Thursday, October 13, 2011

homework: reading {crafting with cat hair}

I know. You probably think I’ve totally lost it. I mean, crafting with cat hair? It sounds crazy. That’s what I thought when Quirk Books asked me to take a look at their latest crafting book Crafting with Cat Hair: Cute Handicrafts to Make with Your Cat by Kaori Tsutaya.

But when I saw the book and the adorable projects, I was sold. When you think about it - this isn’t very different than needle felting with wool or wearing cashmere which is made from the undercoat of the Kashmir goat. And if you have a cat, you’ll have a steady supply of fiber.

The book is translated from the original Japanese version and showcases a variety of fun and quirky projects – all made from the hair from several feline contributors. 

Adorable little boxes with cat hair figurines.

Framed fuzzy friends.

A fun pincushion and more. The book is beautifully photographed and has step-by-step instructions for each project. It even includes tips for cat care.

Crafting with Cat Hair from Quirk Books. Definitely quirky. Definitely adorable.


  1. This made me laugh so hard! With two cats and three dogs I should probably consider this. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I LOOOOVE these!!! Carolyn, years ago, before my younger sister became very ill, she - a great lover of cats - made me a silverback mountain gorilla (my favorite animal) from the brushed & loose hair of her 4 cats! I STILL have Tobias (my gorilla) on a shelf in my room! Sadly, my sister passed away some years ago, or I would SURELY have bought this book for her! Thank you for the post! Hugs, Kai

  3. I need to check out this book! I've seen crafting with dog hair (even a sweater! eew!), but not so much cat hair. We have made "hairballs" (brushed fur rolled into a ball) for our cats to play with. One liked it, the others not so much.

  4. That book is quirky indeed! But considering how much my cats moult, why not craft with all that hair?!

  5. How fascinating, different but totally cute.

  6. I just had to share this with my cat lover friends!

  7. I have never heard of such a thing. This is interesting...if I had a cat.

  8. good morning! I had to come over and take a peek at this entry that Kai shared on her blog, being a needle felter and owning cats I was quite curious! I imagine you could do the same with dog hair too.
    you have a great blog, full of neat ideas! I shall be sure to return soon!
    have a lovely sunday

  9. Finally! A way to have our animals earn their keep! ;) This rocks - if for nothing else 'shedding' light on yet another way to use things traditionally considered trash.


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