The traditional needle felting technique is becoming more and more popular among crafters, with many textile artists using wool’s fuzzy fibers to create charming sculpted creations. One creative to master this craft is Japanese artist Wakuneco, who creates hyper-realistic hand-felted cat faces.
Each incredible three-dimensional, felted feline is made by painstakingly poking layers of wool with a needle until the fibers gradually compact and form into solid shapes. Wakuneco’s palm-sized pieces feature realistic fur, lifelike glass eyes, and true to life whiskers. From striped tabbies to ginger toms, Wakuneco uses photographs of real cats as a reference, adding and trimming each unique marking as she goes. Once complete, she mounts each textile kitty inside wooden frames, resulting in adorable works of art that look like they could come to life at any second!
Wakuneco sells her work via Yahoo! Auctions and currently only ships to Japan. However, you can see more of the artist’s work on Instagram. And if you’ve been inspired to try out needle felting yourself, you can check out our article on how to craft your own adorably fuzzy creations.