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Cork Handbag

I have always want to work with cork. After some research and checking out supplies, I found that cork from Portugal is the best quality. Other corks can be thinner and while easy to sew are subject to wear and tear. I made this bag for my sister in law from Portugese cork with a corduroy bottom. For the zipper pull I made a scroll sawed Celtic Knot. Thank you for looking.

-- Anna

I’ve never seen anything made with cork before !!! WOW

I LOVE IT – love the corduroy bottom… the zipper pull >>> WHAT?!!!!
oh wait, a back pocket too?

I’m in awe!!

-- Toxins Out, Nature In - body/mind/spirit

Thanks Debbie. Yes a back pocket and an inside pocket which you can’t see.:)

-- Anna

Well thought out; well crafted!!!

Love it

-- Toxins Out, Nature In - body/mind/spirit

Thanks Debbie!

-- Anna

Anna,

I didn’t know you could sew cork. I’ve seen cork floors, cork bulletin boards, cork coasters, but never a cork purse. The thinner cork one can buy here isn’t flexible enough to sew. It breaks if you bend it too much.

The cork you selected is very attractive and made a lovely purse. Your sister must be delighted. Thanks for sharing. I’ve learned something new.

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

It’s only been in the last couple of years that cork fabric for sewing has been on the market. There are many different qualities out there but cork form Portugal is the best but of course more expensive!

-- Anna

I’m so grateful that you posted this – my “learn something new every day” tidbit

plus — it is stunning! :)

-- Toxins Out, Nature In - body/mind/spirit

I’m so glad Martin has expanded the website to include these different crafts. It helps us all learn some new every day!

-- Anna

I agree … and for the creative mind, ideas will be triggered to mesh two crafts together (as in a cork handbag with a scroll-sawed zipper pull)

-- Toxins Out, Nature In - body/mind/spirit

An attractive looking bag. You are a gifted artisan. Like what others have said, I was unaware that there is a type of cork that is this flexible. The thin cork sheeting I’ve used in making gaskets, and liners or base covers for small projects, is quite brittle. My wife is a seamstress. Would you post a link to where the cork can be ordered? TIA

-- --- Paul: jack of all dreams, master of none

Hi Paul, I got my cork at the Creative Sewing show held in Vancouver lat year. If you do a web search for “Cork Fabric” you will find suppliers for your area. There are many on line suppliers.

-- Anna

Ah, yes. A search returned a lot of suppliers. I’ll pass this on to the wife. Thanks, Anna.

-- --- Paul: jack of all dreams, master of none