myBearpaw Blog by Jo Avery

Sophie Update and a Crochet Cushion

Back last Spring I started the Sophie’s Universe CAL 2015 and wrote about it here. I was getting on quite well but got distracted and stopped for about 4 months!  The problem with this project is that you really need to give it your full concentration (rather than what my sister calls ‘mindless’ crochet, where

January Sale at myBearpaw!

A happy New Year to all my dear readers! While I’m getting myself revved up enough to a write the first blog post of 2016 I thought you might like to hear about our ‘just launched’ sale… January Sale now on!! In store and online! 50% off all Christmas fabrics and bundles! Fat Quarters from

Sophie’s Universe CAL 2015

These days I am in the enviable position of making quilts and sewing for a living. I have a wonderful life and every day I count my blessings. But making your living with your hobby does give you one problem – you need a new hobby! crochet is also part of my working life as

A few wee makes

Do you remember a few months back I showed you a new magazine that featured my African Flower Crochet Bag? The publishers wanted to get pre-orders so had mocked up a cover showing lots of the featured bags. Well here is that actual magazine, Creative Bagmaking, out just yesterday. And as you can see my

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

How I spent my Christmas Break…

 … I spent it mainly sock knitting! Yes as predicted by many readers, the sock knitting was very addictive and once I started I wanted to get those socks finished!  And I guess I did need a bit of a rest… so despite all my quilt-making plans, I spent a lot of time on the

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

Humpty Dumpty Amigurumi

I’ve been wanting to teach a class in amigurumi for a while. It’s very easy once you know how but would still make a fun class, and my crochet addicts love any excuse to sit in the craft room and crochet all day. Amigurumi means ‘crochet or knitted soft toy’ in Japanese. Mainly they are

Crocheted African Flower Bag

Well I keep crocheting these African Flowers and the blanket is getting so heavy so I thought I better find a new use for them – so here’s my African Flower Handbag! With my blanket I have joined-as-you-go with a different colour round each hexagon but for this project I outlined each one with a