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lightning stitched paracord bracelet

Lightning strike stitched paracord bracelet

In this tutorial we do the lightning strike stitch.

This interesting stitch can be done in one, two or even 3 colors. It looks nice, at least in my book.

It was popularized by Lori AndTed Potter and I have seen some experiment with it. I improvised a way to stitch it in three parts, which enables you to use one or several colors.

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This stitch looks quite straightforward and at first glance it should be a piece of cake. But when you start stitching, you will see, that it does take some planning. It is really hard to do in one take. As mentioned I use a 3 part method, doing a side, then the middle and finally the third side.

I stitched a double core cobra bracelet. I find that the stitch looks better due to the slightly increased width. To set up a double core for the bracelet, see this tutorial. A tutorial on the cobra weave is also available if you need it.

So, let’s start this!

Supplies

Before you start, make sure you have the following items ready:

  • a tied cobra knot bracelet. I highly recommend using a double core cobra bracelet
  • microcord. I used up around 5 feet for a 5 inch weave
  • lacing needle. You can make one fairly cheaply
  • scissors
  • lighter.

Now let’s stitch!

The tutorial

The stitching is done in 3 steps. After you have a double core cobra bracelet ready we begin:

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Double core bracelet before the stitching.

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Secure the microcord on the underside of the bracelet.

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Flip the bracelet to the top. We now begin stitching the right side.

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Stitch the right by moving through the cobra knots from the inside towards the outside.

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Pull through.

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And again.

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Pull through. Do the entire right side the same way.

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The right side stitched. We now do the middle.

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Travel to the top of the bracelet.

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Go in between the first two cobra knots on the right.

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Travel to the next section between the cobra knots and go up through it.

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Travel to the left side into the first section between the knots and go through it.

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Then up and through the next section between the knots.

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To the right side into the next section.

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Then up through the next section on the right.

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Then back to the left.

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Continue all the way to the top.

We now do the left side.

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Go through the first cobra knot, this time from the outer side towards the inner side.

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Then the next knot.

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And the next.

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Travel all the way down.

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Secure the end of the microcord on the underside.

Snip and melt the end.

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Bracelet complete! Enjoy your new, lightning strike stitched bracelet!

A video tutorial is also available for further information:

 

About Markwell

I am a defense science graduate. I like to create beautiful things out of paracord.

One comment

  1. Very helpful with paracord designs

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