myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Massive Giveaway and website launch!

It’s Giveaway Time everybody!! Look at this big pile of booty that you could win!! But first of all I want to share some exciting news with you. For a while now I have been hinting at changes afoot in our Edinburgh shop. Earlier this year we started stocking fabric, wool and haberdashery to compliment

Granny Circle Blanket with pattern

I really hope you all like looking at photos of crocheted blankets because there is a LOT of them in this post! Here it is finished, the beautiful, gorgeous, totally delicious, Psychedelic Granny Square Blanket I started back in January! And I am completely in love with it! So much so that I dragged it

More Woodland Friends

Meet Rufus the fox and the excitable owl.  A few weeks back I completed this embroidery featuring Boris the bear and his chicken as an inspiration piece for the Hoop up – Stitch & Send swap. I really loved making it and went on quite a bit about how much I was enjoying embroidery. My

Going back to my Roots

Recently I launched new Bearpaw Craft Classes for the Spring/Summer term. It is quite a risk offering new classes – should I just teach the popular crochet and patchwork classes each week, which are always a sell-out, but risk boring my repeat customers? Or do I offer some new ideas and risk not getting enough

Warning – vintage notebook overdose alert!!

A couple of months ago I made my first two of these notebook holders. I wrote about them here and I hoped to teach a workshop on them. However this was another of those classes that didn’t get enough interest (I seem to be always saying this, but lots of my classes do get booked

Trip around the pumpkins

Here’s a Trip Around The World cot quilt I just finished to sell in the shop. I used this tutorial from Quiltville and it was very quick and easy. Melanie of Texas Freckles is doing this design for one of the other ‘Do Good Stitches’ circles this month and recommended this tute. I like checking

Fish, leaves and better times ahead

Well, I have had quite a month and so apologies again for being so quiet. My problems have all been work related and as I want this blog to remain a calm, happy oasis for me (and hopefully for you), I don’t really want to go in to too much detail here. For anyone who

I feel like a proud parent

First of all I must say a massive THANK YOU to everybody who commented after my last post and gave me such great advice over my problem QAYG project. Yes, the grey will definitely be going! And you all had such sensible suggestions that I know I will come up with the best solution soon.

I am a fabric magnet!

After a long weekend off, I returned to work yesterday to find 3 packets waiting for me.  2 of these I was expecting, but an airmail packet was a bit of a mystery.  When I opened it and found this cute little mini quilt, my first thought was that someone had sent me their Doll

My First Class

I thought you might like to see some photos of my first class (seeing as you have all been so sweet and encouraging about my new venture). I had 4 students (2 of whom were my friends!) so it was a nice gentle start. There were a few teething problems but they didn’t seem to