myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

White Roses for Jo Cox – can you help?

Here’s a little call for help for all you knitters out there! Can you knit a white Rose for a special Jo Cox memorial in June? Barbara, who works in our shop is helping her niece and the school she works at with this project. We will happily take roses dropped at the Edinburgh shop

The Trials and Tribulations of Regia Teddy

Anyone that follows me on Instagram will have seen this Teddy taking shape over the last 6 weeks or so. But it hasn’t been a smooth ride, in fact near the end it got decidedly bumpy and I wondered whether Teddy would actually appear at all!  So let me tell you a little story, all

Patchwork knitting bag and needle roll

It’s been a few months since I had any projects featured in Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine so I am excited to share my patchwork knitting bag and needle roll with you! Issue 22 is out now and my bag even made the cover inset shot! The snowball pattern is meant to resemble balls of

A new use for quilts

As I am right in the middle of making a new quilt with nothing much to show you at present, I thought I would catch up on a couple of little projects I finished around Christmas time (better late than never!). This first one is a tiny mini quilt for my eldest son Felix, the

I made this all by myself!

Yes, I knitted this jacket! I am ridiculously pleased with myself 🙂 I started back in September and have been labouring away in the evenings over the last few months. I don’t do lot of knitting, in fact I had a good 10 year break when I zealously crocheted and wouldn’t even have looked at

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

crochet bags and knitted…

A few weeks back I showed you a sneak peek of some pastel African Flowers that I was crocheting for a future project. Well I can now reveal that they were for another magazine project!  This is Creative Bag Making. The cover above is just a mock-up as the bags are all still to be

Normal service is resumed…

Blimey, two and a half weeks since I last posted! After that big Stitch Gathering announcement in my last post I did a quilt show, got ill, did a show at the SECC and taught loads of classes in between – phew! I do manage to pack a lot in but the last few weeks

Family Life with Wool

Who’s that handsome, wild looking, young man? It’s my boy Felix!  Felix arrived home last week after nearly a year away travelling the world and growing his hair. It’s so lovely to have him back safe and sound. We weren’t really expecting him back at the beginning of February and his arrival has coincided with

Finish-a-Long 2013

I didn’t take part in this last year. Somehow I thought I didn’t have that much to get finished. Well this year I have! But I am going to try to be realistic as the FAL is divided into quarters which gives me only 3 months to tackle these. So in this first post I