Artist Creates Incredibly Realistic Animals Just From Wool And They're Adorable

Artist Creates Incredibly Realistic Animals Just From Wool And They're Adorable

Anna Yastrezhembovskaya makes gorgeous toys put of needle-felted wool, including a slew of birds and a baby bat.

Handmade toys are becoming rarer and rarer, so it's always a pleasant surprise to find an artist who still passionately crafts playthings by hand. Anna Yastrezhembovskaya is one such artist who painstakingly makes felted-wool birds and animals that are almost indistinguishable from the real thing. The Russian mother of two started her craft when she came across some felted wool toys and was fascinated by the material, and so, decided to take a crack at it for herself. Her repertoire now ranges from fuzzy birds of different species to baby hedgehogs and a little bat baby that's in high demand on her Etsy page. “My first toy wasn’t nearly as pretty, it was rather funny,” Yastrezhembovskaya said. “But I enjoyed the process so much that I kept trying. I was felting during my free time, even at night, and I got better with each toy I made.” 




The adorable baby bat is one of the artist's most popular creations. Yastrezhembovskaya originally designed the toy as a one-off for her daughter, but after she posted a photo online the orders started piling up faster than she could keep up with them. A single felted bat takes ten days to make, and the artist was understandably overwhelmed by the sudden popularity of her creations. “I am flattered that my bats won the hearts of so many people, but the amount of orders I got was terrifying,” she says. “Of course, I will keep felting as many bats as I can, but I want people to understand that these toys are fully handmade, so it’s a fairly lengthy process." 





Meanwhile, the artist also has her eye on a number of interesting birds that she wants to recreate in wool. “Wool is a very gentle and cozy material for me,” she says. “When I sort the fibers between my fingers, when I shape them with a needle—I put my soul into each toy.”





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