From fuzzy forest animals to needle-felted food, we’ve seen many textile artists transform wool into all sorts of cute creations. Moscow-based artist Nastasya Shuljak’s wool felt creatures are particularly adorable, though. She creates whimsical woolen toys that are sure to bring a smile to the face of anyone who meets them.
Shuljak’s portfolio of miniature felted friends comprises recognizable creatures such as polar bears and foxes, but she also crafts cute, otherworldly critters that look like they’ve just wandered out of an enchanted woodland. From tiny smiling trees to plump little fellows with plants sprouting from their heads, Shuljak’s playful characters celebrate her love of nature and her childlike imagination.
The artist began creating her felted animals when a friend gave her a pack of wool. She turned it into a bear and a hare, and she continues to add to her cute collection today. The talented textile artist even hosts her own workshops on how to create the toys. Shuljak is driven to create by the response she gets from people who hold her creations in their hands. She says that her works “do not aspire to the exhibition hall, do not claim to be art,” but they are “just small lumps of joy, carefree second smiles.”
Scroll down to check out Shuljak’s adorable felted creations and follow her on Instagram for updates on workshops and sales.