Twisted Cobra Stitch

Materials:
Core Strands
- 2 pieces of gimp each 6 inches longer than desired length of finished item.
Working Strands
- 2 pieces of gimp each 6 times longer than desired length of finished item,
Note: 3 feet of gimp working strands make 6 inches of twisted cobra
Note: 6 feet of gimp working strands make 1 foot of twisted cobra
Directions:
1. Twisted Cobra with Right Twist: Choose 2 strands of gimp for care strands (these will not be seen in final item). Choose 2 strands of gimp for working strands. Tie 4 strands together at one end. Hang knot on nail, cup hook or suction cup hook (FIG. A).
If desired, cut 2 strands of gimp each 6 inches longer than the desired finished length (core length) PLUS 6 times length (working length). Fold strands at core length over smaller end of snap hook. Hang hook on nail (FIG. B).
2. Arrange strips as in FIG. A. Number working strands I and 2. Center care strands are not worked and do not need numbers. Make loop, then turn strand I OVER care strands toward right. Turn strand 2 OVER end of strand 1 , BEHIND core strands and THROUGH loop of strand 1. Pull strands taut around core.
3. Repeat step 2 (FIG. B) until desired length is worked (FIG. C)
4. To fasten off, tie simple overhand knot to secure ends, OR make last stitch loose, bring ends through last stitch toward center core, pull taut and clip 1 from last stitch.
5. Twisted Cobra with Left Twist: Arrange strips as in FIG. D. Number working strands I and 2. Center core strands are not worked and do not need numbers. Make loop, then turn strand I BEHIND core strands toward right. Turn strand 2 UNDER end of strand I, IN FRONT of core strands and THROUGH loop of strand I . Pull strands taut around core.
6. Repeat step 2 (FIG. E) until desired length is worked (FIG. F). Fasten off in same manner as right twisted cobra.

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