myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Bearpaw Squared

The other week I had the last class in my Modern Patchwork Techniques 2 evening class block. I decided that we should concentrate on HST’s and maybe even have a go at designing our own blocks. And so, in preparation, I thought I’d try to design a block myself. After about 5 minutes doodling I

Lesson planning

I’m very busy with my craft classes at the moment and now patchwork is vying with crochet as the most popular class. A few weeks back I taught a full day workshop in the porthole technique that Lu Summers had taught us at FQ London (I checked first to see if she was ok with

Patchwork Christmas Stocking

It’s time to start planning my Christmas Classes at my Bearpaw Craft Studio. Well actually, that time was a few weeks back, as this class went up on the website today! I made this, very generous, Christmas Stocking on Monday out of the gorgeous new Robert Kaufman Christmas fabric that came in last week. I

Liberty Pants Panda Tutorial

Who wants to make a panda?! Not just any old panda, but one of these pandas wearing really cool Liberty pants ?! Remember Sunshine and Sweetie up there? I did promise you a couple of months back that I would do a tute and here it is! Please assemble: Black and white felt plus a

Embroidery Stitch Tutorial

Do you remember this Raised Rose stitch that I used in my Sampler Tree embroidery? I have had a few requests for a tutorial so, in this post, I try my best to give one! I first ‘found’ this stitch by googling ’embroidery stitches’ and looking at the images. Above is what I found. Hopefully you

Saturday Shopping

I thought I would do an occasional promotional post so I can keep you up to date with all the new fabric we have appearing in our Edinburgh store and on our website. AND give all my loyal followers a little incentive towards some shopping! But first you have to look at all the pretty

Sampler Tree Embroidery with extra owls

I have been having a week off work for a wee holiday, just ‘staycationing’ at beautiful Shangri La Farm. But seeing as I have picked the wettest week of the year for it, I have been inside sewing most of the time! This has given me time to catch up on ARRR8 and Cherish Circle

Peekaboo Quilt

I have been desperate to do something with my Porthole Blocks that I made with Lucie Summers at the  FQ Retreat ( I can’t believe that was over a month ago now!). So here is my Peekaboo Quilt. Lucie leaves a 1/4 inch seam around her ‘holes’ (block on the left) but I preferred the

Liberty Pandas and the Robot

I think that has to be the weirdest post title this blog has ever had! It sounds like a new show on CBeebies! Let me explain… As I was saying in my last post, I have been planning lots of new classes for the Summer and Autumn, and one of them is called Handmade Party

Starry Table Runner

I have been very busy this week getting all the new classes listed for Summer and Autumn. I have 2 classes left next weekend and then I’m having a week off and the classroom will be ‘resting’ until our Summer School begins in August. I have been teaching for nearly a year now and (I