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.
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!
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
Now let’s stitch!
The stitching is done in 3 steps. After you have a double core cobra bracelet ready we begin:
Double core bracelet before the stitching.
Secure the microcord on the underside of the bracelet.
Flip the bracelet to the top. We now begin stitching the right side.
Stitch the right by moving through the cobra knots from the inside towards the outside.
Pull through. Do the entire right side the same way.
The right side stitched. We now do the middle.
Travel to the top of the bracelet.
Go in between the first two cobra knots on the right.
Travel to the next section between the cobra knots and go up through it.
Travel to the left side into the first section between the knots and go through it.
Then up and through the next section between the knots.
To the right side into the next section.
Then up through the next section on the right.
Then back to the left.
Continue all the way to the top.
We now do the left side.
Go through the first cobra knot, this time from the outer side towards the inner side.
Then the next knot.
And the next.
Travel all the way down.
Secure the end of the microcord on the underside.
Snip and melt the end.
Bracelet complete! Enjoy your new, lightning strike stitched bracelet!
A video tutorial is also available for further information:
Very helpful with paracord designs