Wakuneco: Japanese artist creates cat portraits from felted wool

Japanese artist Sachi has found a niche in creating true-to-life cat portraits using felted wool.

The artist works with wool in different colours to create 3D pet portraits using needle felting techniques. Each portrait, which also uses glass to make the eyeballs, takes around a month to complete.

Wakuneco, Japanese for “frame cats”, started life in 2015 when Sachi first discovered needle felting in a handicraft shop. She recalls: “At that moment I felt like making cats out of felted wool, because I lived with my deeply-beloved three ex-stray cats.

“I made general typed cats such as so-called “white”, “black-mask”, “tabby” ,etc…..and so on when I started needle felting, however, I gradually came to think that I wanted to make individual cats who had their own names.”

The artist says that her cat portraits has encouraged people to rescue cats.


Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living

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