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Whirlwind Kumihimo Necklace Instructions (PDF)

Whirlwind Kumihimo Necklace Instructions (PDF)

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The Whirlwind Kumihimo Necklace Instructions is a downloadable PDF.  Nothing will be shipped to you.  If you want to print out the instructions, you'll need to have a printer.  You'll have access to the download after you checkout.  You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to open the file. 

The PDF is two pages long and includes a supply list, detailed written instructions, and stringing charts for three different finished necklace lengths: approximately 20", 22", and 25".  

This is not a kit.  No materials are included.  

The Whirlwind features a gorgeous textural spiral of fire polished and seed beads. This is a great introduction to counted patterns.

Whimsy is a beginner-plus to intermediate project, and assumes you already know the basic kumihimo skills:

  • how to thread a needle
  • how to tie an overhand knot
  • how to set up the disk for braiding
  • how to string beads and follow a stringing chart
  • how to drop beads and lock them in place in the braid
  • how to bind off the ends of your braid
  • how to glue on endcaps
  • how to read a stringing chart

Whirlwind is not recommend for a first beaded kumihimo project The following elements make Whirlwind more appropriate for beginner-plus to intermediate braiders:

  • small bead size (11/0)
  • asymmetrical counted pattern

The "Pattern Only" option is best for independent beaders either working from their own stash or willing/able to search for their own materials because we do not provide vendor recommendations nor color names/numbers.  Please allow your own creativity to guide you to your own unique color palette.

The supply list is on the first page of each project PDF and includes the type/size of each required component as well as the required quantity. The quantities are listed as a range because the instructions include stringing charts for multiple sizes.

If you would prefer to purchase a complete kit that includes both the instructions and all the materials needed to make a project, please click here

 The following supplies are needed to make a Whirlwind necklace (not included): 

  • 4mm Czech glass fire polished beads
  • size 8 Japanese seed beads
  • size 11 Japanese seed beads
  • Superlon Micro
  • Size 18 Superlon
  • big-eye needle
  • 6mm acrylic magnetic endcaps
  • binding thread
  • E6000 glue

Tools needed to assemble the project (not included):

  • foam kumihimo disk
  • 8 weighted bobbins (~23g each)
  • clip-on center weight (~45g)
  • scissors

Design by Alex Du Pont

©2020 Rickbecca Publishing LLC 

Distributed under license by Design & Adorn LLC. 

You have permission to sell necklaces you make using this Whirlwind tutorial as long as:

  • You credit Alex Du Pont as the designer.
  • You are not mass producing them. (Max 12 Whirlwind necklaces per year.)

Please note that copying, teaching or sharing the Whirlwind pattern is prohibited.