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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; 10.6.2011 edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594745250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594745256
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 7.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The year’s most unconventional crafting book.”—Associated Press
 
“This dandy little guide shows how to turn stray clumps of cat hair into soft and adorable handicrafts.”—Tucson Citizen

"There's no other word for this book except: purrfect." —Los Angeles Times

“Intensely cute…”—Publishers Weekly

“Quirky and the projects are super easy.”—OregonLive.com
 
“It caught our attention.”—The Huffington Post

“You may think kitties are only good for getting hair all over your favorite chair and eating more kibble than you thought possible but Crafting with Cat Hair will show you how to turn cat hair into mittens, tote bags, book covers and more.”—CraftFoxes.com
 
Personal projects that celebrate your cat and they look as cute as can be!”—Neatorama
 
“Put those furballs to work for YOU!”—Suvudu

“It’s bizarre, to be sure, but the appliques are kind of cute, too. This is a good one for your cat-loving crafty friends (and you know you have them).”—Austin American Statesman

About the Author

Born in Tokyo, Kaori Tsutaya is a cat lover and freelance writer whose writings have been published in magazines and special-interest books. Many of her published works are based on the subject of cats and include articles, photography, and books on crafting.

Her blogs “The Laws of the Cat” (nekono-okite.cocolog-nifty.com) and “The Cat Hair Craft Room” (nekoke.com) are popular in Japan. 

Amy Hirschman is a translator, crafter, and pop-culture enthusiast living in California. She studied Japanese for four years at the University of Pittsburgh and has lived in Japan. Though she is not a cat owner, her friends will attest that she is the greatest cat sitter they have ever had. This is her first published translation.

 


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Customer Reviews

A friend of mine got this as a gift and I had to have this book.
Ilesha Guibilo
Kaori Tsutaya has eclipsed my artful intentions with her book "Crafting With Cat Hair".
S. L. Smith
The book has great photos, is well written and instructions are easy to follow.
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
My husband thought I was crazy all these years for collecting our cats' fur after brushing. But after playing about with a particularly copious wad one day, I noticed how felt-like it could become, very much like the wool rovings I've been collecting and paying good money for. Kaori Tsutaya has eclipsed my artful intentions with her book "Crafting With Cat Hair". But, ah, the sweet taste of redemption!!

This book really depends on many other materials to augment the cat fur, such as felt sheets, pre-made objects, and items you can find in your recycling bin. I bought this book based purely on its title and cover, and I was hoping for more crafts in the vein of purely stand-alone needle-felted objects such as Fleece Dog: A Little Bit of Magic Created with Raw Wool and a Special Needle, Little Felted Animals: Create 16 Irresistible Creatures with Simple Needle-Felting Techniques, and Wool Pets: Making 20 Figures with Wool Roving and a Barbed Needle. The only stand-alone item made wholly from fur is the finger puppet on the cover, whereas all of the other projects - hats and gloves, tote bag, coin purse, book cover, badges, boxes, pin cushions - are essentially needle-punched with feline fur or are embellished with a diminutive needle-punched pattern. My favorite project is the portrait; for this you will need a small frame to memorialize a favorite furry loved one.

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Ellie on October 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
I just received "Crafting with Cat Hair" as a gift. At first I thought it was a joke, but after reading the book, I was pleasantly surprised. The thought of brushing your cat and using the fur to make crafts might seem sort of strange to some, but when you think about it, it starts to make sense (a little). My germ-o-phobic fears were laid to rest when I read how to wash the cat hair before using it. We use clean sheep wool, why not use clean cat hair?

Kaori Tsutaya has written "Crafting with Cat Hair" with a cat lover's heart. The book is filled with not only easy and cute crafts using cat hair, but photos of much loved cats and information about keeping those cats happy.

Another reason why I like this book is that it incorporates recycled items in the projects. Cardboard, milk cartons, and old wool sweaters are used.

So...if you know a cat lover, a crafter, or someone who loves to recycle, this would make a lovely gift for them.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Albertson on August 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
Meow! What a purrrrfect way to expand your crafting skills! If you're anything like me, you've been sitting on a goldmine of animal hair in your apartment, not knowing what to do with it. I mean, how many times can you try sneaking handfuls of cat hair in trick-or-treater's halloween bags, or stuffing it into your utility bill payment as "insulation"?

Let's face it: people don't like cat hair unless it is woven into arts & crafts.

So it's a good thing I got this book and started "cat-crafting". I've been so busy ever since! Half the time I'm in my apartment, ferociously knitting feline fur into crafts and even garments. I made 3 "siamese" socks already. The rest of my time, I'm out there pounding the pavement with my garbage bag in one hand and cat-shaver in the other. I guess I'm "that guy" - you know, the one who shaves all the cats.

The book is very helpful in guiding you to the perfect cat-crafts. What it doesn't mention is you can use the same techniques with raccoon, possum, or rat hair. Possum hair is a bit scratchy but makes for a solid sweater or watchband. I don't recommend working with rat hair unless you have a good herd of them living with you - like my buddy "Rough Randy" does. Cats are known to attack rats and get into that hair supply themselves. So the two are pretty much incompatible for crafting purposes.

The book also forgets to mention that some people are allergic to cat fur. For example, if your girlfriend is allergic, the time to warn her is BEFORE she hops into bedsheets made entirely of cat hairs. You also need to check your boss for allergies, before you surprise him at Arby's with an elaborate gift of crafted cat hair. Could really cost you a job when that happens.

Anyway, this is where my "tail" ends. 5 STARS for a creative book that shows a "crafty" way to work with your cat-hair supply!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By CuteEverything TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 1, 2011
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If you've ever seen the amount of hair that comes off your cat when you brush it, especially in the spring, you've probably wondered if there's anything useful to do with it. In Crafting with Cat Hair, author Kaori Tsutaya shares her discovery of how to use cat hair to make super easy felt crafts. Felt is incredibly simple to make (even out of cat hair!), only needing tangled fibers that you compress to turn into delightful crafts. Most of the crafts in this book don't even need sewing skills, really only using a using a felting needle and sponge to complete the projects.

Crafting with Cat Hair includes instructions on how to make charming finger puppets and mini portraits of your cat entirely out of cat hair and then goes on to crafts like tote bags, mittens and gloves that you can apply the cat felt on top of. The book also contains several two page spreads of cat facts from why cats have no smell, to the differences between a topcoat and an undercoat. And the back of the book includes profiles of the sweet felines who "donated" hair to the book. My favorite project was the lovable three-dimensional mini portraits you can make of your own cat. I can't wait to make one of my Siamese kitten once he's shedding enough hair, his portrait will be (almost) as cute as he is!
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