myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Nametags Workshop

It’s getting very nearly time for our Stitch Gathering Retreat! And I know some of you still haven’t made your nametags yet, so I thought I would do a post with nametag ideas that might be of help with last minute panics. I’ve been making a few of these to show at my Bearpaw Craft

July Fresh Sewing Day

I am so pleased that I’m finally managing to link up with Lynne’s Fresh Sewing Day! After doing the first couple of months 2 years ago I’ve been constantly forgetting about it ever since – doh! I have got SOOO much finished in June! Look at the mosaic up there – it’s chock-a-block! And that’s

Modern Sampler Quilt – in progress

A couple of weeks back I mentioned how I was busy working on new classes for the Autumn, well this here quilt top was what took up most of my time. It’s not quite finished but I thought there was enough done to share with you. I have doing my 2 intermediate patchwork evening classes,

Little Scrappy Trip Quilt

I am at home all week working on new Bearpaw craft classes for the Autumn which will get announced in a week or so (no pressure then!). Phew, being creative all day is really hard work! And stressful! I’ll be glad to get back to the shop. So there will be lots to show you

Chicopee Cathedral Window Cushion

A few weeks back I showed you my attempts to do something with Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee line. I had attempted some EPP but abandoned it and started on a Cathedral Window project instead. Well here it is all finished, and I am really quite in love with it so there are a lot of photos

Notting Hill Dresden Plate Cushion

Yes, I’ve got a big thing about these Dresden Plate cushions. First I made this one. And then I made this one. And then I made another one that I can’t show you just yet 😉 I thought it would be lovely to turn one of these into a kit that came complete with the

Vintage Floral Embroidery

Regular readers will know that I have a large collection of vintage embroidered linens. I have been cutting these up and using them to make things like notebook holders and cushions for a while now. But, inevitably, I’m starting to use up all the best bits. And some of the bits are just so gorgeously

Humpty Dumpty Amigurumi

I’ve been wanting to teach a class in amigurumi for a while. It’s very easy once you know how but would still make a fun class, and my crochet addicts love any excuse to sit in the craft room and crochet all day. Amigurumi means ‘crochet or knitted soft toy’ in Japanese. Mainly they are

Floral Dresden Plate Cushion

A few months ago I had my first go at the Dresden Plate block when I made this cushion for a session in one of my evening class blocks. It proved really popular and so I decided to make it a full day workshop for 2013, with the idea that you could complete the whole

Ethel and Edmund

Meet my 2 new owl friends – Ethel and Edmund! We just took delivery of a range of flannel (available now on our website) from Robert Kaufman and what better project to try them out on than a few more owls for my collection? That’s Ethel above… …and this is Edmund, giving you a cheeky