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An Ode to Sewing with Cats

How can I not participate in Cation Design‘s fabulous Sewing with Cats Blog Award?!  Even if she likely meant it all as a joke…

  • When did you acquire your helpful feline assistant?  I actually got both of my cats before the sewing craze hit.
  • Was he/she immediately helpful, or did it take awhile?  They were both very curious about all things crafty from the start.  Especially once I discovered the world of patterns. They love pattern paper.
  • What is the average amount of time elapsed between when you start a project and when something gets helped with? My apartment is small, so they pretty much come over to help craft immediately.  Wiley especially.
  • What is your helpful feline assistant’s favorite/weirdest thing to assist with?  Wiley loves my French curve.  I have no idea what it is about this particular tool, but he is obsessed with it.  If it’s out, he’s trying to attack it.  If I hide it under my cutting mat to keep it safe, he’s sticking his nose and paws as far under the cutting mat as he can manage to try to get it until I finally hang it up completely out of his reach.  Only then does life returns to normal.  My hopes of drafting my own pattern block diminish daily.  Maya, on the other hand, loves sprinting and sliding over pattern pieces.  She’ll come through just when I’ve carefully laid out all of my pattern pieces on my perfectly grained fabric.  In the blink of an eye, everything’s askew.
  • How do you decline said assistance without losing your arm?  Patience.
  • What’s the worst thing your helpful feline assistant has managed to botch up? I’m imagining shredded chiffon, snagged silks, etc.  The worst is probably the claw marks in my Minoru lining.  Thankfully pattern pieces can be taped back together for the most part.
  • Are you ever afraid to post too many pictures of your helpful feline assistant on your blog, for fear of being labeled a crazy cat lady?  Oh, no.  I love finding out that a favorite sewing blogger is a cat person.  There’s something comforting about it.  I’ve started trying to take more photos in fun places outside though, which limits cat appearances.  If I could only figure out how to take better photos at night, my preferred sewing time…

Do you also sew with cats?  Grab the blog award and share your own favorite stories of cats and sewing.  (I smile at the irony of making Cation Design’s humorous take on blog awards substantive.)

And, in honor of Cation Design’s celebration of National Poetry Month, here’s the ode referenced in the title of this post.  It’s written by Eleanor Farjeon.

Cats sleep anywhere, any table, any chair.
Top of piano, window-ledge, in the middle, on the edge.
Open drawer, empty shoe, anybody’s lap will do.
Fitted in a cardboard box, in the cupboard with your frocks.
Anywhere! They don’t care! Cats sleep anywhere.

Oh, and speaking of awards, what better way to end this post than to thank Tamsin at Pimp my Curtains for the Sunshine Award.

I do enjoy my daily dose of vitamin D.  And, I’m flattered that both she and Cation Designs have put me in very fine company.

8 thoughts on “An Ode to Sewing with Cats

  1. Hi Amy, your comment worked on my Blog. I’m sure I’ve said this before, but your sewing is inspiring, especially as you are relatively new to sewing. I have been been sewing off and on for years, but still don’t feel confident enough to tackle something like a Minoru!

  2. Ha- what is it with cats and sewing? Jack doesn’t get involved with it very much. But Cody’s cat, Ollie, loves to slide across pattern paper. And when I have my pincushion in his reach, he pulls the pins out one at a time with his mouth (I have those with the little plastic toppers) and drops them on my sewing table. It scares me to death because I’m always afraid he’ll swallow one, so I try to hide my pincushion.

    He also loves to bat bobbins that fall on the floor, so I try to retrieve them as soon as possible or I may never find them again. =)

  3. It sounds like your kids are pretty good. 🙂 My little monkey is an absolute nightmare in the craft cave, but I love having her around. She makes me laugh. And I’m fine with being a crazy cat lady. I’ve accepted it.

  4. I love that poem! I’m pretty sure I’ve discovered Walnut sleeping in each of the places mentioned. Thanks for playing along with my ridiculous blog award; I enjoyed reading your answers!

  5. Haha! This is hilarious! Doug the Pug is a pretty bad sewing helper, but mainly because he’s always trying to guilt me into snuggling with him instead of sewing! He also loves to build himself nests out of tissue paper, so if I accidentally drop a pattern piece on the floor, he’ll shred it in seconds flat!

  6. I always love cat stories. That’s so hilarious about the french curve. They have their favorite toys, don’t they?… one of mine, Charlie, is attached to a particular make-up brush. He kept trying to sneak in the cabinet to pull that brush (not all of them, just THAT one) and I finally just let him have it. So cute, he spends hours throwing it up in the air and pouncing on it, then trotting around the house with the bristles in his mouth, all proud of his catch.

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