Hi there! It’s been a while since I blogged – so l’d like to share my experience stitching with cork!
I had ordered some cork with gold flecks in it in April, thinking it would make a spiffy summer bag. I hadn’t decided what to do with it until last week – (hitting my own head) – of course! Honeycomb clutch!
I did change the process a bit from the pattern:
- No Craft-tex foundations needed; used the cork;
- Used the EZ Quilt template to mark the hexagons before cutting (see back of pattern for part number).
So, what ‘s the deal with cork fabric? It’s:
- Easily cleaned and long lasting
- Durable as leather, versatile as fabric
- Waterproof and stain resistant
- Dust, dirt, and grease repellent
Here are some close-ups of the cork fabric (it’s backed with fabric):
Because cork is pretty expensive, be careful with cutting to reduce waste. Mark it with chalk from the back side if possible so that if a mistake is made, you can correct it. Once sure of the size and placement, rotary cut the pieces. You can cut cork with scissors as well, but rotary cutting provides a nice sharp (non fraying) edge.
Wow! So easy to sew! Cork will catch (ever so slightly) on the sole plate of your sewing machine – use a Teflon® foot, walking foot or a piece of scotch tape on the bottom of your foot to reduce drag. And of course Wonder Clips are a must – you will not want to pin into this material.
Thread: I used a 40 wt for piecing and assembling. For the accent stitching, I used a gold metallic thread.
Here is a close-up of the metallic thread on the cork – no problems with this – just reduced tension on top thread (varies by machine).
Needle for all stitching: Chrome, 80/12 Microtex Sharp. Worked beautifully!
Next up – an easy strap with cork and fabric! Look for our next post in 2 weeks.
Until then, happy stitching!