myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

New Applique and Colour Theory workshops

We’re going to focus on the rest of our new 2014 classes at myBearpaw Craft Studio in this post. First of all I have a new Applique class. For the first few years I offered a class where you decorated a tote bag with needle-turn applique. I have now updated this class so that we

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

Getting ready for Fat Quaterly Retreat!

I’m off to London a week on Thursday for the second Fat Quaterly Retreat and looking forward to it even more than the last one! I think this is because I am more relaxed this time and less nervous about meeting everyone and what to expect. I am taking part in another Sample Swap, this

The Great Tapestry of Scotland – my last stitch!

Yes, our panel for The Great Tapestry of Scotland is very nearly finished! We are just filling in our individual boxes around the outside. If you have missed any of my regular updates on this amazing project you can read more here and here and also here. I have just completed my last turn and stitched

Embroidery Book Giveaway Winner!

First of all thank you so much for all your lovely comments and stories about embroidery. It’s obviously a subject that many of you have an interest in and/or happy memories about. And now for the winner…… It’s comment number 14 And, at the risk of sounding biased, I am really happy that Marg is

New Embroidery Book and GIVEAWAY!!

Last week I was sent this beautiful new Embroidery book by the publisher’s Jaqui Small. Sophie Long (who worked on Kate Middleton’s wedding dress!) has put together the most exquisite book on needlework that I have ever seen. As well as instructions on every technique imaginable it also features a wealth of textile inspiration. Just

Another Cathedral Window Cushion, Another Magazine…

Here’s a cushion I finished back in January. I did give you a sneak peek and shared the embroideries I used, but now you can see the finished result. Another Cathedral Window (it’s becoming an addiction!), made again from Essex Linen this time in bleached white, and with vintage and new embroideries peeping through the

The Stitch Gathering Tickets have landed…

…hopefully on your door mat by now, if you are coming! If the postman hasn’t delivered your ticket yet, you might want to look away now so as not to spoil the surprise (though if you own a pair of eyes it is probably too late!!). We have been having such fun planning stuff for

Scottish Tapestry Update – getting closer!

Here’s a wee update for all of you who are following the progress of The Great Tapestry of Scotland panel that my group of stitchers, The Edinburgh Tenners, have been working on. More info about this project here and here and here. There is also a Facebook page with loads of photos of all the

Small Projects and Special Offers!

Things are slowing down a bit for me as we get close to Easter and I get a break from classes. So I have been having a little crafting fun with some small makes that I can get done in a few hours.  Like this patchwork and embroidery frame purse, which came straight out of