Beaded Poodle Pattern

Welcome to the 3-D beaded poodle pattern instructions! If you have any difficulty following this tutorial, please post a comment at the bottom of the page on which you are stuck, and I'll do my best to help!


The 3-D beaded poodle

Before you begin ...
Materials: 2.5 meters of fishing line for the poodle's body, and 24 gauge wire for the poodle's legs (optional, but they will stand up better with wire; you could probably get away with a different gauge). 137 round or polygonal plastic beads of desired size (or seed beads for a smaller poodle); these round beads are divided up as follows: 25 beads will comprise the poodle's head, 2 beads for his eyes, 20 beads for his two ears, 1 bead for his mouth, 30 beads for his chest, 15 beads for his torso, 30 beads for his bum, 4 beads for his tail and 12 beads for his 4 legs. In addition to the 137 round beads: the poodle's nose should be a size 6 black seed bead (E-bead), to make it smaller than the beads used to make the rest of the body. If E-beads are used to make the whole body, use a smaller seed bead to make the nose, such as a size 11 seed bead. There are also 5 pony beads to be added to the tail and the 4 legs. In these pattern instructions, the following colour scheme is used: the head is green beads, the eyes and nose are black beads, the mouth is a red bead, the right ear is blue beads, the left ear is orange beads, the chest is pink beads, the torso is blue beads, the bum is orange beads, and the legs and tail are yellow round beads and pink pony beads.
Time required: 1-2 hours
Techniques: Beadweaving, right angle weave
Difficulty: Easy (should be able to do Hello Kitty)

Step 1

Step 1 : Welcome to the beaded poodle instructions!! This is the first ever beaded animal pattern done using diagram instructions!!! The diagrams are drawn in adobe illustrator and inkscape, and here are the instructions for drawing a beading diagram using the free software inkscape. I'm now officially done all the diagrams, so here they are!

The first diagram is showing the top view of the poodle's head, including the eyes and nose. The ears have not been added yet (see step 2 for adding the ears). Although the nose is shown in the diagram to help orient you, in step 1, we are not going to be beading the nose into the pattern. That occurs in step 2. Start at bead 1. String 5 green beads, cross the fifth bead added with the fishing line ends. String 4 more beads, 3 green ones (beads 6, 7, 8) and 1 black one (the poodle's eye, bead 9), cross the black bead. Then, string only 3 beads (beads 10, 11, 12) onto the black string, while passing through bead 4 with the red string. Bead 4 is already in the pattern, so that's why we don't need to add it. Cross bead 12. Add 3 new beads, beads 13, 14, and 15 (which is a black bead). Pass through bead 3 with the black string and cross bead 15, the eye. String new beads 16, 17, and 18 onto the black string and while passing through bead 2 with the red string, then cross bead 18. Finally, string new beads 19, 20 on the red string, and pass through beads 1 and 6 with the black string. Cross bead 20. We're done the top surface of the head, minus the nose and ears.

Step 2

Step 2 : In this step of the poodle pattern, we are still looking down at the top of the poodle's head from above him (same view as previous step). However, now the view of the top of his head is obstructed by the view of his ears, which are branching off of beads 6 and 7 (no other connection to the top of his head). In this step, we are going to attach the poodle's ears and nose to his head. We are starting at bead 20 of the previous diagram, which is bead 1 of this diagram. For all diagrams, the strings start off where they left off in the previous diagram, and that bead becomes bead 1. So, first of all, string back through beads 2 to 5, and cross bead 5. These beads are already there, but we have to go through them to get to beads 6 and 7 to make the ears. Each ear will be done with only one string. With the black string, string through bead 6, then add beads 18 to 25 onto the string, without crossing anywhere. Then cross back through bead 21 (you're going to have to count beads to do this). Pull the string tight. Add bead 26 onto the string now, then cross again through bead 19. Then add bead 27 and string back through bead 6. Use the diagram as a guide. You may have to undo and try again if it doesn't work out the first time. This step is a bit tricky. Do the same thing with the other string for the other ear (ie, string through bead 7, add beads 8 to 15, cross bead 11, add bead 16, cross bead 9, add bead 17, and cross back through bead 7 to finish). Pull both strings as tight as you can, then string the black string through beads 28 and 30, and string the red string through beads 29 and 30. Then, add bead 31 to both strings (in the same direction). Then, string the black string through bead 32, and the red string through bead 33. Beads 32 and 33 are already in the pattern. You've now added the nose and ears to the poodle!

Step 3

Step 3 : In this step of the poodle pattern, we have turned the poodle over. Notice the ears have switched places and are now under the head part. Try to flip yours over the same way, so you're now looking into the poodle's head from below. We are going to bead outwards (towards us) to complete his head into a ball. His neck is made of 5 pink beads, as you can see in the diagram. The strings are starting at beads 1 and 5, where they left off in the previous step. Add beads 2 to 4 to the red string, and cross bead 4 with the black string. Then, add beads 6 and 9 to the black string, while stringing through beads 7 and 8 with the red string (which are already in your pattern). Cross bead 9. Keep doing this (stringing and beading around the head) until you cross bead 20 with both strings. At this point, you will want to take one of the strings (in my diagram, I used the black string) to string through all the pink beads (beads 14, 10, 6, 3, and back through bead 20). Pull both strings tight. Your poodle's head should be a sphere now, with a pink neck. He's only missing his mouth, which we will add in the next step.

Step 4

Step 4 : In this diagram, you can see the bottom of the poodle's head. After you pull the beads tight from the previous step, this is what you should see. The neck is the circle of pink beads. Now in this step, we are adding the red mouth. As you can see, the mouth bead is positioned "behind" the beads around it, from our point of view. In other words, it is above them, since we are looking at the bottom of the poodle's head. So, bead 1 in this diagram is bead 20 from the previous diagram. This is where you strings should be now. With the black string, string through beads 2 to 5, which are already in your pattern. Then, add bead 6 (a red bead for the poodle's mouth), make sure it's facing the top of the poodle's head so his mouth is sticking outwards from his face (as you can see from my overlap of beads 5, 7, 8, 9, and 10 over the mouth because we're looking up from below). After stringing bead 6, string through beads 8 to 10, which are already in the pattern. With the red string, string through bead 9, bead 6, then beads 7, 5, and 10. Now both your strings should be crossed through bead 10, which is where the poodle's torso will begin next step.

Step 5

Step 5 : Bead 10 from the previous step is bead 1 in this step. We are looking up at the poodle's torso from below. You can see the poodle's ears from way above us now. We have not changed orientation from the previous diagram. You'll notice some blue beads in this diagram. Those beads are the beginning of the poodle's abdomen, which will be completed in the next step. To save time, I've included the entire circle of the poodle's torso in one diagram (as opposed to the head, which was divided into 3 diagrams). Since you've already make a similar sphere of beads, it should hopefully be easier for you to make it again. Start at bead 1, add beads 6 to 9 onto the red string, cross bead 9 with the black string. Add beads 10 to 12 to the black string, cross bead 12 with the red string. Continue stringing circles of 5 beads around and around the torso of the poodle. Be careful to add blue beads where necessary (eg, bead 14 between beads 13 and 15). It's easy to forget!! Upon crossing bead 30, string the black string back around the outer beads (beads 22, 24, 26, 28, and finally cross back through bead 30 again). Your poodle's spherical torso should now be complete.

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