There comes a time in every long-haired cat owner's life when one must bust a very different kind of stash:
|With a AA battery for comparison.|
See, two Christmases ago, my brother gave me this book on using cat hair to do needle felting. Excited (and slightly skeptical), I started collecting Walnut's hair, and over a year later I finally got myself a felting tool. Since it's a stashbusting kind of year, well, you may think this is an April Fools' Day joke (and it is a bit tongue-in-cheek), but this is a totally real cat that I felted!
I didn't take any pictures of the process, since I wasn't sure how it would work out. To be honest, it didn't really look like much until I added in the front legs and the head. I started out with a peanut shape for the body (at which point Mr. Cation thought it looked like a turd...and he was right), then added little rounds for the hindquarters, three little "logs" for the tail and front legs, and finally the head. The finishing touch was stitching on the facial features, so I guess it still counts as sewing?
|Look at that adorable face!|
The whole process took about an hour and change, and was pretty relaxing. Stabbing a needle into a ball of fur over and over again is quite cathartic, even if I occasionally stabbed my thumb. The good news is, I've still got plenty of fur left!
|Yup, barely busted this stash.|
When Walnut came over for a snack, he met his tiny doppelganger:
Okay, but in all seriousness, there is real fabric stashbusting going on over here in the month of April! The challenge this month is Vibrant Color, so I'm going to sew up one of the two orange fabrics in my stash. And since it's a challenge, it means you have a chance to win more bragging rights! The rules for challenge submissions are:
- At least 75% of the item must be made from your stash supplies.
- Item must be made within the month of April.
- To enter, link your submission photo to the link party before the last day of the month. I'll put up the link party in the last week of April.
So if you're not totally turned off by the exorbitant amount of cat hair featured in this post, and if you haven't unsubscribed from my blog in disgust, I'll look forward to turning down the brightness settings on my screen at the end of the month!
|Just a couple of cats, hanging out by the window...|