Posted by: gourmetfelted | August 4, 2012

Needle Felted Poodle “Tango” by Gourmet Felted

Here is a cute Custom Miniature Black Poodle named Tango. I Love to needle felt poodles and wish that I could keep this one.  He was such an adorable model!  It is fun to work with tiny curls from baby lambs to make his poodley coat! A cute pink tongue adds to the fun!  I tried to capture his happy personality!


  1. HE IS ADORABLE! Yes, I know I’m yelling in all caps but he is too cute!!

    • lol! Thanks so much. Many hours and much love goes into each of my sculptures! They all have a piece of my heart!

  2. I’m in love!!! Tango is adorable! I just love, love, love your sculptures!

    I’m attempting my first long haired chihuahua and it’s difficult. I want to capture the essence of this little baby. You truly have a gift.


    • Hi Nan,
      Thank you for your comment! Long haired dogs are so much fun to felt. I spend a lot of time grooming after I have all the layers of colors felted on. What size is your sculpture?

  3. I love this size that you do. It’s just right, not too big or small. I just bought and washed some kid locks from a local angora goat farm and they are really beautiful. I’m hoping to do something with more texture than the typical felting and keep those locks nice and natural. Some of it is perfect for horse mane and tail but I don’t have alot of ideas for full animals with it unless I make an angora goeat or some type of dog breed!


    • Hi Hanna,
      Thank you for your comment! I find that between 4 to 5 inches is easiest to work on. Plus they fit the glass eyes that I have! I have used angora mohair for yorkie fur before. I had to iron it to make it smooth. It is hard to felt in unless you lay the felting needle very close to the fiber and go along felting it with the side of the needle in a line like using a sewing machine. I hope that makes sense. When you try felting it, you will see what I mean I hope!

      Happy Felting!

  4. Tango is such an adorable little pup. The realism in your creations extraordinary!

    • Hi Sandy,
      Welcome to my blog! Thank you so much for your kind words on my Poodle Sculpture. Many hours and much love goes into each one. Poodles are one of my favorites to felt. I love playing with the little curls!
      Enjoy your day! Happy creating!


  5. Hi, Tango is adorable; he reminds me of my standard poodle, Mac, as a puppy.
    I just found your blog and I love it; you do lovely work, and the tips and tutorials are such a help. I was wondering, would I be able to make a poodle using my poodle’s hair on top of the core sculpt? I kept a big bag of his hair after his last grooming session. I haven’t tried to add long hair or curly hair yet; I’ve been making mostly cartoony critters, bu would love to learn how to do realistic needle sculpts.

    • Hi Kat,
      Thanks for your comment!! I really loved that little Tango poodle and hated to give him up! The real poodle model for the sculpture was totally adorable! Yes I have made a few poodles using real poodle fur felted into a wool core. Just be sure that is it very firm so it can hold the fur in tightly. Here are some of my poodle sculptures. The two Standard Poodle sculptures, I used poodle fur for.
      They have the yellow bandana collars.
      The black one is a therapy dog for children so they trim her topknot like Mickey Mouse ears which I did also.

      When trying for realism just work on one detail at a time until you are happy with it. Many collectors like animated sculptures also, so it isn’t a bad thing to felt that way. If that is what you enjoy best you should go for it! You want to have fun at the craft, not be a chore right? Happy Felting!

  6. Thanks for the tips, Gerry! I just finished my 6th needle felted critter, a little cat, and I had fun making her.
    The therapy poodle sounds wonderful; I couldn’t find a photo of her.
    Take care,

    • Opps! Forgot the link!!LOL! Please read my comment again as I added to it and included the link! Thanks!

  7. Wow! You did a great job on your standard! Looks just like my boy, Mac.
    I’m really impressed by all of your work. I just made a kitten and my friend thinks I should sell her on ebay. I normally paint and sell reborn dolls on ebay, but they’ve started charging sellers a percentage of the shipping costs…as though we can do anything about those, and reborns are expensive to ship. I’m hoping I’ll get good enough to sell small animals instead; at least they’ll have more reasonable shipping costs.
    Thanks for adding the link; I really enjoyed looking at your etsy store. I have one too. I tried to add you as a friend on Etsy but couldn’t figure out how, lol.
    Here’s the link to my store (I don’t have much up right now).

  8. Great web site! I truly love how its easy to
    browse. I’m curious how I could be notified whenever a new article has been created. I have registered to your RSS feed which should do! Have a nice day and plz excuse my poor english!

    • Thank you for your comment. Good question!
      To follow my blog just click on
      “Follow Blog via Email” located in the right column.

      click in Box
      Click to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

      Enjoy your day!

  9. Oh my gosh that has to be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!.
    I have a little black tiny toy. I was just getting ready to go out into the garage and groom her. I don’t even know how I got to your site but I’m glad I did that’s so darn cute! Do you sell those?

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