A Guide to ‘Crafting with Cat Hair’


Are your favorite sweaters covered with cat hair? Are there fur balls piled up in every corner of your home? Do you love to make quirky and one-of-a-kind crafting projects?

If so, it’s time to throw away your lint roller and curl up with your kitty.

“Crafting with Cat Hair” (Quirk Books) shows readers how to transform stray clumps of fur into soft and adorable handicrafts. From kitty tote bags and finger puppets to fluffy cat toys, picture frames, and more, these projects are cat-friendly, eco-friendly, and require no special equipment or training.

You can make most of these projects in under an hour — with a little help, of course, from your feline friends.

The original title is “Nekoke Feruto no Hon.” The author, Kaori Tsutaya, is a Tokyo native who is obsessed with cats. She exhibits her craftwork and runs kitty craft workshops to inspire other cat owners.

Tsutaya is also a freelance writer who maintains two popular blogs, “The Laws of the Cat” ( http://nekono-okite.cocolog-nifty.com) and “The Cat Hair Craft Room” (http://nekoke.com).

The translator is Amy Hirschman, a pop culture enthusiast living in California. She studied Japanese at the University of Pittsburgh and lived in Japan in 2002. She loves all things cute, quirky and creative. She is not a cat owner herself, but her friends will attest she is the greatest cat-sitter they have ever had.


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