myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Big Changes at my Shop!

If I have seemed a little distracted and not especially productive recently here’s the reason why… Those of you who’ve visited our Edinburgh store recently will have noticed that things are changing. We have been selling off all our homewares and gifts stock and concentrating solely on our myBearpaw brand of craft classes, fabric, wool

Using up my class samples again…

I have been very busy with my workshops over the last few months. Most classes involve a degree of class prep plus I quite ofter produce a block during the class. So on Monday I had a great time using up some of my class samples and making them in to useful items. I have

Fun with yo-yos!

I’ve never had much time for yo-yos before. I didn’t like the way they were put together in quilts (or I guess they are coverlets strictly speaking) with the gaps between the circles. Who wants holes in their quilts? But then last Monday I was desperate for a quick easy project to show as my

New craft kits and The Sweet Life is here!

A few months back I showed you some EPP hexies and suggested I had a plan for them. Well I had decided to produce a cushion cover kit for hand sewers, and though I finished the cushion ages ago, producing the kit feels like I have actually had to give birth to it! I think

Scottish Modern Quilt Exhibition

For those of you who can’t make it along to our Scottish Modern Quilt Exhibition I thought I would share these photos that my husband, Jonathan, took after he had finished the mammoth task of hanging them on Friday (thanks Jonathan!). I took the last 3 to highlight particular things he had missed. This is

Busy doing nothing

I seem to be always busy but not getting much done at the moment! I think it’s down to a particularly heavy class schedule in May. I don’t really have anything finished to show you and not much prospect of it in the near future! But I don’t want you all to forget about me

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

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

Notting Hill GIVEAWAY!!

We’ve had lots of new fabrics delivered to the shop and amongst them is the new Joel Dewberry range. I am so excited about ‘Notting Hill’ that I’ve decided to have a GIVEAWAY!! We took delivery of it last week but due to a visit to the big Trade Fair in Birmingham we’ve only just

Giant January Fabric and Wool Sale!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break. I’m officially back to work tomorrow, but I was in the shop on Monday getting ready for a really big January SALE! As well as loads of half price homeware and gift items at our Edinburgh Store, we have 40% off selected