Beaded Poodle Pattern by Allegra

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 we'll do our best to help!


Beaded Poodle Pattern

Before you begin ...
2.5 meters of fishing line for the poodle's body
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 of wire)
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
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 color 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: About 2 hours
Techniques: Beadweaving, right angle weave
Difficulty: Moderate

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.

  Beader Comments:
 gllalkhalq on February 21, 2016:
v good
 Kamberley on July 27, 2015:
That insight solves the preombl. Thanks!
 Lynn on April 17, 2013:
@loan luu - here is a link for a diagram pattern for a bull... if you leave out the horns, you could have a cow... hope this helps...
 loan luu on April 17, 2013:
please can someone help me to do animal cow beading 3d beading i\m please thank you very much
 Dawn on August 22, 2012:
Wow, that was so amazing!!! It was kind of hard to build, especially the ears. I think the beads I used were a tad too small... Thanks!
 Arif on February 14, 2012:
Wow, what an aseowme mix! You did such a great job on all of your pieces, they are so much fun!
 rocky on December 31, 2011:
is there a book for all animal designs that i can buy
 Liza on August 30, 2011:
have you tried making the animals out of small beads? I think they look cuter that way. i made a beaded bird that is about a inch tall!
p.s. why is there a verification thing at the bottom, and what is it for?
 Tuscany on August 28, 2011:
Whoops - I meant Beads No: 9 and 18 for eg: Typists not so good.
 Tuscany on August 28, 2011:
These diagrams are confusing. When instructions say to cross strings for eg: Beads no: 18 and 19 - are they meant to travel the same way. Have a look at no 5 - that is self explanatory. There are several situations that are confusing. Please make the diagrams more precise. I still want to make it. I have experimented several times with step 1.
 pie on August 11, 2011:
what the ....
 Faiza on September 11, 2010:
you know i really want to do easy yours are not bad but they are confusing
 RamosDoris32 on September 7, 2010:
That's understandable that money makes people autonomous. But how to act if someone has no money? The only one way is to get the loans or just short term loan.
 Wondering... :) on August 6, 2010:
Jax, you said you got those fancy beads at Wal-Mart? I wonder if I can get them at Michael's? :)
 Kaila on July 15, 2010:
if you look at some other diagrams you may be able to understand them. try focusing on one little part, instead of everything else. these used to be very hard for me. now they're super easy!
 Jocelyn on March 31, 2010:
These diagrams are so confusing!!!!!!!!!!!!
 Arizona on March 13, 2010:
never mind
 Arizona on March 12, 2010:
I dont understand any of it! help!
 Jen on August 8, 2009:
Oreo, just to let you know, there's a star and a snowflake on the guest tutorial page. They would both make excellent xmas decorations. But any 3d ornaments would be great anyway.
 oreo on August 6, 2009:
thanks so much Jax! you all are very helpful on this site i love it! My parents saw all the beading i was doing and said that i should make some of the christmas decorations this year. got any ideas for that? if not its ok.
 Jax on August 5, 2009:
Hi Oreo, That is just one bead that Allegra bought like that. I have a few that I have gotten at wal-mart on clearance. It has a really cool effect. You could do the same thing by getting a bead with a very large hole and looping through it over and over again with seed beads on the outer side, not the inside.
 oreo on August 4, 2009:
how did you make the seed bead puff ball things on the poodles legs in your picture
 soccer_luver on June 24, 2009:
hmmmm.... u guys shuld finish some of the other patterns... all the ones i like aren't finished. anyway, good job on completin the poodle. could u work on the terrier, ducky, tiger, dragon, and panda??? i says, "who's up 4 a random comment? u sir, in the neon green! u want a random comment? fabulous!!! here goes: 10 cups of coffee in me.
 Caitlyn on May 29, 2009:
this seems to comfusing
 Mini-squishy on April 23, 2009:
this is so cute i might make it for my teacher
 Laura on February 7, 2009:
nnnnnnnnn, some of the patterns are not finished yet - that is why they aren't 'clickable'. We are working on them when we can so keep checking back for updates, or sign up to receive the newsletter which is sent out whenever new patterns are posted. Welcome to the site by the way - you have an interesting name ;-)
 nnnnnnnnn on February 3, 2009:
why can i not click on other pics for pattens
 Allegra on December 29, 2008:
Update..He's finished! Enjoy your beaded poodle.
 Allegra on December 28, 2008:
Okay finally I am adding more diagrams. Yay! The head is done now. Tomorrow I'm finishing the body. Man, it was hard to get back into drawing diagrams after so long in school. Glad to be graduated!
 cj on July 30, 2008:
thanks. and putting all the pics on one side realy helps.
 Allegra on July 30, 2008:
I have fixed the problem by putting all the pictures on the same side. I hope it doesn't inconvenience anybody! Actually, to me, it looks more organized this way anyways.
 Allegra on July 29, 2008:
Holy crap, no wonder you guys are having trouble understanding the diagrams. I had no idea that internet explorer was making them overlap each other. I use firefox instead of internet explorer just because it displays things properly... I should remember to check how things look in internet explorer more often. I hate it!
 Allegra on July 29, 2008:
Hi Alissa! Of course I am going to post the body later!! LOL! I'm still working on it, but I thought I'd post what I have so far and see what the public opinion is. LOL... apparently mixed reviews! CJ, I am going to explain every step of the diagram in words. To show you an example of a diagram pattern that is fully explained, check out the Pearl Necklace Pattern from the jewelry page of this site.
 alissa on July 29, 2008:
The diagram is great, but I was wondering how you did the body? or are youi going to post that later?
 cj on July 29, 2008:
huh? im srry but i dont ge tthe diagrams..