Posted by: gourmetfelted | January 22, 2013

Needle Felted Black Cat ~ Custom Pet Portrait ~ by Gourmet Felted

cat myrtle Well here is a sleek black cat that I made recently. It takes me twice as long to make a cat as a dog.  I keep trying to make them more realistic but I struggle.



  1. I think it’s a beautiful kitty!

  2. .This kitty cat looks so real if it would go “meow”people think Keep up good work..Thank’s,

    • Hi Cookie,
      Thank you for your kind words on my cat sculpture. That was nice of you to leave a comment! Have a lovely day!

  3. I really struggle with cats not sure if its cos I’m a dog lover or are they just harder to make?!!!

    • Hi Sarah,
      I think that they are much harder to make! I am allergic to cats so I haven’t been around them much thus I am less familiar with their anatomy. But they do have an unusual face construction. I tried drawing cats to get the angles right. I find that helps! If you are a dog lover no doubt you are very familiar with their anatomy by just having them around. Happy Felting!

      • thanks for your reply! we havnt got a dog but I wish we had but we have got a cat to kep the mice down, recently I made a horse (havnt got one of those either!) so went onto an anatomy site which really helped me get the shape right

        Happy felting Sarah

      • Great idea Sarah! Thanks!

  4. This one is pretty realistic!

    • Thank you for your kind words on my sculpture! Enjoy the day!

  5. very realistic, well done!

    • Hi Marj,
      Thank you so much for your comment! Enjoy your day!

  6. This is beautiful!! I struggle with realistic cat faces too for some reason. Dogs are definitely easier!

    • Hi Amy,
      Welcome to my blog! I found that it helps to look at pictures of cat skeletons so you can see the bone structure of the head. It helps to see the different planes and slopes and angles in a cats face. I agree….Dogs are by far easier! Happy felting!

  7. I used to foster cats if you ever need any photos for reference.
    And I love this kitty! I think you captured the black kittieness well.

    • Thank you so much for your offer Becky! That is so sweet!

  8. Gerry–I love your cat! I’m a newbie at this process, and I know, once I learn the basic, I will want to felt a doberman, which have coats very similar to your cat above. What type of wool or silk did you use to accomplish that sleek, shiny, short black coat??

    • Hi Tami,
      Thank you for your kind words on my cat. I used silky fiber for the fur. Try experimenting with different fibers. Happy felting!

  9. Your cat is beautiful. I hope I can learn to needle felt even half as good as you do. I did my first portrait dog yesterday. I thought she was finished until I took some photos and then saw the flaws the camera lens was able to pick up that i apparently can’t see on my own, lol. Do you use a magnifying glass for your smaller sculpts?

    • Thank you for your kind words on my cat, Kat! I do struggle with them! That is so wonderful that you made your first dog! What breed was it? When you see flaws try to improve with each sculpture. You can also hold your sculpture up in front of a mirror and look at the reflection to see it in a different way. It is easier to see flaws this way especially for eye alignment.
      I do use magnifying glasses for smaller projects and also for face detailing on my regular sizes!
      Thanks for your reply!

  10. Hi.
    What a cute cat. It’s so fine. I really like the eyes. They look so real. May I ask where you buy such eyes? I am new to felting and I have been looking in a lot of online shops to find glass eyes small enough for the miniature animals I want to make.

    Charlotte. 🙂

    • Hi Charlotte,
      Welcome to my blog. I get most of my eyes from glasseyesonline. Please tell him that Gerry sent you! Thanks!

  11. i’ve been admiring your little animals! my favorites are the cute dogs. i can’t find any felting wool here in my country but i recently bought a kit from Taipei.

    • Hi Peggy,
      Thank you for your kind words on my dog sculptures!
      I do have wool available and I ship worldwide if you are interested!
      Happy Felting!

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