Many textile artists use wool’s fuzzy strands to produce lovely sculpted creations, and the classic needle felting method is becoming increasingly popular among crafters. Wakuneco, a Japanese artist who produces hyper-realistic hand-felted cat faces, is one artist who has mastered this discipline.
Each three-dimensional felted feline is meticulously created by poking layers of wool with a needle until the fibers gradually condense and form solid outlines. Wakuneco’s miniatures include realistic fur, genuine glass eyes, and realistic whiskers. Wakuneco utilizes images of real cats as a reference for anything from striped tabbies to ginger toms, adding and editing each individual marking as she goes. She puts each textile kitten within wooden frames once they’re finished, resulting in charming pieces of art that appear like they may come to life at any moment!
Wakuneco presently only ships to Japan and sells her art on Yahoo! Auctions. More of the artist’s work may be seen on Instagram. If you’re interested in trying needle felting for yourself, check out our tutorial on how to make your own adorable fuzzy masterpieces.
Felting with a needle Wakuneco, a Japanese artist, produces amazingly lifelike felted cat faces.
They’re created by meticulously poking layers of wool with a needle until the fibers gradually condense and form solid forms.
Realistic fur, vivid glass eyes, and true-to-life whiskers adorn each palm-sized piece.
They’re inspired by actual cat portraits.
Take a look at the artist’s process in the video below.