Makiko Arai’s Smiling Felt Animals

The next couple of weeks I’d like to introduce you to a couple of Japanese wool felt artists. I’m especially intrigued by wool felted animals that either look super realistic and/or very cute.

First up is Makiko, she creates critters from wool felt or clay and also animates them for TV shows.

Makiko Arai's Smiling Felt Animals - Deer

Makiko has released a book with basic techniques and DIY projects called: ‘Animals that smile’. It’s in Japanese, but the step-by-step photo’s are probably clear enough for you to work with. You can get it from Yesasia and Etsy.

Makiko Arai's Smiling Felt Animals - Squirrel

Makiko Arai's Smiling Felt Animals - Monkey

Most of the wool felted animals look super cute and come with an engaging smile. I really like this style ❥

Makiko Arai's Smiling Felt Animals - Parakeet

Makiko Arai's Smiling Felt Animals - Icebear

Keep an eye on Makiko’s creations through her blog, official website or on Facebook.