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cmthmpsn
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11:16 am Nov 27, 2014

Since the last time I was on the site, I have adopted 3 adorable, former feral kitties. They are a tiny (7.25 lbs), approximately 2.5 year old, brown short-hair tabby female with FeLV named Annie, also called Annie Girl, Miss Annie, Mama, and other similar names. Next is her almost 1.5 year old, 11 lb, tall, long, lean son, a grey short hair tabby named Bruno who does NOT have FeLV. In July, at barely 1 year old, while they were still outdoor kitties, I lost his littermate, a sweet girl who looked just like her Mommy, to FeLV. The third one is Grayson (also FeLV-), approximately 4 years old, a fluffy long hair grey tabby male. He has a poorly-healed broken foreleg, so I adopted him, too. He wants to be a lap kitty, and will lay around all day, doing nothing but eating. At 12 lbs, he's bordering on getting fat!

So, Miss Annie and Bruno (especially Bruno) likes to chew on, or at least mouthe, anything that looks like string. They all three want to be on my lap, or as close thereto that they can be, and no matter how much I vacuum and constantly run the HEPA filters (turns out I'm allergic to them, had no allergies to my cat as a child), there's cat hair EVERYWHERE!

I know there are those of you who stitch with your furry family members being right there practically in your lap. My question is, how do you do it. I am afraid my babies will want to play with my floss and other small bits and tools, and I know my pieces will have cat hair from the air stitched into them. How, ever in the world, do you deal with this?

Thanks for your advise,
Christina
BarBaraPrz
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Joined: 16 Apr 2004
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Location: Hamilton, Ontario
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1:23 pm Nov 27, 2014

Well, you can try the old squirt bottle treatment...
As for the hair that gets worked into a piece, I just look at it as "blending filament". Laughing
rifestitch
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Location: North of Atlanta
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8:16 am Dec 09, 2014

I've never really had a lot of problem with any of the feline kids grabbing thread or anything - they've always seemed content to sit & watch, or more often, pin me to the couch until they are ready to move. I have more trouble with big dogs plowing into my floor stand while they are having a doggy death match in the middle of the living room, or looking at me pitifully if I should be so rude as to put any of my things on the cushion next to me, thus preventing them the ability to attempt to squeeze into the spot.

I do keep a lint roller on my stitching table, and I do go roll off the top layer of my work at various intervals, but there's never been a piece completed by me that is "special fiber-free"; it just adds to the uniqueness of each piece Smile
Fibreartist
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Location: Vancouver BC Canada
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4:35 pm Jul 27, 2016

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Originally posted by cmthmpsn
Since the last time I was on the site, I have adopted 3 adorable, former feral kitties. They are a tiny (7.25 lbs), approximately 2.5 year old, brown short-hair tabby female with FeLV named Annie, also called Annie Girl, Miss Annie, Mama, and other similar names. Next is her almost 1.5 year old, 11 lb, tall, long, lean son, a grey short hair tabby named Bruno who does NOT have FeLV. In July, at barely 1 year old, while they were still outdoor kitties, I lost his littermate, a sweet girl who looked just like her Mommy, to FeLV. The third one is Grayson (also FeLV-), approximately 4 years old, a fluffy long hair grey tabby male. He has a poorly-healed broken foreleg, so I adopted him, too. He wants to be a lap kitty, and will lay around all day, doing nothing but eating. At 12 lbs, he's bordering on getting fat!

So, Miss Annie and Bruno (especially Bruno) likes to chew on, or at least mouthe, anything that looks like string. They all three want to be on my lap, or as close thereto that they can be, and no matter how much I vacuum and constantly run the HEPA filters (turns out I'm allergic to them, had no allergies to my cat as a child), there's cat hair EVERYWHERE!

I know there are those of you who stitch with your furry family members being right there practically in your lap. My question is, how do you do it. I am afraid my babies will want to play with my floss and other small bits and tools, and I know my pieces will have cat hair from the air stitched into them. How, ever in the world, do you deal with this?

Thanks for your advise,
Christina



Your kitties sound wonderful. I have two cats right now (Tristan and Isolde). When I stick quilting pins (the glass head ones) into my sofa Tristan likes to pull them out with his teeth. Of course I cannot stick pins into my sofa arm anymore after I saw him do that trick. He also pulls them out of any pincushions I have laying around, which is why I don't keep anything like that laying out where my cats can get at them. They like to play with the ends of the floss when I'm stitching so that hampers progress quite a bit. Razz . But usually they like to sit on my lap or sit on my flosses. LOL. If they could they would chew the floss so I have to tuck it away when I'm not working on the project. So to summarize. I stitch in a home with cats and I wouldn't have it any other way. Wink
DisasterDiva
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2:59 pm Aug 06, 2016

I agree with the other people posting: I keep a lint roller near by, and can manually pick out anything I see (I wear cheater glasses AND have a magnifying light); I don't stress. If there's an occasional hair, it just adds to the charm.

I wouldn't give up having my fur baby nearby when I sew. Very Happy Stitching

PS I am working on Merson's "Rest on the Flight into Egypt" so I will be here for awhile.....
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