Beaded Small Cat Pattern by Allegra

Welcome to the 3-D beaded small cat 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 we'll do our best to help!

  1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|10|11|12|13|14

Step 16

Step 16:Now don't panic. This is basically the same view as the previous step. It's a bit hard to tell though, but it's just slightly turned. You can see that before, we were looking at the side of the cat's ear. Now we are looking at the back of the cat's ear. But that circle of 5 beads that we just made is still visible. I hope you can see it (one of the beads in the circle is yellow, and that bead will be part of the cat's collar). The previous circle that we made is not visible, however. It's now facing up, and we can't see it from our plane of view. But we can see 2 of the beads that makes up that circle, namely the orange beads that are labelled with a blue dot and a purple dot. There is so much bead overlap between the circles that make up this cat pattern. I hope you won't be confused! If you're ever in doubt, just take a time-out to examine all the dots and arrows very carefully because I've been very meticulous in making sure they always consistently match from picture to picture. If still in doubt, drop a line in the comments box at the bottom of the page where you were confused and I'll reply. Anyways, the orange bead labelled with a pink dot was referred to in the previous step. It already exists in the pattern and there's no need to add a new bead. Just take the end of the fishing line depicted by a black arrow and string through it. The orange bead labelled with a pink X, on the other hand, is a new bead and must be added to the pattern (to the other end of the fishing line, as shown). Finally, add another new orange bead (labelled with a white X) and cross it with both ends of the fishing line, as shown.


Step 17

Step 17:Now pull tight on the two ends of the fishing line on that orange bead labelled with a white X. This is what the result should look like. This picture is slightly rotated from the previous one, but hopefully you can tell what's going on. Now, I've labelled a blue X onto an orange bead that will become important in the following step.


Step 18

Step 18:In this step, I have just slightly rotated the pattern again to highlight this new area that we will be working on. This area involves the orange beads labelled with a pink dot, a white X and a blue X that can be seen in the previous picture, as well as the orange bead labelled with a green X that cannot be seen in the previous picture simply because of the angle. These four beads form an important juncture in the pattern. Now, the orange bead labelled with the green X was present in the pattern before, so don't add any new beads! It was just not visible in the previous picture. So, in this step, take the end of the fishing line depicted by the red arrow and string it through the orange bead labelled with the green X (as shown). Take the other end of the fishing line and simply add 3 new orange beads to it. The last orange bead added is labelled with a red dot because it will be the next bead to be crossed by the two ends of the fishing line!


Step 19

Step 19:This step completes the last step. Basically, take the end of the fishing line depicted by the red arrow and string it through the newly added orange bead labelled with a red dot. Voila! You have crossed it and created yet another circle of 5 beads, this one all orange. We are working our way around to the other side of the kitty's head.


Step 20

Step 20:This step is so simple, and I can't believe I dedicated a whole picture to it. Oh well, lucky for you! Just add 3 new orange beads to the end of the fishing line depicted by a red arrow. Can you see from this angle of the pattern that we are making our way to the other side of the cat's head to complete the other ear and eye? You can see the pink ear which is now on the far side of the head because we have been making our way over since then. The next ear will be orange, and in fact, these 3 new orange beads that we are now adding are the 3 beads that will make up the second ear of the beaded cat pattern!

1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9|10|11|12|13|14
  Beader Comments:
 Jen on December 7, 2010:
The dots and x's are to help you work out what you're looking at, and where you need to be working. You can just ignore them, if you refer. But they're there to help stop confusion.
 Anonymous on November 30, 2010:
You confuse the heck out of me when you keep adding dots and X's to beads that i already used. How am i suppose to know what bead you are suddenly labeling... I understand it when you label them in the beginning when you first add them. But you cant just add labels to already used beads. That is very confusing. I am just guessing that im using the right beads...
 Arizona on March 6, 2010:
Its only confusing because you wrote a lot on it
 Allegra on October 3, 2008:
Hi Megan, I learned how to make these beaded animals in Chinatown in Toronto. A lady there owns a store and beads all day, and sells what she makes. I payed her for a few lessons, and after learning the process of how to bead, I'm now quite able to make a pattern from a model without explicit instructions. So I now buy beaded animals in Chinatown and learn how to make them on my own.
 maegan on October 2, 2008:
these are great animals where did you learn how to do them