I have two cats at home and this cloth cat ‘Lap lady’ was inspired by Mia when she was a kitten. (Mia would spend time every day on one of our laps, but now at 6 years old Mia is more likely to be found sleeping on a sofa than a lap). These cloth cats and dogs all have a vulnerability about them and they need to be handled with care. They are reminiscent of that once very loved teddy bear or rag doll that followed you everywhere – to school, to hospital visits and even to the sea side. This is why they have areas that are darned, why ears are not stitched in exactly the same place and why arms and legs are created out of different fabrics and at varied lengths. They have survived AND this is why we love them.