 3:

When you get to the end, tie a knot and hide it beneath the thread by inserting the needle through the layers at the back.

Cut off excess thread, and you are done. Isn’t it beautiful?

Step 4: Lining at the Back

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.