myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

New Workshops for the Autumn!

We’ve just launched our Autumn Term prospectus at myBearpaw Craft Studio! I’ve been very busy over the last few weeks making some new class samples, and feeling quite festive despite it being July (not that you’d know it as we have had the most atrocious weather this summer in Scotland – it’s just starting raining

It’s been a very pouchy Christmas!

Pouchy for presents that is! I’ve come to the zippy pouch very late in the day, having let my colleague Naomi teach our class in this subject in the past. But armed with this excellent tutorial from Flossie Teacakes  I turned this hexy sample piece (that I made during my demos at the recent ICHF show)

Countdown to Christmas!

Proper thinking about Christmas is still a few weeks away for me, but we’ve already started some of our Christmas workshops at myBearpaw studio. Yesterday we did Christmas Angels and had a lovely day creating pretty handmade ‘dollies with wings’. Here is the angel I made along with the rest of the class. Her name

Merry Stitches GIVEAWAY!!

Our Christmas Fabric has arrived! I know you are all hot and sweaty and Christmas seems such a long way off but it’s here anyway so let’s celebrate!! And not any old Christmas fabric, no, this is a whole collection from my favourite designer Cori Dantini!! And I’m going to give away a whole FQ

Angels and Snowmen

Phew! Things have been a bit hectic around here recently and therefore a bit too quiet on the blog. So I thought I would do a bit of a round-up post to tell you all what I have been up to. First of all I have been doing a lot of classes, including a new

Winter Woodland Play Pillow for Fat Quarterly

Fat Quarterly issue 15 is out today and of course it’s all about Christmas! And, for the first time, I have contributed a project – my Winter Woodland Play Pillow. I have made a few woodland themed mini quilts, some for swaps and some for commissions, and they have all featured trees with pockets. I

Christmas Crafts and a special Mini Retreat Day!

We’ve been feeling very festive around here this week as we prepare for a bumper season of Christmas Crafts! Not only do I have some new Bearpaw Christmas Craft Classes to share with you, but we’ve also gone and organised a new Stitch Gathering Mini Retreat Day!  We just couldn’t wait another year to do

Surviving the Country Living Fair

Yes I’ve survived! As I mentioned in my last post, not only did I have a stand at the Scottish Country Living Fair last weekend, but I also had to do a demo in the Craft Theatre every day! The CL Fair was held at the SECC in Glasgow from Thursday to Sunday and I

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

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