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Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your Cat Paperback – October 11, 2011
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“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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Ms. Tsutaya infuses her book with a friendly spirit, and rounds it out with informative and relevant sections on brushing tips and techniques, bugs and pests (she encourages the use of pesticides to keep your crafts intact), the nature of cat fur, and much more. This small book will go a long way towards pleasing the crafter who also happens to love pets.
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.
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!